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DarkLloyd

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My Warranty on the computer is almost soon coming to an end, and i want to turn it into a gaming rig after that point but at the same time i want to buy a external hardrive and play a game that my computer can handle right now like Kotor 1 since its an old and awsome game but the question is when i totally upgrade the parts is that going to effect the programs and games i downloaded for the pc like for example i buy kotor one and installed it on my external 1000 gb drive, played the game then upgrade then put the external drive back in will it still work?

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Sean_Aaron

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If your operating system isn't changing then that shouldn't be an issue because the registry would be intact, but you'd probably want to do a fresh install if you're rebuilding the machine in which case you'd need to re-install the game, but you might be able to use the old save data by copying that directory over (at least that's been my experience with computer gaming in the past).

Whether or not the game runs will depend upon whether or not your operating system has changed and whether or not the game has code that specifies compatibility with specific video cards; the game manual and support forums should hopefully be able to let you know if you'll be able to run it following any planned upgrades. Good luck!

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DarkLloyd

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thanks i guess i should probably wait before buying the external harddrive and download any pc games for the first time from steam till after i upgrade the parts cuz i can play left 4 dead but when ever theres a hoard of zombies it sort of slows down a bit making it impossible to aim properly but the old games plays just fine like that Cr@ppy port of the command and conquer decade pack but im merely doing this so i may play the newer games instead.

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Impresario

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Upgrading really depends on what your currently running. Some prebuilt name brand comps (HP, Dell, etc) have issues when trying to "upgrade" let alone make it into a gaming rig. If your running Windows and you change the CPU then Windows freaks out, and you'll have to call and re-register your copy, which can be a pain but I have never had a problem with IT when you ask nicely. Also, from my experience if your using a USB external your not getting a true transfer while playing games. Which will lead to really slow performance.

(edit) Now that I read the post again, I think I understand. Your looking to upgrade the storage (ram, vid card I assume)? If this is the case just install another hard drive and leave the original with the operating system alone.

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DarkLloyd

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well yeah as the way it is now it can play games but certain games espically new ones need better parts or it wont just run as well and be a terrible experince i'll list what my computer has now and some other detail if it matters

Windows Vista (tm) Home Premium
Service Pack 2

System

Manfacturer: Hewlett-Packard Company
Model: a6534f
Rating: ( dont think this is important)
Processor: AMB Phenom 8450 Triple-Core Processor 2.10GHz
Memory Ram (3.00 GB)
System Type: 32 Bit Operating System
Harddrive inside the computer is like 640 gb
Graphics card is a Nvidia GeoForce 9300 GE
system memory is 3072mb

as you can tell im really new at this kind of thing and my main motivation is that Kotor Online game thats coming out next year (Knights of the old republic mmo) though the graphics dont look next genish i figured if im going to go hardcore with just one game on the pc why not many others might as well reap the benifits so that is why i want to turn it into a gaming rig in that sense

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Impresario

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Actually the specs aren't terrible for that rig. IMHO upgrade the video card to what you can afford and play kotor. Can't find any info on case dimensions or if the motherboard is standard ATX either. Just make sure what card you buy will fit and not hit or cover anything up.

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DarkLloyd

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hmm despite me not being as quite smart in this field yet lol but i seem to understand what your saying so bassically it sounds like i should upgrade the processor if thats even possible and the video card as i imagine most games dont really go beyond using more then 4 rams speed wise? hmm makes me wonder if left 4 dead wont slow down when loads of zombies come on screen

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