PC upgrade help

#1 Edited by casualterror (148 posts) -

I'm looking to upgrade my PC. and I have no idea where would be the best and cheapest place to start.

Specs: Dell XPS 400

  • Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs)
  • Memory: 3070MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 249 GB + 500 GB External Hard Drive
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
  •  Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
  • Sound Card: SigmaTel Audio
  • Speakers/Headphones: Audio FX pro 5+1
  •  Keyboard: Logitech G15 gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: Logitech USB MX518 Optical Mouse
  • Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit
  • EDIT: My motherboard is Dell Inc. 0FJ030 
I know I need to update my Graphics Card but I don't know to what. That's what I need help with. What I want to know is what needs to be upgraded and what do I look for to find the upgrade and make sure it works on my rig?
#2 Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan (1545 posts) -

I have the same computer for the most part (Didn't add any RAM or upgrade to Windows 7), but this graphics card I got today helped me go from barely being able to run Street Fighter IV, to running it pretty well. I'm sure you can find a better video card for a better deal, I'm just waiting for the PC brigade to respond.

#3 Posted by Bobdaman18 (721 posts) -

I dunno If i'm going to be able to help but if you posted some of the games you're looking to play and a budget it might get you some results.  Knowing the motherboard would also be useful if you have that on hand.

#4 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -
With that rather slow CPU and piddly weak PSU do not buy an ATI card as you will struggle to run it properly.  I can't stress this enough.

Get a low power 9800GT.  That is just an example, but look for any 9800GT that doesn't use an external power connector.
#5 Posted by casualterror (148 posts) -
@Bobdaman18: The one game that really kind of pushes my PC is Dragon Age. all the settings are on low and even then it's runs at 20fps
#6 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -

That computer doesn't need an upgrade as much as it needs a complete overhaul. 

#7 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

If you still want to upgrade the pc, so you can get a bit more life out of it without buying or building a new pc, the you need a bigger powerwatt supply and a new videocard.

#8 Posted by septim (787 posts) -

Yeah get a 8800gt / 9800 gt for cheap and you should get respectable performance in most games.

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