Topic Title: Help with upgrading
Topic Summary: ram versus video graphics and /or any help
Created On: 11/25/2012 10:15 AM
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 11/25/2012 10:15 AM
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Currently I have a Dell Inspirion 546 with 4 gb ram and , Athlon 11 x2 250 at 3.0 ghz , with a ATI Radeon 4350 that has 512 mb memory. Having trouble with the new Black OPS 2 and would appreciate any help with best upgrades for my system.



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 11/25/2012 12:56 PM
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What's the power supply?

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 11/25/2012 02:23 PM
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Look at the system con fig and all I see is 65 watts.



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 11/25/2012 02:51 PM
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In that case we better asume that your PSU is insuficient for more powerful hardware and exchange that as well. Better safe than sorry!

How much would you be able or willing to spend?



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 11/25/2012 05:51 PM
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Take a screwdriver, open the case, and look at the power supply. Being a Dell I imagine it is only about 300w which is insufficient for anything of gaming quality, so there's $70 or so into a Corsair power supply. Then for a good gaming card you're looking at an HD 7770 or 7850/70, but my advice would be to wait for the HD 8000 series due out very soon, since if nothing else it will depress HD 7000 series prices, but you will still need a new PSU and now is the time to get one since they are on sale on Newegg (or TigerDirect/Misco if you are outside North America)

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 11/26/2012 01:43 PM
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Perhaps we should figure out what the dude means by "trouble" first...

For all we know that could mean lag spikes caused by a bad internet connection and have absolutely nothing to do with his machine at all.



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 11/26/2012 04:00 PM
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I suspect the problem stems from him trying to game with a HD 4350, which I can't imagine is more than a slideshow.

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 11/26/2012 06:40 PM
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What I've seen with black ops 2 is people show up out of nowhere and I don't see them coming , also they sure seem to see me long before I see them. Don't think it's internet because I didn't have this trouble with men at war 3. I've actually camped places and all of a sudden some is in front of me without me seeing them coming. I'm just assuming graphics, have considered adding Visiontek crossfire card comparable to my present graphics card but am concerened about power supply.



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 11/26/2012 06:51 PM
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It would have to be something comparable to what you have now... Trying to crossfire cards of different capabilities often doesn't work out well... assuming you can even find another 4350. 

If it's not lag spikes, then I'd say you're looking at more of a rebuild than an upgrade.



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 11/30/2012 02:52 PM
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Sounds like it still could be latency/lag-spike/internet connection issues.

Does CoD: BlackOps 2 have a single-player (off-line) component? How does the game work in that mode?  Try dumping the resolution and graphics options wayyyy down.  Do the enemies now act more like human enemies instead of time-jumping teleporters?

I am quite confident you cannot CrossFire an HD4350, with another HD4350, but regardless I just wouldn't recommend that even if it did work.  A better solution would just be a single card upgrade.  Even just to an HD4550 would likely yield better results than a CF HD4350 setup.

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