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Oh no, another upgrade thread!

Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior MemberPosts: 3,194Registered Users
edited January 2011 in Technology
Sorry guys. Any chance you could look over my rig and suggest upgrades that would let me play Napoleon and Empire on the higher (or even highest) graphics settings? The most pressing upgrade I think is my graphics card as I got a game for Christmas that doesn't support my card.

Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS
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  • lordmaximus77lordmaximus77 Technical Moderator Leeuwarden, NLPosts: 3,334Registered Users, Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited December 2010
    Well you are right. The most pressing upgrade is your graphics card. But beware. The rest of you system isn't that much better. So don't go out and spend a fortune on a graphics card. And don't expect miracles.

    A few questions to narrow it down.

    Whats your budget?
    Which mainboard (make/model) do you have? (you could post a DXDiag if you are unsure.)
    Which monitor (make/model) do you have?
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  • Maeda_ToshiieMaeda_Toshiie Senior Member SingaporePosts: 3,597Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    Pentium D? Sorry but I'd suggest you build a brand new system. The CPU, motherboard and ram will seriously bottleneck your system.
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  • lordmaximus77lordmaximus77 Technical Moderator Leeuwarden, NLPosts: 3,334Registered Users, Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited December 2010
    Pentium D? Sorry but I'd suggest you build a brand new system. The CPU, motherboard and ram will seriously bottleneck your system.

    So far for telling it him gently :p.

    But Maeda is right. If you really want ETW, NTW and in the future TWS2 to fly. You would be better off with a brand new machine.
    But since you are only considering upgrading your graphics card I suspect your on a budget.

    A brand new PC would be better. But when on a budget only upgrading the graphics card is an option.
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  • Dark SideDark Side Senior Member Posts: 1,549Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    I got a new CPU and Mobo a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you my findings. iirc you are in the US so you have better access to hardware than I do and you have greater availability. What I would suggest is to get an AMD CPU (because they are much cheaper than Intel) and a compatible Mobo depending on which graphic card you want to get.

    An excellent AMD CPU is the X4-965 Black Edition which is 4 cores with a very good stock speed (3.4GHz) and lots of overclocking potential. If you want to save a bit get the X4-955 which is also 4 cores with a slightly slower speed (3.2Ghz). So we are talking about 130$ to 170$ for an AMD CPU vs 350$ to 500$ for a comparable Intel CPU.

    The Mobo selection should depend on your Graphic card. If you plan on using SLI or Crossfire then you'll have to get a motherboard that can support that technology. You will have very few options for an SLI board that supports AMD CPUs so I'd recommend sticking to an AMD card and crossfire (lower overall cost). A good Mobo would cost anywhere between 50$ to 120$ depending on which features you want and whether you are planning on overclocking anything.

    You also need 4GB rams (with a 64-bits operating system) which will cost you around 40$ for DDR2 and double that for DDR3.

    Also depending on the Graphic card you are planning to get, you might need to buy a Power Supply (600W to 800W).

    Here's some basic barebone kits from tiger direct that can give you an idea what you'd need:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=31&name=Barebone-Kits
  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    I had a feeling the news would be bad, but it seems it's even worse than I expected! XD I'm on a fairly tight budget at the moment, so I certainly wouldn't be able to upgrade the entire system in one go. And as I only managed to ship my computer to the US from back home last summer, I don't really want to just throw it out and get a new one. So if you guys could suggest some parts that have a pretty good performance/cost balance, as well as what you think should be done first, that would be great.

    DxDiag to follow. Should I post the entire thing, or do you guys only need to see a part of it?
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  • lordmaximus77lordmaximus77 Technical Moderator Leeuwarden, NLPosts: 3,334Registered Users, Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited December 2010
    DxDiag to follow. Should I post the entire thing, or do you guys only need to see a part of it?

