New pc cant run computer games properly?


Dec 22, 2012
My old laptop use to run games better then my new desktop i just brought im not sure if its the settings or what but here are the specs

Windows Version: Microsoft Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit
Processor: AMD A8-5500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Graphics Card: GeForce GT 620
Total RAM: 8GB

My old laptop had these specs

Windows Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Total RAM: 4GB

Im not even sure really did i get ripped off? if anything it would be the processor in the new computer

Thanks for your time and hopefully some help -James


Jan 3, 2012
Yes your processor is much weaker than the laptops cpu and your video card is slightly behind the laptops chipset, the HD 4000 is ever so slightly better than the gt 620 thats why you do not get better performance because you bought a weaker computer
you have to look at the lone of the cards not just the number. gtx series is the gaming series. everything else wont really get you anywhere. Any GT series card will be miles behind a GTX card. For example. you could get medium/ high settings from a gtx 460 but a gt 640 won't get you low settings in modern games.
You're a student? You could sell some stuff? Would be best to grab a good CPU first - your current one would seriously constrain a capable graphics card. Card would work, and you'd get some of the benefit, but probably not all of it (depending on what you buy). Grab a decent CPU now though (maybe a Core i3 if you're on a tight budget) and then you can combine that with a capable graphics card.

EDIT: That said, new CPU would also require a new motherboard. How much money can you put towards it? Too late to just get a refund?