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Need advice on what to upgrade

Question: Need advice on what to upgrade

Hey, im planning on upgrading either my cpu or my gpu, and I need to know what would give me a more
noticeable increase in performance in gaming.

The gpu I currently have is a gtx 760, and my cpu is an i5 - 4430 3ghz
the cpu I'd upgrade to is an i7 - 4790k 4ghz, and the gpu I'd get is a gtx 970.

So which one should I upgrade?

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Answer: Need advice on what to upgrade

The i5 is considered the so-called sweetspot for gaming and since games are gpu intensive I would upgrade the gpu first.

A few questions for you:
1. How much RAM do you run?
2. Are you getting any lag in gaming? What is your current average FPS?
3. What do you hope to gain that would make your gaming experience noticeably increased?
, Make and wattage output of your power supply?

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Hi there, I need some advice on my laptop upgrade. My laptop is a:

Toshiba Satellite P300D - 21K
Model No: PSPD0E - 00H003EN

I'm thinking of upgrading to 64 bit windows (lucky students can do this for £30!) to help speed up my laptop. I use some CAD applications so 64 bit should help with the speed of these apps. Question:

1) Is there any reasons anyone would advise me to not upgrade to 64 bit with my laptop?
2) I will need to upgrade my RAM to at least 4 gig for 64 Bit. I currently have 3 gig, so I guess I need to replace my 1 gig stick with a 2 gig stick? Or can I put a 4 gig stick in with my existing 2 gig stick?
3) Will upgrading my ram, and operating system void my warrenty?

Answer:Satellite P300D-21K: Windows 7 64bit Upgrade & RAM Upgrade Advice

hi rossbardon,

1. make sure that your application can use the features of a 64bit system otherwise there will be no performace boost in that application. except the expanded memory...
2. i would use always the same make and modell of ram because mixing is only good when drinking cocktails...
so 2x 2gb ram from a known manufacturer should be a good choice. why not 2x 4gb when using win7 with 64bit?
3. as far as i know you are allowed to change your ram without loosing your warranty... i think the warranty is hardware related.... to make sure if you allowed ask a servicepartner next to you.
you will have no support related to the win7 installation and software related issues.

hey upgrade to win7! due to this price and no danger (it's software) ahead i would do it.
make sure that the needed drivers are at hand before installing!

good luck and pls report what you have done.

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Question: Upgrade Advice

Before I head off to college I'd like to give my computer a small present for treating me so well these last couple years. I built my computer about two years ago, thanks to some helpful advice from Compiler, cjrdriver (crjdriver? Can't remember) and others, so cheers for you guys making things like this happen.

I've currently got:

And 32-bit Vista.

My Mobo uses a 775 socket type which supports up to a quadcore. I was thinking either adding 2 more of the same RAM, or buying 2 sticks of 2GBs each, as well as getting a improved video card and possibly a processor. I'm trying to keep this budget, not a complete overhaul.

The only problems I've had with my computer as of now is getting odd lines of texture shooting off the ingame graphics, and occasional shutdowns due to the video card, some of which is probably poor drivers for my video card w/vista, or it could be getting 'old'.

I've got my little guy shelled up in an Antec 900 which I believe is keeping it nicely cooled, although if its not, it could be the issue with the video card perhaps. I'v... Read more

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Which MB/Video card do you think is a better bang for your buck?


MB: Asus A8V Deluxe $115.00

VIDEO CARD: GeForce 6800 GT 256MB $295.00

total: $410.00


MB: Asus A8V-E Deluxe (PCIe) $145.00

VIDEO CARD: RADEON X800 XL 256MB PCI Express $270.00

total: $415.00

Answer:need advice with upgrade

Perhaps you could mix the two up:

The Asus A8V-E Deluxe (PCIe) is a nice Mainboard with PCIe support, which is going to be the future standart of videocards anyway. And you could try to go for a GeForce 6800 GT 256MB PCIe (Which isn't that much more expensive) Because the GeForce seems to do better in benchmarks. (At least the ones I just looked up)

Hope you can get a nice upgrade like that

Good luck.

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I was just looking for some upgrade advice for gaming performance. Here are my specs: MSI K7n2 mobo, amd xp 2500+, 1 GB 2700 ram (512x2), xfx 128mb 5200, sb16 sound, onboard lan, Microsoft Intellimouse optical, Zboard. WD 80 Gb HD 8mb cache, XP pro, Cable internet.

First off I know my soundcard is junk, I usually play when the wifey is asleep and dont listen very loud so I never bought a good card. I usually set my sound quality to low settings in game. Prolly going to buy SB live card or cheap audigy on ebay because it may be causing critical errors in Americas Army. Everyone seems to get those in that game though. I also know my video card is junk too but have been waiting till last minute when bf2 comes out to upgrade. I was going to build a new pc soon with good mobo and AMD 64. I realized that by the time I get all that, good matched pair of ram, SATA drive(s) (2 eventually for Raid 0) I would be spending a pretty penny. Then you throw a good video card on top of that and I cant really afford it. So here's what I was thinking please tell me what u think. I am obviously going to get a video card soon but dont want to buy something right before new stuff drops or when current stuff gets a price drop. Most interested in 6800gt. Anybody know about scheduled price drop or when new cards come out? The next thing I was gonna do is get a good water cooled case. I figured I'd need it for my AMD 64 when I do that down the line anyway so it would be a good inve... Read more

Answer:Upgrade advice

you should use paragraphs more to make it easier to read your post

and how much are you going to spend initially?