    Only the first part about your devices will do. And don't forget to mention your budget.
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  • Dark SideDark Side Senior Member Posts: 1,549Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    Yep, a budget would help. You can upgrade from anywhere between 150$ to 500$ depending on how high you want to go and on whether your are willing to risk getting second-hand components.
  • Maeda_ToshiieMaeda_Toshiie Senior Member SingaporePosts: 3,597Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    My thinking is that Dion can get a new mid-range gfx card for a start, and it being something worth carrying over to the new system, eg 68XX or 5XX, provided the Pentium D system supports PCI-E cards AND the PSU can supply the extra power (which I doubt!).
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited December 2010
    Well you are right. The most pressing upgrade is your graphics card. But beware. The rest of you system isn't that much better. So don't go out and spend a fortune on a graphics card. And don't expect miracles.
    Pentium D? Sorry but I'd suggest you build a brand new system.

    LMAO! Wicked good way to let him down easy... I nearly blew my soda through my nose when I read these.

    I think you're right Maeda. if you are going to do anything, you can try the card first, since it MIGHT work-

    Whats the potential good news:
    1) Pentium D is a lga 775 socket and there are plenty of those boards that might have at least the capability to go to PCIe 2.0 with a bios upgrade... depending on what we find out about the board.

    2)Also I agree you may have something with the PSU not being up to the task given what was on there (yeah its a, um, really-behind-the-curve video solution you have there), but a PSU is also commutable to a new system like the video card, so if you DO get one, it doesn't have to be bought again later.

    The potential bad news is
    1)although you might get the card to work on the board, it might NOT be up to 2.0, so your bandwidth will be way less than what your card should provide.
    2)Worse, if its old enough, it might be AGP, DOH!!
    3)That CPU is not really up to the task and neither is the tech that the system it is on has either.
    4)It is unlikley that anything we do with what you have will be any more attractive than Frankenstein's Monster, or provide results more inspiring than Esperanto... Sorry!

    The DXDiag will tell us more, but how old is the system, and as lordmaximus asked, what is your monitor size/resolution, and as was also asked what can you spend now?
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  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    Ok, here's the system devices bit of the DxDiag:

    System Information
    Time of this report: 12/21/2010, 00:08:34
    Machine name: LAURENCE-PC
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100427-1636)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 2048MB RAM
    Page File: 777MB used, 3166MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

    DxDiag Notes
    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

    DirectX Debug Levels
    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

    Display Devices
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 7100 GS
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_016A&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 512.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0012.6099 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 10/16/2010 10:55:00, 6359552 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 10/16/2010 10:55:00, 9623680 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-422A-11CF-6374-0C2000C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x016A
    SubSys ID: 0x00000000
    Revision ID: 0x00A1
    Revision ID: 0x00A1
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A
    Deinterlace Caps: {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    Sound Devices
    Description: Realtek HD Audio output
    Default Sound Playback: Yes
    Default Voice Playback: Yes
    Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_18490662&REV_1001
    Manufacturer ID: 1
    Product ID: 100
    Type: WDM
    Driver Name: RtkHDAud.sys
    Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5821 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Date and Size: 3/30/2009 08:13:30, 5063168 bytes
    Other Files:
    Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    HW Accel Level: Full
    Cap Flags: 0xF5F
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 8000, 192000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 33, 32
    Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 33, 32
    HW Memory: 0
    Voice Management: No
    EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
    Registry: OK
    Sound Test Result: Not run

    Sound Capture Devices
    Description: Webcam 250
    Default Sound Capture: Yes
    Default Voice Capture: Yes
    Driver Name: usbaudio.sys
    Driver Version: 5.01.2600.5512 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Date and Size: 4/13/2008 18:45:12, 60032 bytes
    Cap Flags: 0x41
    Format Flags: 0x440

    Description: Realtek HD Audio Input
    Default Sound Capture: No
    Default Voice Capture: No
    Driver Name: RtkHDAud.sys
    Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5821 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Date and Size: 3/30/2009 08:13:30, 5063168 bytes
    Cap Flags: 0x41
    Format Flags: 0xFFF

    DirectMusic
    DLS Path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\drivers\GM.DLS
    DLS Version: 1.00.0016.0002
    Acceleration: n/a
    Ports: Microsoft Synthesizer, Software (Not Kernel Mode), Output, DLS, Internal, Default Port
    Microsoft MIDI Mapper [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal
    Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal
    Registry: OK
    Test Result: Not run

    DirectInput Devices
    Device Name: Mouse
    Attached: 1
    Controller ID: n/a
    Vendor/Product ID: n/a
    FF Driver: n/a

