On Jan. 16 I posted my first request for info on upgrading a refurbished PC I was purchasing. You're info was great but some unforeseen expenses have delayed the upgrade. Now's the time!
I read the reviews on the CPU you guys suggested and they were great except that most reviewers seemed to think the heat sink/ fan combo was weak and suggested an upgrade there. Do you all agree? If so what would you suggest?
Second question--budget's really tight--would I see much performance increase if I waited on the GPU? I will definitely add the RAM you suggested, but my PSU is only 250W. Will that be enough? I believe I have a fairly new 350W PSU in my old Dell I couldswap out if I need to do so.
And. last, does your sight have a tutorial on upgrading or replacing CPUs, especially how to apply thermal paste and any BIOS changes I might have to make? This will be my first time. I understand static discharge, etc. and have been inside computers often but have never replaced a CPU.
Hate to sound like such a newbie--especially at my age--but we have to start somewhere. BTW, I have read most of your tutorials and browse your forum--often just as a guest--while at work and I try to soak up what I can as I go. What a great resource!
You have helped me help others--especially with malware removal.
Edited by DONBEL, 16 February 2011 - 06:39 PM.