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Upgrading my PC. Need Suggestions

Q: Upgrading my PC. Need Suggestions

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!

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A: Upgrading my PC. Need Suggestions

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.

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A:Upgrading GFX Card

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.
 

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A:Need advise for upgrading my PC and it's cooling

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.
 

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Evening, all

I bought an interesting little Single Board Computer as an mITX motherboard (a WADE-8020, more info at the link below):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portwell-...766?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a9b75151e

I have another similar board in an old Hoojum Cubit 3 case, and was wondering if anyone might have any other suggestions for a similarly eye-catching case, probably ready-made, though I'm not averse to either buying a DIYed case, or maybe trying to make one myself (I have a Dremel but not much else, and that includes skill )

Cheers, Jon.
 

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A:Upgrading My Toshiba Satellite e55-a5114 Laptop

koesherbacon said:





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...


 

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A:Considering upgrading my GPU

I think everyone is also gonna want to know your budget before giving a suggestion.
 

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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

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A:Info/suggestions on build? i3?

Hi BraidedDuke5,
Have you thought of going down the used parts path as you seem to be wanting a machine "cheap" with an i3 instead of looking at what kind of job you really want it to do, unless you will only be playing games in a really low resolution (fps). E.g. the Intel NUC and the ASUS Vivo have Core i3 CPU and they are nothing like a gaming PC.
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Hope this helps

Edit:- Changed CPU listings to be accurate for world-wide purchasing as some markets did not get some CPU incarnations released as a new product (based entirely on the Ivy Bridge and Clarkdale Core i3 / i5)
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A:Upgrading my RAM, better to add, or replace?

For DDR3 there is no quad channel, either way would work fine, go for the cheaper.
 

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A:Upgrading graphics card for evolve and the future games

If you don't get the 980, you will only be kicking yourself later. That is if you are seriously considering it.

http://www.techspot.com/review/885-nvidia-geforce-gtx-970-gtx-980/page5.html
 

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A:Upgrading cpu and mobo question

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.
 

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A:Upgrading my video card

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
 

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A:I need advice on upgrading the CPU's on my Dell Precision T5400

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.
 

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A:Upgrading my PC for better gaming

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.
 

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A:Upgrading pre-built PC

What is your upgrade budget (How much can you spend)?
 

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A:Upgrading an eMachines ET1831-03 for Gaming?

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.

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A:mini-ITX case suggestions

I am doing a second mini-itx and the case does not seem to be working. the first case is no longer available - I posted pics here - it was all acrylic/clear - over the long term, it turns out that the acrylic broke at the power-on button and where the power supply meets the back of the case.

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You can get one that will accommodate a pico-psu power supply. This is a laptop-style power supply, with a barrel connector to connect to the computer.

This connection needs to be figured out before ordering parts. The right pico-psu will connect right into the ATX power supply plug, just like the plug coming out of a regular ATX power supply. But the barrel connection needs to be supported by the case.
 

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A:Hardware Suggestions - 24x7 - Low Power Consumption Internet Connected PC

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A:Upgrading CPU, question about motherboard compatability

Vidosoli said:





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
http://www.novcomputer.bg/bg/i5-4670-34g-6mb-box-lga1150.html
and my current motherboard is this
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1091
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>
 

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What's your budget? USA?
 

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Upgrading graphics are dependent on card slot design, power requirement, and driver support.

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A:Upgrading my computer

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.

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A:Upgrading Computer

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A:Upgrading Graphics Card

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

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A:Upgrading from EVGA GTX 560 TI Superclocked

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A:Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?)

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.
 

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A:I need your help with upgrading, thank you.

What is the model number of your Gateway?
 

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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.
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A:No display after upgrading video card

Did you connect the six pin PCI-E power connector from the power supply to the graphics card?
 

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PS- Has to be Win7
 

A:Need suggestions for gaming computer parts

Silly question, as 'best' can be taken n many ways. But, here you go:

http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/page5.html
 

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A:Upgrading laptop RAM

800MHz RAM is not supported, so dont waste your money. 667MHz is what Crucial recommended. Go for that.
 

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A:Upgrading graphics card

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.
 

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A:Suggestions for a Gaming Laptop or PC?

This is a great laptop: http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_info&model_name=NP7352. You will need to add in an SSD though for about $300 more. Or you can buy your own SSD for half that price and install it yourself.
 

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A:PC Upgrading Help

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
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A:Upgrading my computer

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.
 