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Question: upgrade advice


my mobo has died :-( so i am thinking this is a good time to upgrade. unfortunalty my hardware knowledge is stuck from when i built my current pc, about 2 and a half years ago.
i have 2gig (4x512) ddr 400 ram, a 2.8ghz HT northwood P4, an agp nivida gt6600, plus the usual drives.

can anyone give my some advice on what type of motherboard and processor to get? i want it to be faster than my current rig, and if possible very quiet.


Answer:upgrade advice

well m8 if you are changing mobo and p4 then the worlds your oyster really. do u want intel or amd?? is it a gamer or work?? memory will be fine but unless you have any preferences here there is a myriad of configs u can go for in my humble opinion. If it was just mobo then u wld be restricted to your p4 chip as to what mobo. Hope this gives some guidance

PS whatever u get ensure it has 4 mem slots to make use of all ur memory

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Question: upgrade advice

Ok, I know I tried this before, but since I don't have any experience with computer hardware, I'll let you talk it through me.

I have a budget of about £500, but that is flexible if need be, and a 5 year old computer. The computer is too old to be of any use, so I want to just replace most of whats in the case, besides my DVD/CD-R drive and floppy drive, at the moment I would like to keep them to save a bit of money.

I was thinking on the lines of AMD 64 bit CPU, for price and future proofing, but I really don't know much about hardware, but I am trying to learn, honest! The machine is to be used for college, games, online games and 3D studio max/Maya (for college).

I do realise that this is my second thread, so if it is not welcome I urge the mods here to delete it. I am also doing this from a library, my pc dosn't go online until the 22nd, 500k broadband is the best I could afford

Answer:upgrade advice
if you dont need a case or any optical drives, you should be able to do ok, and you dont need to rush on the amd64, wait for the price drops

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Hello. I am on a very limited budget (max £200) for upgrades to my home PC and I would like advice/suggestions for which components to upgarde, replce or add to improve performance and general user experience. I use it for gaming (although it is now struggling with newer games and the graphics card has no pixel shader), home 'office' style work and storing photos. I also store small amounts (10GB) of video and music.Current spec:Mesh Matrix PC (XP Home Edition Service Pack 2)AMD Athlon XP1800+ (1.54GHz)128 kilobyte primary memory cache256 kilobyte secondary memory cache512MB RAMBoard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7A266-E REV 1.xxBus Clock: 133 megahertzBIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7A266-E ACPI BIOS Revision 1011 03/01/2002NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440Creative SB Live! series 5.1 speakersMAXTOR 60GB hard drive (23GB free)PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-116TEAC CD-W524E4x USB 1.02x FirewireEthernet & modemLexmark X73 MFP ScannerThats its!Many thanks in anticipation.CheersS

Answer:Upgrade Advice

click herethe link will help you regarding upgrades.More memory will improve things no end and of course a better graphics card, useing the prompts will guide you to both.A second HDD would be an advantage especially for backing heresecond one down is the sort of thing i would look at..

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Question: HDD Upgrade Advice

Hi, I want to upgrade my HDD or install another one into my computer. How do I find out what type of HDD to buy. I am upgrading my ram to 512mb, so what size HDD do you recommend also. I believe my current HDD is 3.5". And is it possible to keep the HDD I have already and also get a new one. I don;t know how to find out if i need a SATA/ IDE/ SCSI type of HDD.

Windows Xp srv pack 2
AMD Duron processor 1.01 Ghz
Ram 120 mb
Fujitsu MPE3136AT 12.7 gig hard drive
Motherboard is a Mk20/n

Thanks for your help

Answer:HDD Upgrade Advice

The size of HD does not have to relate to the amount of memory. 3.5" is the physical demensions of the HD.

I had a look at the link you provided for the motherboard asuming you have given the correct link your HD needs to be 'ATA100/66'. I would go for something between 40GB and 80 GB, you would not need any more and it is very difficult to get any smaller.

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Hello. Im looking to upgrade my current system that is really out of date for gaming.
Mobo Asus p5g41t-m lx
CPU Intel dual core e5700 @ 3ghz
4gb ram (2x2 gb) ddr3 1333Mhz
Ati HD 5450 1GB
some generic 450W PSU ( I am upgrading this first asap)

I want something that can play in high/ultra settings games like Bf3, Crysis, AC sagas, Metro 2033/Last Light, Total war sagas, Tomb Raider, among others
I will be using a max resolution of 1360x768 for those games, and I have a $220 budget for video card + PSU.

I am highly considering a Radeon 7850 1GB version + a proper power supply but I need more suggestions. Also how much bottleneck will I get if I put that card with my current dual core?


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The dual core will bottleneck the GPU. The 7850 1GB is a good choice, but in order to play the games at ultra settings, you will need a better CPU (quad core). I think the 1GB of VRAM may struggle at ultra settings. Also, If you ever upgrade to a 1080P monitor, the 1GB of VRAM will struggle.

