Newish member here seeking advice. I posted before in the virus/malware removal section, but I decided to reformat and reinstall windows. Thanks to anyone who looked at that thread, and thanks for deleting it.
I'm here today seeking advice about what I should do about upgrading my system. My main focus is upgrading the GPU, but I'm fairly sure I will need to upgrade my PSU to handle dedicated graphics, because my current PSU is only 250 watts. I have a AMD athlon x2 3000+ cpu, so I wouldn't mind upgrading that as well. I have a very low budget. Basically, the links below are what I am considering purchasing based on the research I've done, and of course price. I have a Dell 531s (Slim model) so I don't want to invest much money into improving it. I really don't want to spend more than $100. I don't mind using refurbished parts or used parts as long as the vendors offer a return / exchage policy.
Please give me any advice you have, and please ask any questions about what information you need from me to better inform me. My main goal is to find a nice balance between having an effective pc which can run most games, and not spending a lot of money. (Otherwise, I would just buy a new pc. )
Can my PSU be to big? Will a 420 watt PSU be to much juice for what I need? Is there any harmful effects of having an oversized PSU?
Will I see a noticeable difference between 512MB GPU and a 1GB GPU, or is faster memory (DDR3 compared to DDR2) the main variable in deciding a good graphic card.
On the same note, Will I see a noticeable difference between the 5600+ AMD cpu and the 6000+ AMD CPU? The 5800+ and the 6000+ cpu both have 3GHz, what is the difference between the two?
Sorry for all the questions, and the long thread. I just want to make sure I understand as much as I can, and would like to be very clear for all of you to help you help me.
All the links below link to ebay. If you know of a reputuble vendor with better prices, and a good return policy, please provide that information for me. Please remember I have the slim case so the GPU must be low profile.
3 GPU I'm considering:
2 CPU I'm considering:
PSU I'm considering:
Am I forgetting anything? (God, I hope not) Will I need to buy a new such and such in order to change my thiggy ma jig before I can even start thinking about upgrading either of these 3 things in my computer?
If you can't tell, I'm lost. I've done some research, read pages, linked to hardware, compared specs, and more until it all runs together. I finally realized, I need help. Can you help me, please?
Attached is a modified speccy report. If you want me to post that instead of attach it, just let me know. I will be checking this thread several times a day. I can't wait to hear other peoples opinions and advice.
Edited by Magoo45, 06 April 2015 - 10:35 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building/Upgrading - Hamluis.