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#1 Jul 10 2010 at 6:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes I know this is a stupid question and I am prepared to get rated down for it but I have to ask.

I am not a computer guy (I know a little like dedicated is better than integrated)and I am not ashamed to admit it, if you need to know how to do CPR in the back of a moving ambulance or what is the best way to stabilize a potential paralyze victim I'm your guy but when it comes to computer stuff if you ask me you will get a blank stare so I do not know how to answer this question from a friend of mine so I am asking for help.

Here it is.

My friend has a HP computer that he has never gamed on (it's not made for it) and never had any intention of doing so but he asked me if I thought this would work so I am asking in here.

His System:

Pentium (r) Dual Core E5200 @ 2.50 GHz 2.50 Ghz
Ram 4.00 GB
Windows Vista 64 Bit
And his graphics card(if you can call it that) is a joke and not even worth mentioning

He looked into PC's today and he just cannot justify to himself or his wife paying $500-$700 for a decent tower and maybe $200-$300 more for a graphics card to make the game run decent so the question is would it be worth just buying a really nice graphics card for his crappy PC instead? (saving himself $600 dollars)
#2 Jul 10 2010 at 7:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Well the processor meets the system req's, and 4gb of RAM is good. if he could spend around 150-200ish on a vid card theres no reason he couldnt run the game on low with at least decent results.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130514


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#3 Jul 10 2010 at 7:51 PM Rating: Decent
I think most of this has been covered in the new sticky, but here's my two cents.

The processor is barely above minimum specs. If you wanted to add a Geforce 9800 or something similar/better, you could for about $100, but I wouldn't spend much more than that, because if they plan on playing this game for more than a few months, they will upgrade their unit most likely anyway.

Realistically, he would need a new machine to run the game on even medium settings, and idk about anyone else here, but minimum settings aren't all that much fun to me. I'm in a similar situation, although I do computer work for a living. I'm rebuilding most of my computer for this game, putting away $100 here or $50 there. I was fortunate enough to get an i7 processor and motherboard for $300, so all I have to get is some ram and a graphics card now and I'll cannibalize my old rig for the rest.

If you look online in the right places you can find amazing deals on desktops that might only require minor upgrades. DealTree sells discontinued and returned computers from major retailers like Best Buy, and usually at 30-50% of retail cost. I'm sure many other companies liquidate major chain's leftovers there as well, that's just one i remembered off the top of my head. Make sure if you buy one from them you read the details on the condition of the unit, because some of them don't come with an OS or Hard drive.

Another option is checking out craigslist or local computer shops. There's always people in both of those places trying to sell computers cheap for whatever reasons (financial hardship, replaced with the latest and greatest, etc...) but again, make sure you check out the unit (or have a tech savvy friend tag along with you) to make sure you know exactly what you're getting.


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Buy a GeForce 9800 or similar, or replace the unit.
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