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Old December 10th, 2010, 10:43 PM
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Hi all, Im trying to play an online racing sim game called iracing. heres what iracing says i need to have:

* Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
* Hyperthreaded Intel CPU, AMD Athlon 64 CPU, or any dual-core CPU
* 128MB Pixel Shader 2.0 (ATI 9700Pro or nVidia 6600 or better); 256 MB Pixel Shader 3.0 (ATI X1600 or nVidia 6800 GT/GS or better) graphics adapter recommended
* 1 GB system RAM
* 3Gb free hard disk space
* Microphone optional, required for voice chat

Controller

* Steering wheel, analog gamepad, or joystick.

Internet Browser Requirements

* Firefox 1.5, Internet Explorer 7, Google Chrome 2.0 or newer
* Javascript enabled
* Cookies enabled
* Flash Player

Internet Connection Speed

* 56K dial-up at a minimum, Broadband (DSL or Cable) highly recommended. Satellite broadband exclude

i have the wheels and internet and all that, but i want to know if this computer is upgradeable to use with iracing. I have an hp a1034n and heres what it has.

Hardware
Base processor
Pentium4 530 (P) HT 3.0 GHz:

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800 MHz Front side bus
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Socket LGA775

Chipset
Intel 915GV
Motherboard

*
Manufacturer: Asus
*
Motherboard Name: PTGD-LA
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HP motherboard name: Goldfish3-GL8E

Memory
Component Attributes
Memory Installed 1 GB (2 x 512)
Maximum allowed 4 GB* (4 x 1GB) requires the replacement of the installed 512 MB DIMMs

*Actual available memory may be less
Speed supported PC3200 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM
DIMM slots Four
Open DIMM slots Two
Hard drive

*
200 GB SATA
*
7200 rpm

16x DVD(+/-)R/RW DL LightScribe drive

*
must use Double-Layer media discs in order to take advantage of the DL technology
*
must use LightScribe-enabled media discs and supporting software in order to take advantage of the LightScribe technology

type Attributes
DVD+R DL Write Once 2.4X
DVD+R Write Once 16X
DVD+RW Rewritable 4X
DVD-R Write Once 8X
DVD-RW Rewritable 4X
DVD ROM Read 16X
CD-R Write Once 40X
CD-RW Rewritable 24X
CD-ROM Read 40X
CD-ROM drive
Maximum speed: 48X
Modem
PCI K56flex data/fax modem
Video graphics
Integrated with up to 128 MB allocated video memory
Sound/audio
Integrated High Definition audio

*
Realtek ALC 880 chipset
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8-channels for Full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.1 surround sound support with Dolby Pro Logic IIx

Network (LAN)
Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
Memory card reader

* USB interface
* Supports the following cards:
o Compact Flash I
o Compact Flash II
o SmartMedia
o Memory Stick
o Memory Stick Pro
o MultiMediaCard
o Secure Digital (SD)
o Micro Drive
o XD Picture Card (xD = extreme digital)

External I/O ports
I/O ports on the front panel
Port type Quantity
9-in-1 (4 slot) + 1 USB One
IEEE 1394 One
USB (2.0) Two
Headphone One
Line-in One
Microphone One
I/O ports on the back panel
Port type Quantity
PS/2 (keyboard, mouse) Two (one each)
VGA (monitor) One
Parallel One
USB (2.0) Four
IEEE 1394 One
LAN One
Audio One each (line-in, line-out, microphone)
Expansion slots
Slot type Quantity
PCI Three (two available)
DIMM Four (two available)
Drive bays
Bay type Quantity
5.25-inch, external Two (occupied)
3.5-inch, external Two (one available)
3.5-inch, internal One (occupied)

i want to use it with my 50 inch vizio hdtv. anyone know if this is possible and what is usually costs, or if its easier to get a new system because i called dell and they said the inspiron 580 would be the computer for me to use and its only 449.99. thank you for your help
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Old December 10th, 2010, 11:45 PM
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I am not much of a hardware person but to me your system in general is on the borderline. Video card probably needs to be replaced.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 01:22 AM
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No. Your HP motherboard has no video expansion slots (AGP or PCI-Express). It only has PCI slots which will not be capable of supporting the video performance required.

The on-board graphics chip won't cut it either.

The Dell machine would also need a graphics upgrade which would increase the base price.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 03:07 AM
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does anyone happen to know how much a computer to run this stuff would be? or what computer to look for. i appreciate everything guys.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Assuming:
1) the US$450 for the Dell was indicative of your budget
2) you are in the USA

Here are a couple of bargains:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883241035

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16883147316R

Both motherboards have PCIExpress x16 slots for future upgradability.

While the HP is an "open box", the features are pretty outstanding for the price (almost as good as mine which I built about 8 months ago for about US$1200) and it's the one I'd go for. Already has a PCIExpress card (Radeon 5450) with HDMI output which should connect direct to the TV.
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