    Device Name: Keyboard
    Attached: 1
    Controller ID: n/a
    Vendor/Product ID: n/a
    FF Driver: n/a

    Poll w/ Interrupt: No
    Registry: OK

    USB Devices
    + USB Root Hub
    | Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x27CB
    | Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub
    | Service: usbhub
    | Driver: usbhub.sys, 4/13/2008 10:45:37, 59520 bytes
    | Driver: usbd.sys, 7/27/2007 04:00:00, 4736 bytes

    Gameport Devices

    PS/2 Devices
    + Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    | Matching Device ID: *pnp0303
    | Service: i8042prt
    | Driver: i8042prt.sys, 4/13/2008 11:18:00, 52480 bytes
    | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 4/13/2008 10:39:47, 24576 bytes
    |
    + Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
    | Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
    | Upper Filters: kbdclass
    | Service: TermDD
    | Driver: termdd.sys, 4/13/2008 16:13:20, 40840 bytes
    | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 4/13/2008 10:39:47, 24576 bytes
    |
    + HID-compliant mouse
    | Vendor/Product ID: 0x062A, 0x0000
    | Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse
    | Service: mouhid
    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 4/13/2008 10:39:47, 23040 bytes
    | Driver: mouhid.sys, 8/17/2001 05:48:00, 12160 bytes
    |
    + Terminal Server Mouse Driver
    | Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
    | Upper Filters: mouclass
    | Service: TermDD
    | Driver: termdd.sys, 4/13/2008 16:13:20, 40840 bytes
    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 4/13/2008 10:39:47, 23040 bytes

    DirectPlay Service Providers
    DirectPlay8 Modem Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    DirectPlay8 IPX Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    Internet TCP/IP Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    IPX Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    Modem Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.5512)
    Serial Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.5512)

    DirectPlay Voice Wizard Tests: Full Duplex: Not run, Half Duplex: Not run, Mic: Not run
    DirectPlay Test Result: Not run
    Registry: OK

    DirectPlay Adapters
    DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider: COM1
    DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider: Local Area Connection - IPv4 -

    DirectPlay Voice Codecs
    Voxware VR12 1.4kbit/s
    Voxware SC06 6.4kbit/s
    Voxware SC03 3.2kbit/s
    MS-PCM 64 kbit/s
    MS-ADPCM 32.8 kbit/s
    Microsoft GSM 6.10 13 kbit/s
    TrueSpeech(TM) 8.6 kbit/s

    DirectPlay Lobbyable Apps
    Star Wars Rebellion (DX7) - Registry: OK, ExeFile: SUPREMACY.EXE (0.01.0000.0000)

    Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
    Drive: C:
    Free Space: 19.2 GB
    Total Space: 238.5 GB
    File System: NTFS
    Model: Hitachi HDT725025VLA380

    Drive: D:
    Model: CDWRITER IDE5232
    Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:46, 62976 bytes

    Drive: E:
    Model: HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8163B
    Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:46, 62976 bytes

    Drive: F:
    Model: WZM OP2JOHUZ01 SCSI CdRom Device
    Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:46, 62976 bytes

    System Devices
    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27DF&SUBSYS_27DF1849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&F9
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciide.sys, 5.01.2600.0000 (English), 8/17/2001 04:51:52, 3328 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:29, 24960 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:30, 96512 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller - 27DA
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27DA&SUBSYS_27DA1849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&FB
    Driver: n/a

    Name: Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27D8&SUBSYS_06621849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&D8
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 5.10.0001.5013 (English), 4/13/2008 08:36:05, 144384 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D2
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27D2&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&11583659&0&E1
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D0
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27D0&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&11583659&0&E0
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CC&SUBSYS_27CC1849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&EF
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 30208 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:36, 143872 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 16:12:08, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:37, 59520 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hccoin.dll, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 16:11:54, 7168 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CB&SUBSYS_27CB1849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&EB
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:36, 143872 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 16:12:08, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:37, 59520 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CA&SUBSYS_27CA1849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&EA
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:36, 143872 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 16:12:08, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:37, 59520 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C9&SUBSYS_27C91849&REV_01\3&11583659&0&E9
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:36, 143872 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 16:12:08, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:37, 59520 bytes