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Here's what I have:

500 mh Pentium 3
640 RAM
Nvidea TNT2 video
40 Hard drive

Where should I put my money to make my games (Morrowind, Mafia) not run choppy? Is it the processor speed or the video card? And what do you think I should get?

Answer:Need advice on an upgrade

The worst bottleneck is definently the TNT2.

I wouldn't put a top-of the line vid card in that machine, rather
something like radeon 8500/9500, a good GeForce 3 or a not-the-cheapest GeForce 4.

Another thing worth upgarding without buying a new motherboard is the CPU. And you should get the fastest thing your motherboard supports.

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Question: Upgrade advice!

I'm thinking of upgrading my Build with the price range of around $150 and I'd really like some suggestions.    My build is: 4GB g-skill Ram,  AMD FX-6600 Black, RM-1000 PSU, EVGA GTX 750 TI, 1tb WD blue hard drive, asrock extreme 970, all in a Corsair 750d case.  (I already plan to get more RAM btw)

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What is the percieved wisdom on a major upgrade,ie new mobo,cpu and graphics card-is it ok just to do it then attach hard drive as was,or will this create problems and would a fresh install be needed?For the record have an AMD2400,Gforce 4600 and asus a7v333,will go out to AMD64,Ati 9800pro and MSI KT8 neo..thanks

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I don't understand why you want to upgrade the lot, a new graphics card perhaps or more memory but to upgrade when you already have a good computer is to me a waste of money. That aside you probably could just plug in the old hard drive but I wouldn't recommend it, as you say it can cause problems. Far better to back up all your files to CD and then format and do a clean install, it will cause fewer problems and enable you to get rid of all those bits and pieces that end up being left behind on your hard drive as well as avoiding any conflicts.

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Question: Upgrade advice

Hi, need your advice


Just registered. Bit of a novice with technical stuff!!!
Looking for advice: at present using Windows ME but want to upgrade to.......? confused

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We need more info: like your PC specs (CPU, how much RAM, type of RAM, hard drive size, video card, motherboard make/model/features, etc...) would be very helpful. We can't really advise on how or what to ugrade w/o some specific information on what we have to work with. Use a program like Everest or AIDA to get all the PC's info, post it here, and we'll do our best to help you out. Both Everest and AIDA are free downloads from MajorGeeks...


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Okay so i am willing to upgrade my processor and video card.There's one problem i can only get one at a time so the thing is that i don't know which one to get first.I will post my current video card / processor details and then post the details of the processor/video card i'm willing to get , and please if someone can tell me which one should i replace first to get better fps in games .Current : Processor : Intel Celeron 326 Intel Celeron Cpu 2,53ghZ(overclocked to 3,02 ghZ)Multiplier : x19Bus Speed : 160.00 mhZRated FSB : 640.00 mhZCache : L1 data: 16KBytesL1 Trace:12KuopsLevel 2 :256KbytesCurrent : Video card : Nvidia 7600 gs (256vram) i think that says it all.Processor looking forward to get  : (I would say it would be much faster than what i have plus if i would overclock it , it should go to 3,5 ghZ or more) Intel Pentium 4 641 trayTIP    DesktopSocket    775Nucleu    Cedar MillFrecventa    3200 MHzFSB / HTT/ QPI    800 MHzCache L2    2048 KBTechnology    65 nmConsum    86 WCooler    NuWeight    300 gOthers   Intel EM64THyper-Threading TechnologyExecute Disable Bit Video Card willing to get : (I might get this but it's not in their stock atm , i asked them if it's possible to command it an... Read more

Answer:I would like an advice on which of the following to upgrade first please.

Well, if you're gonna get a new processor, you're going to need another motherboard too really...I'd definately get a graphics card first in your position, although i'd be looking to set my sights a bit higher than 2600xt or a 3650 otherwise you wont see much improvement in performance anyway... Perhaps a 3870?

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So I've had my current build for a little over 4 years and am in need of an upgrade, I already got a new GFX Card out of necessity (old one died a year or so ago) and got a EVGA GTX 460 and love it. I also upgraded the PSU and case a week ago also out of necessity, a Corsair Pro HX750 and a Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, both of which are amazing. Currently U have an old AMD Dual Core that runs at 2.8 Ghz and 4 GB of DDR2 Crucial ram. I also have 4 hard drives, two 250 GB, one 500 GB and one 1TB, all 7200 RPM and I will phase out the 250s and 500 over time. So here is what I'm thinking my options are.

Option 1
AMD Phenom II X4 965 or 975
ASUS Sabertooth or ASUS M5A99X

Option 2
Intel i5 2500K
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

With option one I would most likely upgrade my OS drive to a SSD as it would be significantly cheaper, but the Intel upgrade would allow me to have PCI Express 3.0 for future upgrades. For the RAM for either system I will probably go with two of these. I was also thinking about the AMD FX-8120, but I haven't heard the best reviews about it saying that AMD's FX line is a bit of a flop. I mostly use my PC for gaming, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed, Starcraft 2, The Old Republic, and many others. I occasionally use it for Photoshop for my photography hobby, but being able to render isn't a selling point, it is a nice consideration. I've also never done an Intel build before, I've always had AMD in the past, except for my laptop ... Read more

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As far as I know. NVIDIA card works better with Intel and AMD card works better with AMD processor. So I would got for intel for your upgrade. But it is just what I heard from other people.

