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Hi about my computer (some help about upgrading and advice)

Q: Hi about my computer (some help about upgrading and advice)

I ll upload my computer report later here so you could have a look at it also need your opinions on the stores i like heres a poll my god i bought my computer too early man if i had my own money i would just buy a really good comp but oh well maybe when i grow older computers will be so cheap but everyone will have lots of ram and space since programs are getting fat and fatter like windows I got my computer from atic ca Asus p p mother board intel celeron D mhz CPU M DDR Samsung maxtor GB SATA HD TA W case computer upgrading advice) and about help Hi (some my about pin to pin adapter Sapphire Radeon m video card Microsoft windows xp Home edition router klinksys WRT G Samsung N quot LCD monitor total cost Do you think that is decent i just realize that best buy has so cheap computers darn it But Hi about my computer (some help about upgrading and advice) i was wondering why does Everest home edition say my ram is MHz instead of mhz i emailed atic and the Hi about my computer (some help about upgrading and advice) guy said When Hi about my computer (some help about upgrading and advice) running FSB Processors on an FSB board the memory clock is dropped to MHz regardless of what memory is installed The software may report this as MHz closest standard but the actual speed it is running at will be MHz If you upgrade your CPU to an FSB processor it should change to MHz Just wondering if that is correct and i do not understand what he just said And not sure how many pins my ram has SDram is DDR is i think for ddr Was planning to upgrade my ram to gigs just wondering what you guys think i should buy And i live in vancouver BC So my favorities place to buy would be bestbuy and atic just wondering which store would be better wondering what board i should get to get the maximum from my ram i should had just gotten MHz huh instead of paying for MHz ram and have it drop I m also wondering what type of sound card i should get something that supports surrond sound the onboard audio sucks it can t play loud enough to hear a thing i hope i get some advice sorry if this is a bit long also please comment on my computer I m not sure if its good enough to do much The things i use on computer Msn triilain F-secure internet security shaw secure Mirc play shattered galaxy sometimes Smart Ftp Everest home edition winrar gilly messenger Dap though don t need it but shaw is dum sometimes windows media winamp open office quicktime Jcreator Macromedia studio MX nero adobe reader free version Not going to list all of them but just the main ones Shattered galaxy is a megabyte for ram hog F-secure and trillain are cpu hogs Also wondering how could i prevent my cpu from keep getting to usage since when i use f-securfe s real time scanning it stays are for quite a while just wondering if upgrading my cpu will help or ram nbsp

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Intel Celeron processor 600Mhz
64 MB SDRAM memory with up to 11MB allocated to video memory
Hard Drive 10.2 GB Ultra DMA hard drive
Sony Cd burner!

I've been thinking to upgrade the Memory to 256 SDRAM & upgrading the 600 Mhz to 2 ghz or something..

I can't really afford a new computer right now! Plus I'm 18 just graduated out of high school with no job YET! My parents won't upgrade, they said if I want to it will have to come out of my graduation money. Right now I have about $165.00. Would that be enough to upgrade the following two things?

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Here are the specs:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.6GHz (It's overclocked)
Memory: 4096MB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB
I have a 500gb and 1tb harddrive
Running Windows 7 64 bit at 1920 x 1080 with another monitor at 1680 x 1050

If you need any more specs feel free to ask.

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I have a LeadTek K7NCR18D ( ) NForce2 motherboard on the way along with a AMD Athlon XP 1.8ghz.

I want 512MB RAM...

I am lost about memory. I understand about pc2100, pc2700, and pc3200. I know that the pc3200 is fastest. Does this motherboard support 3200 and is it worth getting it or settling for pc2700?

"Supports 3, 184 -pin DIMM sockets for DDR -SDRAM module
Support up to 3GB of memory
Support up to DDR 400 memory
128 bit DualDDR Memory Architecture (2 pieces memory required)"

Should I get 1 mem chip or 2? (1 x 512 or 2 x 256)?
What do the last 2 lines mean? Please give me some good advice. Memory is the only thing I am lacking.


