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Looking to upgrade computer, need advice on which parts to change/keep

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#1 rdbr


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:23 PM

Hey guys,


I'm looking to upgrade my current desktop that I've had for about 5/6 years now. I'm feeling things are starting to get a little outdated and would like to know which parts I can keep and which parts I would have to replace.


Also, about a year or 2 ago I recently changed my graphics card so ideally, I would like to keep it the same.


My specs are:


Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Windsor 90nm Technology)
RAM: 6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 301MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard: alienware alienware (Socket M2 ) (FOXCONN NFORCE 590 SLI)
Graphics: 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (XFX Pine Group)
Hard Drives: 2x 233GB Seagate ST325041 0AS SCSI Disk Device (SATA)


So from what I know so far, my CPU is very outdated so I would to replace it as it is probably my bottleneck. With that in mind, I think I would have to replace my motherboard and ram as well.


However, since i'm make quite a drastic change in CPU/Motherboard, would I have to replace anything else, like for instance, the power supply? Also, would there be any issue with the chassis/tower i'm currently using in terms of fit?



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#2 killerx525


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:49 AM

Hi, yes you will need to replace the core components(CPU, motherboard, ram) and what is the model of your power supply and the case you have?

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#3 DJBPace07


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:18 AM

You do not need to replace anything else if you replace the CPU, RAM, and motherboard.  However, depending on the version of Windows you have, you may need to repurchase it again.  Even if you have a full, boxed, retail copy of Windows, you will need to reinstall the operating system.



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