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#1 User is offline   thumpergdi 

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:35 PM

Well as the tittle says, I am trying to figure out what I need to upgrade on my cp to be able to play games like dragon age 2, mass effect 3, starcraft 2. Now i currently have starcraft 2, and I can barely play the game on the lowest graphics setting (The fps goes down lag and everything)
Just to say a few things i'm not a computer wiz so im looking for good opions, advice and such

Here is what im running(This is as it appears on my computer)

Processor: Intel® Xeon™ CPU 3.40GHz 3.39GHz

Installed memory (RAM): 4.00 GB (3.00 GB usable)

Graphic card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400/4400 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) This is what i think is my graphics card but not sure.

So ya here is all the info I know how to find. If any one has advice on what i should do regarding updating parts or if i should just go buy a whole new cp im all ears.
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums. First, I am not sure of that processor. That is something you usually find in a server rather than general use PC. The Video card is for an entirely different use, than what you want to do. Those Quatros are better suited to CAD apps and the like and not gaming. I will have to look up the card and see what kind of Interface it has ( PCI, AGP, or PCIe ). When selecting a video card, the other thing that comes into play is the PSU ( power Supply ) as you need enough to support the card. If you know what motherboard you have in there it would be helpful ( it be identified in the BiOS ( Start up )) .
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:56 PM

Depending on your Power supply, I would consider an Ati HD5770 Card, but not real sure that processor would support that card. If it is a dual core Processor than perhaps. You could also drop back a little with an Nividia 9800GT. I am running one of those in my eMachines with a Dual Core Pentium D running at 3.4 GHz. The Quadro's are made for CAD, and scientific Modeling among other things and not gaming. If a new computer is an option, than we can help out there as well. All we would need is your budget and what you intend to do ( gaming is a given :D ).

This post has been edited by coastie65: 27 March 2011 - 04:58 PM

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:58 PM

It is PCI-E and looks to be a card from the nvidia 8800 generation. Not sure if that is Cuda 1.0 or 2.0 though... still a much older card running a 128bit ddr3 memory bus.

That is were I would start with the upgrades, but sell that old video card on ebay! Get a few dollars back out of it.

The processor is probably from that same generation - I would expect a P4 equivalent. The upgrade here will involve a new motherboard, CPU and ram.

Truth be told, it may actually be easier at this stage to build a new machine.
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 05:08 PM

View Postwaldojim, on 27 March 2011 - 04:58 PM, said:

It is PCI-E and looks to be a card from the nvidia 8800 generation. Not sure if that is Cuda 1.0 or 2.0 though... still a much older card running a 128bit ddr3 memory bus.

That is were I would start with the upgrades, but sell that old video card on ebay! Get a few dollars back out of it.

The processor is probably from that same generation - I would expect a P4 equivalent. The upgrade here will involve a new motherboard, CPU and ram.

Truth be told, it may actually be easier at this stage to build a new machine.


Yeah, the processor is of the P4; Opteron Generation. Pretty old. The Card is all wrong for gaming period.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:09 AM

thumpergdi yeah i agree with waldojim that computer is long in the tooth

if you can give us a budget ($ amount) then maybe we could suggest a new build !

and yes coastie65 is right that video card is mostly for CAD programming and stuff like that ( it is mostly the way the drivers are coded )and not aimed at 3d or very fast frame rates

This post has been edited by dragon69: 28 March 2011 - 11:12 AM

Take Care and Good Luck

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:51 PM

View Postcoastie65, on 27 March 2011 - 05:08 PM, said:

View Postwaldojim, on 27 March 2011 - 04:58 PM, said:

It is PCI-E and looks to be a card from the nvidia 8800 generation. Not sure if that is Cuda 1.0 or 2.0 though... still a much older card running a 128bit ddr3 memory bus.

That is were I would start with the upgrades, but sell that old video card on ebay! Get a few dollars back out of it.

The processor is probably from that same generation - I would expect a P4 equivalent. The upgrade here will involve a new motherboard, CPU and ram.

Truth be told, it may actually be easier at this stage to build a new machine.


Yeah, the processor is of the P4; Opteron Generation. Pretty old. The Card is all wrong for gaming period.


I used to know people who would use them, when they knew the games they were playing were OpenGL based, as those cards are designed primarily for OpenGL.

They also typically have a much nicer power system on them. Very stable boards. Not meant for DirectX at all though.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:29 AM

The configs of that PC sound like an earlier generation workstation....may be for simulation or graphic designing?!
Anyways its better to get a new rig...if u want to play all the latest games.
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