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#1 DMC2171

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:35 PM

Hello All, I currently have an older HP A6000 that I use for animated Christmas shows. This year I'm using a new software and lights. The lights are pixel based and have a chip per bulb. As my pixel/light count continues to increase, this will put a strain on my current desktop. While running a simple sequence, the CPU usage stays around 85%. This worries me as I have not fully loaded the sequence to the point I will use it. This brings me to my question. Can I upgrade my current system buy replacing the mobo, CPU, and Ram, or should I look at building a new system? The HD space is not crucial since the only files stored are the software and music files. Thanks in advance for any info! Here are my current computer specs:

Manufacturer: HP
Windows Vista Home Premium
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 280GHz
Memory (RAM): 3.00 GB
System Type: 32-bit Operating System
Geforce 9500GT DDR2-512

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:12 AM

Yes, you could do that but you might also want to upgrade the power supply along with it.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

Thanks! I will do some more research to find the best components.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:51 PM

One of your best upgrades you could do is getting rid of Win vista and getting x64 7 and adding a 4th gig of RAM.

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