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Offline TomC2017

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Gaming on my old dell, help
« on: July 17, 2017, 12:48:18 AM »
Hello Rifftrax forum,

I am here today because I have an old computer and some extra free time on my hands so I would like to put the old computer into some use and start doing a little gaming. I’ve never used this computer for gaming before so I’m not even sure if it’s possible. I will place some specs below so you can get more of an idea.

Make: Dell
Model: Latitude E6420
Hard drive: 1TB
Processor: Intel i5

Graphics: Nvidia (not sure which but it came with the computer)
This is the same Laptop here In general, I will be happy to get any games working on here other than solitaire and mind sweep. If there is any other information that you guys need please let me know and I will get back to you ASAP. Looking forward to speaking with you all and getting back Gaming.

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Re: Gaming on my old dell, help
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 04:14:52 AM »
I had a few of those old 6420s and though the on board graphics may handle some low end graphics games, it just can't handle newer games out there and there's no way to upgrade the on board graphics. . :-\
If gaming is that important I would just invest in a newer laptop.

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Re: Gaming on my old dell, help
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 11:15:59 AM »
There's not a lot of recent big name games that will work on that. But 7-8 year old stuff that you've missed out on as well as various indie titles should work on it. Fallout 3 instead of 4. Civ V instead of 6. Return to Castle Wolfenstein rather than the 2017 game. FTL or Shovel Knight, etc.

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Re: Gaming on my old dell, help
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 02:39:07 AM »
I'm going to download one of the games from above and see how it goes. The fact of the matter is, I will probably end up getting a new PC so I can play pretty much anything I want. In terms of gaming PC's what's best on the market at the minute?

Thanks for the replies guys

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Re: Gaming on my old dell, help
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2017, 12:19:56 PM »
One word: GOG.  If you've never been there, they are a Steam-alternate with the added bonus that a lot of their collection is older titles (though they've also gotten quite a few new ones as well).  They're not just really old things, either...they have a lot of mid-2000s stuff that might be of interest.  What's especially nice is the REALLY old stuff is automatically enhanced with stuff like DOSBox and the SCUMM emulators, so you can get games to run with a single click (sure, you can tweak them all you want for better sound if you want, but getting them to work is half the battle sometimes).  Even better, all their stuff is DRM-free, so you don't need to have a constant internet connection or a client like Steam installed to have them work (though they do have one called Galaxy if you prefer to use it), and you can make your own backups if you needed to future-proof your collection.  I still use Steam on occasion (Steam is a lot better when it comes to online gaming; just a larger user base, for one, and not everything is on GOG), but considering a lot of my favorites are single player stuff like the old Sierra and Lucasarts games, they are great for stuff like that.  And they have sales all the time; you'd be surprised how much stuff is less than two bucks when sales hit.  Plus, a lot of them come with scanned copies of the manuals as freebies (the games are DRM-free, but some older ones still do use code wheels and page numbers for copy protection, which can be annoying, but also a little nostalgic as well).

I can't recommend anything in particular that would be within the last 8 years that hasn't already been mentioned, but there's a lot on there that CAN run on a system like yours, and for a good price, too.
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