Hi there!i´m trying to upgrade cpu of an old Envy m6-1160la for video edition, after effects, premier, 3d max, etc.StockCpu is i5 3210u (2 phisical and 2 logical cores), and seeking i´ve found that this cpu uses the same socket than others with 4 phisical cores (example: i7 3540m).See the list below:http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Core_i5_Mobile/i5-3210M_(PGA).htmlSo i want to know if anybody try this before.Thanks
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fonando wrote:Hi there!i´m trying to upgrade cpu of an old Envy m6-1160la for video edition, after effects, premier, 3d max, etc.StockCpu is i5 3210u (2 phisical and 2 logical cores), and seeking i´ve found that this cpu uses the same socket than others with 4 phisical cores (example: i7 3540m).See the list below:http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Core_i5_Mobile/i5-3210M_(PGA).htmlSo i want to know if anybody try this before.ThanksYou can find a list of compatible Intel CPUs in the HP ENVY m6-1160la Notebook PC Maintenance and Service Guide.http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Upgrading-HP-Envy-M6-1160la/td-p/5607609
Hi Guys! I hope you have the time to see this post and give me some suggestions on Upgrading my PC.
Bought all of these parts last June 9, 2014.
This is my Rig
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (Service Pack 1)
ECS Elite Group Deluxe H87 H3-M 1150
i5 - 4570 CPU @ 3.20 GHZ
HyperX Fury 8gb 1600mhz
PSU 600WATS Cougar
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Twin Frozr 256mb 2GB GDDR5
BenQ 22" LED 1920x1080
HDD 1TB for Storage
500GB split this into half Disk C: has 250 where I install my OS at and Local Disk D: where I put my games/saved games.
PC Case: Ostrog Enermax
I mainly created this Rig for gaming.
I'm planning to buy an SSD soon, any tips? Already read the most budget SSD is the Crucial m4 ssd 128gb
Also thinking of upgrading my Motherboard. Also, if ever I'm changing my MOBO, do you guys think I need to change my PSU as well?
Thoughts/Opinions/Suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thank you!
There is no gain using an SSD for storage. I would buy an SSD to transfer the system and applications to. Format the existing drive for a storage drive. That will give you the full benefit of the speed that an SSD will give you. Try some PC trans software. They do the job well.
Hey everyone Now I m no expert but I m fairly computer savvy however when it comes to hardware spec s I m clueless A friend of a friend helped me pick GFX Upgrading Card my hardware and I put together my current computer almost years ago It was a beast at first but after a month my gfx card kept crashing almost every game mins into playing Did some research turned out a lot of people were having issues with the same card For whatever reason I never bothered to or couldn t get a replacement Well now I m finally ready to do it and I was looking for some insight based on my current spec s what my best options would Upgrading GFX Card be I m running Windows Upgrading GFX Card bit This barebone kit http www tigerdirect com applicat mail- -WebletMain- -WEBLET SATSFY- -Satisfy Asus M A GTD PRO AMD GX CrossFire Motherboard AMD Phenom II X T GHz Processor Overclocked to GHz GB DDR MHz System Memory x MB -Watt Power Supply CoolIT ECO A L C Liquid Cooling System WD Black WD FAEX TB Desktop Hard Drive - quot SATA RPM MB Cache And the busted graphics card I m using http www tigerdirect com applicat mail- -WebletMain- -WEBLET SATSFY- -Satisfy EVGA G-P - -TR GeForce GTS SuperClocked Video Card - MB GDDR PCI-Express Dual DVI Mini HDMI SLI DirectX Fermi MHz Overclock to MHz Now don t get me wrong I m not expecting to play next-gen games at the highest settings or anything just something decent to hold me over until I eventually build a fresh PC I m not looking to spend more than - I ve always gone with nVidia in the past but I m open to other suggestions Any suggestions are appreciated thanks for your time nbsp
Looking over your current video card were you in need of running dual monitors? Have you checked out NewEgg.com? They are always having deals of video cards.
Hi need some help here plz so a while ago I bought my first PC that wasn t bought on a wallmart cooling and Need it's for upgrading PC my advise I wasn t very knowlegeable on the topic and my budget was limited but Need advise for upgrading my PC and it's cooling with some help from the vendor who is an enthusiast I managed to get something I was happy with and I m still happy I can play nice games and do stuff but I think it s time for some upgrading here are the specs of my rig CPU AMD A K APU MHz BLACK EDITION Motherboard ASUS A- XM A Memory KHX C D B G x Graphics AMD RADEON R GB DDR Storage SEAGATE BARRACUDA TB REF - Case power source COOLER MASTER ELITE PLUS EDGE W AF-B P Other Peripherals LOGITECH G MMO KEYBOARD GAMEPAD Operating System WIN So that s about it Because of limited budget I didn t bought any other fans or disipators so the case has open slots for fans two on top above the CPU and MOBO and one on the upper back the case came with a fan in the front for the hard drive and there is the fan from the power source the CPU and the graphic card but that s about it The front fan pulls air from outside and the power source pulls air from the case forgot to put it on image but back slot is where quot BACK quot label is So basically I want to put to use those open slots on the case mostly because I live on a stupidly hot country like C hot and I do have had one event where the CPU shut all down because of overheat basically went above C I would like some advise as to how to choose a good product that fits my needs and what should be the configuration of the fans since I have read that air input and output should be balanced or bad things happen Also I wish to upgrade other parts of my rig the RAM is no brainer just get a sister to my existing card however the graphic card is another story The vendor assured me that the MOBO CPU and power source were good enough so that I wouldn t have any bottleneck issues if I later decided to upgrade the graphics however I would like your opinion on what can I expect to put on that rig without having those issues basically what are the highest graphic card specs I can expect it to run without problems I do have a personal preference for AMD solutions so keep that in mind since intel stuff costs are way way too inflated on my country I also want a new HDD SSD is still on the list but right now I want more storage so what would be a good option for that the one I have was basically a default option but I would like to know if that s ok or I would be better of with something else finally what should I keep an eye on when purchasing a display in the store they all look good but then I brought my new samsung display home and dark bright scenes look awfull and it makes me sad thank you very much in advance for your time and help and apologies for the wall of text nbsp
Well RAM should be no issue as to the fact your mobo can handle up to 32 gigs or RAM so another 1x8 gig should do you quite fine as long as the RAM matches CAS, voltage, DDR3, and speed; as you say "no brainer."
Go for an SSD and run your OS from that and utilize your hard drive for games. SSDs are coming down in price and it will make your load times so much faster.
As a fan of Cooler Master your case is fine. Here is a link to it from Newegg.com Seriously consider getting those fans and keep in mind that between intake and exhaust, exhaust is the more important of the two. Also, AMD chips run hot. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119256 - check out the fan options under specs.
Honestly, the only thing to upgrade for gaming purposes would be your video card. But here is my question: Are you having any issues gaming with your current system? If not seriously consider an SSD.
As for your monitor Samsung makes excellent ones. Did you calibrate/adjust the settings? What connection are your using: VGA, DVI, or HDMI?
By the way, really nice system on a budget. You got good advice.
Hello I m posting this question along with a PDF explaining what I d like to do in terms of upgrading my Toshiba Satellite e -a My questions are I One or more of my USB ports are USB How do I determine which are USB and which are high-speed USB II Is there any reason that my BIOS won t allow me to upgrade from my current TB HDD to a TB HDD I just bought and received in the mail III What s the best way for me to clone my current TB HDD onto my new TB HDD I have a number of Disk utility apps on my computer already but if you recommend something else I ll use it instead Once it s cloned do I have to do anything special in order to get it to work Or can I simply swap out the HDDs and it My Laptop Upgrading Satellite Toshiba e55-a5114 ll boot right up If I m planning on cloning my current Windows and putting some Linux distros on it in what order should I clone amp install IV Can I add more RAM to my laptop even though the official website about my Toshiba Laptop specifically says MEMORY GB Upgrading My Toshiba Satellite e55-a5114 Laptop DDR L MHz Memory is not user replaceable If that s just an idle warning how much RAM can this computer take What s the upper-limit to the amount of RAM How much would you recommend that would give a boost to speed but also inexpensive and made by a trustworthy V I m going to make this new HD HDD run multiple OSes including Windows and - Linux distros How much space should I reserve for each Linux distro s mountpoints If I make one partition and label it as home will all my Linux distros be able to use it I d really like to have quite a few different Linux OSes on this computer because I want to learn how to use it better Here s the link to the PDF with much more information about my laptop as well as all my questions about making this upgrade work as quickly and painlessly as possible http bit ly e -upgrade Thanks a lot Yours Ev nbsp
My questions are:
I. One or more of my USB ports are USB 3.0. How do I determine which are USB 2.0 and which are high-speed USB 3.0?Click to expand...
not hard, but mapping which slot on the box is v2 - v3 was my issue
II. Is there any reason that my BIOS won?t allow me to upgrade from my current 1TB HDD to a 2TB HDD I just bought and received in the mail?Click to expand...
that would work BUT you need a fresh install and don't forget the system drivers
III. What?s the best way for me to clone my current 1TB HDD onto my new 2TB HDD? I have a number of Disk utility apps on my computer already, but if you recommend something else, I?ll use it instead. Once it?s cloned, do I have to do anything special in order to get it to work? Or can I simply swap out the HDDs and it?ll boot right up? If I'm planning on cloning my current Windows 8.1 and putting some Linux distros on it, in what order should I clone & install?Click to expand...
This solves the prior question - - clone it. I would clone anyway possible and after the fact, resize the C: partition
IV. Can I add more RAM to my laptop even though the official website about my Toshiba Laptop specifically says ?MEMORY: 6GB DDR3L 1600MHz (Memory is not user replaceable)? If that?s just an idle warning, how much RAM can this computer take? What?s the upper-limit to the amount of RAM? How much would you recommend that would give a boost to speed but also inexpensive and made by a trustworthy?Click to expand...
not user replaceable means what it says - - it's sodered to the MB and there may not even be slots for memory
V. I?m going to make this new 2HD HDD run multiple OSes including Windows 8.1 and 1-4 Linux distros. How much space should I reserve for each Linux distro?s mountpoints? If I make one partition and label it as ?/home?, will all my Linux distros be able to use it? I?d really like to have quite a few different Linux OSes on this computer because I want to learn how to use it better!
Remember, you can only have FOUR primary extensions and within one you can have several Logical Prtns. Most Linux distros have a bootable CD to try-it before you install.
Saves lots of work and time Click to expand...
I am currently considering upgrading my graphics card in my PC upgrading GPU my Considering I bought a pretty average prebuilt from best Considering upgrading my GPU buy It s an Asus M K AD M AD M AD M AD Specs http gyazo com ca f c d a ef a f http gyazo com b aa cf fc ec ea a fe http gyazo com d fd a c b b a cd f db http gyazo com a d c fb f e b e ad bb Considering upgrading my GPU a I ve been reading around about graphics cards and I know mine isn t a great one so I m considering upgrading but would like to know the benefits I would get out of it Also would I have to increase Considering upgrading my GPU my power source depending on the card and if anyone could name a few graphics card in specific that would be the best bang for my buck I would greatly appreciate that I mostly use my computer to play FPS games H Z CS GO Borderlands Call of Duty A lot of the times I will stream and record my gameplay for the fun of it and so I could go back and watch any exciting things that may of happened in my gameplay I usually monitor my CPU s performance while doing these task and my CPU usually ranges from - while streaming and recording in p at fps Sometimes I will downscale my resolution to about p and my CPU will be at about - Pretty much I am wondering how and what benefits will I have if I upgrade my graphics card and if I do upgrade my graphics card will it take some stress off my CPU nbsp
I think everyone is also gonna want to know your budget before giving a suggestion.
