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Worth upgrading or not?


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#1 Bat5454

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:26 AM

Ok - so my first build 4 years ago was a pretty low-end build. Its still running ok although pretty slow.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138106 - BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103243 - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor ADO4200DOBOX

4 gb DDR2

I used Vista 32 bit -

So I'm guessing that maybe the best upgrade I could make without doing a total rebuild (not in the budget) would be to install Windows 7 64 bit ?

If I do that, would there be anything else I could do like upgrading the processor?

Are there any still available for that motherboard that would make much difference (assuming I do go to Win7) ?

thanks for any advice
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:53 AM

You could upgrade to a quad core Phenom but unfortunately it is gonna be hard to find one. Also what are your uses?

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:47 AM

Used for office-apps (MS Office) & web browsing, nothing real heavy.

My son tries to use it for gaming but its way too slow for him

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:42 PM

The least you can do is upgrade to 8GB of ram and to Windows 7 64bit.

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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 01 September 2012 - 08:03 PM

You could update the CPU as previously suggested, so long as you follow the supported CPU list as Biostar's website. You could upgrade your RAM to 8GB, get a 64-bit OS, perhaps Windows 8 in late October?

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:03 AM

So I've ordered Win 7 64 bit, and got 4 more gb of memory.

I also grabbed this cpu from Newegg, even tho it wasn't on the list of supported CPU's for my motherboard.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Dual-Core Processor ADO5000IAA5DO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103979

Its the same socket as my MoBo & as the old cpu - but it won't post.

Is it cuz its not supported by the Mobo or might the cpu be bad (it is refurbished)??

Do I maybe need to update BIOS? I don't think I've ever done that...

thanks for any advice.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:36 AM

According to your motherboard's CPU support list, it should be compatible. You probably should try updating the BIOS to the latest version.

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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 14 September 2012 - 09:32 AM

Thanks Michael!

I updated the BIOS, dropped the new processor back in & it posted.

I appreciate the help from you & DJBPace07 -

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:48 AM

No problems, glad it worked out.

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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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