How to make this desktop pc into a gaming pc?

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#1 Posted by dr__mr (31 posts) -

Hi

How to make this desktop pc into a gaming pc?

i now it will not be top of the top gaming pc... but... what do you suggest ?

Intel Core i3 2120 3.0GHz (with Intel HD Graphics 2000... the gpu is inside the cpu i guess)
Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Motherboard: Chipset Intel H61 B3
hdd: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM 16MB
LG SATA DVDRW
300W psu Active PFC

#2 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
Around $120 for an AMD HD 7750 should do you proud. I doubt it'll be too much for that power supply and space-wise it shouldn't be a problem either since it's shorter than an ATX/MATX motherboard.
#3 Posted by waldo6 (122 posts) -

Hi

How to make this desktop pc into a gaming pc?

i now it will not be top of the top gaming pc... but... what do you suggest ?

Intel Core i3 2120 3.0GHz (with Intel HD Graphics 2000... the gpu is inside the cpu i guess)
Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Motherboard: Chipset Intel H61 B3
hdd: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM 16MB
LG SATA DVDRW
300W psu Active PFC

dr__mr

Change your PSU for a 550w PSU

and buy a GTX 460

#4 Posted by Jetset314 (233 posts) -

the gpu is inside the cpu i guess)

dr__mr

You're cute lol

#5 Posted by dr__mr (31 posts) -

so RayvinAzn say the psu will be ok

& waldo6 say it will not? :)

#6 Posted by waldo6 (122 posts) -

so RayvinAzn say the psu will be ok

& waldo6 say it will not? :)

dr__mr

The 300w psu is good for a HD 7750 but is not enough for a gtx 460.

#7 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

so RayvinAzn say the psu will be ok

& waldo6 say it will not? :)

dr__mr
If you change the PSU, you can have much better graphics cards. So it will be worth it.
#8 Posted by Postmortem123 (7717 posts) -

I agree with the others; moar power, moar gpus.

#9 Posted by alishathomaz (127 posts) -

Its a good PC.. you only need to change your graphic card. Because most of the games can't be supported with full graphics by this Intel graphic card.

#10 Posted by commander (8621 posts) -
The i3 2100 is stronger than you think. Everything depends on your budget to make this a gaming pc. What monitor and resolution are you planning to play on?
#11 Posted by dr__mr (31 posts) -

The i3 2100 is stronger than you think. Everything depends on your budget to make this a gaming pc. What monitor and resolution are you planning to play on?evildead6789

a LED monitor

up to 1600X900

#12 Posted by JohnF111 (14107 posts) -
Yeah a PSU and a GPU and you are set for nice gaming. Shouldn't cost more than $200 in total.
#13 Posted by dr__mr (31 posts) -

[QUOTE="dr__mr"]

so RayvinAzn say the psu will be ok

& waldo6 say it will not? :)

waldo6

The 300w psu is good for a HD 7750 but is not enough for a gtx 460.

if you say i believe you

but how can you tell ?

#14 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13647 posts) -

the 7750 uses the least power of all gpus that are worthwhile.

EDIT: and the difference between a bleh grandma desktop computer and a gaming computer is a graphics card.

What you need to ask when you are trying to create a gaming computer:

Does it have enough ram?

Is the CPU strong enough?

Is the GPU strong enough?

and your ram is fine

your CPU is fine

but your GPU is not

so there you go.

#15 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -

if you say i believe you

but how can you tell ?

dr__mr
For that I will direct you to Anandtech's power draw section of their HD 7750 review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5541/amd-radeon-hd-7750-radeon-hd-7770-ghz-edition-review/23 As you can see that even on their test bed system which consisted of a very power-hungry Core i7 3690X, X79 chipset, 8GB of RAM and a single SSD (which is only about 5w less power use in a best-case scenario) the power use was only about 215w in a game like Metro 2033, which is considerably more stressful than most games. On a system like yours in a less demanding game I doubt you'll see power use go over 200w.
#16 Posted by kraken2109 (13198 posts) -

New GPU and PSU.

However nobody here has thought to ask you about your case. How big is it?

It might not be able to fit a decent gpu if it's one of those 'slim' ones.