I currently own a dell XPS 8300 with the following specs:
Processor: i7 2600 3.4 ghz quad core
RAM: 12 gb
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670
I am a computer science student and plan on using unreal engine 4 for some game development. I also plan to do some gaming over the next 4 months.
What do you guys think I need to upgrade, if at all? I don't want to spend too much money, I recently received a $75 gift card for best buy and would prefer to use that towards my purchase.
What do you guys think of the following:
ZOTAC GeForce 750 Ti 2GB
Diamond Radeon R7 250 OC 1GB GDDR5
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 2GB GDDR5
My current spec is:
Intel Core duo 2 quad @ 2.4 GHz
AMD 7770 gfx card
4 GB ddr2 ram
64 bit win 7 home prem.
I mostly play WoW and other mmo's... I rarely (and wouldnt be too bothered if I couldn't play them till next upgrade) play games with super high requirements like battlefield, gta etc and have the option to upgrade my graphics card to a 750 ti tomorrow (can get a new psu if needed).
or should I wait till next week and get a I5 + new motherboard and ram + keep my gfx card... link to exact model - http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/b72/his-hd-7770-iceq-x.html
How would gaming be on a machine with the specs of:
Intel core duo 2 quad 2.4 GHZ
GTX 750 TI
4GB ddr2 ram
I currently have 2 x 4GB sticks to equal 8GB but I want to upgrade to 16GB total. Initially I was going to buy the same 2 x 4GB sticks again since I have 2 RAM slots spare, but then I read about dual channel/quad channel etc and basically want to know if it would be better to add 2 more 4 GB sticks, or buy 2 x new 8GB sticks. Thinking performance wise, the price isn't too different.
I have MSI Z77A-GD55 mobo, and my RAM is Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Thanks in advance for advice
For DDR3 there is no quad channel, either way would work fine, go for the cheaper.
I don t know if this is the right place to put this so I appologize So my current computer specs are - Intel core i - k - Gigabyte Geforce GTX TI BOOST - Corsair Vengeance GB of RAM - Asus card for Upgrading games evolve future graphics the and P Z -V LX mother board - Corsair Gold AX PLUS Upgrading graphics card for evolve and the future games Power Supply So for the past days I ve been looking around at different graphic cards and I narrowed it down to these three EVGA GeForce GTX SC ACX GB G-P - -KR - - Must wait month Gigabyte GeForce GTX Ti GB Windforce - Can get it right now EVGA GeForce GTX Ti GB G-P - -KR - Can get it right now Now obvious reasons the is most likely the best of the three but also the most expensive one I would like to know if it s worth waiting month and get the if not bottle necked by other components or get one of the s instead Current games I play are Dying light and the reason I need a new card is for future games such as Evolve Batman Arkham knight etc I want to be able to stay frames Other suggestion are very much appreciated Also if you could explain why I should get that card would be awesome nbsp
If you don't get the 980, you will only be kicking yourself later. That is if you are seriously considering it.
Ok first I know this is the hardware section but because of the nature of my question this is the best place I feel it should go I am upgrading my motherboard Upgrading cpu question mobo and and CPU from Asus M A TD-V EVO USB Xtreme Design ATX AMD Mobo and an Amd Athlon II x Ghz to ASRock Z Extreme LGA Intel Z HDMI SATA Gb s USB ATX Intel Motherboard and a Intel Core i - K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core GHz GHz Turbo Boost LGA Upgrading cpu and mobo question W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics Now all hardware does work but my issue seems to be a software issue more likely than Win bit which I need to get a hold of the disc my brother has was a family pack thing Anyway my question is pretty simple I Upgrading cpu and mobo question hope Without doing a fresh install of Win bit is it possible in any form to get the new mobo and cpu working like maybe using the repair method or installing over the current installed win Os so I do not have to back-up a ton of data and re-install lots of programs Also is there Upgrading cpu and mobo question any other work-around that might help I do have a Tb external Hdd I plan to backup my C drive with either way but it would be great if I did not have to do a fresh install Again sorry if this is in the part of the forums nbsp
Just back it up, bite the bullet, and reinstall Windows to get things right. An intel mb is not going to work right with the AMD drivers installed.
My computer has an MSI Iona motherboard with an Intel Core 7 860 processor and 8 Mb RAM. It also has a NVidia GT230 video card which I would like to replace. Does anyone have any ideas?
It appears that you have a PCI Expres x16 (2.0) slot, so any PCI-E graphics card will work. Check out this "best GPU for the money" article at Toms for suggestions at different price points. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
As stated above I have a Dell PrecisionT with Intel Xeon quad core processors E GHz I T5400 on on I need my the upgrading CPU's Precision Dell advice am running a bit version of Windows Ultimate and have GB of ram memory installed I recently I need advice on upgrading the CPU's on my Dell Precision T5400 had a hard drive failure so I replaced my boot up drive with a solid state of GB for a quick start-up and I plan to add another solid state drive for my frequently used software Then I will add a Western Digital TB drive for data and what not that I don t access very often maybe some movies and records etc the computer is I need advice on upgrading the CPU's on my Dell Precision T5400 set up for or hard drives and I already have the terabyte drive so why not use it I need advice on upgrading the CPU's on my Dell Precision T5400 I am pretty sure my power supply is about watt so I have all the power I should think I will ever need My main question is that I want to upgrade my CPU s and I don t know how high I can safely upgrade them I also want to upgrade my video card as this unit is dependent upon a plug in card it has no integrated video but I know that is a different section on the forum If I could get some advice on upgrading my CPU s I would greatly appreciate it I am afraid that I may not be able to get much more performance out of this model but my desires are meager I have found that I enjoy creating websites and blogs so I want to teach myself with the materials I can find online It is surprising at the free information you can get to teach yourself if you are only willing Please forgive me for going on I desperately need some advice on this upgrade if anyone could spare me a few moments to point me in the right direction Basically I need to know where to find the information on how far I can upgrade the CPU s and I believe the RAM can be upgraded to MB but I may not need quite that much I also need to find a good deal on a video card I know that is for another forum but I seem to get the worst luck when it comes to obtaining a good video card Please feel free to offer any advice I am sincerely grateful for any help Eric nbsp
I have a few computers and none of them come anywhere near yours so I'm puzzled that you feel any pressure to upgrade. There may be some interesting developments next year with Windows 10 and new hardware worth splashing out on.
I'm really new to the tech/computer world, and know next to nothing about graphics cards. I was wondering if someone could help me figure out what graphics card I can upgrade my computer to. I have purchased the new Alien: Isolation game and would actually like to play it, I'm also ready to actually play a game smoothly without it freezing or lagging all the time.
Here's what computer I have so far as I know
System Model: VD010AA-ABU p6126uk
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002)
Processor: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 4094 MB Ram
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series
Chip Type: ATI display adaptor (0x954F)
now I know NOTHING about computers so apologies if the is any irrelevant info here or maybe even some missing please let me know
Hey Darkeerantis what is your PSU (name and type or at least wattage). What is your MB (again name and type). How much free room you have in your case. What is your budget and desired performance.
Btw. your CPU isn't very powerful and the whole setup seems dated you might consider upgrading the whole rig.
I was given my prebuild gaming PC (gateway FX6840) as a gift a couple years ago and, while it runs fine, there seems like there is room for improvement. I was wondering what I should upgrade to increase performance, and I am pretty new to the PC upgrading world.
current set up:
ATI radeon HD 5700 series
8 GB DDR3
intel core i7 860 2.80GHz
What is your upgrade budget (How much can you spend)?
Yes I am aware that this desktop has a load of problems but Upgrading Gaming? an for eMachines ET1831-03 I am wondering if there is any way I could upgrade the power supply and video card for this specific Upgrading an eMachines ET1831-03 for Gaming? desktop I am not aware of what may or may not be compatible I have no prior experience with computer stuffs But I know the contents of the computer I am aware that there was a topic about this posted a while ago but the stuff suggested was I think retired The games I play are I will list them from most recent to least recent -Smite -Osu -Left Dead -Interstellar Marines -Minecraft -I have other games but I don t remember what to list All I want to do is basically have a graphics card good enough to play the latest games I don t care about exceptional performance or anything I just want to play in the right resolution with fps on low-medium graphics Now remember I m clueless so if I don t know what I m saying then just know that I m trying to explain myself xD Now lets see my budget is - If it s lower than or a little more than then it s fine Thanks Oh and I m Windows nbsp
Suggestions: Save money for building or buying a newer PC. You RAM is maxed out at 4GB (that is the motherboard max), which will hinder the performance of some games. Having 8GB of RAM is the "norm" for gaming now. If you want to upgrade a little now, and start saving money to get/build a better system later, then I would suggest the following:
Video Card - Your motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot (Version 1.0), so to be compatible, I would suggest getting a 2.0 card - example: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti - $114.99 USD ($84.99 after rebate) from TigerDirect. I suggest this card because it is a well built card. It doesnt draw too much power from the PSU, but will still give you plenty of graphic power to play those games you listed at medium if not medium/high settings.
PSU - Ultra LS Series V2 500w - $39.99 USD from TigerDirect
This would leave you money to start planning a better build (which we can help with that when you are ready to do so).
Hey guys just another quick question about my motherboarding and CPU. Currently I am not satisfied with my CPU at all and I'm thinking of upgrading to this
and my current motherboard is this
on that ^ website it says that my current motherboard supports the CPU that I linked, however my PC technician says that I also have to upgrade to a newer motherboard that can support that CPU that I want. My question is is that really the case? Can my motherboard run that CPU or is it really too old?
Again thanks for reading/helping
Hey guys just another quick question about my motherboarding and CPU. Currently I am not satisfied with my CPU at all and I'm thinking of upgrading to this
and my current motherboard is this
on that ^ website it says that my current motherboard supports the CPU that I linked, however my PC technician says that I also have to upgrade to a newer motherboard that can support that CPU that I want. My question is is that really the case? Can my motherboard run that CPU or is it really too old?
Again thanks for reading/helping Click to expand...
No, that motherboard is LGA 1156 while the i5 4670 is LGA 1150. You would need a new motherboard to go with that CPU>
Is anyone using one of these with a newer graphics card? like for say if I put a 270X would it just bottleneck even with a mid range card?
With a bit of an overclock (3.6/3.8ghz) it will run games fine.
Your not going to win any benchmarks at higher framerates, but you can expect a solid 45-60 fps in most games.
I run Battlefield 4 on ultra spec 64 player maps at around 45 to 60 fps.
Phenom x4 965 and a gtx 670.
Using MSI afterburner to monitor cpu core and gpu useage, My graphics card hits 100% utilisation while my cpu is around 80% evenly across all cores.
Got this machine as a sort of a project..I use my laptop for workand general computing..just wondered could I get this machine up to a decent spec to play games?
above is a link with its current spec apart from memory I upgraded it to 4mb.. is this machine able to run a good high end graphics card I have been looking at the radeon hd7750.. dont want to buy it if its useless on my machine?
thanks in advandce for any help
I wouldn't waste money on it. WHy do you need graphics card? The specs are super-old, but you can still use it for desktop use .
I would like to upgrade my graphics card, but have no idea about how to pick out an upgrade. My system, custom built, is an AMD Athlon(tm) 64X2 Dual Core Prosessor 6000+ 2.99 GHz 2GB of Ram. My motherboard is a MSI K9A2GM-FIH. I have a 500GB Hard drive and 600W power supply. My MB will support 1 PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots. I have a Nvidia GeForce 8400GS graphics card, atm, but I want to upgrade to the best my system will support. Please keep in mind that I will, also, be increasing my Ram to 4GB and hope to be changing my OS to Windows 7 in the near future. I have looked online, but all the technical stuff that they write about the graphic cards goes way over my head. I, also, use this computer for gaming. New games coming out for the Windows 7 platform that won't be for Windows XP. Gotta move on up. I know some will tell me to just buy a new system, but when you live on a limited income, upgrading is the best I can do. Thanks for your time and input.
