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Hardware Upgrade to fix low FPS?

Q: Hardware Upgrade to fix low FPS?

Hi guys, while playing DOTA 2 (on lowest settings), I am experiencing the problem that my FPS is down to 30 almost all of the time. This started about a month ago and is really annoying to me, which is why I decided to updgrade my hardware in order to fix this problem. Now I am facing the problem though that I have no idea which parts of my hardware cause the low performance and thus need to be exchanged, some help would be very much appreciated.

I have the Medion Erazer X6817 with the following hardware:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2670QM @ 2.20 GHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 Bit
Some Additional Facts:

I use a LG 24MPHQ Monitor to display the game at 1920x1080 resolution
When playing RAM usage is constantly at about 3,2 GB, CPU Usage pending between 15 and 45
So what part of my notebook do I have to upgrade to improve my FPS?

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A: Hardware Upgrade to fix low FPS?

If you can upgrade your RAM to 8 gigs that might help; it seems to be the sweet spot for gaming. Otherwise Dota 2 is not that demanding on hardware.

As one who is experiencing League of Legends disconnects I have found through the help of jobeard and Rage_3K_Moiz that it probably has to do with my internet connection. Here are 2 that I ran (both are safe) to check for Packet Loss:
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A:Hardware upgrade

Get a SSD! =D Then probably dual/tripple channel your RAM
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A:Need help with hardware upgrade

closing thread, although I feel your pain I don't beleive this is what these forums are designed for
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Thanks for your help.

A:Upgrade my hardware

Yes, you will be alright. I would look into getting a standalone video card as well. Doesn't have to be much but it will help take some of the weight off of the rest of your components.
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A:Hardware Upgrade Help Please?

Hello Neverhavemoney,
Your CPU is a 775 socket, and the one your bidding on is a 604 socket, so it wont fit, thats assuming yours is a standard Dell 530.
I can see that Dell has fitted a few, different CPU's but they are all 775 socket, so you need to be looking for a 775 socket CPU.
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A:Hardware Upgrade

Compare the two motherboards. Do they have the same chip-set? If they are the same or very similar you can probabaly get away with just doing a straight swap. Do they have the same sound card, etc. If one is say RealTek and the other VIA you may want to uninstall the sound driver before doing the swap. If it was me, I'd do a clean install anyway just to avoid any glitches along the way. Windows 8 may prompt to activate, not sure if that will be a problem or not.
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Yup, I ran into this with 8.1 Preview. I had 8.0 X64 and could not update to 81. Preview X64. Had to do a clean install of 8.1 Preview X86.

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I'm asking you guys what parts that you think I should get/ ask for. I would try to look for myself, but I am very busy with school.

All help is appreciated!

If you need any info, let me know and I will try to find it.

The installed PSU is 250 Watts.

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A:Hardware Upgrade

The one upgrade that appears at first glance is memory. With a 64 bit OS and a 32 bit Ultimate Seven, I would suggest at least 4 gb of ram. It will imporve the 64 bit. OS. I think that 6 would be a bit too much, unless you are into resource hungry games,etc.Dont mix and match. Discard what you have. Many may disagree, but I think that my way is best.
I will research a bit early tomorrow to come up with other upgrades, such as video card etc.
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A:Hardware and OS upgrade

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A:Hardware Upgrade

Take a look here.

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1 - Is a BIOS upgrade availalbe?
2 - Is the cooling system in that notebook designed to handle the x2 4200.

Notebook makers rather have you buy a WHOLE new notebook, rather than you popping in a new CPU.
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A:XP on a Hardware Upgrade

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A:Hardware Upgrade Questions

Quote: Originally Posted by mechman

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Good question. Do your upgrade. When you want to install 7, and at the point that your key is requested, just ignore and continue with the installation. When you are done, try it, be sure your are satisifed. Then install your programs. Try again, be sure you are satisifed. Then supply your key. If it is accepted you are done, just enjoy. If it is not accepted you will be given a number to call. If touch tone installation, using the phone, fails, a person will speak to you. Explain the situation and you will be set to go and enjoy.

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A:Which part of my hardware can be upgrade?

What can you upgrade on a laptop, internally that is, apart from RAM, HDD and PCiE/PCMCIA cards?