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    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2771&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\3&11583659&0&08
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    Name: Intel(R) 945G/GZ/P/PL Processor to I/O Controller - 2770
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    Name: Intel(R) 82801 PCI Bridge - 244E
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_244E&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_E1\3&11583659&0&F0
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    Name: Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&SUBSYS_81361849&REV_01\4&38D2602C&0&00E1
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    Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_016A&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1\4&24AE49A5&0&0008
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  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    In terms of budget, I'm pretty limited at the moment, but I do have a birthday coming up in March that I could possibly use to ask for components/money towards upgrade parts. Really, I'd be interested in hearing about upgrades that have a good cost/performance balance, especially if they're not hundreds of dollars.

    This system is only a couple of years old, but it was built out of a box of bits that my friend had under his bed, so goodness knows how old some of the components are. My monitor is an old flat screen from the local bargain PC shop, I think the max res is 1600x1200.
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  • Maeda_ToshiieMaeda_Toshiie Senior Member SingaporePosts: 3,597Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    The directx report doesn't seem to indicate your mobo model. Unless it is really called:
    "To Be Filled By O.E.M."
    ;)

    Hmm, interesting with all the implications... (sorry but I am not known for tact...)

    I think you should download this:
    http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
    Get the 32-bit zip, English.

    Based on googling and wiki-ing, NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS looks like an entry level card and one that came out in 2006. The upside is that it is a PCI-E card, which means that your mobo possess a PCI-E slot (though the mobo model is required to figure out the slot speed).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_7_Series
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  • Dark SideDark Side Senior Member Posts: 1,549Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    pffft, say the budget goddammit. Say 100$, 200$, 300$, 400$ or 500$. The difference of an upgrade between 200$ and 300$ is a huge one, and the same between 300$ and 400$. With a 500$ budget you can get almost a new rig:

    PhenmonII X2 560 110$
    AM3 Socket Mobo 70$
    GTX 460 170$
    650Watts PSU 90$
    2x2GB DDR3 70$

    510$ for an excellent system. The CPU is AM3 socket so it is future proof as you can upgrade the CPU to any high end current AMD CPU. The Mobo is a bit weak as it will be a bottleneck for your memory channel. The graphic card will give you extreme performance and the PSU is a bit future proof. The memory is standard.


    For 250$:

    ATI 5750 125$
    650Watts PSU 90$
    Additional 2GB memory 35$


    This is just an upgrade for the Graphic card and PSU, with some extra memory for your system. With XP you get a max of 3GB anyway. This is an above average system that will enable you to play most games on high and very high settings but your CPU (and maybe memory) will become the bottleneck. As Maeda Toshiie said your Mobo maynot support this and more details would help.


    Btw, this is all random and not recommended, just wanted to point out that budget differences means a huge performance difference.
  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited January 2011
    @Maeda
    Based on googling and wiki-ing, NVIDIA GeForce 710ogs .... is a PCI-E card, which means that your mobo possess a PCI-E slot (though the mobo model is required to figure out the slot speed).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_7_Series

    Interesting point, given the 'reliable' sources... There are a number of possibly apocryphal sources that refer to agp models, although I believe these to be Indian. Since there were a number of considerably more powerful 7 series agp cards (including the 7600 and even a 7800 in the AGP flavor which all came out in 2006) I suspected this might also have been the case for the lowly 7100, but I believe you are right if we look at devices now that we have the DXdiag. You will see two PCIE ports listed and then way down at the bottom the 7100 listed with a PCI device ID. I know there were no 'regular' PCI versions, so PCIe it is.


    LOL @ Dark Side
    Dionysius- we like you, its just your card we hate! Well, and your system, and um, the name of your board...

    @Dionysius
    I know this is somewhat revolutionary, but, even without downloading Cpuid. could you possibly just pop the lid and have a look inside? We could tell pretty straight away what it was if you looked about - (for example even though we probably don't need this particular bit, if the video card is in a short brown slot its agp, if some other long slot with a tail, its PCIe... likewise, if you were to look about for identifying names, models and numbers on the motherboard, it could be pretty instructive as to what it is...).