A:Upgrading computer...need memory advice

Here is nvidia's definition of dual channel memory

Features of DualDDR memory architecture include:

Highest memory bandwidth: DualDDR combines the power of DDR400 with two independent memory controllers, which yields a staggering 6.4GB per second of memory bandwidth—twice the memory bandwidth of other DDR400 chipsets. Increased memory bandwidth delivers better system and graphics performance, resulting in more overall productivity.
Lowest latency: Both memory controllers operate concurrently with each other to hide latencies associated with typical chipsets. For example, controller "A" reads or writes to main memory while controller "B" prepares for the next access, and vice versa. As important is the second-generation DASP (dynamic adaptive speculative preprocessor), which has been re-architected for improved performance.
Most stable and flexible memory system: End-users can now populate higher density DIMMs, up to 1GB each, to utilize the entire 3GB memory address map. This large memory map allows more applications, audio and video streams to coexist without conflict.
The NVIDIA nForce2 DualDDR memory architecture provides a no-compromise PC graphics memory solution, allowing everyone to take advantage of today's most intensive applications and get the most performance out of existing memory. Not only can you run multiple applications simultaneously, you can do so without fear that the system will come to a screeching halt. DualDDR raises the bandwidth bar, delivering a 100% increase over current competitive products, and provides the power and performance PCs need to run at their fullest capabilities.

It is slightly faster when dual channel is used.

The motherboard will support PC 3200 although you won't need it unless you plan on overclocking.
I would suggest getting to memory chips to use the dual channel feature of the chipset
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My current Upgrading my advice needed computer, specs are ASRock A GXE M Motherboard Athlon X BE OC ed at GHZ GB G-SKILL DDR HD Here is what i m looking at buying Same Motherboard AMD Phenom II X Black Edition Deneb Upgrading my computer, advice needed GHz Socket AM W HIS Upgrading my computer, advice needed H FN GD Radeon HD GB -bit GDDR PCI Express x G SKILL GB x GB -Pin DDR SDRAM DDR PC For a grand total of shipped I posted this at a different forum and many people told me that I was wasting my money That I should buy a new motherboard so I will be able to get DDR Ram They Upgrading my computer, advice needed said that I can get a Intel Core i - Sandy Bridge GHz Dual-Core Processor for the same price that will outperform the Phenom I don t do a whole lot of gaming but when I do I like to be able to run the games on a fairly high setting and my HD is beginning to show its age I just wanted to throw in a new GPU CPU and add a little RAM and I figured with what I selected that I would be able to run just about anything at full speed I figured I would get a second opinion here So what would you recommend I should also point out that I still have an IDE DVD Burner and my secondary hard drive So I would either have to upgrade those components find a new motherboard that has IDE or buy an adapter all of which will add to the final price So do you think I should go all out and buy a new motherboard or just upgrade the components Thanks nbsp

A:Upgrading my computer, advice needed

You could last it out a while longer, but I'd be inclined to upgrade.

Being pedantic though, your GPU choice is not going to play every single game out there at fairly high settings, unless you're prepared to drop the resolutions.

Is your budget set in stone?

Also, what existing hardware do you have that you could reuse should changing motherboard be an option?
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A:Solved: Upgrading Gaming Computer Need Advice

That's not a bad system, upgrading the graphics card will be enough, at least for the games you like it to run.

I think this card will be more than enough:

You can also buy a Radeon HD 4850 if you can find one. In fact the HD 4850 is a better choice since it's faster and you can get it for a better price: hd 4850

Note that I know nothing of VisionTek cards, I just posted the above link for reference. I'd go for any card made by Sapphire, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte and HIS. If you can find one of those go for it!

The bad news is that you have to upgrade your PSU as well, running the new card on a low end/cheapo PSU could lead to all kinds of problems.

Get this one if you can afford it:

Cheaper alternatives:


If you can't fit a normal size card in your case then you can get something like this:

But I don't think it's worth it as this card will perform close to your 9500 GT...It's hard to find a fast small form factor card.

This will be certainly faster but not by much:
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Hi My current system is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.50 Ghz, 4G of RAM, and an MSI N240GT 1GB GDDR5 video card. I can't run WoW with any of the settings to high.

The system i'm considering is an AMD Phenom II X6 1045 with a Radeon 5450 1GB.

So my question is will my 240GT be able to run WoW on high with that system, or do I need to upgrade to the 5670 (+$50) or the 5770 (+$130) ?


