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How do i upgrade this? (noob)


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#1 desiqueira

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:44 PM

So I have to fall back onto an Acer Aspire M5100 (http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-m5100/specs/).I'm not really good with the interior of the computer and I've never actually used it... it's been sitting and collecting dust for a while. 

Anyway, my old computer was able to run skyrim and grid very well with virtually no lag. I'm able to spend around $200 to upgrade this thing. I'm looking for smooth gameplay.. This is a must as I am looking to play all of my old games on this computer... So whether I need to add/replace a graphics card, upgrade the power supply, upgrade the RAM or anything else.. please point me in the right direction(:

 

I have no clue as to what the interior parts are called... but I'm great with using the computer lol



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 07:15 AM

RAM is the biggest bang for the buck upgrade you can do.  According to Crucial your machine can support 8GB.  How much RAM do you have now?  2GB or 4GB?

 

The video card will normally also require a power supply upgrade and upgrading the power supply on a manufactured machine is normally not a viable option.



#3 desiqueira

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 04:51 PM

I think I've got 3GB of ram currently.. but I now realize that I have to replace the power supply. Would it be best to go for an upgrade or get a similar one?

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:56 PM

Newest problem..... Ive got to replace the motherboard.. any recommendations?.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

In a machine like that man you would probably be better off to just get a whole new PC.. May i ask what it is doing? 



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:02 AM

I want it to be an average gaming computer, something to play Skyrim on. I'm okay with lowering the graphics to a near minimum.




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