Hi, I'm new to the forum, I'm an IT student and I'm here to hear your opinions because my machine it is not anymore giving me satisfaction on what I do with it. The last upgrade was around 2009 or 2010 I can't totally remember the exact year but not later 2010.
Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL-AM SE - an LGA socket 775 motherboard with PCI-E DDR2 memory slots and has max of 4GB total memory.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, clocked @2.66GHz
Memory: 2GB in total. 2 x 1GB, 800MHz
Video Expansion: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT 512MB DDR2
Storage: 300GB HD SATA
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 (Just listing, I'll upgrade it to x64 Windows 8/7 to avoid x86's 4GB max restriction)
I/O: Samsung 19", A4 Input devices and an Epson Ink Jet Printer (Just listing, Doesnt even needed to be upgraded)
There now, I think I have listed all notable specs of a computer.
Applications I use: I'm an IT student so I use here SQL server 2008, MS Visual Studio 2012/2010, Adobe Products (e.g. Photoshop), Internet Explorer 10, Steam, and for games I play Dota 2 most of the time and lastly an ESET Smart Security 5 Anti Virus.
The problem I experience is that my Physical memory reaches 95% when Dota 2, Steam, and IE10 is running simultaneously and my CPU Usage never reach 60% even with all this running applications. While playing I cant even switch tabs as sometimes the game will crash. My video card is strong enough to handle Dota 2 with low settings.
What I plan:
Since technology is innovating faster than we can imagine. I nearly think of 1 solution here.
First is to:
Upgrade my LGA 775 motherboard to LGA 1155 so that i3/i5 CPUs are compatible and has DDR3 ram slots (DDR3 is cheaper now adays). The reason is that I dont find my Core 2 Quad (2.66GHz) slow for what I process in my machine, I just think that the RAM is the only problem
Intel i3 is clocked @3.3GHz
Second is to:
Buy 2 pcs. 4GB DDR3 RAM. For a total of 8GB Memory maximum. Upgrading to x64 is also included.
Third is to:
Just retain my old NVIDIA as it can comprehend to my needs. I dont magnificent graphics.
I computed total expenses for the plan (intel i3 @3.3GHz/ LGA 1155 with USB 3.0, PCIE, DDR3 16GB Max RAM/ 8GB DDR3 Memory)
around 9000Php here in the Philippines or roughly equivalent to $209.
last word: There is a promo here in the Philippines where a computer SET is sold for 14,000Php ($325)
here are the tech specs:
Intel® Core i3TM 3210 Processor (3.20 Ghz, 4MB Cache)
Intel DPH61HO chipset Motherboard
CPU-Integrated High-End VGA capable of gaming!
4GB DDR3 Memory DDR3 1333
500GB Hitachi/Toshiba Hard Disk SATA 7200rpm
Samsung/Sony 22x DVD ReWriter
Acer LED 15.6" LED Monitor Widescreen
Tommade ATX Casing with 500W Power Supply
Intex Keyboard and Intex Mouse
The offer is good. However. I need not to get a new I/Os / AVR and even a Hard Drive. The thing I need is RAM or maybe a new CPU.
THE LAST ALTERNATIVE OPTION:
All current parts are retained except the ram is Upgraded to 4GB DDR2. which will cost me 2,800Php ($65)
All suggestions are greatly accepted. Thankyou for reading upto here. Thank you so much.