A:Upgrading computer, need video card advice

you will not get high fps with the 5450 or the 240 gt they are budget cheap cards , if you want high gaming spec its the 5770 which will be capable for a long long time,its bandwith is nearly double for starters but you will need good psu 600w min high efficency or 800w
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System i got now:
Operating System
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
Enclosure Type: Desktop
2.70 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: AsRock P4VM890.
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. P1.70 05/24/2007
Hard Drive: MAXTOR STM3250820A [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive
Memory: 1 X 1GB, 1 X 512MB

Can anyone give me any advice as to what would be the best thing to do to upgrade it e.g. suggest a different processor or anything? because it runs rather slow at the moment
(If you suggest buying something could you link something appropriate)

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so here's my setup:

Mobo: Asus M2N4-sli
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+
Ram: 2gb kingston DDR2
GPU: Ati Radeon HD 4670 512 Vram

so? what do i do?


A:Upgrading Advice

Hi Pink,
why are you upgrading?, and what is it you want to be able to do with your machine that you cant now?
secondly, what is your upgrade budget?
and what Power supply do you have?
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Hey there,

I was just looking round and I was looking to see what I should upgrade first. I built the system a little while ago and I am looking to upgrade it a little more. I am on quite a budget but I have been told the system I have is quite bad so I think I might need alot more improvements...

LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard
AMD64 3200+ Proc
640MB DDR333 RAM (1x 512MB 400, 1x 128MB 333)
ATI Radeon X600Pro
1x Maxtor 80GB HDD 7200RPM
1x Seagate 160GB HDD 7200RPM
5.1 Channel On-Board Sound
8x USB (6 + 2inc.)
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Any ideas? I know its a bit generalistic but I just need some sort of idea what would be best to upgrade first.



A:Upgrading advice

First, grab another stick of 512MB ram, and put it in there. Then I would get a new video card. The x600 series is quite bad. Let us know what your budget is.
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A:Upgrading PC - Need some advice!

I would tend to think you could run that game with no problem. I checked the recommended specs [Not the min specs] and you well exceed the recommended specs.

Are you sure your system is running correctly ie not overheating, voltages normal, etc? Since you have an asus board, download and run asus probe and check your temps and voltages while under a full load. I use prime95 for stress testing however there are other apps as well. Prime95 is a free download available from many sites.

Post a screenshot of probe while you are running prime95.
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My PC:

If I'm missing anything, tell me, and I'll post more info.

A:Upgrading PSU, need advice

Spend as much as you can afford on a psu of 400 watts or better.
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or should i be looking at the latest say 8gb kit?


A:upgrading my RAM advice

well i'd go for 3 x 4gb of the same type to replicate your triple channel setup, you would be disapointed if you went to dual channel ram from triple channel if you were able to notice it.

only the timing's have improved a smidge on ram these days.
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A:Upgrading- need advice

I like Asus, but is not a favorite around theses parts.
Look into Gigabite motherboards.
I like either one or two.
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Hi guys, My friend wants to upgrade his pc so he can play Command & Conquer? Generals, Halo, and games of that type with no lag. He has a budget of abt $250 (Canadian).

His Computer Specs:
AMD Athlon XP, 2166 MHz (13 x 167) 3000+ (L2 512 KB) (3.3 V) (Socket A)
Asus A7V8X-LA (Kelut) (3 PCI, 1 AGP 8x, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)
512 MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 (166 MHz)
VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP (64 MB)
Realtek ALC658 @ VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller
KTC K-9005L [19" LCD] (15515)
What can he upgrade while staying in that budget..
Can you guys look for parts in Tiger direct ( only... since it?s near his place? so that if he gets a faulty part he can exchange it?.

any subjection will be appreciated

Thanks In advance,

A:Upgrading Need advice...

Can you check his PSU as well please. How many watts is it, and how many amps on the +12v rail? I assume this is an HP/compaq system?

For that budget, his best bet is probably to leave the CPU alone and go for a graphics card. The problem is, a newer graphics card is likely going to require a new PSU as well. You could always just pop in a new graphics card and hope for the best. Worse case scenario is it won't work and you'll need a new PSU.

I'm tempted to say also upgrade the ram. His board only has two dimm slots. Is his current ram 2 sticks of 256mb or 1 stick of 512mb? If it is one stick of 512, then it'll be nice and cheap to get him up to 1Gb of ram.

This card is looking like it's in his range:

See what some others say on this as well.
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I am looking to upgrade my PC very soon and i just need a few opinions and some advice on what would be the best root to go.

Here is my PC at the moment:

i5 2500K
GTX 560Ti
Corsair 8GB 1600Mhz
60GB SSD Corsair
500GB samsung hard drive
asus motherboard p8z68-v
corsairHX 850W

So I defiantly want a big SSD. Like 500GB and i defiantly need to upgrade my GPU.
Should i think about upgrading to a newer gen of cpu? I don't want to because it will cost a lot however i will consider it if need be.

