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Help for a bewildered dad

Averagejoe
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Help for a bewildered dad

Hi,
I had a PC built for my son, at the time we didn't spec it for gaming but he's now into it and is finding that the games like CS:GO won't work properly and suspects his graphics card (GC) is not up to spec. I'm more bothered that a new GC will need other bits adding to it that I don't fully understand.  I was hoping someone might explain having reviewed the spec below what he needs to play these sorts of games with no lag or rubber banding etc,.  I appreciate we cant get top spec and max fps and all that, just some good gaming time.
His spec is;
win 8.1 64 bit
Intel pentium G3420 @ 3.2 GHz
8.00gb dual channel DDR3 @ 666 mhz
Graphics - Intel HD Graphics 2270W (1920*1080@60Hz)
931 gb HD storage left
Any basic help or advice would be most welcome
Thanks
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

At a first guess
For playing CS GO the CPU should be OK just about but the integrated graphics just won't cut it for that resolution
However before splashing out on a graphics card we need to find if your system will support it
Can you advise the motherboard and the power supply
Averagejoe
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. H81M-PLUS (SOCKET 1150)
not sure about power supply
Averagejoe
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

not sure if this helps
Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Model H81M-PLUS (SOCKET 1150)
Version Rev X.0x
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Haswell
Chipset Revision 06
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model H81
Southbridge Revision C2
System Temperature 28 °C
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc.
Version 0804
Date 06/01/2014
Voltage
+5V 5.240 V
+3.3V 3.392 V
+12V 12.096 V
VIN3 0.136 V
VIN4 0.272 V
VCORE 1.728 V
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Data lanes x16
Slot Designation PCIEX16_1
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Data lanes x1
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

As long as you go for a single slot graphics card it should be OK if the power supply will support it
However it is possible that it won't so we need to know that
Averagejoe
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

not sure how to find that out, any assistance welcome, or is one for the PC builder?
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

Two possibilities
On the back of the computer where the power supply power feed is connected there may be a plate giving the information
Alternatively remove the side plate of the computer (with everything switched off) and there should be a plate visible on the side of the power supply
However
If you are going to get a professional to add a graphics card rather than doing it yourself he should and will check that
He will also advise the minimum graphics card you will need
St3
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

might be cheaper to buy a second hand gaming pc from ebay or somthing. going off those specs they look pretty low
Win 10
i7 7700k
GTX 970
hillyfields123
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

Sorry to resurrect a dead thread but if it's still relevant:
The processor would be fine as Oldjim says but the integrated graphics won't cut it for CS:GO.. If you can find out the wattage (power) of the power supply then recommending a graphics card is trivial.
Doglet
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

An AMD HD 7850 only uses a single 75W 6-pin power connector I'd recommend that as a descent graphics card with low power requirements.
It's what's inside the Playstation 4 and can run games at 1080p/30 without issue. (Should be able to run an old game like CS:GO at 1080p/60 though)
I think it got re-branded as a R9 270 or R9 280 in later iterations. Pentium CPUs are an old design and might bottleneck it though. You'd be better with an i5 CPU.
hillyfields123
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Re: Help for a bewildered dad

Quote from: Doglet
Pentium CPUs are an old design and might bottleneck it though. You'd be better with an i5 CPU.

The Pentium G3420 in question is a Haswell chip which is exactly the same microarchitecture as the i5-4xxx chips and is by no means an 'old design'.