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Hello,I have to following machine:CPU: Intel® Core?2 Duo Desktop Processor E6750Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-D53RRamm: 4 GB DDR 2 800 MhzGfx card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MBOS: Windows XP 32-bit SP3This configuration is beginning to show some strain when playing my favorites games (mostly World of Warcraft) and I am thinking about an upgrade. As my budget is rather limited (else I would just buy a whole new case?) I was wondering what upgrade I should prioritize to get the best performance increase for my money. Anybody care to take a look and give some advice? Thanks!

Answer:Need upgrade advice

possibly your main problem is the fact that xp 32 bit os does not really handle 4gb of ram well. It works best with a max of 3 GB. It may be that Gigabyte have an upgrade to the bios for your mobo that could better handle the extra ram? My asus mobo manual goes as far as to say that it will not work with more than 3GB on a 32bit os.

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Hi there. I've just been given a desktop PC. I know very little about PCs and need a little help.
intel pentium 4 processor 515.
512MB DDR.
160GB hard drive.
running XP home edition.
It's slow as hell and makes all sorts of clunking chirping noises as it's "thinking". I've been through and deleted all unwanted/needed programmes and data. It's been defragged and all that. But still its slow.
I have some second hand RAM on the way from a mate, 2x1GB. Can I put this in with the existing 512 or do I need to replace the 512? There are two spare slots. If I stick it in with the 512 does it matter which slots they go in? Currently slots 1,2,3,4. Memory is plugged in to slots 1 and 3. Stupid questions I know but you never find out unless you ask!
Will this new memory speed up the pc or do I need to do something more?
Is this system worth upgrading or should it be consigned to the tip? Am I just gonna be throwing good money away?
I'm not looking to play games I just want to be able to use the net and do standard word/excel type stuff and play music. It just seems to lock up if you try and do more than one thing at once.
A mate suggested upgrading the processor. The chipset is an Intel 82915G/GV/910GL EXPRESS. I've been told that it's a 775 socket and that an Intel D950 or 960 would work and make it much quicker. Is this right?
Lots of questions I know.
Looking forward to any advice you could give me.

Answer:Upgrade advice please.

Providing the RAM is DDR (not DDR2 or DDR3) then adding it will do no harm, and should help speed things up a little. It can go in with the existing RAM, which should remain in their existing slots.
I would think that the D950 / D960 CPUs would work, and again, will provide a bit of a performance boost (the D950/60 CPUs are dual core, rather than single core). A quick search on Google shopping showed a couple of second hand examples for not much money.
My only question would be if the motherboard can support 800MHz front side bus (FSB) speed. Your existing CPU is 533MHz. If your motherboard can't support the higher FSB then the new CPU should still work, you just won't get the full speed benefit from it.
Noises from computers only usually come from two things: fans and hard drives. In your case, I'd guess the hard drive. It may well have many hundreds of hours of life left in it.....or it may not!

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My pc is running XP Home, 2 x 40gb hdd, 512 SDRAM, 800mhz amd athlom cpu,mobo is Gigabyte 72ZMMP - PC is about 3 1/2 yrs old & i have cd rw & dvd rw installed . Machine is sometimes slow & i cant pin it down to one thing - I do like to have several apps running - some days it copes fine - then others, i could chuck it through the window !In view of this, I have been toying with upgrading - however due to age of machine i cannot just replace processor - it will be a mobo job !From specs i've given, would you think it is worth it ?

Answer:Upgrade Advice Please

Best if you had a budget to go with as you most probably would be better off with ddr ram as well.

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I am doing an upgrade for my uncle. His computer he uses for his business currently has windows xp home and i am upgrading it to windows xp pro. I read that if you have an xp pro cd with sp2 on it you can just install over the top without formatting which would prevent file lose but i did that on one of his other computers and it got all screwie.

What im looking for is what you suggest doing for this upgrade. I know i need to back up the drive. I will be ghosting the drive before i do anything. But just because i have the ghost image doesnt mean i will be able to get the files off without puting that ghost image onto another drive. How would you go about doing this upgrade?

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you dont have to restore the entire image into a partition to access its contents , you can just mount it in windows after ghost is installed of course then extract the files/folders needed

i suggest youll do as follows
1) if the hard drive have only 1 partition , backup the data to cd/dvd discs or usb flash memory or to external/network hard drive/or just connect another internal hard drive and copy the data to it.. , if it have more then 1 partition then copy the important data to that 2nd/3rd.. partition

2) if the hard drive have only 1 partition just boot from the xp cd and delete the partition then recreate (better make 2 set the first one somewhere between 10-14 gb) & format and continue to install , if it have more then 1 partition and you dont wanna lose the data on those partition/s youll have to use a partition manager (like acronis disk director/partition magic/paragon partition manager) and format the main (C:) partition then boot from the xp cd and just install

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Obviously, a fresh OS install is better than an upgrade. I currently have Windows 98 and can get (extremely cheap) the Upgrade version of Windows 2000 Pro. I though I saw a posting here once that said you could still do the equivalent of a fresh install with an upgrade and it's legal because you do actually own the other OS. How would this be done? I would assume it looks for certain files during the upgrade...

Or did I dream this up?


[side note: not sure why I put "NT upgrade?" as the subject!]

Get paid to listen to music online!

