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Build yourself a new gaming rig. Plenty of videos on you tube and for 4 or 5 hundred quid you can get a decent little set up. Easily play bf1 and things like counterstrike at 60 fps. Maybe won't be ultra graphics but easily run high. With the new graphics cards being released the older generation are becoming a lot cheaper. New motherboard, 16gb ddr3 ram and an i7 chip. Easily under the 500 quid mark.
 
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Thanks Count. That's an impressive list but the games have been tested/played on Windows 7 Operating system....mine has 8.1....would the games be compatible for Win 8.1?
To chime in, yes. The base of the operating system is nearly the same. Win8 basically has a bit more 'waffle' in the menu tab etc. and updates for security.

New gaming rig is a good idea, depending on what yours is and how often you seek to play games. If you're fine not using a computer to game, maybe dismiss the idea but for half a G you can do something pretty decent. I just built my younger bro one. Relatively cheap but fast as lightning - an SSD is worth it's weight in gold in my opinion, helps make everything 'feel' premium when using it. iTunes opens in a flash, accessing files is a doddle etc.
 
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Toms Hardware do some quite good 'Build a PC for ...' guides, useful as a starting point if nothing else.
Got to agree with the "an SSD is worth it's weight in gold", makes a real difference to an old PC. @Benz3ne is right on the OS front as well.

To be honest though I'd just try the games you want to play and see before chucking cash at it, if you are playing at fairly low resolutions you don't need to get too fancy. Gaming performance is a bit like wet shaving et al, you can get a perfectly good experience for a reasonable amount of cash or you can spend a fortune chasing the 'ultimate' experience.

As for adding a discrete GPU this might be helpful: Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table
As the chap says you would want to go at least three tiers higher than the 4000 to see a noticeable difference. An R7 240 is five tiers higher and can be found for around the £50 mark. I haven't seen/tried all the GPUs on the list of course but I've always found them to be quite accurate.
 
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Another place to have a look before building a PC for yourself is LinusTechTips on youtube - Linus is a little annoying with his sharp, high-pitched voice, americanisms and 'humour' but the older videos are excellent for learning how to put a computer together.

@Count of Undolpho I was trying to think what cheap graphics cards would be good for just putting into a system. I've a friend who's running Nvidia 950's in SLI and has done for many years and they've never once failed on him. In fact, he built a GTX 1080 rig earlier this year and the 950's are still on his 'backup computer'. They can be had cheap and are good for low-level, low-res gaming.
 
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Oh dear....I feel that I've somewhat hijacked this thread....apologies, but this middle aged member has learned more about his PC and it's spec over the last 10 posts or so than he did prior to this. Thanks for the advice. I don't think that I will be updating the spec of my current PC just so I can play a decent flight sim but at least now I appreciate what a beefed up system can do. Thanks all.
 
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@Benz3ne Until a couple of years ago I was still running a 5770 and gaming quite happily on a 22" 16:10 monitor.
I did a new build (saved for 5 years - kids take a lot of cash to raise) and upgraded to a 960 on a 24" 16:10 and am still gaming quite happily. I've not found anything it struggles with at the resolutions and detail I'm happy to play at. I've played around with overclocking the CPU and GPU but only for individual titles to see if it made any difference. Mostly I found the difference showed up more in benchmarks than in the subjective experience.
Striped SSDs help though!
 
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I can't be hooped with the PC master race thing. Lol. I'm a happy xbox one console peasant. Much less hassle but if I were to buy another PC I would be building my own for less than the ready made crap from PC world or other good electronic stores.
 
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Oh dear....I feel that I've somewhat hijacked this thread....apologies, but this middle aged member has learned more about his PC and it's spec over the last 10 posts or so than he did prior to this. Thanks for the advice. I don't think that I will be updating the spec of my current PC just so I can play a decent flight sim but at least now I appreciate what a beefed up system can do. Thanks all.
Our pleasure, as a middle aged gamer I often sit and have a half hour 'ooh what would I build if I had the cash and space and time...' daydream. Then I sit back down in the corner at my tiny little computer desk and kill some stuff.
 
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I can't be hooped with the PC master race thing. Lol. I'm a happy xbox one console peasant. Much less hassle but if I were to buy another PC I would be building my own for less than the ready made crap from PC world or other good electronic stores.
I'm ok with my 360. I just fancied a nice flying experience. I kind of get that with a few 360 flight games.....but I'm rubbish at dogfights and evading missiles.
 
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I'm ok with my 360. I just fancied a nice flying experience. I kind of get that with a few 360 flight games.....but I'm rubbish at dogfights and evading missiles.
Only flying game I liked for the 360 was Tom Clancy's Hawx. It was basically all dogfights and missile evading tho. Lol. Every time I played it tho I got the top gun theme tune in my head. YEE HAA. JESTERS DEAD. Lol.
 
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