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Upgrade or New PC?

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#1 jmirko15


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

Hello there,

I am currently using this PC for work and occasionaly some gaming (Mainly WoW, D3 and GW2). The problem I have is that it keeps freezing on random times like it has memory issues, especially while using various browsers (even when I only have them open and NOTHING else).

Mainboard : ASRock P55M Pro
Chipset : Intel P55
Processor : Intel Core i5 750 @ 2666 MHz
Physical Memory : 12288 KB
Video Card : ATI Radeon HD 5670
Hard Disk : Seagate ST3250318AS ATA Device (250GB)
Hard Disk : Seagate ST3250318AS ATA Device (250GB)
CD-Rom Drive : DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
CD-Rom Drive : DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Monitor Type : Samsung SMT23A350 - 23 inches
Monitor Type : Samsung SMT23A350 - 23 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8139/810x Fast Ethernet Adapter
FAN & Cooling: Cooler Master RS-520
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7600 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 5.9 on 7.9

Because of the work I do, I keep a LOT of programs open at the same time, for example FF with 50+ tabs, Safari with 30+ tabs, Thunderbird, Skype x 2, MSN x 3, ~3 doc files, ~2 excel files while I run on the background Nod32 Antivirus 5, Comodo Firewall, Perfect Disk, Actual Multiple Monitors (currently using two monitors), sidebar with some basic PC info + extras and I have modified the desktop using Stardock Fences + Stardock ObjectDock. Hopefully I didn't forget anything there.

I was thinking of either upgrading this PC or make a new one from scratch (although the thought of moving all my work + setup from this one to the new one makes me a bit nervous..).

I would like help with the whole build, money is NOT an issue at this moment BUT I have a few concerns which are:
- Should I go with SSD for Windows + a few main programs (no idea which ones though)
- I am thinking of getting a third monitor so I need a strong Graphics card or cards which can handle the monitors. My only problem is that the monitors only have HDMI connectivity.
- Should I add way more RAM to handle all the above programs?

Thank you very much for your time and help!

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#2 JSK0703


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

I hate dealing with random freezes like that. Could be anything. I think you have a solid system overall. You could upgrade CPU/motherboard and gain some performance for a reasonable price. Since you're working with a flexible budget I'd consider an x79 LGA2011 build if you're going to put together a whole system.

And I'd definitely go with an SSD for your Windows install and then have a second drive for installing programs. It's a pain to move all of your stuff but I think you'll be more than happy with the performance boost.

#3 killerx525


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:52 PM

You could get a large SSD like a Samsung 830 512GB so your programs can all be in one place. Also a HDMI adapater would be a alternative to getting a new graphics card.

Edited by killerx525, 10 October 2012 - 11:55 PM.

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#4 jmirko15

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:27 AM

Thank you for your replies and suggestions :)
I am now checking out some SSD's! And the adapter for the monitor ;)

I just have a question, I was checking out my Task Manager and according to it I am usually using around 3-6GB of RAM but the CPU seems a bit high imho (no idea though) at around 30-40%.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Thank you!

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:05 AM

FWIW: Since I see some suggestions re SSD size to spend on, I thought that I'd mention that I have a dual-boot of Win XP and Win 7 on this system on a 60GB SSD...with all critical updates and programs on same drive.

I saw a sugestion for 512GB SSD...I don't think I've had programs take up that much storage, even if I did a summary of every install I've had since 1996 :).

For the average user, it's not programs that take up space, but the fact that users feel compelled to needlessly store data files in those "My" folders in Docs & Settings. Those are nothing but system files containing data files which can easily be stored elsewhere without impacting system performance.


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