[This message has been edited by angel (edited 07-13-2000).]

Answer:{Advice Given} - NT upgrade?

Yeah, it will ask for a qualifying product if you do a complete format.

All you have to do is pop in the 98 CDROM and it should find it, be okay, and keep chugging away.

***DISCLAIMER*** You previously stated that you do own a copy of 98 therefore I will assume that you are being legit in your question, and this thread will not be closed. However, TSG is not responsible if you're doing this any other way. You said you own both OS's... ***DISCLAIMER***


It is easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission.

Linux: The Ultimate NT Service Pack

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Hi there

I am going to make a upgrade to my socket 754 system

Currently my system specs are:

AMD Athlon 2400+
3 x 512MB PC2700 RAM
nVidia 6600 256mb AGP 8x
Antec Earthwatts 430W

I am planning to reuse my RAM, Graphics Card, Case and PSU.

So I should end up with
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 Dual-Core
3 x 512MB PC2700 RAM
nVidia 6600 256mb AGP 8x
Antec Earthwatts 430W
New Motherboard.

THIS is the motherboard I am planning to upgrade to and THIS is the processor I am planning to buy also.

I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Upgrade Advice 754 to 939

Don't buy that mobo.

1) ECS is a terribly low quality manufacturer
2) That motherboard has AGP which has been replaced by PCI-E.

THIS is one of the best motherboards ever made for socket 939. It has a hell load of features, dual PCI-E, support for SLI, and is good for overclocking.

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hi all

im upgrading my HD 5550 card to a HD 6770 and i notice the ccc management is the same for both cards from AMD update. now do i un-install the ccc or could i leave it on the machine because its the same? do i have to un-install the driver from device manager for the HD 5550 shut down machine swop card over and re-boot. or is it best to un-install all the ccc and driver for HD5550 and install fresh?

Answer:Upgrade advice

A clean unplug\plug\uninstall\new install is always better.
Download and install the new version of Driver Sweeper.
Download the most recent software\driver for your ati AMD Graphics Drivers & Software.

Uninstall ati software\driver in Control Panel Items\Programs and Features,restart in safe mode,run driver sweeper,choose only AMD-Display and clean,restart in safe mode .

Uninstall completely the driver from device manager.

Shutdown the pc,unplug the power cord (or switch off the psu).

Open the case,touch any metal surface to earth your self avoiding static energy,unplug the old gpu,plug the new gpu.

Start the pc install the new amd software\driver catalyst,restart.

Update DirectX if needed.

Restart,enjoy your new gpu.

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Hi, I own a lenovo3000 n100 076804U, with a T2060. I am thinking of upgrading to windows 7 and going 64 bit. Can anyone tell me what processor I might jump up to that will work in this system? I know very little about laptops but I build my own desktops. This is for travel and I don't use it much, so buying a new laptop isn't really what I want to do. But I would like all of my systems to run the same OS. Thanks for your help.


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Answer:I need advice for a CPU upgrade...please and thank you!!!

I have the same model, and just put in a T5600 whichI purchased on eBay. Works Great, and windows 7is a joy to use compared to vista.The only driver I had to install was for the card reader.

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Recently my graphics card got fried so i need a new one.
When im doing that i thought i might aswell upgrade it.

My motherboard right now is ASUS A8N SLI SE

I want to get a new graphicscard and 2-3 gb ram aswell.
I'd like to be able to play games like Farcry 2 an Fallout 3.

Since i've had some issues with my computer overheating (which was the reason for my graphics card getting fried) i'd appreciate some advice on keeping my computer cool.

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HiWondering what the next best updrade is? Ive recently added more memory so i have 1gb, specs are:-Amd Athalon 2400xp1 GB ram80 gb hd128meg Ati Radeon 9700 pro graphicsAsus A78VX motherboardWould an extra 1gb of memory improve performance much?I was thinking of a new AMD Processor and Motherboard???

Answer:Upgrade advice

"Would an extra 1gb of memory improve performance much?"I doubt it - but I'm a tad underwhelmed by that 128MB graphics card.

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Quickly would like to know if an Asus P5P800 would except a dual core cpu some thing along the line of a 940 3.2 Ghz, currently have a 630 3.0 Ghz and because they seem to be getting really cheap I was considering upgrading. Or maybe if theres a mobo out there with AGP 8x and DDR that will except that processor.


Answer:Advice on CPU upgrade

You will need to contact the manufactuer. You might also need a BIOS update.

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My friend would like to upgrade a msi 6786 mb with memory and graphics card for gaming any ideas please he has about 500£ to spend thanks kopite

Answer:upgrade advice please

I get the impression that the "msi 6786" is a motherboard.