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The board change will be an immediate dismissal of the present activation status. You should plan on treating the new board as if you were moving the SSD into another system in that regard. To see 10 reactivated if you should decided to follow the advice given in another thread I can point you to where the discussion was on moving the OS drive into an entirely new build with the same copy of 10 on the SysPrep tool is utilized to prepare Windows by stripping things down to the basics as well as seeing all board drivers for that make and model board removed first in preparation for the new board. The thread is located at: Solved Moving HDD with Windows 10 into Complete new PC. - Windows 10 Forums

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A:Hardware Upgrade Advice

i think your cpu and graphics are fine. it's your RAM that could use a boost. 2 gigabytes is standard now. so you'd probably need closer to 4 to run smoothly.

as for the screen tearing, it might not be the vsync, but the refresh rate. sometimes adjusting it to a proper frequency gets rid of such problems. for instance, in call of duty 2, it was defaulted to 60mhz. and the monitor i usef runs at 75. so i adjusted it and visual quality improved. maybe something to try and look into. the additional RAM might help greatly as well.

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and one other thing to check. sometimes graphics problems can be attributed to viruses and other things. mayhaps you should perform a check and make sure your hard drive isn't fragmented, and all that other wonderful stuff. i didn't think they made a difference, but i think otherwise now. maybe you should look into it too.

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A:DRM Issues after hardware upgrade

Welcome to Seven Forums Izzmo. Here is a link that may help you fix this problems.

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A:XPS 400 Hardware Upgrade Advice

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A:Hardware upgrade assistance

I'd go for the bump up to a gig of ram, get myself a new graphics card (AGP) and OC that 2800+. That's what I'd do.

How about a 6800GS $219.00

2 sticks of 512mb PC3200 $66

That would get your system to a decent level, your CPU would be the only thing holding you back, but if you OC it to 2.2Ghz you'll be happy ..... happier.

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DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra $91

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Or if you can afford it, this is a great deal: the 3700+ at $212

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A:Hardware Tweaks/Upgrade

You should be able to run the processor and memory at 400mhz. Check It will tell you which services you can disable and other tweaks. Ive gotten a big performance boost by making a seperate partition and Windows installation just for gaming. That way I could turn off most of the extra crap.
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Personally, I'd go for the Seagate. Overall I've found them to be a little more reliable than WD drives, and better performers.

This might also give you some insights.. PassMark Software - Hard Drive Benchmark Charts

I've never had a Seagate drive fail on me, but I've had over a dozen WD failures.

I'm sure other people have had different experiences.

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A:Hardware Upgrade Recommendations

Definitely more RAM. Another 512MB of RAM would make the most difference.

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[Edit] If you intrested in gaming, a new video card is in order.
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Welcome to TenForums!

If you're changing out the motherboard (and it's different from the one you activated Win10 on) and CPU as well, the MS activation servers will see that as a differnt machine and will not re-activate - this assumes you have OEM license - if you have a retail license you could change what you want by gong rolling back (if that option is still available, or you have a full disk image to restore into that state) to the older retail licensed OS and redo the Win10 upgrade. Memory and/or disk drive upgrade will not impact Win10 activation status, based on what MS has said and others' experiences discussed here.
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A:Hardware upgrade advice

A new graphics card... perhaps new power supply [500 watts or thoise recommended for gaming] and if possible the new Intel Core 2 Duo..... The Ram also need some upgrade perhaps 2GB minimum...
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A:Advice On Hardware Upgrade

You'll need to contact dell and ask them whats the fastest supported CPU that the computer would support.

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ATI 4650 $60

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performance chart:,745.html

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9600GT = 59fps
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Do you want a dual boot menu for both XP and 7?

Is your copy of XP an OEM copy, or Retail?

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A:my hardware upgrade experience

The Windows 7 activated because Microsoft didn't track product key usage very well. They would allow a certain number of online activations in a certain period of time before blocking it from online activation - even OEM product keys. There is a difference between what MS will physically allow and what violates the EULA. What the OP did was violate the EULA - but for the most part Microsoft is trusting the user to be honest.

Originally Posted by coneman

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A:New Hardware, Upgrade Product Key Invalid. Please Help!

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A:Recommended Method of Hardware upgrade

A clean install is always a good idea until you are up and running with a purrfect install when you can capture it with Win7 backup imaging and then never need to reinstall again: Clean Install Windows 7

However if you'd like to keep the same software image you now have on your HD, as a final step on the old hardware you can SysPrep your HD: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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Serial Number
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IDE Device 2 None
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IDE Device 4 None
IDE Device 5 None
IDE Device 6 None
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What you can upgrade is RAM or HDD.
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If your planning on upgrading the cpu and ram you might as well make the move to Socket AM3 or Intel Socket 1155 by upgrading the motherboard also, as DDR3 ram is considerably cheaper than DDR2 ram which is what your computer is running you will see better results from upgrading to more recent computer hardware and it will cost the near the same if not less than upgrading the few pieces of an older system but i cant really tell you much more if your not knowledgeable enough to build the computer yourself.

Also the Power supply should be good enough to run all you need unless you have 4 hard drives etc
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