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Upgrading Crappy Computer

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#1 EffectiveBones484


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:10 PM


I own a very old Compaq Presario Vista PC, and it's really not being used right now. Right now, it has an AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3 GHz processor with 3 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB Hard Drive. I know a fair amount about the components of a PC, but I have never actually built one. I would like to upgrade to 8 GB of RAM and install Windows 7. I don't think that would be too hard. What I would like to know is if I would need a new Hard Drive, or if I can completely wipe the one I have. I also know that each Motherboard has a max amount of RAM, how do I find that? I definitely don't want to get too much RAM.


My other question is, would this be worth it? I am 14 and I have $120 to spend, but I can get more soon. So would it be worth it to upgrade this Vista, or should I just build a new one from scratch? Also, I am a gamer, and my Windows 8 PC has 3.2 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB Hard Drive. Would I be able to settle for 4 GB of RAM on the Vista?


Any help appreciated.


Also, how much would it cost to get a *decent* gaming PC? And I definitely want to avoid Windows 8, if possible.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:10 AM

actually, you touched on a nice subject. spend a little to upgrade a PC for common uses and leave your mothership gaming PC clean and pristine.


the compaq PC looks like a sr-5710. with a stock 250 watt power supply and it takes ddr2 pc2-6400 ram, which means it can take a 64-bit OS. it is a dual core PC which is ok, not the best, but it is enough to build on. maybe the intel equivalent would be like a core 2 duo. you should be able to upgrade  the ram to 4gb. the video card could  be upgraded to a 60 watt 750 ti or 7750 maybe with that power supply?




vista 64bit  or win7 64 bit usually idles around 1 - 1.5 gb ram usage. most users recommend 8gb no matter what for a 64 bit system. a 32 bit OS isn't going to read over 4gb total input/output. that compaq has a mobo that is 4gb RAM max rated with 2 slots.


the biggest upgrade that users recommend is the solid state drive. you can load/clone your OS on it and also use it for the apps most accesssed for lightning fast response, while the regualr drive can be a storage unit. i think the 120gb solid state drives are around $80-120. the best thing about the ssds is they are an investment that has staying power. the down side is that your motherboard may not support it efficiently, so a little homework is in order.


  for a decent gaming machine, the more powerful amd (FX or Phenom) cpu series can be obtained around $150-200. the intel i5 is around 200-250. the nvidia series 760 is a sweet range card for around $220. the amd r9-270x is around the same price range. most of the time, a satisfying gaming build can be put together for somewhere around $800.


 cpu: 200 +/- 50


gpu: 220 +/-50


mobo and RAM: 150 +/-50


case and power supply: 120 +/- 50


ssd and hdd: 200 +/-20


OS: 100 static


 new gaming build satisfaction: priceless

Edited by synergy513, 23 April 2014 - 12:20 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:26 AM

Why do you need to upgrade it or build a new one from scratch? What's wrong with your 3.2ghz computer?

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:19 PM

What you should do is save up your money until you have enough to make a gaming PC. You can easily make a decent one for around $400

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