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#1 classykilla

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:58 PM

Ok here is the deal I would like to upgrade my PC. It seems to lag when Iím playing games. Itís a gateway 7310s. Here are some specs I pulled off the internet. I will be running Belarc advisory to pull up more info when I get to my house. Anyways I want to know if it would be best to buy a new processor, mother board, and get some more RAM or to try to over clock these items I already have. I have just recently bought a new Power supply 550W.

I would like to get a new motherboard and CPU just because I want the new technology and a faster PC. The new Intel C2D CPU. Will be willing to spend the money if this is feasible. I guess what I am trying to say is should I replace the MOB if I buy a new CPU and what type of motherboard should I get to fit in my PC.

Maybe I should start my first build. 

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:15 PM

The specs that you listed....are those for the computer you have now, or the computer you want to build?

I'd go with a core 2 duo. The slowest core 2 duo is faster than the fastest P4 processor. Of course, changing your cpu will mean you'll have to get a different mobo.

If you have the money, I'd go with 2gb of ram. It makes a noticable difference IMHO. You could get one stick now to start your build, then get the other stick in the future.

The other thing to keep in mind is to not skimp on your power supply unit. Spend the money on a good one now to avoid problems in the future.

Also, I'm not sure about gateway, but with most (if not all) Dell cases, they are made specifically for Dell, and will usually only take parts from Dell (or parts made for Dell). Certain parts won't fit, like psu's, mobo's etc. A new case is a good idea, and ensure that you've got plenty of ventillation too! :thumbsup:

Post back with your specs, or any further questions, and we'll go from there. :flowers:
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:54 PM

i am still a novice to the scene, but i remember reading that DDR RAM was designed to run in tandem. when i first built my system i put one 1GB stick in. i was not impressed with performance. after i added another 1GB my system hums.

two 512's would serve you better IMHO. i will try to find the link to the literature.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:57 PM

As I recall, DDR runs a bit better in tandem - but not enough that the average user will notice. DDR2 on the other hand has noticeable improvements when run in tandem.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:58 PM

here is that link. :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:59 PM

how does one know if they have DDR2 RAM? i have pc3200 400mHz.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:06 PM

Seeing as it is a Gateway you would need to do a fresh install of XP and reactivate it. You might have a problem with reactivation seeing as the Gateway OEM XP is tied to your motherboard. I was able to do a similar swap with a Gateway but had to call support in India to get a new activation number. You would be further ahead to just start from scratch and build a new PC the way you want it plus buy an OEM version of XP which won't have all the Gateway crap included.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:06 PM

Dude just upgrade RAM. It the cheapest and easiest solution. Ur CPU is fine for now dude. Ur MOBO prolly wont support dual core. Up to 2GB ram...it should help.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:08 PM

just wait a bit and build ur own. From the ground up.
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:43 AM

I'd suggest upgrading the RAM as a temporary fix. Go here for suggestions on what RAM to get: http://www.crucial.com/ Just enter in your computer info and it'll tell you what kind of RAM you can get.

As for the new technology, start shopping for what you want now and take your time. You'll need a case, a CPU (with cooler), and a motherboard. While picking this stuff out, look at what you've got in the Gateway that you can cannabalize for the new system (pay particular attention to the video card and the memory).

You'll have to decide on which way to go with the video card and the memory. For the video card, AGP is dying, so you'll likely want a PCIe video card. For the RAM, DDR is dying, so you'll likely want DDR2 - but this isn't as urgent as the video card.

Or, you can just keep the Gateway and build a whole new system. Then you'll have a backup in case one of them dies! (and more toyz! :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 01:28 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I think that I am going to upgrade the RAM in the mean time.




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