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What parts should I upgrade?


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#1 RemixGamaah

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:45 PM

Hey, I was wondering what I should upgrade in my PC These are my specs:

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/f4sJDyUrr1MwyABaXTUKWv0

OR if you don't want to read that, this is a less detailed spec list:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

CPU
Intel Xeon X5365 (quad core) @ 3.00GHz: 47 °C
Clovertown 65nm Technology

RAM
4.00 GB FB-DDR2 @ 332MHz

Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0GU083 (Microprocessor)

Graphics
HSG1086 (1440x900@60Hz)
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

Hard Drives
233GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-00MHB0 ATA Device (SATA): 32 °C

Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B ATA Device

Audio
Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)

I would also like to know of any overclocking software for my cpu, I have searched but can't find any.

Thanks in advance!

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#2 KING_OF_SAND

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

Well that depends. What do you use your PC for?

AMD OVERCLOCKED rig

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:21 AM

You would upgrade to a SSD which would make the overall system much more snappier.

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#4 RemixGamaah

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:10 AM

Well that depends. What do you use your PC for?


I use it for Gaming , Music Production, creating videos for youtube and also Livestreaming games.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

An SSD would be nice, especially for OS only, and then run all your applications from your Western Digital.
This would, most preferably, require a fresh install of your OS.

Also, I noticed your RAM usage is over 40%, so you could invest as well there.
This would become a bit pricy though, because all your 4 RAM slots are already filled with 1GB modules.
I always advice to take a single type of RAM in any system, in your case this would mean buying 4x2GB modules for optimal results, which is a lot to be honest.

Finally, I noticed you run a lot of start-up processes and services that you probably do not require. These eat up recources as well. Here's a good way to start: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:00 AM

An SSD would be nice, especially for OS only, and then run all your applications from your Western Digital.
This would, most preferably, require a fresh install of your OS.

Also, I noticed your RAM usage is over 40%, so you could invest as well there.
This would become a bit pricy though, because all your 4 RAM slots are already filled with 1GB modules.
I always advice to take a single type of RAM in any system, in your case this would mean buying 4x2GB modules for optimal results, which is a lot to be honest.

Finally, I noticed you run a lot of start-up processes and services that you probably do not require. These eat up recources as well. Here's a good way to start: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx


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I will deffinitely be getting an ssd and I have 8 Ram slots :P Also, Thankyou for that link, it helped.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:28 AM

I would upgrade the graphics card to a GTX670 or 680 since you do some gaming.

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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 15 July 2012 - 11:51 AM

I would upgrade the graphics card to a GTX670 or 680 since you do some gaming.


Don't think I could afford that :3

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:44 PM

Just random stuff.

You might need ECC memory with that mobo and chipset. ECC or not, DDR2 is not usable in the future on a new system, so it is money sunk in your system you will not recoup. If you aren't running into hiccups now, shop around for some used/Ebay stuff for cheap.

No way to overclock those on a stock BIOS Dell board. Those CPUs are rated at 120-150 watt TDPs, and Intel has a history of underrating TDPs on those CPUs. Unless you have some robust cooling, it would get warm if you could clock it.

As mentioned above, an SSD is likely the happiest upgrade you can make. My personal opinion (and it is just an opinion), 120 gig is the smallest drive I would consider, 240-256gig would be better. I would use the SSD for OS, programs, in progress video files, etc. Finished product, game backups(assuming Steam) would be stored on a separate hard drive, 1-2 terabytes. SSDs are becoming downright affordable when you find them on special.

Lastly, start planning your new system. That workstation, guessing from age and it being a Dell, might be a BTX layout, so even finding parts might be a chore. Fortunately, most of those workstations were built like tanks, they sure weighed enough. After 5 years or so, I start worrying about mobo capacitors, power supply failures etc on OEMs.

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