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Upgrating Gateway DX4300 for Music Production/Recording


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#1 toneispower

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:45 AM

I'll make this as straight forward as possible and thank you in advance for any replies.. you guys are life savers!

I currently have this and it is used only for music recording/production at my home studio..

I ran WinAudit and here are some details..

 

 

 

Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
Manufacturer Gateway
Model DX4300
Number Of Processors 1
Processor Description AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 Processor, 2493MHz
Total Memory 3328MB
Total Hard Drive 917GB
BIOS Version ACRSYS - 20090915
RAM: DDR2
Board: Gateway RS780

 

 

I was looking at getting a AMD PHENOM II X4 945 3.0GHZ SKT AM3 L2/L3 8MB 95W as it would work with it...  but what about dropping an Intel mobo and cpu and upgrading to an i7 system?

 

 

Any ideas would be greaty appreciated!

 

 

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:32 AM

Hi, upgrading to the X4 945 isnt the best option as the performance improvement from the current CPU is small. A whole new mobo and cpu is possible and the best option.

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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 21 December 2013 - 09:03 AM

So I just need a mobo cpu and a new power supply? Should I ditch amd and go with intel?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 09:29 AM

A new power supply is not necessary as the stock one should be able to adequately provide enough power for the new components. You will need new RAM as the current sticks of RAM are not compatiable with the new motherboard. You will have to go with Intel as the enclosure(case) only supports micro-atx motherboards and unfortunately there isnt any high performance modern micro-atx motherboard from AMD that uses the latest chipset.

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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 22 December 2013 - 12:29 PM

What about going to an i5? I don't really need the i7 power.. or price tag!

So I'm ganna get ..

1. 8 gigs of ddr3
2. Intel cpu
3. mobo???? ( ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel?)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234

What else would I need to upgrade? Sorry for such a newb post.. thank you guys so much!

Edited by toneispower, 22 December 2013 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:36 AM

Hi, an i5 would also be a perfect choice for the task at hand. That motherboard will not fit your case as it is an ATX size where you need a micro-atx and the CPU is not compatiable due to different socket.

CPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116895

Motherboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131984

>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
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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:39 PM

Dude. Thank you so much!




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