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Opinion on Upgrade

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#1 SmokeViper07


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

I recieved a desktop computer from an aquaintence to repair which in turn wound up having a fried motherboard. They are only really interested in browsing the web and basic applications plus using the system for creating and storing karaoke tracks and cds. The karaoke format is CD-G if helpful. I have sent them a quote for the following upgrades to their system.  http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hmIg I would like a second opinion on the hardware picks and any suggestions are welcome. The lower the cost the better as I don't have much of a budget to work with, about 200 usd max. I assume this upgrade would be good for their computing uses but if anyone can suggest better I'm open to suggestions. Thanks

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:27 PM

Looks all good, although it would be worth to see if you could get a slightly better motherboard.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 06:49 PM

Since you are buying a new motherboard...my approach would be to get the best value for my dollars.


I haven't had an Intel processor since 1998 because I believe AMD offers better value...but, looking at the Pas-Mark value ratings reveals that CPU to be second only to AMD's FX 8350...which makes it a good buy, IMO.  Surprising to me, but I'm always surprised even when I expect change.


What's the O/S and where is the money for it?  You won't be able to reinstall Windows from the old system or just plug the existing hard drive into the new board.  Drivers, settings, activation will be different and you need to plan on such.


Depending on the age of the current hard drive...you may want to consider replacing or adding another.  At the minimum, run the manufacturer's diagnostic on it before attempting to install Windows.


I notice that you allocate no money for a new PSU.  I'd rethink that based on the age of the current PSU, I try to anticipate problems and don't mind having spare components for bad times that may lie in the future.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:39 PM

I didn't allocate any funds towards a new PSU because they had already replaced it before bringing it to me. Also, I currently own a set of legitimate Windows OS discs as far as OS goes. They are enterprise versions from my College's IT partnership program with Microsoft. I will take into mind about the HDD but I think it is still in good shape. I was surprised too by the Intel chip but they are paving ahead lately with the new Haswell chips and such.

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