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A:Need help with upgrading

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.
 

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A:Need help with upgrading CPU

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.
 

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A:Need Suggestions about Graphic Card

What will the PC be used for, and what is your exact budget?
 

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A:Upgrade suggestions

You may want to edit this post a bit. Give us the core components. I don't think anyone will want to read this wall of text to figure all of that out.

Check out this thread It will tell you how we want the posts to be formatted when requesting assistance / advice.
 

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A:Need advice upgrading video card

Joseph Bryan said:





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

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?
 

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A:Suggestions for a "gaming" laptop under $999

MacBooks are not for gaming generally. The cheapest MBP only has Intel graphics, which are slow, heck it will play LoL and SC2 but at low settings. I would go with the Lenovo Y580: https://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary...-category-id=AC523278A4F13F27A84F5F5622D1AC7A
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A:First build... suggestions?

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A:Upgrading Asus K50IN processor

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.

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A:Upgrading my CPU

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.
 

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A:Upgrading 3.33GHz 512MB RAM Windows XP PC

eriley1987 said:





Hi all,

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC320...&keywords=2+GB+of+DDR+PC3200+RAM+184-pin+DIMM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231039
 

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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
Storage
Total size of hard disk(s) 919 GB
Disk partition (C 772 GB Free (919 GB Total)
Media drive (D CD/DVD
Graphics
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Total available graphics memory 3839 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2815 MB
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A:Upgrading video card in a Studio XPS 7100

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.
 

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2.) More than 1 PCI-E slot. (There's only one on this motherboard.)

But my main question is:
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(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.
 

A:What do I need to take into account when upgrading my motherboard?

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.).
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

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?

 

A:Upgrading GPU

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.
 

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Budget is about ?200 (£170/$260)

Specs:
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One with HDMI support would be nice.

Whaddya think?
 

A:Motherboard suggestions for $260ish?

The Sabertooth is an excellent motherboard, and looks like it will suit your needs. As for HDMI, your GPU deals with display output, not the motherboard (although the Sabertooth does have one)
 

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my system configuration




suggestion FOR best grapic card and ram??
I have 500gb harddisk.
I use xfx gt 8500gt 500m 512mb ddr2.
but I change this pls help ..




 

A:Graphics card suggestions

You need more RAM before you do anything at all. A faster CPU would also help a lot.

A new graphics card isn't going to help you much in games - wht do you want to play?
 

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A:Suggestions for a mid-range laptop for Ā£400 max?

I believe its free to download from windows 8 to 7?
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Im not really hip to Intel performance but that seems like it would be just fine to me. Although you might wanna try a different brand, because if you are expecting it to last 8 years like your last one Acers do NOT have the best build quality. Ive had one sitting here for about a year and its still in great condition but I havent really travelled with it. THe lid is sort of flimsy.

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A:Suggestions for a gaming PC for about $1,000

Hi Tom Niven, I suggest you have a look here at our TechSpot PC Buying guide http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 $99.99
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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
 

A:Upgrading from Socket 478 to AM3, what can I keep?

TechGamer said:





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
VGA monitor




TechGamer said:





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.
 

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These choices look good...
 

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A:Upgrading from onboard, suggestions

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.
 

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A:Want 40-60 FPS without upgrading graphics card

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.
 

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A:Upgrading my PC

Video card uses it's own memory. Things to look at:
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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).
 

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A:Upgrading my CPU and motherboard for $300-$400

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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.
 

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A:Upgrading my Acer retail desktop for gaming

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A:Thinking of upgrading my video card, can I get some input?

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A:Buying new laptop (need help/suggestions)

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A:I am thinking about upgrading my CPU and switching over to Intel but...

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A:Hardware suggestions sought

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A:Fan setup suggestions for the HAF 922

Lol, lovely username Tom.

I don't think you're going to get the case as quiet as I know you'd like, but as I've said before, maybe your best option is a fan controller, so you can turn down the noise when your working and then increase the fans for when your gaming to provide additional cooling performance.

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A:Looking for solid suggestions for new wireless router

I have always used and recommended Netgear routers and switches - - never been disappointed with their equipment.
 

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A:Upgrading my PC, time for a new GPU

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.
 

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A:Upgrading after a very long time; need some suggestions please

Hi Rage.

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.
 

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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,
 

A:Upgrading PCs, can't decide on CPU or graphics card

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?

Edit:
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.
 

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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.
 

A:Upgrading processor for my Dell XPS 410 computer

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.
 

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