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#1 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
So I want to play some games on my computer but it barley works and freezes up when I try to play them, I don't know whats wrong. 4gbs of ram AMD athlon II x4 640 Nvidia Geforce 6150SE nForce 430 500w PSU Resolution 1360 X 768 I'm guessing I need a new graphics card for it?
#2 Posted by overhead_drums (294 posts) -
[QUOTE="Iweywrt"]So I want to play some games on my computer but it barley works and freezes up when I try to play them, I don't know whats wrong. 4gbs of ram AMD athlon II x4 640 Nvidia Geforce 6150SE nForce 430 500w PSU Resolution 1360 X 768 I'm guessing I need a new graphics card for it?

What sort of games are you trying to play?
#3 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
Just games like BF3, arma 2, Team Fortress 2 and stuff like that. Mostly just want it upgraded so I don't have to spend money on a new console instead.
#4 Posted by GTR12 (8941 posts) -

You basically don't have a graphics card.

#5 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -

You basically don't have a graphics card.

GTR12
Then how am I able to run any games at all?
#6 Posted by MonsieurX (28804 posts) -
[QUOTE="GTR12"]

You basically don't have a graphics card.

Iweywrt
Then how am I able to run any games at all?

It's integrated,but it's bad
#7 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -
You just need a new videocard. How much are you willing to spend?
#8 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
You just need a new videocard. How much are you willing to spend?superclocked
I have had 200$ put to the side just in case any components of my computer broke since I use it daily.
#9 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
You just need a new videocard. How much are you willing to spend?superclocked
I'm willing to spend 200$ on a card for right now.
#10 Posted by MonsieurX (28804 posts) -
[QUOTE="superclocked"]You just need a new videocard. How much are you willing to spend?Iweywrt
I'm willing to spend 200$ on a card for right now.

7850 or a 7870 if you can find it on sale
#11 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13730 posts) -

I have the same onboard graphics but on a different CPU.

Since I have a PCI-E slot, I added in a GT 630 1g ddr3 for about $60 on a 300w psu. Yeah, there are better cards but I feared about bottlenecking it and I didn't have any extra cash to get a better psu.

I'm not sure why your games are freezing, have you had a look inside of your computer?

#12 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -

I have the same onboard graphics but on a different CPU.

Since I have a PCI-E slot, I added in a GT 630 1g ddr3 for about $60 on a 300w psu. Yeah, there are better cards but I feared about bottlenecking it and I didn't have any extra cash to get a better psu.

I'm not sure why your games are freezing, have you had a look inside of your computer?

Gaming-Planet
I checked with a friend about it and he said it's just the FPS going down into single digits or what ever. Either way I just got back and put in the new card and I can say its actually playing games now. Thanks guys!
#13 Posted by adamosmaki (9379 posts) -
What brand/model is your current power supply. It might be 500W but if its crap then i wouldnt trust it to power a new vga since you have 200 get a 7850 for about $150 then get a decent 400-450W power supply for $50-60 ( if the one you have is not good ) and you will have a decent gaming pc Your cpu will bottleneck a 7850 on a few games but nothing serious
#14 Posted by V4LENT1NE (12895 posts) -
Just get a cheap GPU, a 7850 or anything more is overkill for that rig. The CPU is sorta weak and the res is pretty low, just go for something like a 6750 range card.
#15 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
[QUOTE="adamosmaki"]What brand/model is your current power supply. It might be 500W but if its crap then i wouldnt trust it to power a new vga since you have 200 get a 7850 for about $150 then get a decent 400-450W power supply for $50-60 ( if the one you have is not good ) and you will have a decent gaming pc Your cpu will bottleneck a 7850 on a few games but nothing serious

I have a CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
#16 Posted by adamosmaki (9379 posts) -
[QUOTE="Iweywrt"][QUOTE="adamosmaki"]What brand/model is your current power supply. It might be 500W but if its crap then i wouldnt trust it to power a new vga since you have 200 get a 7850 for about $150 then get a decent 400-450W power supply for $50-60 ( if the one you have is not good ) and you will have a decent gaming pc Your cpu will bottleneck a 7850 on a few games but nothing serious

I have a CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

then you are good to go. Just add a 7850 and you have a decent gaming pc. Though most games are more than fine with 4gb ram adding an extra 4gb wouldnt hurt either . Besides ram is quite cheap nowdays
#17 Posted by mastershake575 (8348 posts) -

A 7850 at your resolution would max pretty much any game out there (its a great GPU).

#18 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
Okay, I thought it was working but when I tried some other games out it was as slow as normal. I opened the case and apparently the card was never fully plugged in so I pushed it down a little more and heard the full click to let me know that it was in. Then when I hooked the PSU into it and turned the computer on everything started running but the monitor wouldn't turn on. When I unplug the card then the monitor turns on again. I can't figure out why the monitor will only turn on while the card is unplugged.
#19 Posted by godzillavskong (7891 posts) -
Better GPU.
#20 Posted by Iweywrt (23 posts) -
Oh wait, I didn't disable the integrated graphics, I guess thats a problem.
#21 Posted by adamosmaki (9379 posts) -
Oh wait, I didn't disable the integrated graphics, I guess thats a problem.Iweywrt
make sure the 6 pin connector from the psu is connected to the card
#22 Posted by godzillavskong (7891 posts) -
Oh wait, I didn't disable the integrated graphics, I guess thats a problem.Iweywrt
Make sure your plugging it in to the new card and not the blue, VGA port that's for the integrated gpu
#23 Posted by MikeMasonUK (23 posts) -
I wouldn't bother buying a graphics card for $200+ dollars for that machine. It will bottleneck any new decent graphics card. I'd look around for a card in the $80-$100 range.