What's your budget? USA?
I m considering upgrading my system starting with my graphics cards but I am wondering if the improvements will be minimal.
Radeon 4890 2GB - 256bit, 2GB GDDR5 RAM, 2.1 PCIE
I am currently running 8GB RAM and an I-7 nephalem. If I upgrade to a newer 7850 card with similar specs or even an R290 I would basically be buying access to the new DirectX with something like a 20-25% speed bump judging from some benchmarks I read over. Keep in mind I am using PCI 2.1 so I won't gain the full speeds of PCIE 3.0 in the new cards.
Will upgrading give me a worth while performance boost? Better use of money to wait till I am ready to build a new PC?
Just mulling over this info with some curiosity. Let me know your thoughts.
I built a gaming PC about 2 years ago, and while it still plays the games I play just fine, I'm itching to either build a completely new system, or upgrade some of the parts that are lacking. I am on a bit of a budget and would like to only have to buy one or two parts a month if I build a whole new rig. If anyone could take a look at my current setup and tell me which parts definitely need replacing, or if I should build something better that would be awesome. The details are in my profile. If the suggestion is to start from scratch, what is the best order to buy the parts in to make it a little more future proof? It would probably take me about 4-6 months to be able to buy everything depending on prices. Thanks in advance!
Here is a few options:
Upgrading the CPU to a FX-8350 would double the processing power.
Upgrading the GPU to a GTX-760 would more than double the graphical power.
If you don't have a power supply greater than 500W's, I'd recommend getting one before upgrading to GTX-760. If you prefer a different card, you can look up the recommended power ratings from AMD or nVidia, for the selected card.
Hi, I ran several benchmarks and recorded the results. The computer was an i7 3770 on an Asus P8H77-V with 16gb 1600mhz ram and a GTX 770.
After upgrading my entire computer (more specifically just building a whole new one and giving the old one away) except my vidoe card, which I added to my new system. The new CPU is a 4770K, the new mobo is an MSI Z78-GD65 Gaming, I have different RAM but the speed and timings are the same.
Anyway, I get lower results in benchmarks now Why could that be?
The 3770 and the 4770K will provide similar performance. Now, If I read this correctly, the GPU is the same? If so, then you really didn't do much of an upgrade. More so, you just moved to a newer generation with a unlocked processor (K).
Would like to upgrade the graphics card for my XPS 420. I have come across this; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Va...UTF8&colid=MEVJOHUZHUSX&coliid=I23Z4I8JDXF8XQ
but am not sure if it is good enough or if it will work with my system. Can I please have some help with this?
Upgrading graphics are dependent on card slot design, power requirement, and driver support.
If I remember correctly the XPS 420 has a PCIe x16 slot, so you should be fine with any of the current cards. A single PCIe x16 card slot has been a standard for all motherboards since the introduction of Core2.
Please check the power output of your power supply and make sure is it adequate for the card you have chosen. Power output is measured in total wattage.
Physical space within the case could limit the length of card chosen. The XPS 420 seems to be a larger case so only the longest of cards should be an issue.
Older operating systems may not have driver support for newer cards. Newer operating systems may not have driver support for older cards. Again I think this is a non-issue, if I remember correctly XPS 420 is either XP or Vista. Both operating systems are still currently supported by both nVidia and AMD.
I hope I didn't bore you, selecting a graphics card is pretty straight forward with only a few requirements. Since the card slot and driver support is basically a non-issue. The only other requirement that will rain on your parade is the power supply and physical space available. Your options for cards are huge, from what I can tell.
Ok so I am thinking about buying a gpu for my PC First of all the specs for it here I was browsing through newegg and trying to find a decent gpu have a budget but then (graphic psu) upgrading computer card my Help and in a review Help upgrading my computer (graphic card and psu) I was warned about the size of the gpu and then I also realized that I ll need a new psu My problem is that most new gpus pci-e x are behemots in size apparently quot x quot etc and it seems they won t fit onto my mobo or will they I just don t want to buy a new gpu and psu just to find out that they won t fit This is the first upgrade I ll be doing to my Help upgrading my computer (graphic card and psu) computer Can anyone help me recommending me cards and psu or at least giving me a guideline of what size of card should I be looking at Also if I m able to use double slot cards or not Thanks in advance nbsp
The graphics cards wil fit in your motherboard as you have a 2.0 16x PCIe slot and from what I can see your case can fit a dual slot card (as far as card slots on the back go) but I cannot find any details regarding the length from the card slots to the (hard drive cages?) edge of the case. The best way would be if you could measure the length from the card slots to the hard drive cages / edge of the case, then we can recommend an appropriately sized card and a new PSU based on the recommended card.
Howdy all The amazing folks at Tech Spot saved my bacon many moons back helping me fix a virus laden laptop for Brand New to can't HP connect 17 Internet Envy Quad Touchsmart my sick kid And so I turn to Brand New HP Envy Touchsmart 17 Quad can't connect to Internet you with my latest computer nightmare and beg of your assistance once again I just bought a new HP ENVY TouchSmart t-j Quad Edition Notebook PC ENERGY STAR for my daughter for Christmas It arrived yesterday and I opened it up to start preloading her software onto it so she can have it ready to go Christmas morning Unfortunately the thing just won t let me get connected to the internet via wifi It is using an Intel Wireless-N adapter running Windows factory installed I have tried everything I could think of - using Intel drivers instead of Microsoft ones resetting WINSOCK flushing the DNS using a static IP instead of dynamic the works Nothing appears to be working The device can clearly see my network - it shows up on the list of connections and validates my security information running standard WEP security - not the best I know but it s easier for the multitude of tech I have on my network all of which connects fine but it only gives me limited access and does not want to connect to the network or the internet My base system is running Windows My router is a Netgear Rangemax Wireless-N Gigabit Router WNR v I have not tried a hardwire connection yet as I really need this to be a wireless device Help me TechSpot Gurus you re my only hope nbsp
Hey Mark. I would connect to the Net by cable and allow it to get any OS updates and/or driver updates before I change any settings.While online,try to connect wirelessly to see if it finds any updates quicker.
I've had my eye on an GeForce GTX 660 2GB for quite some time.I have a standard Dell XPS 8500 right now and I'm planning on upgrading it sometime. Some concerns I have are if I will need modular power for this as well as if my computer will be able to handle this card? It currently has a 460W power supply, but some have told me I will need modular power in order to run this card. I am positive that it won't bottleneck considering I run an I7 processor right now. I could use another computer expert's opinion on if it would be able to work with this card! Thanks!
I'm not sure why you were told, you need a modular power supply. Modular is helpful in cable management for cosmetic purposes. Modular is nice but it is not a requirement. I currently have a MSI GTX 660 and my power supply is Corsair CX600V2 600W, which is not modular.
Looking at the specifications for Dell XPS 8500, I don't foresee an issue. The GTX 660 requires a 450W power supply, and your PSU supplies 460W.
By the way, were you the one I replied to on Newegg?
Hi, Sorry if this is in the wring topic (I'm new to this forum) I'm thinking about upgrading 1/some of my pc parts for Christmas and don't know which ones are bad and need upgrading or don't need upgrading. I'm looking to play games like Dayz Standalone, BF4 ArmA 3 and games like that.
My specs just now are:
Processor; Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3300 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM); 6.00 GB
OS Name; Microsoft Windows 8
System Type; x64-based PC
Graphics card; NVIDIA GeForce GT640
My Budget is around 400 pounds
Thanks to anyone that can help !
Sorry Posted this in wrong , it was meant to go In the gaming one
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums and I have a dillema which phone should I upgrade my iphone 4s with. The two last candidates are the iphone 5 and the HTC One. I love both of them but upgrading to the IP5 seems like a smell step up form the 4s, especially with ios 7 ruining both of them. Whats keeping me from the One is the fact that I've been using ios for about a year after giving up on android's inconsistant frames (GS3 user) and higher quality apps...I'm mainly upgrading because 3.5 screen's really starting to bore me, any helpful info would be great
Your choice. 5S is the model I'd go for in the range, but I prefer Android.
Recently I was doing a research about a memory update for my G - LA Notebook and in many websites including the Netbook User s Manual I found that this Notebook could be upgraded up to Gb of memory So Upgrading Notebook Failure G42-365LA HP Memory I bought two RAM memories of Gb each one SoDIMM DDR PC - MHz according to researched specifications But the thing is that when I installed them I couldn t enter into the OS it sent me to the Windows Error Recovery window directly and whichever option I choose it reboots and it keeps doing that Well I tried installing just one memory alone and the result is different it came up with the BSOD giving me different errors each time I reboot the Netbook These errors are BAD POOL HEADER PFN LIST CORRUPT IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL I ve tried to reinstall the OS with memories installed but the result is the same My Notebook is a HP G - LA Windows Home Premium x Service Pack Intel Core i CPU M GHz I don t know if I was cheated by the manufacturer website and or the others websites that s why I need your help P S When I installed just one memory module I can see The Windows intro logo but just for two seconds or so And I tried to install quot Ubuntu desktop amd x quot with just one Gb memory module inserted and everything was good but it wasn t with the two cards installed nbsp
One of the stick of ram maybe bad. Try them each one at a time.
I'm needing some information that is extremely hard to come by.
The 740m in the HP Envy 17t-j000, does anyone know, or does anyone know WHERE to look (Google failed me, or I failed Google!) to find out whether it needs ACTIVE displayport -> HDMI adapters?
I question this because I know the 57xx series from ATI required active. The card only supported 1 RAMDAC signal (or something?) and the Nvidia's tech seems different. According to HP support, passive will work fine. I need to have the adapters ordered ASAP, but I do not want to order the incorrect ones.
Any assistance is appreciated.
I am not the best with computers. But I do know that my current graphics card needs an upgrade.
Currently I have "Nvidia Geforce FX 5200" (AGP) which is only 128MB.
I have found one on BestBuy which is better. (I have giftcards)
I do not need a great one but just one that is somewhat better.
Now, before I order it, I just want to make sure it is compatible with my specs. This is were my dumbness comes in!
My computer is a 32 bit. Has 2.5G RAM. And the GI is AGP. Someone please help me!
The card which u choose is the right one but what im wondering is it worth spending the money? are u sure u will get the performance u want did u check which games are u planning to play and if will it run them make sure of all that before doing this buy because I can almost gaurente a direct x 10 card which is outdated by 4 years and which is a low-midranged card might not serve the needs list your games which your intending to play in the topic pls
+ what processor do u have
I have had this card for a little over 2 years. Now I want to upgrade to something better because I not only game, but hook my computer up to my Sony HDTV for movies and such.
My system Specs:
Intel core i7 960 (3.85 GHz)
18GB RAM (corsair vengeance? forgot)
512GB SSD (OCZ vertex 4)
EVGA GTX 560 TI Superclocked (want to upgrade?)
I am looking at maybe a EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked or around that price range of $250. I do not want to SLI my 560 because I don't think my PSU can handle it and heat issues.
Any suggestions or advice? Thank you guys in advance you are the greatest!!!!!
The GTX 760 is a good choice. Other option in that price range would be a HD 7950.
Btw playing movies through a TV doesn't warrant an upgrade since it's not GPU intensive. You should see a nice performance bump when playing graphically demanding games though.
