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Upgrading my computer


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#1 dethklok19

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

I know a little bit about computers and I just wanted to get some second opinions on upgrading my computer. Because over the past couple months I notice my computer is starting to get pretty old and a lot of the newer games play very sluggish on my computer.

My computer specs that I have right now are:

Processor - AMD Athlon II x2 250

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131397

Memory - 2 1GB sticks DDR3

Video Card - Radeon HD 5770

Hard Drives - I got a 298GB hard drive and a 465 GB hard drive (298 is the one with windows on it)

Operating System - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

Pretty sure everything needs to be upgraded in my computer, but I would like to know what I can upgrade without having to upgrade the whole new computer. Want to upgrade piece by piece because Im also on a budget.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by dethklok19, 07 August 2011 - 05:00 PM.


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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:01 PM

Only thing I would recommend upgrading is your RAM from 2gigs to maybe 8.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:02 PM

Only thing I would recommend upgrading is your RAM from 2gigs to maybe 8.



Will my motherboard allow me to go up to 8gb of ram?

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:05 PM

Yes it does.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:42 PM

The bottleneck on that machine is clearly the CPU. Considering what a black box AMD Phenum II AM3 CPU is going for these days the best upgrade would be the CPU. I would also consider a RAM upgrade as cryptodan suggests to 4GB. Be careful on RAM choices if you do upgrade ram because AMD due to CPU embedded memory controller is a little finicky about RAM timings etc. I also would not use 4GB sticks with that older board and not populate more than two slots. Make sure you update the BIOS to the current stable version. Consult asus forum as to what BIOS is best to use because sometime newer versions are not as good as older ones. Or your could consider jumping from AMD to Intel as I have recently done after over a decade of AMD loyalty. The new unlocked Sandy Bridge CPUs are unbeatable in terms of price to performance at this point in the game. i5-2500K is the best OC CPU from Intel since the Celeron 366a !!!

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 07:08 PM

Swapping out your RAM for 4GB, or 8GB if you are gaming or using other data-intensive applications, would certainly be beneficial. The next would be the CPU. A Phenom II X4 955 is a great upgrade for your PC and simple to do. Those upgrades should allow your PC to be good a while longer. In a year or two, you can upgrade to a Bulldozer-based system or whatever Intel has at the time.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 02:03 AM

You can also get a new graphics card if you have enough wattage and the case size is big enough.

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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 08 August 2011 - 10:58 AM

I have a 750W ATX Power Supply

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:49 PM

Unless you are gaming, swapping out the GPU would not yield increased performance in general Windows tasks.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 04:43 PM

The OP does play games, so a new graphics card would be a good idea. But you shouild upgrade the processor first.

>Michael 
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 08 August 2011 - 05:35 PM

You will need to upgrade both the CPU and GPU eventually if you're wanting to play new and upcoming games with more eye candy. You should start with the CPU as most higher-end GPU's will bottleneck with an Athlon II X2. It's really a tossup as to which you should upgrade first, the RAM or the CPU. After that, should come the GPU.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 07:49 PM

The OP would maybe could do it all in one hit.

>Michael 
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 09 August 2011 - 10:38 AM

Anyone know what I could upgrade my processor with? without having to buy a whole new motherboard

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:45 AM

You can check the CPU Compatible chart at asus for any of the following: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600005863&IsNodeId=1&name=Socket%20AM3

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:57 AM

The X4 955 is a perfect quad core processor for gaming :thumbup2:

>Michael 
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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