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Upgrading my ancient computer


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#1 EvanW

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

I am looking into revamping my PC, I have about 500 bucks to play around with. I know it's not much, but I want to see how much I could upgrade for that budget. So here are my specs:

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4830 Series
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8 GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H
RAM: 4 GB DDR2 installed, 3.25 in use
HDD: Hitachi HD6721010SLA4360

I realize that in order to get DDR3 RAM, I would need to upgrade the MB. So what I'm thinking is upgrading in this order:

MB+RAM
GPU
CPU
OS
HDD

Would that be a good idea? And do you guys have any specific hardware in mind that would be good for my budget? Thanks!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

It would also a CPU upgrade too because of different sockets. What are your uses?

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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 20 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

It would also a CPU upgrade too because of different sockets. What are your uses?


Mainly for gaming, doing school papers, all that good stuff. So I don't need a super powerful comp but not an underpowered one. And you're right, now that I'm thinking about it I would need a CPU upgrade along with the MB

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:57 PM

OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM - $100

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 - $130 - A very capable at handling CPU games especially ones that are CPU bound like Skyrim.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H - $95

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $34

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R775OC-1GI Radeon HD 7750 1GB - $100 - Good value card.

Total: $459

>Michael 
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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:56 PM

OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM - $100

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 - $130 - A very capable at handling CPU games especially ones that are CPU bound like Skyrim.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H - $95

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $34

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R775OC-1GI Radeon HD 7750 1GB - $100 - Good value card.

Total: $459


This is actually a really good upgrade for the price.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:57 AM

All under $500 :)

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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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