Hello all I received some wonderful help here in replacing my graphics card which is working out absolutely smoothly and so I m wondering if any of you would have any recommendations for going from 5.1 Upgrading to (or Surround better?) Sound stereo to surround sound for my computer I m a bit of an audiophile so I m looking for something that can produce the greatest audible range of notes sounds in the best clarity richness resonance possible - basically I m flat out looking for the best QUALITY of sound I don t necessarily need a subwoofer that hammers the floor but I m looking for something as crisp and Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?) immersive as possible hopefully within about dollars for the speakers willing to spend more for something fantastic that is built to last Stereo just isn t cutting it when I know that a few extra speakers can add a LOT of atmosphere to my games and music I have two cheapy Bose speakers right now I miss my second-hand haha I m less familiar with peripherals than with the hardware itself so whatever information you need - additional specs how many slots the back of my tower has - whatever you need to recommend me something that will work with my system just let me know Windows Vista Ultimate bit Intel Core Quad CPU at GHz GB RAM CX Corsair PSU quot NVIDIA High Definition Audio quot Under sound card my computer is just listing quot NVIDIA High Definition Audio quot yikes Does that mean this system doesn t even have a proper sound card It s a year old pre-built Dell Top of the line when it was released but a bit old even with the upgraded graphics and PSU nbsp
You're not an 'audiophile' if you just know a few buzzwords like "clarity". Music is not encoded in surround (99%+ of cases), so that won't help you with immersion. Also, powered stereo monitors will give you the best quality for music. If you want surround sound for games, however, see below.
You have some options:
1. Use analogue outputs (like headphone plug, you should have at least three at the back of your PC for this to work) connected to a high-end Logitech or Creative etc 5.1 system.
2. Purchase a sound card (make sure it will fit) with Dolby Digital Live encoding, use the optical output, and connect to any surround sound system that has Dolby Digital Live decoding. This will give you the best quality.
Ok I I with thank upgrading, your need help you. ll I need your help with upgrading, thank you. do this in accordance with the guide I m looking for something that can play Skyrim on Ultra high graphics that being the example I suppose in accordance with the guide I d fall under quot gaming junkie quot price doesn t matter but I d REALLY like it to be about - dollar range if I HAVE to go up up and away I ll do it but its not what I m aiming for Ok this could be wrong but on the side of my gateway at the very bottom I see something that may be a power supply it reads rating - - Vac A A Hz Name Intel Core I Core speed it keeps moving but seems to be - and occasionally jumping to and but it mainly stays at - Mainboard manufacturer Gateway Model IPISB-VR Current Country lol America If you need any more info just let me know But TRY not to use acronyms I am here to learn as much as I am here to seek help so that in the future I can be the one offering advice thank you so much nbsp
What is the model number of your Gateway?
Please help. I have just purchased a HP Pavilion p62480ea desktop PC. This all worked fine out of the box.
I also purchased a Geforece GTX 650 Ti graphics card - when I put this in I'm getting no signal on my monitor - using HDMi and DVI cables. (I also installed a new 430w power supply)
When I take the graphics card out and go back to the GPU on the motherboard everything works fine.
I've read that going into the BIOS and turning off delete/uninstall the video driver in device manager>>>turn off computer>>>install the graphics card - has worked for others.
I've tried going into the BIOS but I'm getting no signal when I restart this way.
If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated.
Did you connect the six pin PCI-E power connector from the power supply to the graphics card?
I'm considering upgrading the RAM on my laptop, but I'd like some advice before I buy.
My laptop is an Acer 5920, running Windows 7 32-bit. The specs are listed here http://www.miniputer.com/Acer/Aspire_5920.html . My model is running an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor) with 2GB of RAM installed.
I'm considering upgrading to 4GB, using 2x2GB SODIMM, DDR2 sticks as recommended by the Crucial website (http://www.crucial.com/uk/upgrade/Acer-memory/Aspire+Notebooks/Aspire+5920-upgrades.html).
I understand that my Intel GM965 Express will only use RAM at 667MHz, so there's no need to buy 800MHz. Is this correct?
I've been quite confused by online discussions regarding how much RAM Windows 7 32-bit can recognise - will the full 4GB be utilised? If not, how much can my OS utilise, and will it make noticeable difference to the 2GB installed?
800MHz RAM is not supported, so dont waste your money. 667MHz is what Crucial recommended. Go for that.
I have AMD HD 5830 card. I want to upgrade it.
Intel i5 760 2.8GHz quad core
Gigabyte P55UD3R motherboard (PCI Exp 2)
2 x 4GB DDR3 ram 1333 MHz.
22" LCD monitor max res 1920X1080p
Which best card can I have so that cpu and mobo dont create bottleneck.
What card are you considering? The CPU will bottleneck newer cards like the GTX 760, from what I've seen.
I'd recommend overclocking the CPU (they OC like champs with a decent cooler) to around 3.5GHz or so. That should eliminate any chance of a bottleneck.
Hi All I m planning on upgrading my older Help PC Upgrading pc so I ll use the PC building template as a guide for this Firstly the Current Specs Asus p p -M Mother Board Intel PC Upgrading Help i - Quad Core ghz processor Ati Radeon series GPU W PSU not sure what company sorry TB HDD GB ram Win Bit prob will upgrade to What are PC Upgrading Help you going to use the PC for Wanted to upgrade it to the point be able to play Planetside on normal not low settings I kinda want to use that game as a benchmark How much is your budget Max Preferable - Where are you located and what sort of system do you currently have if any I e fill out your profile US and the rig was intially purchased for mostly movie storage and audio production I want to give it some more power behind the GPU if possible Are you going to buy online or from a retail store be sure to think about shipping costs in this case Either Are you going to re-use anything from your current rig As much as possible Do you need peripherals like a monitor keyboard and mouse amongst others No Have you already bought any components no nbsp
Second Half got cut off, and for some reason I cannot edit the original post :
Do you already have an Operating System (OS) or will you be buying one? (this may add a significant amount of cost to a low-budget system) I plan to see if Microsoft will send me a 64 bit version of Win 7
Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? Hopefully not!
When I bought this computer it had windows 7 on it. it ran everything lag/shutter free. I have since upgraded to windows 8 then to 8.1. The problem is the audio and video noticeably lags/shutters. As if the entire computer is pausing. I have talked to HP tech support and they only reinstalled the drivers. All drivers are current. I am fairly sure it has something to do with the HD4k graphics but I do not know for sure. I was hoping the 8.1 would resolve the problem but it has not. I have this problem whenever I watch videos (on the internet or from file) and when I play World of tanks. Any help would be great
I seen similar comments re "since upgrading to Win/8" and (imo) think the drivers are not 'fully compatible' with the new system.
So I'm upgrading my motherboard from an ASRock which has caused me nothing but problems since I got it to a MSI. They both are intel socket motherboards. My question is, how do I go about doing this? I would prefer to keep my files from my prior build but I have read that it is necessary that I reinstall my OS before I install my motherboard. I realize I can backup my PC's files and then reinstall them once I've installed the new motherboard but are there things that I should be mindful about while working on this process?
I have a lot of specific questions about this process. So maybe a step by step instruction or something like that would be a good place to start and I can see if I have questions from there.
I m looking at upgrading my computer also from an old socket Athlon x I hear u DDR memory is very slow also I can play darksiders with - FPS TIME TO UPGRADE Choosing the AMD route is cheaper the AM mobos are not as expensive and the mobos with computer Upgrading my comparable features and if the is dead the AM Upgrading my computer is a bunch cheaper then the sockets with you wanting to keep using your Upgrading my computer current AMD CPU I would go with the mobo and memory and upgrade to steamroller when it comes out the Steamroller will not be a record breaker but will be cheaper than a comparable Haswell Core similar to the FX and i k and do very well in games as far as Future proofing I do not now the minds of AMD or Intel but trying to prepare for something a year or more out is hard to do from what I read the Broadwell th Gen Core from Intel will be a SoC which will from what I understand a brand new socket to accommodate the the integrated Ethernet Thunderbolt and USB and as far as the excavator goes it is highly likely that it will be a AM chip as well because they are just advancing the architecture for Bulldozer and Piledriver and not drastically altering the chip As far as buying a AMD system because of the consoles running AMD the choice to run an AMD x chip in the consoles was more of a choice to get more games to be made on consoles I am sure AMD is hoping that companies that do multi platform game engines Cryengine Unreal Frostbite etc will try to better adapt the game engine with the FX cores if they and others do start to incorporate these advancements for AMD AMD might pull ahead over Intel but they will be so close in performance we will still be talking about AMD is better for this game metro and Intel is better for that game Battlefield either way AMD and Intel Chips will do very well in gaming conditions What I am doing I was planning to upgrade later this year to a new system with steamroller but someone I know wanted a cheap computer for internet surfing and videos so they are buying mine so I am disappointing that I could not of waited for the Steamroller to come out to go straight to that I am personally left with the choose from FX and the I k a local store https www microcenter com they are all over the place so check it out is having a sale currently for Local pickups the i with an ASRock z is going for with tax including a - with CPU MOBO combo Conclusion I led u both ways with Intel and AMD but with you wanting to use your current system and make small upgrades over the next few months I would go with AMD if you want to put out the extra cash and get the quot Dead quot with a i or i that is on sale that would be good also link AMD Metro bench http teksyndicate com videos amd- s- -gaming-and-xsplit-streaming-benchmarks PS the steamroller Chips might come with a free game with the never settle bundle similar to the A and A trinity APUs with SimCity something to consider nbsp
The outgoing Intel CPUs/chipsets/motherboards are looking like the real bargain at the moment, if you don't mind the "dead" socket thing. You can build a kick *** machine for a very tempting price if you shop around, and it will perform everyday computing tasks faster than the AMD equivalent and at least equal it in gaming prowess.
Hello hope anyone can help me decide on what to do my current setup MOTHERBOARD ASUS M A -CM AM AMD V with upgrading Need help CHIPSET PROCESSOR AMD PHENOM X BLACK EDITION PROCESSOR REV C GHZ GRAPHICS CARD PowerColor PCS HD Myst Edition GB GDDR MONITOR SAMSUNG LED LCD quot X MEMORY x GB HYNIX DDR DEFAULT TIMINGS My motherboard is almost years old now and obviously the ddr memory is holding back the rest of my system Should I buy an AM motherboard with gigs of DDR memory and upgrade to AMD STEAMROLLER next year or just go intel For me the LGA is a quot dead socket quot and don t know if it s a wise choice going Need help with upgrading the intel route With the next gen consoles using all AMD hardware would I be better off sticking with AMD If history repeats itself AMD EXCAVATOR would be backwards compattible with AM I can always hope If I do decide to stay with AMD I will get the following ASUS M A Evo MOTHERBOARD Apacer Black Panther x GB DDR -Pin DIMM V DDR Mhz gaming memory I d appreciate any suggestions Thanx in advance nbsp
Well, DDR4 will become standard in the next 2-3 years, so you will end up in the same boat as you are now. But DDR4 is really just 1.35V DDR3 @ 2400MHz (different chips of course). The AMD FX 6350 (just released) is a great choice on the market right now. I would recommend sticking with either Kingston, Crucial, or Corsair for RAM. Any RAM >1600MHz will do you fine (anything above 1600MHz will provide little to no performance improvements). The next generation AMDs is probably your best choice. Intel will futureproof you longer, but AMD is really stepping up their game.
I am wanting to upgrade my CPU to either an i5 or i7 of some sort for streaming, I am wanting some advice on which CPU and Motherboard would be compatible, thanks.
AMD FX4100 Quad-Core 3.6GHz
2GB GTX 550 Ti
What's your budget and what are you using the PC for?
Looking at your current build it might be better to upgrade to a FX-8320 or 8350 as it wouldn't involve changing the motherboard.
