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Old System worth upgrading?


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#1 giantatx

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:24 AM

Hi, I'm currently wondering if it's worthwhile upgrading my old system: 

 

Chassis : Desktop

Mainboard : ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO

BIOS : AMI (OEM) 1801 08/09/2012

Total Memory : 8GB DIMM DDR3

 

Processors

Processor : AMD Athlon™ II X4 640 Processor (4C 3GHz, 2GHz IMC, 512kB L2)

Socket/Slot : AM2r2/AM3

 

Chipset

Memory Controller : ASUS M5A88-V EVO 2x 2GHz (4GHz)

Memory Controller : AMD F10 Athlon 64/Opteron/Sempron HT Hub 2x 2GHz (4GHz), 2x 4GB DIMM DDR3 1.34GHz 128-bit

 

Memory Module(s)

Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)

Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)

Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)

Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)

 

Storage Devices

SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache) : 932GB (C:) (D:)

 

 

I used to have a GPU in the system until it got fried and so I removed it.  It runs with the onboard GPU.  Once the GPU was removed I noticed a drop in performance although the system was reasonably stable.  I'd previously had many crash issues until I removed the GPU.

 

This system often crashes when I have too many tabs and videos open, which I think is related to faulty software.  I'll do the diagnostics for this later but in the meantime I'd just like to know about whether it's worth upgrading this.

 

I'm thinking I could add a low end GPU, and an older CPU - the mobo says it supports the AMD Phenom CPU and so I guess that'd work?

 

Having said all that, the MOBO I think is 8 yrs old and so maybe just better to move on?


Edited by giantatx, 25 April 2017 - 07:30 AM.


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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:04 AM

PSU? Better graphic card, and perhaps very cheap Phenom II, like Phenom II X4 965 sounds reasonable upgrade.

Oldest BIOS for that motherboard is 2010/04/16 so that board is max 7 years old. Perhaps newer.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:01 AM

PSU: Xigmatek 600W NRP-PC602 - pretty good one.

 

Oldest BIOS for that motherboard is 2010/04/16 so that board is max 7 years old.

 

OK, so it's not 8 years old but does that mean the mobo is soon to be a paperweight or is it worth maintaining?



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 01:36 PM

hi my friends,

 

i have my old celeron g530 pc since 2012 and i am still fully satisfied with it's performance but if i wanted to upgrade i would go for an ssd hard disk, the nvidia gtx 650 used graphics card and another four gb of ddr3 nothing more...


Edited by nickos, 25 April 2017 - 01:36 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:46 PM

PSU: Xigmatek 600W NRP-PC602 - pretty good one.
 

Oldest BIOS for that motherboard is 2010/04/16 so that board is max 7 years old.

OK, so it's not 8 years old but does that mean the mobo is soon to be a paperweight or is it worth maintaining?


It's OK motherboard and worth maintaining until it breaks down.

Phenom II (if cheap) and better GPU are good choices for upgrade. SSD if you want desktop performance. Memory slots are full already but 8GB is pretty OK amount anyway.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:06 PM

Yeah a SSD is a good investment as it will speed things up.

Also you may want to consider linux


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

Here's my thoughts: get a GTX 1050 or RX 460 to put in this PC, and move it to your new one when you get it.

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