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Looking for advice and tips on upgrading old PC

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#1 TheyCallMeChris


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 04:24 PM

I'm looking for tips and advice on how to upgrade my PC and where to start. Computers and their terms are pretty much Latin to me, so you'll have to excuse that


I've had the PC since Christmas of '08, and apart from changing out the stock processor for a slightly more powerful one and installing an Nvidia GTX 460, everything is the same as the day I bought (save for a new hard-drive to replace the one that self destructed).


While the PC and hardware can handle games like WoW, Minecraft, WoT, WoWs, Tera and Defiance (almost all MMO games) I want to upgrade it so it can hopefully last another 7 years and handle what ever games I may find then.


I want to start with replacing the motherboard as the OEM one is old enough to still use DDR2 ram, which it only has 8 gigs of. The motherboard I'm looking into is either:








The motherboard in it already is, according to a CPU-Z Scan that was recommended on another forum, an EG43M with an Intel P45/P43/G45/G43 Chipset (not sure what that means tbh). What's printed on the board is it's an ACER G43T-AM V2.0 if that helps.


Are there any specifics I need to look for when choosing a motherboard to replace the OEM on? Or is it more of a case of replacing the motherboard and making sure the following parts fit?


I've looked at parts that I feel will fit my needs. I'm not going for absolute high end, but not budgetary either. More middle of the ground with upgraded performance in mind. The ones I'm looking at are:




Graphics Card: http://www.amazon.ca/EVGA-Superclocked-Dual-Link-Graphics-02G-P4-3753-KR/dp/B00IDG3IDO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1451077748&sr=8-3&keywords=Nvidia+GTX+750Ti


DDR3 Ram (looking at possibly going for 32GB): http://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-Ballistix-PC3-12800-240-Pin-BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/dp/B006WAGGUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451077813&sr=8-1&keywords=DDR3+Ram


The power supply is an FSP Group unit that says it can do 450W Maximum with a 500W Peak. This is the PSU that came with it from the factory.


Where do I start in all this jumble of numbers to begin the upgrading process to bring my computer into the modern age (or more so anyway than currently)?

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#2 Skov


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 04:42 PM

personally I would go with 16gig of ram and put that money into an i7. Possibly an upgrade on graphics too. You wont max out 16 gigs of ram easily thats for sure. I have 24 and i run about 30 programs at the same time for tech support it never even breaks 5.



#3 richcbro


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Posted 27 December 2015 - 04:53 AM

The B85 motherboard is enough. You are not likely to use the features in the Z97 motherboard, for example overclocking, it is not possible on the i5-4460 CPU.


8GB RAM is enough for most users. You will need 16GB of RAM if you do multitasking, 32GB is for enthusiast.


I7 processor is only required if you do some CPU intensive tasks like video editing or rendering. For most users i5, i3 or cheaper CPU is enough. Today games don't make use of Hyperthreading in i7, so you won't see differences between i5 and i7 in gaming.

CPU: Intel i7-8700K 5.3 GHz ------ RAM: 32GB TridentZ 3600 MHz CL16 ----- Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus X Formula ----- GPU: Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Amp! Extreme ----- Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB -- Samsung 850 Pro 2TB x4

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