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I'm getting ready to order some new hardware and was wondering if there's anything certain I should be prepared for after it's all installed. I'm upgrading the CPU from a single core Celeron to a dual core E5400. I'm adding a GPU, since there currently isn't one in it, switching the PSU for a higher wattage one, adding RAM, and adding a new HDD. I know that everything is compatible, it's mainly the post- installation that i'm worried about. I've built computers from scratch using all new parts, but i've never done an upgrade such as this. I've got the Vista installation disk in case i'll be needing that. Also, I think I want to use the old HDD along with the new one. Something else i've never set up. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

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I'm going to assume that you don't want to have to re-install Vista and all your apps ....along with hours and hours of tweaking to get things right...That being said here's how i'd approach it.(Keep in mind some of these suggestions are simply precautions)1) Assemble all new and existing drivers and have them in one place...preferably on 1 cd but not neccessary.2) Backup all browser and e-mail info...if using FireFox MozBack will do both FireFox and Thunderbird...great app.3) If you do have an image app do a backup of your existing system and burn it to CD/DVD just in case.----------------4) Leave the new HDD out of the equation for now. We are going to work with the existing one. Replace the PSU. 5)Then replace the CPU...making sure to follow the install info provided and apply thermal compound properly.Thermal Paste Guide6) Leave the new RAM go for now as well...we want to boot to Vista with the least amount of changes.7) Power up...chances are Vista will not hiccup with just the CPU being swapped. If it doesn't take the time to check all is well especially in Device Manager. If so we'll continue...if not: Repair Install of Vista.I suggest a full read and a printout for reference before starting...if this step was not needed with the CPU swap then we're almost done.8.) Re-boot after checking all is OK with the CPU swap and then power down.9) Install the vid card.10) Boot up...Vista will detect the card and want to search the web for ... Read more

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Question: GPU Upgrade Advice

Hello, everyone.

Anyway, I have been looking at the recent GPU wars between the green and red. I am interested in either the 760 or the 280X due to budget restrains. They both have good promotions for the games and offer but I was wondering how do the code works? I live in Singapore so, am I safe to say that if I were to go out and buy either a 760 or 280X, I'm eligible for the games? Or I must wait for the promotion to 'come' to Singapore?

Another questions, since I'm on a budget (USD$300) and I can either only get 760 or 280X, I was wondering which of the card can I squeeze out the most performance? I would like to play casual BF4, GTA V (hopefully on PC) some maybe some other 'graphics-intensive' games on decent settings. Also, is there any other card like 660TI or 270X which is cheaper than my budget can I also get the equal performance too? I would prefer to save as much as possible to get other peripherals.

Sorry for all the questions and thanks again.

Answer:GPU Upgrade Advice

I would roll either way if you don't care about Brands go with the 280x

it is optimized for Battlefield 4 and uses Mantle a new type of GPU processing

The HD 7970 is the equal to the 280x as for as the free games are concerned they should come with codes either sent though mail or you go online and redeem them with your purchase I would assume where ever you buy it they give the code up front after purchase

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Question: Upgrade advice

Sorry if this is in the wrong is the system I currently have:

Intel QuadCore QX9770 CPU 3.20
Nvidia 790I Ultra SLI Motherboard
Nvidia GTX280 video card
Windows 7 Home
750W PSU

Besides buying a whole new there anything in particular I can upgrade that will give me a boost?

Can I upgrade this set up to the Intel Core i7?

I have always just bought a new computer but figured I might want to consider upgrading first before spending all that money.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Upgrade advice

Is your OS 32-bit?

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Hi, Im currently running XP pro 32bit with this setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB
Corsair XMS2 4GB DDR2-800 2X2GB
ASUS P5K mobo
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2
HIS Radeon HD 3850 ICEQ3 Turbo x2 in xfire

I am thinking about upgrading to Vista home premium 64bit. Its used primarily for gaming and web browsing, etc. I play mostly online games with a few friends and planning on jumping on Age of Conan next month and would like to make the most of it. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Upgrade or not, looking for advice

Hello fancyrat

Welcome to the Forums!

Originally Posted by fancyrat

I am thinking about upgrading to Vista home premium 64bit. Its used primarily for gaming and web browsing, etc. I play mostly online games with a few friends and planning on jumping on Age of Conan next month and would like to make the most of it. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Sorry to say x64 can not be *upgraded* to. It has to be a clean install.
Maybe you can get some ideas from the Tutorial at the link below.

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

I hope this helps. Be sure to look around the Tutorial section, there is a lot of knowledge there.

EDIT: Upgrading from one OS to another only causes trouble. Clean Install.

Later Ted

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Okay. Got a new PC here,

Gateway GM5266E Media Center - Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz
Manufacturer: Gateway Inc.

Product Short Spec:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz)
RAM installed: 2 GB DDR II SDRAM
Hard drive: 320 GB Standard
OS provided: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Tune-Up Utilities says i am running on 32 of the available 64 bits,
and i should upgrade to Windows XP Pro, now i am a gamer, i do edit
movies on here, and i like fast and good performance. so would there be
any reason why i should choose XP pro over Vista?

Answer:Advice: Should i Upgrade to X64?

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Alright. I mainly used this computer for my work. Invoices. It is running windows XP and it is very slow. So, my question is, here are the specs. Should I just buy more ram in order to boost the speed or am I better off upgrading.. I don't mind gaming(medium settings) but I am not sure if a pc for gaming and work would go together well..

Operation System: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.00 GHz
Motherboard: Asus P4P800-E
Memory: 1gb DDR Ram.
Video Card: Nvidia Geforce FX 5700LE

This is not a prebuilt pc. The previous owner built it. I am not sure about the PSU. Might have to open it up to see. The tower is pretty big. What do you guys think?

