So I have an internal debate going that I wouldn't mind a small bit of input on.
My PC is alright, a more inexpensive model, but much needed at the time I purchased it. It's specs aren't grand and it can't always do the things I want it to do, i.e It cannot run Fallout IV . Although it's mostly good for everything else aside from a few occasional issues, most games I play run fine aside from occasionally a game which will get a little bit slow fps, but thankfully not quite so much as to be completely unplayable, just slightly hampering really.
I'm not a PC expert by any stretch of the imagination and money isn't really a major constriction for me anymore these days. I could just buy a newer better one (though this one is only a bit over a year old) or I could try to look into upgrading this one. Again I'm not really sure what upgrading would cost or how I would do it so I guess that's the question, can anyone help offer me some thoughts on what the best option would be on this?
The only other thing then that to consider is I have tried taking the free upgrade to windows 10 with this as well and for some reason it didn't take, I don't know if that should factor into my decision as well.
Hi! I have some experience with building PCs, built several over the last few years and helped Khoraz (from E) build his.
Looking at what you have: you need a new processor, a new graphics card, and probably a new Motherboard and PSU. 6GB RAM is usable, but you'd also benefit from adding another 4GB. As for processors, the Haswell line of intel processors are the best bang for your buck right now (you want an i5, not an i7.) I personally recommend the i5 4690k, it's by far the best cost-benefit processor right now, but I can recommend some cheaper ones if that goes over budget.
As for the graphics card, you're running integrated graphics. That means you don't have a dedicated card rendering stuff. You need one of those. The cheapest you can get for good performance is a Nvidia GTX 960, or its AMD equivalent, the AMD R9 380 4GB (I'd recommend this one over the NVidia counterpart). If you want to future-proof, you can add a bit of money and buy a NVidia GTX 970, or the AMD equivalent, the AMD R9 390 (which is slightly better). That'll last you close to two console generations (so, this one, and it'll also run pretty much every game from the Xbox 2 and the PS5 on max or close to max settings).
These gaming components are usually power hungry, which means you need a new PSU as well. The PSU is what gives power to your system and arguably the most important part in the machine. If it fails, your entire rig might be ruined. For the specs I recommended, you want around 650W / 700W PSUs. Particularly, you want one with good capacitors; generally speaking, as a rule of thumb, just look for something that says 650W/700W or higher and that has the 80+ quality certificate (it's in their name) of at least Bronze. Gold is ideal, but they're more expensive. So just look for anything that says over 650W 80+Bronze. EVGA is a good, reliable brand for PSUs. I can recommend some if you'd like.
As for RAM, pretty much everything will do. The Motherboard just needs to be compatible with the processor and have a slot for the graphics card. I can also recommend a few depending on your budget.
Generally speaking, upgrading / buying parts is much cheaper than buying prebuilts, and gets you a whole lot more bang for your buck.
Feel free to shoot any questions my way, and check this link out for some other cool build ideas you can take stuff from: https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds
is very helpful with quick questions if you want second opinions on what I'm suggesting.
How much it would cost? For these parts, you're looking at about $500 to $600. Which is a lot cheaper than getting a pre-built that can run Fallout 4 acceptably. How you would go about doing it? I can suggest some websites where you can buy the parts, some of which can assemble them for you for something like 20 extra bucks if you take your tower in.