Question Upgrade old PC or not?

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  1. cymru78

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    Hi

    Once upon a time I was in to games. I was also up to date on PC specs but this no longer applies!
    Nowadays, I just don't have time to play them and I don't enjoy them as much anyway. Just sold my PS4 actually because it's hardly used anymore.
    However, my young kids are starting to get in to the usual games like Minecraft and Rocket League and Football Manager.

    I'm thinking of buying a PC for casual gaming.

    I've been offered an old Dell Vostro 420, Win 10, 1tb hdd, 2.6ghz quad core q9400 & Geoforce 9800gt graphics card for around £100.
    Is there honestly anything I could do with this to make it a bit more modern and have it working for those particular games at all?

    If this can't be done (as I presume) is there a budget PC that anyone can recommend for me for approx £350-500?
    Ideally, pre-built as I don't have the time to build one myself.

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    I don't think the used PC will.be any good. Have a look at the sticky at the top of this section. It's a little out dated but the information is still pretty good. For £500 you need to build yourself. And it should only take an hour or so
     
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I've had a check done with System Requirements or whatever that website is called.
    Says Minecraft will be fine and meets min requirements for rocket league

    Is there not a way to upgrade it slightly?
    Add ssd, maybe newer graphics card and a little bit more ram?
     
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    You could get a newer GPU. As long as the PSU is decent. I wouldn't bother with an SSD. How much RAM does it have?
    For £100 I would give it a go. The problem is if the kids get hooked on games then you'll need to upgrade anyway
     
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    6gb RAM. I just thought a cheap SSD to store Windows would be best?
    What Graphics would you recommend should I buy it?
     
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    I've just been informed that the graphics card has been replaced with a Radeon HD 4890.
     
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    Unless you are bothered about boot times and load times I wouldn't bother with an SSD. A 4890 should be sufficient for those 2 games you want to play. 6GB should be enough as well
     
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    Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.
     
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    For £100 it may be worth a punt! Atleast for starting out
     
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    You can find on ebay i5 2nd generation computer with 4-8gb ddr3 500gb hard drive for about £80-100 and buy gpu for £30-50 max like gtx 750 or gtx 750 ti. Will be much better than that Dell Vostro 420 :)
     

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