I want to upgrade my video card from nvida geforce 210 to NVIDIA 8800gtx or GTS 250...I want to know which whill be better based on my computer specs below:
BOARD : acer f672cr
CPU : intel e4300 (core2duo 1.8ghz)
Joseph Bryan said:
I want to upgrade my video card from nvida geforce 210 to NVIDIA 8800gtx or GTS 250Click to expand...
A newer card than the 2xx series would serve you better and require less power. Is there no way you could get a GTX 650 or one generation older GTX 550?
Hello So I Upgrading processor Asus K50IN have Asus K IN laptop with Intel Core Duo Processor T GHz FSB Hz M L Cache Which is this http www notebookcheck net Intel-Core- -Duo-T -Notebook-Processor html I dont know if this is right but quot CPUID CPU-Z quot says chipset NVIDIA ID A Southbridge NVIDIA nForce i I am currently looking for a processor that I could upgrade to Is it possible Upgrading Asus K50IN processor to upgrade my laptop to this Intel Core Duo Processor T GHz FSB Hz M Cache Which is this http www notebookcheck net Intel-Core- -Duo-T -Notebook-Processor html I found this T Upgrading Asus K50IN processor on ebay but is says quot for intel mobile Chipset etc use ONLY quot I also found different processors but they all say for intel mobile etc So do I need to look for processors that are compatible with NVIDIA ID A or would the T work as it is Any suggestions or help on this would be nice Thanks I also uploaded my quot cpu-z quot screens just incase you need more info nbsp
The "for Intel mobile 45 chipset only..." notification is so that a potential buyer is aware that just because the CPU is Intel and socket is Intel doesn't mean the CPU is automatically compatible.
Notebook CPU upgrades are largely a hit-and-miss affair. In addition to the chipset and socket compatibility, you have to deal with a custom BIOS particular to the machine. You might want to check out >>this K50IN CPU upgrade thread<< Both the 9700 and 9900 are 1066MHz FSB (QDR), so theoretically there is little between them. Before swapping out make sure that the BIOS is updated (see the link in the last post in the thread).
I have not built a computer in years Just been buying OEM pieces of garbage I currently have a HP made Pegatron Benicia mother board or at least that is my Upgrading CPU what CPU-Z program says It is running the E Pentium with gbs of ram and Upgrading my CPU a Nvida GT A newer game I have been looking forward to keeps crashing when a lot of things start happening explosions many characters running around etc I know my video card is fairly weak but I wanted to start by upgrading my CPU I was going to make the jump to a core quad Figuring that would make a significant difference Will it make a biggish difference Will my HP programed motherboard allow me to The specs I found on my board said it can handle it I just don t know if HP has something that will not allow me to upgrade it Will I need a new heat sink fan for the new processor or will the ones I have fit and keep it cool ESD straps and arctic silver still all you need to install a new cpu Sorry for the hundred questions I just want to be through nbsp
What kinda price would you get that CPU for? It's pretty much time to buy a whole new custom rig. Spending more than $80 or so on this one isn't wise.
Hi all I have an eMachines W Ghz MB RAM Windows XP Media Center PC bought in - ish It s not my regular computer it s my old computer that is at my parent s house I visit them every - months depending on my schedule so those are the only times that I am on this PC I do not game or do heavy intensive type things I am a full time nurse and part time student so the majority of what I do is browsing the internet Microsoft Word documents for homework email etc I don t stream music videos or any other type of media I d like to make this computer work a RAM 3.33GHz XP Upgrading Windows PC 512MB little faster if possible I know there is Upgrading 3.33GHz 512MB RAM Windows XP PC controversy over upgrading the RAM in older computers so I m wondering if my situation would benefit from that at all To even click the start menu you can hear the computer crunching and it really gets on my nerves Switching tabs in Google Chrome loads slowly from top to bottom like I m trying to load a large photo from Google Image Search Aside from all that I don t see a need to purchase a whole new computer simply for - weeks usage for - times per year If this is the best speed this computer can do I can put up with it however if there is anything I can do with the RAM that would be nice as well I deleted a lot of programs in the Add Remove Programs list ran a registry fix and changed some settings on how things load in the computer I really don t want to change the visual to the classic mode I did a scan with Crucial System Scanner and it located my MB of DDR RAM and suggested GB of DDR PC or PC RAM -pin DIMM I have Amazon Prime free shipping and found Komputerbay GB x GB DDR DIMM PIN Mhz PC for with free shipping This seems like a fairly cheap upgrade also advertises a lifetime warranty not sure how legit that is but I m concerned that it will actually help and also be compatible Suggestions and thoughts would be greatly appreciated Thanks nbsp
I have an eMachines W3503 3.33 Ghz 512 MB RAM Windows XP Media Center 2005 PC (bought in 2005-2006ish). It's not my regular computer, it's my old computer that is at my parent's house. I visit them every 3-4 months depending on my schedule, so those are the only times that I am on this PC. I do not game or do heavy, intensive type things. I am a full time nurse and part time student, so the majority of what I do is browsing the internet, Microsoft Word documents for homework, email, etc. I don't stream music, videos, or any other type of media.
I'd like to make this computer work a little faster, if possible. I know there is controversy over upgrading the RAM in older computers, so I'm wondering if my situation would benefit from that at all. To even click the start menu you can hear the computer crunching and it really gets on my nerves. Switching tabs in Google Chrome loads slowly from top to bottom... like I'm trying to load a large photo from Google Image Search. Aside from all that, I don't see a need to purchase a whole new computer simply for 1-2 weeks usage for 3-4 times per year. If this is the best speed this computer can do, I can put up with it, however if there is anything I can do with the RAM, that would be nice, as well.
I deleted a lot of programs in the Add/Remove Programs list, ran a registry fix, and changed some settings on how things load in the computer. I really don't want to change the visual to the classic mode. I did a scan with Crucial System Scanner and it located my 512 MB of DDR RAM and suggested 2 GB of DDR (PC2700 or PC3200) RAM 184-pin DIMM. I have Amazon Prime free shipping and found Komputerbay 2GB (2x1GB) DDR DIMM (184 PIN) 400 Mhz PC 3200 for $34.99 with free shipping. This seems like a fairly cheap upgrade (also advertises a lifetime warranty, not sure how legit that is), but I'm concerned that it will actually help and also be compatible.
Suggestions and thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!Click to expand...
Upgrading the RAM is probably the only solution for such a dated PC. I would say upgrade to Windows 7, but that will set you back $100 bucks and it wont run that fast on such an old PC. I would say go with Crucial RAM, they have good support and good quality. Go for either one of these:
I'm looking at upgrading my vid card and was looking for some outside opinions on what I should be aiming for. I have a studio XPS 7100 desktop with the following specs, AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7ghz processor and also a 450W psu. I'm wanting to be able to run newer games. And do I need to upgrade my processor as well?
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model Studio XPS 7100
Total amount of system memory 6.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 6
Total size of hard disk(s) 919 GB
Disk partition (C 772 GB Free (919 GB Total)
Media drive (D CD/DVD
Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 5450
Total available graphics memory 3839 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2815 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.740.0.0
Primary monitor resolution 1920x1080
What sort of budget do you have for the graphics card?
Your processor isn't too bad, and shouldn't give you a whole lot of bottlenecking issues unless you get a very high end graphics card.
I have an: DIXONH55ITX Socket 1156 Advent Firefly FP 3104 System Motherboard
I'm looking to upgrade for 2 main reasons.
1.) Upgrade my Ram, (as the limit of ram for this motherboard is 4gb.)
2.) More than 1 PCI-E slot. (There's only one on this motherboard.)
But my main question is:
What do I need to take into account when upgrading my Motherboard?
(Compatibility issues etc.)
Also any motherboard recommendations (under £200). As I'm planning on upgrading my computer to a gaming rig.
Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
Not quite understanding you. Are you wanting to keep all other parts and just upgrade mobo, ram and gpu?:
It sounds to me like you are wanting to build an entire new system. If so, give us a budget and what should be included (monitor, windows etc.).
Right now I want to upgrade my GPU, I have 550 TI GTX 1GB and am considering the GPU below...
Is it worth it?
Also major problem is it says you need atleast a min. of 450 wat Power supply, and I have 460...cutting it to close?
Looks like a decent performance upgrade and a pretty good price, all things considered.
An OC'ed 660 doesn't require much more power than the 550 Ti you're presently running. Power charts for the 550 Ti, stock 660 and OC'ed MSI 660 @ 1085 core/1150 boost - not appreciably faster than the EVGA ( ~ 40MHz higher) >here<. The performance charts from the same review should present a good guide versus both the 550 Ti and any other card in the same price bracket.
Look im quite on a budget atm and im just wondering what else do I need for the system that I need for the new system since my old system is still a socket 478 im switching to a phenom
what can I reuse from my old system this is an old Socket 478 motherboard p4S800-mx
and what will I need leftover to run the new system
what can I reuse from my old system this is an old Socket 478 motherboard p4S800-mxClick to expand...
ATX case and power supply (ATX power supply with 4-pin P4 connector)
two IDE drive (there is only one IDE channel for master and slave)
two Floppy drives (this board still has a floppy connector)
two PCI cards
PS2 Keyboard and Mouse
and what will I need leftover to run the new systemClick to expand...
My only question is if the OS is transferable to a new motherboard. Would you be able to activate your copy of Windows? This however would be a non issue if you use Linux.
Hi I want to upgrade my cpu and my motherboard. I will go with the i5-3570k and maybe the GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H. I'm not planning to need SLI/Crossfire and I won't do any extreme overclocking. I have 1 ssd + 2 HD and I will probably add 1-2 hd in some times. I'm also going to buy a 660 ti and change my psu in a 2-3 months.
$356.98 + $8.54 + $18.28 = total: $383.80
This is the less expensive that I have found. So if you think that I could do a better deal please share it with me. I'm from canada so I can't buy on US site.
Thanks and sorry for my poor english
These choices look good...
Hello people, got myself a cheap computer, got 2GB memory running W7 (32 Bit) I intend to upgrade its RAM in time, but the graphics are my main issue, I'm using the on-board/ Integrated and as a result my system performance is struggling. Any suggestions would be wonderful.
Note: I'm only looking for something to be capable of playing some Browser like games such as World of tanks etc. for now. I'l upgrade the whole unit at later date from general computer to a gaming spec.
So you know 32 bit operating system can only take advantage of 4gb ram maximum.
now for light games, I'd say a hd 6670 or gt 640 would be a good choice in my opinion. anything higher and you would have to upgrade your psu as well but you are going to upgrade anyway in the future as You say.
Hey, I have a Pavilion DV5 laptop with a Intel HD graphics card.
I play MineCraft Mainly, and it is about 10 FPS on a good day..
Is there any tips I can use?
THINGS I HAVE TRIED:
(For minecrafters, I have tried optifine)
I have tried going into properties and setting to program to high priority,
I have tried clearing my cache
And I have tried gameboost or whatever, that makes games faster.
Would really help if I could get some answers!
Intel HD graphics means you don't have a graphics card. It uses the CPU.
Pretty much, either buy a card, or turn the game settings way down. It's actually pretty demanding.
Hello all much my Upgrading PC is appreciated in reading my post Here is my issue I recently bought a desktop from Best Buy Gateway Upgrading my PC SX g-u I know for a fact Upgrading my PC that it has space to add extra memory as well as an extra PCI-e x slot for a new video card and PCI-e x for lan and such I recently put extra memory and now my computer totals gb My processor is an AMD E- Ghz I am in the market for a new video card because the built in stock one doesn t allow me to play games like MW or UT and other similar first person shooters without lagging I see a Video card at a decent price that has gb of dedicated memory on it now the Noob comes out My question is does my video card have to match my CPU speed Or does it use its own memory I was told many different things which is why I am confused to all hell Also am I able to upgrade my CPU I know I have to look for the socket type and all I would appreciate teh guidance Thanks to all who help - Noob - nbsp
Video card uses it's own memory. Things to look at:
- Will the power supply be enough?
