View Full Version : Proper Upgrading for Games?

03-18-2012, 01:37 PM
Hi, so recently I bought Battlefield 3 and my computer can barely run it. I thought my computer was at least up to date... I want to upgrade my PC but I am not really sure what to upgrade :\ . I usually see people post their specs but I honestly don't even know what they are posting, I am not very good with specs. Could you guys tell me what might I look at to get an idea what I should upgrade? Thankyou :cool:

03-18-2012, 01:43 PM
Welcome to the PC Guide forums.
Post the hardware specs of your PC
If it is an off the shelf PC, the brand/model would help.

There are programs that can help with the specs
one such program is SIW:

03-18-2012, 01:52 PM
Post the hardware specs of your PC

Well, that's the part I'm not sure about, I don't know what I'm looking for. :confused: My computer was built by a relative of mine as a gift to me, I mostly just game, and am not aware of my specs.

03-18-2012, 10:20 PM
right -click "my computer" icon on your desktop......at the bottom, left click "properties..............this will tell you what operating system/cpu and cpu speed (ghz) and how much RAM you have

right-click your screen anywhere on desktop and click on your graphics card co. nvidia or ati catalyst control center and go to system information and it should tell you what gpu you have

03-18-2012, 10:28 PM
It's really hard to tell you what to upgrade without the spec :-S

03-19-2012, 09:10 PM
My Specs:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core Processor 2.41GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4650
Graphics Card Memory: 2809 MB
Hard Drive: 746 GB
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
Graphics card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950.
Graphics card memory: 1 GB
Sound card: DirectX compatibl sound card
Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

03-20-2012, 02:01 AM
you need a new GPU card and possible Power Supply

03-20-2012, 08:17 PM
you need a new GPU card and possible Power Supply

Alrighty, how much higher should I go? I don't want to waste TOO much money on a graphics card, maybe $150 the most.

03-21-2012, 08:10 AM
This is close to $150 but buy the best you can afford.............must check your PSU to see if it has enough power and plugs for a new GPU.......just look at the Wattage on a sticker on your PSU and post your brand name and we can look it up

03-25-2012, 10:34 PM
A Radeon HD 4650 is pretty weak. After looking at the numbers, I would actually suggest a Radeon HD 7750. That would provide a 200%+ increase in frame rate (300%+ with AA!) while only costing about $110 and increasing the load on the PSU by a mere 7W.

Comes in under budget, no need for a new PSU, and satisfies the required increase in gaming performance.