So here's the short version: got my old computer from my parents, had it for about a week and the motherboard fried. It didn't bother me, I didn't pay for it and it was close to 10 years old anyways. Moving on, I bought a new computer (in fact, this computer). I know the thing is pretty basic stuff, but it's all I could afford last week and I knew that I could upgrade things to get it running to be able to do what I want. Since I've gotten it, it's had some trouble streaming HD video, something that I'm not going to wait to fix considering my fiance and I rock Netflix pretty hard and I need to be able to create basic videos. So, I figure I'll tell you guys what I've got in the thing, and then what I want to be able to do, and if you could help me figure out which components to add I'd appreciate it very much.
Processor: AMD Dual-core E-450 1.65 Ghz
GPU/VPU: AMC Radeon HD 6320
Memory: 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333 MHz
Hard Drive: 1TB HDD
Case: 14.5" x 3.9" x 10.6"
with Windows 7 Home 64-Bit
The only thing I'm planning to do no matter what is expand my memory to 8GB; there's another slot in the case and I plan on adding another 4 gig to make it work.
As far as what I plan to do with the machine, there's nothing terribly crazy. The videos I'm talking about are just webcam recordings where I talk for my website and I was just hoping to be able to put a video together without spending 3 hours of waiting time while the computer churns the butter. As far as games, the most advanced game I'm planning to install is Sims 3; my real gaming is done on my PS3 and 360.
I'm actually somewhat of a novice at fixing internal hardware and making it run; the most advanced thing I've ever done to my computer is I replaced the power supply in the old one, and I still needed the step-by-step directions to get it done.
I'm assuming that because the case is so much smaller than any PC case I've had, there has to be a set of different internal components that I'd be able to install.
I really appreciate all the help you can give me; I definitely want to be able to build a computer from scratch in the future and I think souping up this one would be a good step towards a project like that.
Edited by hamluis, 24 August 2012 - 12:31 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building/Upgrading - Hamluis.