What kind of upgrades would I need to make to my computer to be able to play Fallout 3?

by on January 18, 2011

Q: I would like to upgrade my computer some.. Preferably the Graphics card or CPU depending on what I need to do. I want to use it to play fallout 3 or something similar but its still glitch y..Also I just like making my computer faster and faster. Multi tasking is awesome.
Just looking for recommendations, advice and opinions..thanks..this is what Im running

Mother Board- ECS G43T-M

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7600 @ 3.06GHz, 3066 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

Windows 7 64bit

Total Virtual Memory 4.00 GB

sorry, Im a noob and still learning..if you need to know anymore please ask..thanks for the help
Smith


15 Responses to “What kind of upgrades would I need to make to my computer to be able to play Fallout 3?”
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    I have a computer with similar specs to yours and i am running an NVidia GeForce 8600GTS. It has allowed me to play Fallout 3 with no problems on my computer.

    Another option would be to upgrade your memory up to a max of 8gb.

    Your best bet a this point would be to install a video card. Either ATI or NVidia it comes down to personal choice.

    You can use either a PCI express x16 or PCI express x16 2.0 (but will not perform to its full potential.

    If you check out sites like newegg.com or tigerdirect.com you should be able to find a good deal.

    If you need more reccomendations on a video card please let me know.

     
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    I forgot to also say I have a Geforce 9600 GT 1GB DDR2

     
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      You can always upgrade your memory to the full 8gb.

      These are the specs of your mother board:
      Intel® Eaglelake G43 & ICH10
      º Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
      º 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
      º 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
      º 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
      º 1 x PCI slo

      You are currently taking advantage of the PCI Express slot with your video card, you also are running 4 of 8 GB.

      You can always buy a bigger more powerful video card but newer cards coming out are PCI express x16 2.0 or 2.1. You would be wasting your money as your current mother board will not be able to support it to its fullest as it only supports 1.0.

      Also the more power your PC consumes the bigger the power supply you will need. What is the current wattage of the powersupply you are running right now? If you have problem with your PC it may not have enough power to support it current setup creating lag or lockups of your computer.

      If you have a desire to play new games at maximum graphic processing your next step would be to upgrade to a new PC.

       
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    What is your current video card?

    If you’re running into stuttering problems it might be an issue with the game and not your computer.

     
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    Your computer should be fine for Fallout 3.

    Your running into stuttering problems, which are very common for Fallout 3.

    Things to try:
    http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=8886

    http://www.tweakguides.com/Fallout3_3.html

    http://www.google.com/search?q=fallout+3+stuttering

    If you were itching for an upgrade anyway, the only thing I’d suggest upgrading is the video card. I run a Radeon HD5850

    Use http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/ to compare the overall performance of different cards.

     
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    Would the Radeon HD5850 be compatible with my board? This computer is technically my first build. Im constantly wanting to make it better. I am also unsure of the Wat-age of my power. Where can i find that?

     
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    Normally I’d say yes since this is a PCI-Express Board. However since it’s a Micro-ATX Board, the only issue you might run into is going to be Physically inserting the video card into the case if you’re using a smaller than normal case. Such as a case specifically designed for a Micro-ATX motherboard.

    I will not be able to promise that the video card will fit in your case, I suggest measuring and purchasing from a store with a good return policy.

    The dimensions are listed as: 24.13 cm X 12 cm X 4 cm cm

    http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-474.shtml

    You’ll find the wattage of your power supply written somewhere on the power supply itself!

    Use this PSU Calculator to determine the power needs of your computer: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

    You might be better of with the Radeon 6850 which appears to be going for about the same price, and is a tad faster.

    To find this information, I went to http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html found the 5850, and then looked at video cards with similar performance. I then google searched for this video cards to see some prices.

     
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    If the card does fit into your case then yes you can use it. be aware though that using a newer higher end card in an old will not use it to its fullest performance. It will perform at approximately half the band with of 2.0/2.1 PCI express slots.

    From Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
    v1.x: 4 GB/s (32 Gb/s)
    v2.x: 8 GB/s (64 Gb/s)

    PCI express 2.1 is backwards compatible with 1.0 though.

    Also If you use this card make sure it meets the power supply minimum stated by the manufacturer.

     
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    Don’t worry about the PCI-Express bandwith unless you’re going to be running dual cards (and you don’t want to do that anyway). Current single cards don’t use the full band with of a v1 PCI-Express bus.

    If you’re on any kind of a budget and want a gaming performance boost, just replace the video card.

    If you’ve got money to burn then consider swapping out the motherboard, CPU, etc.

    The bang for the buck is in a video card upgrade or more importantly reviewing the fixes specific to Fallout 3 I posted earlier.

     
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    what would be your recommendation for a new board and cpu plus graphics..money isnt an issue right now..im not looking to spend no more then maybe 800 so lol

     
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    1. What is the make and model of your computer case?
    2. What is the make, model and Wattage of your Power Supply?

     
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    of first id like to correct an error i made..my graphics card is actually a geforce 9500GT 1gb ddr2
    I have recently discovered my power wattage is to low with a max of 300watts and the graphics card requires at least I think 350watts.. The case was something I had laying around from a previous computer, says EVerex Impact on the side..Im not too sure what the dimensions are though.. looks like 6inches deep by 14inchs high by 14.5inchs wide..this is just using a tape measurer sorry.. the power supply is a Hippro and says max wattage is 300.. I donno if this helps at all but thank you

     
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    I’d suggest ditching the case and power supply then, and going for a setup like this (with the ASUS Radeon HD 6850 option):

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4025/holiday-2010-system-builders-guide/5

    I suggest reading the whole buyers guide beginning to end so you can understand everything. I always use these buyer’s guides to brush up on current hardware when I go shopping myself.

    If you want some more case ideas check out: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=7&name=Computer-Cases

    Get either an ATX Mid-Tower or ATX Full-Tower case.

    If you’re not at Windows 7 yet, consider buying that too.

     
  13.  

    I am using windows 7.. I plan on replacing my power unit just not sure which one to get and the case will be replaced on a later date haha.. I have decided to keep my current graphics card for a little bit longer but do plan on replacing it at some point. What Power supply would you recommend?

     
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    See the buyers guide I just posted