First Computer HELP

So my first full bodied Desktop Computer is here. I've been very fond of using Laptops, but they are generally incredibly hard to customize on the fly. And taking them around and having repairs done to them... *sigh* I'm glad I have a desktop to complement it.

Well anyways, I've got a desktop with:

1.7GB of ram (I suppose thats supposed to be 2 gigs?)
AMD Sempron(tm) 140 Processor
Gallium 0.4 on NV4C for graphics
and 313.2 GB of hard drive space

Should I get a new graphics card or Processesor or both. I'm not interested in having the most expensive rig in the world. If I have to play on medium graphics, then I'll take that.

am25 you may be better served by posting in this thread http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/47729

If you want to game at all you should get a new computer. All of those specs are terrible for gaming.

Well, that processor isn't really designed for gaming as it's a single core processor. It's meant for htpcs or, well, not much more than surfing the net, listening to music and watching movies.

The video 'specs' you listed are for something from Linux as far as I can tell.

What motherboard do you have?

Yeah, that machine is very low end, and that RAM total is very strange; it makes me think you have shared graphics RAM, meaning your video chip will be exceptionally poor. That machine is probably good for email, web browsing, office work, and HTPC duty, and not much else.

No matter what you do that machine, no matter how much money you throw at it, it's only ever going to be a so-so game machine; it's got a single, weak processor, and you really want at least two strong cores for most current titles. A few even like having four cores. We may be able to get you up to tolerable, as numerous games don't need that much CPU, but it will never be great.

Just FYI, our typical builds are usually $800ish, $1K with monitor, $1200 if you want an SSD, and they're pretty much firebreathing monsters for gaming. And we can probably do reasonable machines (sans monitor) for about $500-$600. But much below that, and you start losing lots of gaming power, without saving much more money.

Thank all of you for your input. I tried anyways to see what could happen anyway. I failed miserably. I had better luck with my old laptop at this point. At least that thing could pump out some decent graphics in World of Warcraft. This thing... I've got to keep it at low settings just to be playable.

But yes, even though I barely participated in this conversation as well as I should have, I tried my own thing and failed.

Well, you may be able to add a graphic card and be able to run WoW fairly acceptably, although with that CPU, it will be a little laggy in very crowded areas. You should be able to beat most laptops, at least.

am25deek wrote:

Thank all of you for your input. I tried anyways to see what could happen anyway. I failed miserably. I had better luck with my old laptop at this point. At least that thing could pump out some decent graphics in World of Warcraft. This thing... I've got to keep it at low settings just to be playable.

But yes, even though I barely participated in this conversation as well as I should have, I tried my own thing and failed.

I feel sorry for you mate, I hope you learn from this and research and post questions on here or elsewhere before you buy. I hope you didn't spend allot of money on that PC. If it's not too late to get your money back then take it back right away and have a good look whats out there.

I've seen a few half decent gaming pc's on Ebay (of all places). There's company's that trade on Ebay that build good cheap PC's intending for gaming, have a look what's out there if your not tech savvy and compare with what you can get in a PC store.

There's a magazine called Custom PC that will be helpful when you come to upgrade, also I've found Techradar.com to be very informative when it comes to hardware. Before you buy a pc, google the processor make and model and look for benchmarks, there's loads of websites that test specific hard ware on games and give your the frames per second(FPS) so you can see if it's any good.