- Will the CPU bottleneck it? In your case, your CPU is extremely low-end, so basically anything will hae the CPU as bottleneck.
You can upgrade to a 1.7GHz CPU (with a slightly better GPU). Not worth it though.
To be perfectly honest, I'd try returning the PC. To play games like you want, you're gonna have to spend a bit more money (or ,you got ripped off).
Got a ton of great assistance when I first put my current setup together, now looking to upgrade given the holidays are coming up. Here is my current Mobo/CPU combo.
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core
All I'm really looking for is a new CPU, but in order to upgrade I was wondering if I might end up needing a new MOBO. My range is about 300-400 dollars... so is there any way I can get a new setup going with that much money? Maybe just upgrade the cpu? Am I being a little too optimistic? Thanks for any help!
What are you using the PC for? Unless your CPU usage is maxing out frequently and you know you need the extra CPU power, I wouldn't really bother. The only thing worth upgrading to is an i7 3770K which will cost quite a bit.
A cheaper and probably better solution is to get an aftermarket cooler and overclock your CPU (if you haven't done so already), the Phenom II's OC quite well.
I will post a link to a computer that was purchased for me I have been out of computer gaming for awhile and have recently started playing a game called Dayz It is gaming Upgrading desktop retail for Acer my a modifcation for a game called Arma The computer runs most things that I have played fairly well However Arma is a high demand game which typically gets me under FPS I was thinking of getting rid of the computer and buying a new one or upgrading some parts inside From what I have been reading processor video card ram and power supply would be good places to start I haven t taken the computer apart yet to look inside and see what I can add to the current motherboard Budget is a concern and I don t want to go crazy I don t need to play on ultra settings Upgrading my Acer retail desktop for gaming but normal or high would be nice Any suggestions would be great Here is the PC http www walmart com ip Acer-AM Windows- -Home-Premium-Monitor-Not-I Thanks nbsp
Without knowing your full system specs I would say, you could probably get by with a GPU and power supply upgrade. Do you know what size power supply you have in the machine? I'm also assuming you don't have a dedicated graphics solution, since you have an AMD-A6 CPU.
I would like to get a video from the Raedon HD 7000 series, more specifically, 7700 or 7800.
I managed to find my computer's specs online and want to ask if I were to get a new card, would I need to upgrade anything else, like a better PSU, or a better CPU to prevent the card from being bottlenecked. I don't mind if it's bottlenecked a bit, but I would like to run Skyrim (as well as BF3) on high or ultra and be able to play Witcher 2 more smoothly.
The computer specs can be found here on the official HP site. I hope this is enough information to answer my question.
If I have forgotten or you need anything else, feel free to tell me and I will update ASAP.
Well you'd definitely need a better PSU than that 300W one which came with the HP. What's your total budget for the card + PSU?
Your i7 2600 processor is fine... actually it's more than fine since PC makers generally always tend to make CPU-heavy and GPU-light machines.
So I am thinking about upgrading my cpu and switching over to intel but I cant really come up with any good reasons to buy a new cpu and motherboard other than my cpu is outdated and I would like to be able to record lets plays and gameplay. Are there any other pros to buying a new cpu? Like would the performance of my machine increase substantially or something?
P.S I was going to go with a:
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155
pc current specs:
AMD FX-6100-six core processor
16 gb 1033 mhz ram
XFX Radeon 6950
ASUS M5A97 motherboard
windows 7 ultimate
Depends on what you're doing - if you do a lot of video encoding or CPU heavy tasks then it might be a worthwhile upgrade but if not then either upgrade your GPU if your main focus is gaming or SSD if you just want a more responsive machine for general use.
Unless your current CPU is frequently running at 100% there's no real reason to spend so much on an upgrade to a 3570K especially as Intel's next gen Haswell processors are coming out in a few months.
So I just did some upgrades on my PC and now it s time for the video card I went from a Gigabyte mobo gb ram and an E to an ASrock Extreme mobo for a Upgrading my time PC, GPU new gb ram and a k I m not seeing much difference for what I use the computer for which is Upgrading my PC, time for a new GPU mainly some gaming and just browsing the internet I know the k was overkill and I wish I would have gone with the k and used the extra for something else My question is which card to get I play games like WOW Skyrim Assassins Creed Crysis and Mass Effect I don t game a ton and don t do any video editing other than maybe converting a movie to a different format or burning a DVD I d like to stay as cheap as possible so I m leaning towards the It s sometimes cheaper than the ti I m kinda stuck between these two models and can t really see a difference other than the stock OC Is there a big difference between different brands other than like warranty or cooling Is the ti that much better or would it just be overkill I m using an HIS currently if that helps Thanks in advance and sorry for the wall of text nbsp
If you don't do much gaming and no video editing then the 7870 and 660ti are waaaaaay too overkill.
take a look at the HD7770 instead.
Hello everyone I m upgrading my CPU and motherboard and by extension RAM since it s DDR and I want some input on whether or not I should spend some cash and go with a Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge system or a Phenom II or Bulldozer one Obviously the Phenom II system would work out cheaper and I like cheaper But I m wondering if that need a long suggestions some Upgrading please after time; very by not opting for the latest-and-greatest Intel chip would I be looking at an upgrade sooner rather than later down the road Any and all suggestions and or input are welcomed my location and current system specs are in my signature so please keep those in mind when suggesting anything I d prefer buying locally since most of the popular components are easily available via retail but I wouldn t mind ordering online if the price is right although with shipping rates the way they are I can t imagine that happening anytime soon nbsp
Honestly speaking, I find that the choice of CPU, whether AMD or Intel, should not warrant that you look at an upgrade too soon. I have been using the Phenom II X3 720 for three years now and still it performs really well for most purposes.
Now benchmarks do reveal that the Intel (Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge) are far superior to their AMD (Bulldozer / Phenom II) counterparts. Consider the i5 3570k (the CPU you incidentally suggested for my new build). It costs around $229 which is 20% more as compared to AMD's flagship FX 8150. Although the AMD has 8 cores it is outperformed by the quad core Intel by around 40% (and above) in most benchmarks. In games, the 3570K stock outperforms an overclocked 8150 by approx. 30%.
The above, however, are just numbers. For most everyday tasks you should be fine with either CPU. If gaming at 1920x1080, your GPU will likely be the most limiting factor as neither CPU will cause any bottlenecks.
My opnion is that you finalise your budget. If you see that the Ivy Bridge can be comfortably accomodated go for it. Else I'm sure that the AMD will not disappoint.
One thing of note is that the Phenom IIs have generally benched better than the Bulldozers. That makes me sad as expectations from AMD were much higher.
Hi, I am trying to upgrade two computers, one has a athlon ii x2 250, 4 gb memory and a msi hd 6670 graphics card, and the other pc is a athlon ii x4 650, 4gb memory and msi hd 6670 graphics card,
I am trying to decide what to get, I can either only get a cpu/motherboard/memory or a single graphic card im not able to get both.
I was considering the hd 7850 for graphics card
or I was thinking of getting the a10 5800k, and doing dual graphics.
I know either way im getting an improvement for both pc's but I cant decide which one would be a better improvement. I also heard that getting a good graphics card with a crappy cpu itll throttle the gpu,
What is you current setup?
What is your budget?
Can you upgrade the CPU to at least x4 or possibly an AM3+ CPU without purchasing a new motherboard?
It is worth mentioning that if you are using an OEM Windows version, purchasing a new motherboard will invalidate your Windows license and require a new license. So changing motherboards for people who have an OEM install has additional cost, which many people don't know or think about when making decisions.
I have a Dell XPS 410 Computer. My computer is a Intel Core 2 CPU 4300 1.80 GHZ, 1.79 GHZ 1 GB of ram computer. Is it worth it to upgrade. I would like to upgrade to a at least 2.5 or 3.0 if possible. I not into buying a new computer right now, as I want to save my money to get a new laptop computer instead.
What would be the best option out there. Any help would be great.
If you can find a Q6600 or Q6700, those are the only two quad core processors that will work in your PC. All other quad core processors are 1333 MHz and requires a motherboard that supports the frequency.
XPS 410 Processor Upgrade
Dell XPS 410/9200 Processor Upgrade
Just remember the motherboard you have does not support processors with a 1333 MHz FSB. Make sure if you buy a CPU upgrade, it has either a 800 MHz or 1066 MHz FSB.
I am looking to upgrade my current laptop's HDD (Lenovo L420) to a SSD.
How do I determine the specifications of my HDD? Do I need a 9mm or 7mm?
Side question: I am getting an Acer Aspire One 756 netbook. What type of RAM should I buy (I am looking for 4GB more)?
Link of interest for both questions - Crucial® Memory Advisor results for the Acer Aspire One 756 Laptop/Notebook.
Crucial® Memory Advisor results for the Acer Aspire One 756 Laptop/Notebook.
This link shows a HDD upgrade for the Acer and it's 9.5mm in height.
Seagate Momentus Laptop HDD 1 TB SATA-300 Upgrade for the Acer Aspire One 756 Laptop/Notebook
Memory Upgrade for Acer Aspire One 756 Laptops
4GB 204Pin PC3-8500 CL7 8c 128x8 DDR3-1066 SODIMM
4GB 204p PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 SODIMM
Im planning to upgrade my HD 5750.
I will be playing games like BF3, NFS Run, GTA, Just Cause 2 etc.. to name a few...
Budget - 15000INR
Motherboard - ASUS M4A88T-M-LE
Graphic Interface - PCIe 2.0
Processor - AMD Phenom II X6 2.8Ghz
RAM - Corsair 6GB
PSU - Huntkey 600W
Firstly I had the GTX 660Ti in my mind. It got released recently for $300 recently in US but in India it costs 24000INR nearly $430. So its out of my budget.
Hence I'm back with either the GTX 560Ti or HD 6870. So plz suggest me the best one which will serve me for the next 2years atleast.
You might be able to snag a HIS Radeon HD 6950 for around 15,000 INR. Was available on flipkart a few days back. Check with your local dealers. Else I would go with the GTX 560 Ti.
So I have an Alienware Aura R3
Mainboard : Alienware 046MHW
Chipset : Intel P67
Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Processor : Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3400 MHz
Physical Memory : 6144 MBDDR3-SDRAM
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 x2 SLi
PSU : 525w
CAn I upgrade video card to MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 Video Card or to the MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card
Yeah you can, any current generation card will work (except the GTX 690 and 7990 because your PSU won't be able to handle those). Should be quite a considerable upgrade over your current GTS 450 SLI setup.
So here's the dealio. I currently have an XFX 6870 and am looking into an upgrade. I've always found x870 cards to be good cards as I have owned a 4870, 5870, and 6870. So naturally I'm looking at the 7870. Given the recent price cuts they seem like they are at a good price/performance ratio. I'm willing to spend up to $239 for a 7870. So my question is should I go for the 7870 at $239 or pick up another 6870 for $100 less and pair it with my current 6870? Which setup would perform better? And is there another option for $239 or less?
Right now I'm leaning toward the 6870 crossfire option as its cheaper and I'm already setup for crossfire as far as power supply, motherboard, etc. go but I would like yalls "professional" opinions first. Thanks ahead of time!
2x 6870 cards in CF should provide really decent performance across the board, and even if you've got multiple displays. What resolution do you usually play games at?
