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Is Upgrading Worth it?


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#1 Memimi

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:16 AM

My PC is fairly basic...

Win7 64 bit
AMD Sempron 145 Processor
nvidia GeoForce 6150SE graphics
2 GB Ram

Gonna put some more RAM in it but I want to play some games like Lego Harry Potter and I'm wondering if upgrading the CPU is worth it?

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:10 PM

AMD CPU are pretty cheap compared to Intel.


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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:25 PM

Possibly, with that chipset I believe its am2, though publishing your specs via speccy is advisable before we can make any suggestions. The sempron is not a real high performance chip-even when it was new, a upgrade may be a good idea if you cant afford a new system.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:56 PM

I'm pretty sure the Sempron is only a single core and it is a AM3.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:20 PM

Doing the Speccy thing now. Mostly wondering what would be a good idea to upgrade to... I've never really upgraded a computer but I've read quite a bit about it so I know the basics, and wondering if it is actually worth upgrading it compared to the price of buying a new pc.

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/CsAf4mA8HzZnS3iERGNXzFg

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:27 PM

ya your right, am3, its just an older chipset (my old 6150 motherboard was am2) but, a good dual or quad core athlon I think would be a worthwile investment.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:29 PM

That's a cheap Emachines PC. That does use an AM3 socket, but is a single core CPU, however, whether or not a newer multicore CPU will work in it depends on the motherboard. Your motherboard (Emachines EL1352G) doesn't have a list of compatible CPU's online nor which BIOS works with it. Further, your power supply is only rated at around 240W which largely eliminates most graphics cards on the market today. In short, you should get a new CPU and RAM first, but there is no compatible CPU list online, none that I could find anyway. Then, if you wanted more graphics, replace the power supply and the graphics card. You could get a simple 2x2GB DDR3 RAM kit for about $40 and a decent CPU for about $100. As for the power supply, you could get one for around $70-ish and the graphics card, I'm a little hazy on. I cannot find information on whether or not there is a compatible PCI-Express slot on the motherboard. By the time the upgrades are complete, you probably would have spent more upgrading it than you did buying it.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:34 PM

The Sempron only uses 45W which i had a look around and i can't a dual core or a quad core that is 45W available.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:26 PM

its not necessarily the CPU thats in it thats the limiting factor, its the motherboard that is the limiting factor. It may be able to support higher wattage CPUs, and I would hazard a guess it does, because I have found similar model emachines with athlon IIs in them. I However, cannot find a CPU support list on emachines support list, so I would recomend emailing emachines customer support and see if they can help with what CPUs are supported and which ones are not.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:29 PM

There are different eMachines EL1352G models when i googled it and the other model uses the dual core athlon which might work but it would be a good idea to email them first as Patriot suggested before.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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