Answer:Need advice: Upgrade or add RAM

If this system is doing everything you need then I wouldn't bother upgrading except getting another gig of RAM. Otherwise it is not worth pouring money into because it has to be at least dating from 2007 and possibly older. Other than old games it won't run the newest.

As for the slowness it can be due to several reasons:

1. The hard drive is filled or is more than 66% filled to capacity. If so, delete or transfer information onto an external hard drive or to CD/DVD.

2. The hard drive needs to be defraged. If you find that you needed to do suggestion #1 then defrag after you transfer or delete information.

3. If you've installed newer software the hardware may not meet its demands.

4. Certain security software can make a system run slow because of resource demands. What security software do you have installed running in real time protection?

5. Infections can cause slowness. Run your security scans.
* * I believe your next move should be saving up for a new system. We can help you with this; if you go this route we need to know a) budget and b) what you want the system to do.

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I have a Dell Dimension xpsr 450 PII with 128MB of RAM. I can increase RAM to either 256MB or 384MB. Is there any advantage to increasing to 384MB over using 256 MB? My use is primarily surfing, music downloads, and other basic things.


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This is rather simple I have a xp system that has several HD drives. I am going to buy a 500 GB drive and install 7 then XP if I need to. So that I can leave my previous file system intact.

The whole reason for keeping xp is for Quicken 2007 which as far as I know does NOT work with 7. So I have looked at other Quicken products and the reviews are NOT good. What program should I get to transfer to 7. Suggestions are appreciated...

thanks for reading..

Answer:Going to upgrade to 7 need advice

quicken 2007 should work with 7
I installed quicken 2001 on a win 7 pro x64 machine and it works just fine

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I have a HP-Pavilion "HPE-110f" and wanted to upgrade my CPU, but I have been told by a friend that I might need to upgrade my Motherboard as-well, I will list my specs and hope I can get some advice, thanks for your time.

os: Win 7
CPU: 2.80 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 925
Motherboard: Board: FOXCONN ALOE 1.01
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB

Answer:I want to upgrade my CPU, need advice

You have pretty much the best CPU your motherboard can support. If you really want, yeah, you could get a new CPU + mobo combo.

But, why do you want to? How much money do you have to spend?

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Alright, Just bought an Hp slimline 5212y off craigslist for 50$. Great condition. Main use of this computer will be for minecraft and internet usage, so nothing super extravagent is needed. Wanting to upgrade graphics due to only being able to pull 10-20 FPS, but kinda on a budget. From what Ive researched, gonna need a low profile. Would have to upgrade my PSU as well and Im not 100% sure what route to go. Any cheap suggestions? Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Need upgrade advice

mathew06 said:

Alright, Just bought an Hp slimline 5212y off craigslist for 50$. <snip> Wanting to upgrade graphics due to only being able to pull 10-20 FPS, but kinda on a budget.Click to expand...

Low profile cases are never designed to be upgrade capable. Sure you can get a low profile graphics card, but as you have already discovered the power supply will likely be your biggest problem. Most low profile PC's have proprietary PSU's, making it impossible to upgrade the PSU. With only 220W's, I can not recommend upgrading graphics.

The good news is your motherboard appears to be MicroATX, which is not proprietary and will fit another case if you wish to pursue upgrading. In all honesty though, I'd say be happy with what you have. And when you decide to upgrade, look at a building/buying a new rig.

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I was hoping for some advice on how to proceed with my planned future upgrade. I currently have:a8n sli motherboard3500 AMD64 CPUXFX 7800GT2 GB corsoir XMS RAMaudigy 2 zs5.1 logitech z5500 I am overall quite happy with this, but I am having problems running new games on the settings i would like, battlefield 2 for example goes eery jerky once i put AA on. I was hoping you may be able to advise me on what I should upgrade to gain better results. I was considering either a PhysX card (which ive now learnt are almost pointless) another 7800Gt or a new CPU. I have been looking at CPUs the most but many people believe that it would make a miimal difference. Could you possibly tell me what you believe i should upgrade next? I dont really want to overclock as im a complete amateur to that. Also do you believe that running my firewall, norton are having a detrimental effect on my games?thank you in advance for any help

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"Also do you believe that running my firewall, norton are having a detrimental effect on my games?" No, though Norton is renowed as a resource hog.A new cpu will not make enough of a diff. to justify the cost.You have plenty of ram, though BF2 does like loads.I think your best bet is either get another 7800gt and run sli, or get a new card, one of the 7950GX2 cards (effectively sli in one card) that's around £350-400 click hereDon't bother with the physx cards yet, wait till the dust settles.Hope this helps.

