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Hey all,

So I am trying to help out a friend and I need a little bit of advising. He took an old Sony Vaio desktop from his parents, and wants to get it running to play SWTOR. He is not much of a gamer, but wants to play SWTOR badly. I have no idea what kind of stuff the Vaio has in it, I opened it up and it has just and intel mobo (LGA775), but I don't know what chip it has. Sticker says Pentium D, but I'm not too familiar with anything Intel. I told him that with a few upgrades he could have a cost effective machine that would run SWTOR...He's not too huge on graphics, but obviously it should look decent. My main question has to do with the mobo/chip pairing...If I were to get him a new chip for the LGA socket, would it pair? Or does sony put some kind of block on it so you can't do that? Would he need to do Mobo/Chip replace? I don't want to order anything for him without it working and thus feel like a shotty friend. RAM upgrade and prob a lower end vid card is going to be necessary, but I need to get the processing power sorted out.

Like I said, he's not a huge techy or gamer, but would like to be able to play SWTOR comfortably, and he's a good friend, so I'd like to help him out

Thanks
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I think a new mobo/CPU replacement would be better for your friend.I don't know how your budget is but you can buy new or take a look at the classifieds here on OCN for some good deals.A newer dual-core around 3.0Ghz should suffice.Take a look at this review of the game to see how it performs to give you an idea of what to get biggrin.gif
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/star-wars-gaming-tests-review,3087.html
Edited by bleachigo - 2/5/12 at 12:21pm
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Hey all,
So I am trying to help out a friend and I need a little bit of advising. He took an old Sony Vaio desktop from his parents, and wants to get it running to play SWTOR. He is not much of a gamer, but wants to play SWTOR badly. I have no idea what kind of stuff the Vaio has in it, I opened it up and it has just and intel mobo (LGA775), but I don't know what chip it has. Sticker says Pentium D, but I'm not too familiar with anything Intel. I told him that with a few upgrades he could have a cost effective machine that would run SWTOR...He's not too huge on graphics, but obviously it should look decent. My main question has to do with the mobo/chip pairing...If I were to get him a new chip for the LGA socket, would it pair? Or does sony put some kind of block on it so you can't do that? Would he need to do Mobo/Chip replace? I don't want to order anything for him without it working and thus feel like a shotty friend. RAM upgrade and prob a lower end vid card is going to be necessary, but I need to get the processing power sorted out.
Like I said, he's not a huge techy or gamer, but would like to be able to play SWTOR comfortably, and he's a good friend, so I'd like to help him out
Thanks

what is his budget?
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budget is probably 150-200? I need to speak to him about it, but I'm trying to get him set up as cost effectively as possible
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budget is probably 150-200? I need to speak to him about it, but I'm trying to get him set up as cost effectively as possible

okay cool. I need to know more specs like motherboard name. Processor how many GB of ram you have. The power supply and you will need a GPU right?
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He brought me the computer and it didn't work, so i ordered him a new PSU (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KP4IE8/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details) and installed, so the computer works now...I am hoping we can make it work with the 350W PSU (again, I'd feel bad if I dig him a financial hole, which is why I need help!).

I couldn't find the processor type (which is the main problem) without taking off the heatsink (didn't have time to)...only info I have on it is says Pentium D and a LGA775 socket

Mobo info - I am trying to call him right now, I wrote down all the info I could, but left it at his house, be back with more updates, but giving you what I can for now

Numbers off of Mobo (all I could find)
6945PPR
D945GPR

What do you recommend for GPU? I have talked to him a bit, and explained why I chose the one I have (6950), and he didn't seem to care about having stellar graphics, especially at the cost of higher end cards, so I'm just going to assume that a smooth performing card will work.

RAM wise, I am banking on getting something cheap from crucial or newegg on their daily deals, I saw some yesterday for like $25 for 4gb, he won't be using 64bit windows, so I think that 4 will be plenty

Edit: Added model number from mobo
Edited by HolyMoses - 2/5/12 at 3:25pm
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He brought me the computer and it didn't work, so i ordered him a new PSU (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KP4IE8/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details) and installed, so the computer works now...I am hoping we can make it work with the 350W PSU (again, I'd feel bad if I dig him a financial hole, which is why I need help!).
I couldn't find the processor type (which is the main problem) without taking off the heatsink (didn't have time to)...only info I have on it is says Pentium D and a LGA775 socket
Mobo info - I am trying to call him right now, I wrote down all the info I could, but left it at his house, be back with more updates, but giving you what I can for now
Numbers off of Mobo (all I could find)
6945PPR
D945GPR
What do you recommend for GPU? I have talked to him a bit, and explained why I chose the one I have (6950), and he didn't seem to care about having stellar graphics, especially at the cost of higher end cards, so I'm just going to assume that a smooth performing card will work.
RAM wise, I am banking on getting something cheap from crucial or newegg on their daily deals, I saw some yesterday for like $25 for 4gb, he won't be using 64bit windows, so I think that 4 will be plenty
Edit: Added model number from mobo
Get him a new heatsink, some TIM, a 6870 for $150, a new CPU.
    
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What resolution is he going to be playing at?
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Id look for 4 gigs of cheap ram, an e6500 or better core 2 duo and a gts450. Should be able to get all that for under 200 if you shop around and arent afraid of used parts.
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no heatsink, most of those mobos are proprietary >_<
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