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Old 01-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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ok so ive had an HP desktop for about a year now and i was looking to upgrade it so that i would be able to run Empire Total War.
here are the specs(stock)
AMD Phenom X4 9650 Quadcore Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphics
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7 gig RAM

I think the only thing that needs upgrading is the graphics card hopefully im not trying to go all out and spend crazy money i just want it to run the game without skipping and lag like what it had done with medieval total war 2.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:51 PM   #2
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How much exactly are you wanting to spend?

And does your monitor use DVI or D-Sub? (or both?)

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It uses a DSUb

and like 100-150
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187076

For 150, you'd get a decent card, that's not hardcore and does the job quite nicely I should say.

It's got VGA and DVI, so you have the space to upgrade or use 2 monitors in the future.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:36 PM   #5
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very nice and thats the only upgrade i would need ?
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Default Re: need some udpgrade help

you would also need new powersupply
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #7
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could you point me towards a descent one?
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:48 PM   #8
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if you like nvidia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261051
if you like ATI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150369

and psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189005
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187076

For 150, you'd get a decent card, that's not hardcore and does the job quite nicely I should say.

It's got VGA and DVI, so you have the space to upgrade or use 2 monitors in the future.

^ That's too expensive for the performance it gives...this one has better perfomance and DirectX 11 support, and is cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102859

Comes with a DVI-to D-sub adapter.


However, it would be nice to know how much your power supply can put out. If it's too small, neither of those are going to work unless you upgrade. Your current one may be ok though. What is your computer's model?


Also, if you want a cheaper card, there's the 4670. This one has a lifetime warranty, is $80, and has benchmark scores that are about 10% better than the one lhuser posted. Also requires less power.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150449

edit: Vinman has the right idea...that ati card is great. The nvidia one has the same specs as lhuser's, but is cheaper...about right for that card. You can still get better for the price. That PSU is ok as well.
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Sorry for asking this but how do i know how much power supply I'm not too good with computers haha
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