I just upgraded myself actually... moved from a 1GB 5870 to a 3GB 7970 and the difference is quite staggering. If you have the extra coin I would recommend looking into the 7950, which can be had for around $300 now. Hopefully they drop the price even further as the GTX 660 Ti gains popularity on nvidia's side. The 79xx AMD cards are pretty powerful and provide excellent support for big resolutions.
So I'm going to upgrade the default HDD on my laptop HP Pavilion DV6 2153.eo. There are two things that I'm not so sure of tho.
1. Can I get a SATA/III SSD HDD and throw it in the laptop <- are the SATA/III SSD HDDs backward compatible with/to SATA/II
2. What HDD should I get, it should at least be something like 180Gb but then also the price shouldn't be sky high...and then ofc I should also be able to get it here in north Europe
P.S. I'm also going to get more ram...is there anything else that can be upgraded..?
...a bump here maybe...gonna need to order the parts soon so O_o
Greetings Techspot forum people I am wanting to upgrade my PC but without having to replace my motherboard so I am just wondering what is the best hardware I can actually get for my make and model I feel a bit lazy asking but when it comes to actual hardware Im a bit clueless and more than a bit paranoid of getting something wrong All help would be much appreciated as I know you probably have better stuff to do but Im sure there are a tonne of people out there to whom stuff like this is second nature Here goes Help current PC upgrading my My MOBO is a Gigabyte GA-EG MF-US H Link- http www gigabyte com products product-page aspx pid ov Some other specs Current CPU- Celeron E dual overclocked to about OS- Win XP bit yeah I know GPU- GeForce GTX Memory- GB Because of bit OS PSU- W This PC was built from scratch by an old friend of mine Help upgrading my current PC especially for me I am based in the UK England Lancashire and we usually buy most of our parts from http www scan co uk who have a store in Bolton which is not far from us I really dont want to replace the motherboard and therefore buy a WHOLE new system so any help regarding any one piece of hardware would be great If any more info is needed I will try my best I used CPU-Z to get most of it Thanks in advance Kyle Edit I use my PC primarily for gaming nbsp
Most important question: what's your budget?
If you're gaming the GPU will be the best upgrade, but recommendations all depend on your budget.
If you want you can get a Core 2 Duo/Quad to replace your Celeron, but they're legacy products now and you'll have to buy one off eBay. It's probably advisable not to upgrade your CPU/mobo/RAM and save up for a new combo.
Hiya guys I ve been learning a little bit about computers and am finally looking to put it to some use a beginner Basic help upgrading for After a long history of messing up laptops computers and passing them on to more computer savvy friends or relatives or having them stolen I am deciding after Basic upgrading help for a beginner some reading and learning to finally crack open my comp and attempt to upgrade a little bit Basic upgrading help for a beginner Here are some of the vitals it s pretty much the baseline model I bought from PC Basic upgrading help for a beginner World a while back Motherboard - Acer Aspire M Graphic interface - PCI-Express x Memory - DDR MB CPU - Intel Core i CPU Speed - MHz Power Supply Make Model - Watt output Amperage - W Current card NVIDIA GeForce GT MB Bear in mind that this will be a gradual thing so if I say I have a budget of - or so I don t mind spending that on one thing and saving up for the next although obviously I d like to spend as little as possible as a rule As well as a learning experience I d just like a general performance upgrade really for example any games now that I would play in low quality I could play in medium and medium maybe stretch for high etc I have done a bit of searching on websites and in shops but there is just so much that needs to be taken into account and so much choice and inside information that I feel I could do with some help from you wonderful peeps Any advice on reasonable general upgrades to my computer that I could make Any help would be greatly appreciated If I ve left any important info out let me know and I ll try to find it Thanks in advance nbsp
Best upgrade for gaming would be the GPU, you can get a Radeon 6850 or 7770 in that price range. If you're willing to buy used you can get more powerful cards on gumtree, ebay etc.
Dell Dimension 8300
Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz
4 GB Memory (3.25 GB Visible)
Motherboard Model 0W2562
I want a card that can handle youtube videos with no lag, and be able to play minecraft with no lag. IE I want the best card currently available. The PSU is not a factor (I am upgrading it anyway), and price is not a factor. I just want the best card I can get for my system and wants. My CPU is basically upgraded to the best pentium 4 (socket 478).
My current videocard is not doing what I want (Youtube sometimes lags, and minecraft will lag).
This is my current videocard...
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 (AGP 8x)
Memory size - 256 MB
GPU Clock - 351 MHz
Memory Clock 532 MHz
Thankyou for your input.
What is your Budget?
Hello all i currently have an inspiron 546 computer with a 0F896N motherboard and i am trying to upgrade my graphics card. I have been looking at an ati 6570 and my question is is this card compatable with my system? I do not know if this card will fit in my PCI slots, can someone please help me out?
It depends on whether your motherboard and case can accomodate it, and your Power Supply Unit can power it. I believe your mobo has a PCI-E x16 slot and the case appears large enough, so won't be a problem, but I'm not sure about the PSU.
P.s.: Darkspace, edit your thread title to 'need help upgrading graphic card'. That will make it easier for more experienced members to help you without having to wonder what exactly you want to upgrade. If people have to guess at it, some wont even bother to open it. Now that wont be helpful, right?
Please help I have an eMachines ET G- w It has a cheap integrated graphics card and I purchased a new Galaxy GeForce GT graphics card along with a Thermaltake TR w PSU yesterday I installed both and powered the 430 upgrading after card a to No display GT GeForce graphics pc up The fans fired up in the PSU the Processor and the new graphics card I had my monitor that I had been using with VGA hooked up with an HDMI cable Now comes the problem I am not getting any picture whatsoever on my monitor No display after upgrading to a GeForce GT 430 graphics card It says no signal and it wont show any picture even at the start up I tried two different HDMI cables I tried a VGA and I tried a DVI None of these made anything appear on the monitor I turned the system off took out the new graphics card removed the new power supply and put the original one back in and tried to fire it up Now I have now picture with my original computer plugged into the original VGA slot I have no idea what to do and I am only a beginner when it comes to installing things into a PC I have asked around and no one had any idea how to solve this problem I don No display after upgrading to a GeForce GT 430 graphics card t want to have to buy a new computer just because I tried to upgrade this one That would suck If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated nbsp
What happens if you try to boot up the pc with the new GPU and PSU installed, but have the monitor hooked up to the integrated VGA port?
Sorry, this may be stupid question but I'd rather ask it here online.
I want to upgrade my processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or maybe something better if I'm able.
I'm just unsure if I'm actually able to upgrade my laptop at all.
I'm not very good with computers so I'm just going to give all the specs I can:
Operating System: Windows 7 Pro 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: 28473ZU
BIOS: Ver 1.00PARTTBL
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Dueo CPU T6570 @ 2.10GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
I would also like to know if i can upgrade to an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
from my graphics card which i guess is:
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family.
any help I'll greatly appreciate it.
The ONLY stupid question is the one you don't ask!
The cpu is upgradeable if...and only...if....the cpu you are trying to upgrade to has the same front side bus speed...Yours is 800 MHz and the socket type is the exact same!
this should provide you the options for upgrading available via Lenovo's tech support site!
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
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?
I am wanting to upgrade many pc parts but i do not know very much about computer and need help I am currently wanting to upgrade my psu its the default one that came with my computer which is watts I my Upgrading PC have no idea what kind i Upgrading my PC need I want to upgrade it to - watts and am looking for one cheaper than Upgrading processor- I do not know which type of processor is needed What is the best processor my motherboard can handle Motherboard specs says this Athlon X with Dual Core technology up to up to watt is that really the best this can handle Last resort upgrading motherboard- If that is what i need to do to get better computer overall i am willing to buy one for no more than bucks I don t want to getting a wrong motherboard that wont fit my pc or support my hardware Please any question regarding my pc i will answer System specs- Pc name- A x Processor- Amd athlon x dual core processor ghz Motherboard-MCP PM-HM Nettle Ram- gb ddr Videocard-MCP PM-HM Nettle Cooling- Its the one that came with my pc Soundcard- Realtek high def audio - gb hardrive OS- Alienware Windows bit nbsp
Is this your motherboard? I'm asking for clarification.
Motherboard Specifications, MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2)
Your case appears to be Micro-ATX form factor. If you only have room for 3 or 4 cards in the case you have a Micro-ATX. You can purchase any ATX power supply to fit the case.There is a length issue involved with more powerful supplies but you should be fine with anything less than 800W.
If you already have an Athlon 64 X2, it really wouldn't be worth the money to upgrade CPU without changing motherboard. AM2 CPU's are hard to find and may be expensive if you do find them.
Another downside to changing motherboards is you may need to purchase another copy of Windows OS. If your copy is OEM then it would be bound to the motherboard you pull out.
Hello Been out of the PC upgrading game for a while now looking at doing up my current kit but could do with some advice on what Graphics card to go with Im an intense gamer so would like to run my games as close to max as i can afford My budget on new graphics card is up to but would prefer to spend less if im going to get similar same results from a cheaper model Specs Motherboard - Gigabyte Technology - P -DS http ee gigabyte com products page mb ga-p -ds Graphics Card - Radeon HD http www amd com uk products desk s ati-radeon-hd- -system-requirements aspx Memory - Currently running GB DDR - Upgrading to GB shortly CPU - Intel Core Quad Q GHZ http ark intel com products Intel-Core -Quad-Processor-Q - M-Cache- -GHz- -MHz-FSB Power - Coolermaster RS -EMBA http www tomshardware com reviews toms-reference-system - html That should include all the information of my card graphics Upgrading current set up If any further information is required just ask i dont think i Upgrading graphics card really need to upgrade anything other than my Graphics but you guys are the experts so if you think anything else is needed then just tell me and im in the UK Thanks nbsp
$800 is a great budget for a GPU. Do you want to stick with AMD or is NVIDIA an option? The new AMD cards are being released now (7000 series) and the NVIDIA 600 series is being released soon which are pci-e 3.0 (I didn't look at your board specs so I don't know if it will support the next gen cards).
Check this out.
I have a Compaq Presario SR5413WM which according to HP I can upgrade the processor. I upgraded the RAM a couple of years ago, and the machine runs fine, but was curious to know if it was worth upgrading the processor.
My current processor is AMD Athlon LE-1640
Operating speed: Up to 2.7 GHz
Number of cores: 1
Bus speed: 2000 MT/s
according to HP I can upgrade it to
Socket type: AM2
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Athlon 64 up to 3800+
Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology up to 4800+ (up to 65 watt TDP)
Sempron - All
I have copied this info from HP's website, and it really doesn't mean much to me, but was hoping that you guys could help!
I would think that the difference is negligible depending on what you use the computer for.
Well right now i have a amd phenom x4 9150e at 1.8ghz.. its pretty slow when i run some games like skyrim and company of heroes and starcraft 2.. so i was wondering what would be the best cpu i could buy without upgrading the mobo??
i was told by a friend that the AMD Phenom II X4 840 would be a good choice. But also i was suggested the AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz.
what do you think about these choices? and any other suggestions are more than welcome. Id like to stick to newegg or amazon, as they are both very reputable companys with personal experience with.
Are you near a Micro Center?
I've been experiencing bottleneck, i think cause of my processor being so weak).
I've come up to this processor Core 2 Duo E6550, would it stop the bottleneck ? or is the bottleneck caused by something else ?
PSU is 500W (and its of average/good quality) all voltages are right and the Molex to PCI are all conected, the problem is hardware wise.
Using Windows 7 Home Premium.
I need an answer in a few days. Thanks in advance
PS: I play MW3 with only shadows off (90fps), but Metro 2033 with 30-40 :c when it should be 60 with my gfx card. This makes me almost certain that it is the CPU.