    I think we have already determined that if you are going to do anything with what you have, and not much money, you are limited to a video card and a PSU before you have done the bestyou can to upgrade your current system unless you want to send more good money after bad by getting a Core 2 (but I wouldn't, even if I had the money see the end of this para.). Getting the video card will help your very limited video capability. The problem with this is that you are not going to get much in relation to any CPU intensive game as you are already two generations (soon to be three) out from the current state of CPU technology and accompanying system bandwidth limits.

    What I am trying to say is that you are going to be Johnny Bravo-ing (cartoon character with HUGE head and chest and tiny tiny legs) - having a component (video card) that is way beyond the capability of the rest of the system and thereby wasting a large amount of its ability (and the money you spent on it) until you put it in conjunction with more modern companions. If you buy a less capable card (smaller head), of course you will save money, but it will be even more of a waste because of course, it will be behind the curve and you will have less incentive to hang onto it to add to other new components in the future.

    Here's the problem... I cannot imagine a card worthy of spending money on that would cost less than $160 or so that I would 'save for later', and you would still need a PSU... Its still well over $200 at a minimum if you want to be able to port those two over to a newer system later - and no quarantees on what you will be able to play or at what settings with what you have in the meantime... The insidious part is that by the time you have the wherewithal to acquire other components to make a more modern system, the video card may be getting quite out of date, and the newer components will give you an inverse Johnny Bravo.

    If you have the money, I would probably buy a 460GTX, knowing it totally outstrips the rest of your current components, and maybe get that Corsair 450CX PSU we saw on the thread with the guys with the proprietary machine. Thats about $225 if you're in the US. If not, somone else will have to get you market-specific info for where you are.
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  • Maeda_ToshiieMaeda_Toshiie Senior Member SingaporePosts: 3,597Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    Dark Side wrote: »
    ...
    510$ for an excellent system. The CPU is AM3 socket so it is future proof as you can upgrade the CPU to any high end current AMD CPU. The Mobo is a bit weak as it will be a bottleneck for your memory channel. The graphic card will give you extreme performance and the PSU is a bit future proof. The memory is standard.
    ...

    I won't call the AM3 future proof, since Bulldozer is not going to be AM3 compatible while the current X4s are not equal to Intel quadcores of the same generation and X6 simply offer more cores of the same speed with core utilization being an issue for most applications. Current AMD offering are economically efficient but I don't think they should be considered as anything but cheap interim systems.
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  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    Ok I'm going to have to say no more than $100 as a budget right now. So basically the quest has changed from top graphics to updating my graphics card just enough to be able to run games like Assassin's Creed/Empire/Napoleon (or even Shogun 2). XD
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited January 2011
    Um, based on that, its probably a 5670, as was extensively discussed in this thread:
    http://forums.totalwar.com/showthread.php/4645-New-and-Affordable-Graphics-Card-Anyone

    NOte the version they ordered didn't even reuire an extra PCIe connector.
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  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    What sort of performance improvements would I expect from that card? For instance, will my in game movies for Empire/Napoleon not be choppy any more?
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  • L3G0L3G0 Member Posts: 80Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    Maybe better to search for some good work, collect some money, and build you're own (good) Computer (:
    Then you have to wait a little longer, but you have something better.
  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited January 2011
    Double post... Mod, Mod Thyself!

    Doh... looks for the toolbox. Alright, wiseguys... who took the toolbox?
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited January 2011
    Quite true L3GO, but not everyone is free to pursue their own happiness/unhappiness immediately ;).

    (Before I forget, did we ask about what your PSU was on wattage and how many amps on the 12+v rail?)

    The 5670 is about the lowest I would consider to be able to run the games with less demanding screen resolutions and or some features reduced or off. It is, while extremely limted in comparison to the currently recommended 'gunboats' for S2, so far above the capability of a 7100 as to be perhaps above the middle between the two extremes...and that is an ENORMOUS gulf we are describing!

    First, an approximation of its standard version capabilities on paper I can compare it to your 7100:
    A 7100 has 7 streaming proessors, a 5670 has 428.
    A 7100 has no onboard ram, vampires up to 256megs from your sys ram, 5670 has up to 1gb onboard .
    A 7100 has fill rates of 1.2 G pixels, and 1.2 G textures, a 5670 has 6.2 Gpixels and 15.5 Gtextures
    A 7100 has a bandwidth of UP to 6.4 GB, a 5670 1GB version has a bandwidth of 64 GB
    Are you starting to get the picture? Its five to TEN times more capable on paper- there is a bit of a catch which we will treat below, but in terms of mano a mano with everything else equal, it is Bambi vs Godzilla.

