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#1 fortune7

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:38 PM

Here are the specs for my computer.


http://speccy.piriform.com/results/wvlwbCR8wZpMr6TDigjNkCX


My computer must have experienced a power surge a few months ago which fried my motherboard, has damaged my CPU and possibly my Ram. Since then I have replaced the motherboard. Since I am about 99% sure the CPU needs replaced I am going to attempt to upgrade the Ram and CPU to be able to game. I believe my graphics card is acceptable for gaming although I know it's not top of the line. So I need the best suggestions for affordable upgrades to this computer to free me of BSODS and allow me to surf the web and play comp gamse to my hearts content.
I come to you, a lowly novice of internal computer knowledge asking for some friendly help.

Btw, if y'all think other pieces could use replacing let me know. I think my Hdd is out of date hardcore.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:59 PM

I take it you are wanting to replace your CPU and RAM? Hardware faults won't go away if the CPU and/or RAM aren't the damaged components. Aside from a good surge protector (I like Tripp Lite), a good CPU and RAM for that motherboard should be easy to find. Consider updating your hard drive if it is five years old or more.

Before we get started, you mentioned you replaced your motherboard, did you reinstall Windows after doing this? If you didn't BSOD's and other odd problems will almost certainly happen.

CPU: For your motherboard, you can take almost any 95W AM3 CPU out right now. However, with the release of the new FX CPU's, they are becoming more and more rare. At the high-end you can use the AMD Phenom II X6 1045T Thuban 2.7GHz. At the mid-range, the AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz. At the low-end the AMD Athlon II X3 460 Rana 3.4GHz. If you're developing content, the X6 CPU is great, if you're just gaming, the X4, and if you are a light gamer or generic home user, the Athlon II. Regardless of whichever you choose, make absolutely sure your motherboard's BIOS is up-to-date before installing the new CPU as all of these CPU's require new BIOS versions.

RAM: That motherboard can take up to two DDR3 RAM sticks, so I would get one or two AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 DIMM's. Your motherboard can take DDR2 or DDR3, I don't suggest mixing and matching, I also suggest reading the motherboard manual to see which goes where.

GPU: You can also get either the MSI R7750-PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7750 1GB or the MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB would be great, with the 7750 being the better value. Make sure you have a good enough power supply and your case is large enough before purchasing.

Edited by DJBPace07, 21 February 2012 - 05:01 PM.

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#3 fortune7

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:33 PM

I reinstalled windows like twice when I got the new board. I even sent the new board back and had it replaced bc I thought it might be the board. Realized it wasnt when crashes continued. I had a very large thread going on about all my comp issues. It lead to the determination that most likely my CPU is damaged. I don't think my ram is damaged but I was thinking getting new ram anyway. So do you think my current graphics card is too low end to accommodate gaming?

Edited by fortune7, 21 February 2012 - 09:18 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

It depends on the kind of games you play, the Radeon 7750 is faster than your current GPU.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:16 PM

I was thinking about giving Star Wars a whirl.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:12 AM

Your current gpu will not be capable of playing the latest Star Wars game but the 7750 and 7770 can.

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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 22 February 2012 - 12:25 AM

Dang it. I thought it might not be.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:37 AM

The GT220 is a low end Nvida graphics card and doesn't really perform well in games especially the latest games.

>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 22 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

Don't worry too much about Star Wars, it looks rather cartoon-y to me, not requiring much graphics. However, your current GPU is rather weak, so I still suggest a better one.

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