I do have a cooler on the CPU which is fantastic, forgot the model but its by corsair and its massive, so overclocking can be a option, I have done it in the past.

I will be very grateful for any help and opinions on this subject.

Thank you!

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A:Upgrading - need advice

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A:PC Upgrading advice

Upgrade CPU.

FX 8350 .

AMD FX 8350 Processor - Black Edition - 8 Core - FD8350FRHKBOX -

Only thing is, you don't mention PSU wattage.

Now, if you upgrade GPU to more recent to play games
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Catch 22 it seems as you cannot upgrade CPU and expect to have better FPS
as games depends on faster GPU.

To complicate things a bit, you also need to take PSU into account.

Higher clock CPU and better GPU will need adequate power to run stable.

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A:Need advice on upgrading!

Put the money into your laptop, or buy a good off-lease machine for less than you want to spend. Upgrading is generally more expensive than it is worth, and with that machine, upgrades won't make a lot of difference, anyway. If you put £200 of new parts in that machine, it would make it worth, oh, £200.

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A:Advice on Upgrading?

Hello and welcome to the forums.

Both Samsung and WD are nice manufactures but if you are looking for a ssd, which should offer a great boost in speed, I'd go with Samsung's drives. I have never put thermal paste on a laptop before so I'm not sure how well it'll work.
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Go here with that machine:

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A:Upgrading RAM - Need advice

Any of these from Crucial are guaranteed compatible:

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A:upgrading advice and some help


Clearly the playing North American games is something we are not going to help you work around,...... we have Rules here, so take a break from gaming and read them>
You are being given a Warning under our new Infractions system, this warning will not have Points assessed to it since you are brand spanking new to the site.

The next Infraction will have point value.

You may continue with your hardware issue for upgrading the computer, by opening a New Thread in the Hardware subforum.
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Your mobo will support up to AMD Athlon™ 64 4800+ X2 (Socket 939) ( if you can find one)
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I was wondering, if i could put in a faster processor and if that would help out much.Click to expand...

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A:Upgrading to Win 8.1, need advice on a few things

Check ASUS support site for drivers you need and updated drivers for your model PC , i can not show you because under your specs there is no model numbers, just make sure to select 32bit or 64 bit of Windows 8.1 whichever your OS has.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download

As far as programs, check the site, not sure what you mean exactly by programs...e.g...Utilities ?

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Check here for older software, chances XP software may or may not work Windows Compatibility Center

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A:Need Advice On Upgrading Laptop CPU

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Go to and they can match your RAM to your computer.

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A:Upgrading System, Advice Please :)

The bottleneck when opening/saving large files is typically the HDD access speed. The best fix for this, is to use an SSD as the primary drive. A typical OS/software install will use 60-70GB. Get a model 240GB+, and you will have plenty of room for the OS, all software, and project files. You can then use your existing HDD for additional storage and to keep a backup of anything important.

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A new heatsink/fan is a waste of money of you are having an overheating issue, or have a reasonable fear of having one. In normal conditions, when everything is clean and free of dirt, a stock unit is sufficient.

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A:Upgrading system. Your advice please :o)

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Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth

I was thinking of taking the plunge to getting the discounted windows 8 upgrade for my computer. I meet the requirements by far, and at $39.99 for digital copy, I am thinking of taking the upgrade.

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Quote: Originally Posted by rundwald

If I go to the company site it costs ?19.95. and includes a backup CD and something called Extended Download.

There are what seem to be similar products from Amazon DSOLUTION Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Lifetime - Windows: Software @ ?8.99 +p&p
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A:Advice on upgrading Alienware M18x

Alienware M18x

That laptop has 4 memory slots and supports up to 32 GB of RAM.
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I don't believe its processor(CPU) and graphics(GPU) are upgradeable, but Dell can confirm that.

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A:Need advice on upgrading celeron chip

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A:Need advice upgrading video card

Joseph Bryan said:

I want to upgrade my video card from nvida geforce 210 to NVIDIA 8800gtx or GTS 250Click to expand...

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Here is a bit about your board.
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A:Upgrading hardware advice needed

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A:Upgrading graphics card, advice please

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A:{Advice Offered} - Upgrading 4.0 w/RAS to 2000


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