    Comparison to a card I have? An 8800 EE/112 - a card we have tested repeatedly on ETW/NTW, and is still used to play those games with very very good results although on a 22inch (1650 x 1080) monitor I think he turns shadows off, or some other settings are reduced. This would however, need us to get the 1gb memory version of the 5670 to meet the bandwidth levels we are going to want (the 5670 has a narrower interface so we compensate with more ram). I would not only expect your in game cutscenes to be pretty smooth, you should be so far ahead of where you were, that you won't mind turning down all that new and cool DX 11 stuff if you need to, because you won't even know what you're going to miss! The really great thing is, with the resolution you use, you may not have to turn down much, although we will touch on that now:

    The fly in the ointment is the rest of the system. Its great having a real card in there now, but your CPU will be playing you false, your XP does not support DX 11 (Thank you Bill Gates!), you have a limited bandwidth on your Bus if its a Pentium D, maybe not too bad if its a LGA775, and 2 gigs is not that great even with XP. It is highly likely you also have a 32 bit system (did we talk about that, I forget!). With less cpu crunching power, your video card will no longer be the bottleneck, that will now probably be the honor of the aging CPU, and not having extra ram and 64 bit OS won't help much either. It may be a quasi-blessing that you can't use the DX 11 on XP anyway, since your CPU may not be able to handle the extra compute cycles it would require.

    What I am saying here is that our near-equivalent 8800 card is running on a system with an AMD X2 dual core 3.2ghz cpu on an HT bus, with 6 gigs of ram on Vista 64. Hardly leading edge stuff, but far more capable than what the poor 5670 is saddled with. Will your video capability improve? I would have to think VASTLY. Will it be as much as it should be or could be, emphatically no, and it won't be as good as what we experience from the card we bought in 2007. But it COULD be. It SHOULD be. We just have to be allowed to let the nuns in the sound of music drive a car.

    And with that arcane reference, I await your further questions!
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  • Dionysius the MightyDionysius the Mighty Senior Member Posts: 3,194Registered Users
    edited January 2011
    Ok, so as my current situation is that I can only really afford to upgrade one thing right now, and only so far as to make these games run (I don't really care about low graphics settings, my current setup lets me run Empire on Low/Medium and Napoleon on Medium) the 5670 would be the best bet.

    I've had a look around a few sites which sell these, and it looks like there's various different versions of the 5670 card. Just out of interest, which of these ones would you recommend? http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=Radeon+HD+5670&SearchType=Header
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited January 2011
    Um, are you US based? If you are, have you considered ordering from Newegg? The selection may be considerably wider and often also cheaper... See this link of 5670's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007320%20600007609&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%205670


    Of those in your selection, only the Sapphire was a 1gb flavor, which would be my preferred, although I am badly torn since the XFX card would usually be my natural choice because XFX is the only seller who will give a lifetime warranty (actually double lifetime - pretty cool), and their customer service is about as good as you can get with an AMD card. Sadly that is only a 512 card, but it is possible that you may not see much difference between 512 and 1024mb on a smaller resolution screen.

    Note on the Newegg selection not only is the same 512 version XFX card 20 bucks less, for the same price on Newegg as for the 512 at overstock, you can get the 1gb XFX card AND the lifetime warranty... That would be my winner. I always look at the eggs (reviews on newegg to look for potential systemic issues) but I don't think youll find much there.

    You DO need to check out your PSU though as you probably need at least 400 watts, and depending on which model you get you may (or may NOT) need a PCIe power connector as well although your card may come with an adpater from molex to PCIe in the box with the card. (Something to check into as well if you find your current PCU does not have a PCIe power connector or you will not be buying a new PSU).

    BTW, I have bought thousands of dollars worth of stuff from Newegg every year since about 2001, and had no problem that wasn't resolved quickly and deftly. Never been unhappy, and often been positively surprised.
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