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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


* 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.

Base processor
Pentium4 530 (P) HT 3.0 GHz:

800 MHz Front side bus
Socket LGA775

Intel 915GV

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

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

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
PCI K56flex data/fax modem
Video graphics
Integrated with up to 128 MB allocated video memory
Integrated High Definition audio

Realtek ALC 880 chipset
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
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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1) the US$450 for the Dell was indicative of your budget
2) you are in the USA

Here are a couple of bargains:



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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