But if you see that the problem may be from the Ram or the MOBO, plz warn me
Well you didn't mention one important thing. What resolution are you playing at?
Important specs for my issue input my HP supply for Need card graphics p6716f upgrading and on power Motherboard N-Alvorix-RS -uATX Alvorix video card Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon Power Supply Internal W - V Expansion Slots PCI Express x slot for graphics card Product number to look up anything else BV AA I got my HP Pavilion p f pretty cheap and I m starting to understand why now I m trying to upgrade the hardware specifically the video card and after googling Need input on upgrading graphics card and power supply for my HP p6716f the crap out of video cards I ve realized I ll need to upgrade my power supply too My question is how can I be sure what power supply will work in my pc and what wattage would be recommended I ve tried my best to figure this out on my own but I ve hit a wall I don t know if this makes any sense but because the motherboard and processor are AMD I was thinking of sticking with an AMD video card probably in the series problem is I dont know if it ll fit in the PCI Express x slot take a look by looking up the product number on hp id post the web page but this website won t let me So there s my first problem Second if I can even get the video card installed I ll need a new power supply and I have no idea what specifications matter for installing power supplies While writing this I foudd this on newegg VisionTek Radeon HD GB DDR PCI Express x HDCP Ready Video Card Would this solve all my problems If so I have this feeling this specific video card will be pretty loud Let me know please nbsp
Link to specs here.
Looks like any PCI express 16x GPU will fit fine, as long as you don't mind losing one of the PCI Express 1x slots for double width GPUs.
It has an ATX power supply, so that should cover pretty much anything you replace it with, but deeper power supplies might be hit and miss and you'd need to measure whether they would fit. ATX format power supplies are made to industry standard dimensions in terms of height and width, but different ATX power supplies do differ in depth. So an ATX should fit, but ultimately it depends on how much space you have between the back of the case and the back of the DVD drives for clearance.
The power supply you choose is dependant on the GPU you choose. If you could let us know the following, we could help you select the best option for you:
1. Your total budget, for a power supply and graphics card.
2. The intended usage of the computer -- if its gaming, what sort of games?
3. What resolution and detail do you wish to play these games at. The max resolution is dictated by the max resolution of your display, but it is an important factor to consider.
4. If you have preferred shops, list them. Newegg is fine if you like to shop there though.
5. How many fans does that case have, and where are they located -- upgrading to a higher end GPU introduces heat into the case in most cases, so cooling must be considered.
6. What processor is fitted in your computer? That model number has multiple CPU options.
My PC has has 2 slots for RAM and it has 2 ddr2 RAM (512,1gb) I was gonna buy a stick of 2gb ddr2 ram to replace the 512mb my friend said something about cache that my hardware cant handle the 2b ddr2 ram my mobo is ASUS P5VD2-VM SE
It can handle up to 2 2GB sticks of DDR2 667. It would be wise to buy 2 1GB sticks or 2 2GB sticks rather than 1 2GB stick. You generally don't want to run RAM that is 2 different sizes (although it can sometimes be done).
Hello I recently purchased battlefield for the computer but didn t check if my computer could run it because I m smart Now I need to upgrade my video card but I m not sure if the one I m upgrading to is the correct one or if it will work on my computer The card that I want to buy is the XFX Radeon HD sorry can t link this is my first post My computer Dell Inspiron Motherboard - Dell F N Graphic Interface - nothing- I installed CPU-Z and this area is just grayed out Memory - DDR MB CPU - AMD athlon II X CPU speed - GHz power supply video Upgrading card Radeon to HD 6670? watt output - Could not find this on my computer it is an Inspiron if that helps Core voltage fluctuates between V and Upgrading video card to Radeon HD 6670? V but that is neither amperage nor wattage so I don t think that will help and next to Max TDP in CPU-Z it says W not sure if that means watts My current card is ATI Radeon HD Graphics I m looking to spend as little as possible lt I live in the US Will this card fit in my computer and is it a good gaming card battlefield Also is the fact that nothing shows up for graphics interface on CPU-Z a problem The quot slot type quot is PCI-express is this compatible with my computer Thanks first post sorry if it was long or wrong Steven nbsp
I believe you only have a 300W power supply.
Dell Inspiron 546 Power Supply
If so that would not be enough power for a Radeon HD 6670
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First time poster here looking for some help!
My PC is about 3 years old now and I'm at the point where it's ready for some upgrades. I poured a good 900 into the tower, but cheaped out on the video card and RAM because I didn't have the demand for it at the time.
I've got a list of all my specs and I have a decent knowledge of components and their roles but I can't seem to find any help on what my power supply can handle.
So my question is, when I'm taking apart my tower, what kind of information do I need to take from it before I can decide how much ram I can handle and what kind of video card I can upgrade to. As for the actual installation I can figure that out.
Thanks a ton!
With that many hours, just purchase and install a new power supply, paying close attention to the output of the +12V rail, which should be 18A or greater, and the unit shoujld be 80 Plus Certified.. Power output should be 500 Watt or greater, but the +12V is actually more important. Quality units such as PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, Cooler Master, Corsair (my choice) Enermax, ThermalTake, Antec, Blind Sentey, ESP Group, Eneermax, Ampaq, or ASUS.
Use the information on your existing memory to determine if it is DDR, DDR2, or DDR3, then order 1 GB modules... Windows XP will handle 2 GB, sometimes 2.5GB, Windows 7 should handle 4 GB.
What you should also consider is whether to replace the hard drive... after 3 years, your existing hard drive may have only another year, or less, to go before it fails. Use it as a backup now, and get a new hard drive... Western Digital Black or Seagate would be my choices.
Then buy the best video card that you can afford, based on what your motherboard website will suggest.
If you have an HP, Gateway, eMachines, Sony, Compaq, or Dell, it may be time to just replace it all by building your own.
Recently built this pc but i made a mistake by buying a 6770 when i have the money for a 6870.
700w OCZ ModXStream8
8gb ddr3 1333
how much more performance would i see if i switched to a hd 6870?
Also what would be a fair price to sell a 6770 in mint condition
The 6870 is about twice as powerful. Check this review for a good comparison of other GPUs.
You could try returning it to where it is you bought it from and see if they accept paying a difference and getting a 6870 instead?
I used Kingston HyperX blu 4GB memory (4x = 16GB total) for my desktop upgrade 6 months ago.
I am curious if there is superior RAM out there. I don't refer to a 0-5% improvement. Is there significantly better RAM available for my setup? (lets say 15%+ faster than what I use)
I am constantly in Adobe After Effects eating up all of my memory. I also multi-task frequently switching between memory intense programs. I will squeeze every bit of performance out of faster memory.
Here is my configuration:
i7 2600K @ 4.4Ghz
ASRock extreme4 Motherboard
16GB RAM (4x 4GB HyperX blu DDR3 1333MHz)
2x Gigabyte 560ti SLI
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Windows 7 64bit
When I upgraded I was advised to go with 1333MHz. Is there significant performance to be had beyond this? It is an inexpensive area to upgrade so I am very curious.
Not at all worth upgrading IMO.
Hey I m pretty amateur when it comes down to up upgrading my computer so Can you guys please help me a little as I wouldn t want to buy something on (GFX/RAM/CPU) upgrading advice little A that s not going to work anyways My System Motherboard AsusTek M A -MVP Deluxe AMD FX chipset Processor AMD Athlon x Ram GB Graphics A little advice on upgrading (GFX/RAM/CPU) NVIDIA GeForce GTS So it s a little old now however I m thinking of upgrading Processor RAM and Graphics card as it s long over due Here s where I could do with a little help firstly will they be A little advice on upgrading (GFX/RAM/CPU) compatible and secondly your thoughts on them and or is there a better option Here s what I was thinking about upgrading to RAM ebuyer dot com -g-skill- gb- x gb-ddr - mhz-ripjawsx-memory-kit-cl - - - - - - v-f - cl d- gbxl G-Skill GB x GB DDR Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL - - - V Processor overclockers dot co uk showproduct php prodid CP- -AM AMD Bulldozer FX- Quad Core Black Edition Ghz A little advice on upgrading (GFX/RAM/CPU) Socket AM Processor Graphics Card videocardshop dot co uk viewproduct aspx part HD- X-ZAFC XFX Radeon HD M GB DDR DUAL DVI DP HDMI PCI-E Sorry I tried to make them links however I need over five posts Any help advice would be greatly appreciated Thanks nbsp
You're better off upgrading the board aswell. Your motherboard does not support DDR3 RAM (DDR2)
Hi everyone i m new to this forum and want to say hi first off I just ordered a new graphics card on Newegg for my system EVGA GTX TI It will be here in a couple days i m extremely excited I also have a Phenon II quad core clocked at ghz and gb ddr ram My old Card is an a I to 560, Upgrading PSU? GTX new get should ATI Radeon HD That s the main part of my rig Now Upgrading to GTX 560, should I get a new PSU? my PSU is a Xion off-brand which is supposedly a W power supply My question is will this PSU be good enough for my new graphics card and the rest of my setup The card says that it requires W power supply Now from reading and searching around I have found alot of people criticizing generic brand PSU s Alot of these people recommend a brand name such as Corsair As a college student I would like to save money where possible but I don t want to be cheap with this Should I upgrade my unit to a Corsair or something brand name Is my Xion REALLY that bad could it somehow harm my computer or new card Any help and advice is really appreciated thanks If it will help i ll include the model number its a Xion XON- P N Seriously thinking of getting a corsair but gonna wait for a response Also kinda nervous i ve never installed a PSU before I m not trying to have a conversation with myself here I swear but i ll add my motherboard info as well It s a ASUS M A T USB It has a pci expresss x slot so it should run the gtx ti with no problems right nbsp
Well first off, welcome to techspot!
Now down to the nitty gritty, the PSU I found a review:
It doesn't sound like a very good PSU either :S also it seems that the Amps may not be high enough for one 12v rail (I believe the GTX 560 ti requires 30A but correct me if i'm wrong) and what i'm reading here is that it supplies 28A?
Also your motherboard is fine, I have this Graphics Card (But the pre-overclocked Asus TOP model) and it is actually pretty impressive how well it runs. I think you'll find your CPU may become your bottleneck
I think it might be time to upgrade my pc if possible? A friend of mine put it together (not from scratch, just major comonents I think?!) back in 2007 and it was pretty good at that point. I only use it for desktop applications, internet and watching movies (I might like to be able to watch them through my tv if I can?).
From what I have seen you need some technical info to help? Here's what I found:
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans Socket AM2 (940)
Motherboard - ASUS NodusM with GeForce 6150 chipset BIOS is version 3.02
Memory - Dual DDR2 2048 MB
GPU - NVidia GE Force 6150 LE 256 MB
Look forward to hearing back and hopefully I've given enough info?
Is this what you have now, or what you plan to build?
I'm thinking of upgrading my Pentium 4 660 3.60GHz processor to a Pentium Dual core E6800 3.33GHz.
Would there actually be any point in changing CPU or would it actually improve performance significantly? Also would my system be able to handle the CPU itself or not?
My system specs are as follws:
Operating System - XP Home Edition SP3
Current CPU - Intel Pentium 4 3.60GHz
Motherboard - GA-8I915PM-FS
ROM - 1x230 GB
RAM - 2GB PNY DIMM DDR 400Mhz PC3200
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
If you need any other info then please just ask me and I'll let you know.
Hope someone can help please. Thank you.
I'm absolutely certain you won't be able to do that, period. That newer Pentium Dual Core is not in any way, backwards compatible with your motherboard.
Well, it is the same socket. So, it would go in, but it surely won't run. Intel 915 chipset is 32 bit only. Thus, you couldn't even go forward to Cedar Mill core P-4s, which are 64 bit.