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I want to upgrade my PC but am limited to a budget of £100. MY PC is used mainly for playing games (Max Payne 2, Tiger Woods, CM 03/04 and the kids games) and surfing the net.I am thinking of upgrading my graphics card but am not sure to what. My system specs are below:AMD 1.7XP, 512MB PC2100 Ram, Asrock K7VT2, 2x HDD (total 40Gb), Sound Blaster Live 1024 player, GEForce4 MX440, 1 x CDRW & 1xDVD Rom.I have been surfing various sites looking at new cards and the Radeon 9600 and the GEForce 5600 look like the cards in my price range. Would I get better performance from these cards or from a GEForce4 TI 4200/4400which aren't DirectX 9 cards?Grateful for any views.(Also thought about a MOBO/Processor upgrade but think I will get more benefit from changing the graphics card given what the PC is used for).CheersSimon

Answer:Upgrade advice

TRy this site for great GFX card reviews. click here

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I'm going to be upgrading my PC in the next couple of weeks. I have £400 and need opinions/views on what to buy. There's no right or wrong answers with upgrading, but i'd like to hear your suggestions and ideas.Heres are the choices on my shopping list:Motherboard: 1) MSI KT6-Delta (£57), 2)Soltek KT600 'Purple Ray' (£54)CPU: 1) AMD Athlon 2500+ 'Barton' @333MHz (£68)VGA: 1) Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256MB DDR (£130), 2) Same card but 128MB (£110)RAM: 1GB PC3200 DDR (2x512MB) (£100)HDD: Seagate Barracuda 120GB ATA100 (£61)Will i notice any difference between the 128MB/256MB versions of the GFX card? Should i shave the memory to 512/768MB and uprate the CPU?Cheers :)Brian

Answer:Upgrade Advice - What to buy??

You do not say what you are upgrading from.If you are upgrading from a 286 then it will a wonderfull experience but , if you are upgrading from a 2000+ AMD , then forget it.Pamy

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I would like to upgrade an old 233Mhz system which has Windows 98 to a faster system such as Athlon XP 2000+ so that it will be able to manage todays normal office applications and graphics, and use programs like AOL9 without getting overloaded and overworked.I know I need a Socket A Motherboard, and I realise I need memory to match, plus a case to match. What I am not sure of is this:What is the diff between a £70 mobo and one costing £25 if they are both Socket A and both DDR400? I would be ok about getting a graphics card like a GeForceMMX440 but would it fit the motherboard?And what advice would you give assuming that my top budget is £200 max for the cpu, mobo, case, memory and graphics? I already have a friend to do the installation.

Answer:Upgrade advice please

Have a look at the Novatech site, they do motherboard bundles to fit in existing cases, also bundles which include a case (Barebones systems).Motherboard bundles start from about £100.Barebone systems from about £130.

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HiIve been looking at upgrading my pc as a cheaper option, rarther than buying a new system.Ive an ASUS A7V8X motherboard, 512 meg, ATI Radeon 128 meg graphics, 2400 XP Athalon.I was thinking of a better AGP graphics card and more memory, maybe a 256meg or 512 meg card, as some can be had quite cheap. Then maybe buy a new system when i have enough cash.Your views would be appreciated.

Answer:Upgrade advice

It depends how much you,ve got to spend.Id suggest to upgrade to 1gig of ram memory.And have you looked at the Nvidia Geforce graphics card.They can be pretty pricey for 512mb.

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My computer specs. shows my current RAM is: DDR266 PC2100. I want to add more RAM, I currently have 1GB installed in 2 slots- 2x512MB. I'm thinking of getting a 1GB stick of RAM to add so I will have a total of 1.5GB. Is DDR333 PC2700 RAM compatible with what I have? I'm guessing it is and the clock speeds will run at what I have now but I'm not 100% sure.

Answer:Need RAM Upgrade Advice

It depends on if the mobo can handle the DDR333 and if it can then you are correct and you'll only run at 266. So just buy 266 again unless you want to eventually replace the 266 with a 2nd stick of 1G DDR333. (assuming your mobo can take it). Down load CPU-Z and run it to find the exact model of your mobo. Google that and you can easily get the specs for it.

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Hi,I have a home-built box with a Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H M/B and an AMD X2 4000+ (ADO4000IAA5DD) and I am looking to upgrade the processor. The PC spends most if its time idling so I thought I'd try to reduce the power consumption while increasing the maximum speed for when I want it. I do not do any gaming and only the occasional home video editing and photo editing (among other things). I am considering the Athlon II X2 240e or something in that range. I don't see the need to go for a more expensive 3 or 4 core processor.I have seen some processor comparison charts on click here and I am comfortable about what I see apart from on thing. On the Gigabyte site for this M/B there is a comment "(Note) If you install an AMD AM3/AM2+ CPU on AM2 motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0(5200 MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s); however, the frequency of AM2+ CPU will not be impacted." As the 240e is an AM3 CPU what will be the effect on its speed?

Answer:CPU upgrade advice, please

It's just saying that the system bus will be bottlenecked although the speed of the processor will remain the same.

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Hi everyoneFancy upgrading my cpu to something a bit beefier(currently on Intel 2.9). Had a look on some websites (Dabs etc) amd got confused as to what I need. Can someone tell me for less than £150 what would be a good buy. My CPU/Motherboard config details at click here(have since upgraded to 1GB of RAM and a new graphics card)PS - do I need to mess with the fan?

Answer:Upgrade Advice

It will depend upon what the mobo can take!PS - do I need to mess with the fan?If you do install a new chip then yes otherwise you will not be able to insert the new cpu!

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I have inherited a PC with an ASROCK GE Pro-(-M) (1.00) M/B with a 2.4 Pentium 4, 512mg of DDR memory and an 80 gig HD. Given this M/B has an AGP x4 slot can anyone recommend an ideal graphics card that will play the latest games, not cost the earth and (if poss) have an HDMI out? Also I assume I will need to add more memory - if you can recommend suppliers of the bits I need (I've been told are good)I will be grateful. Many thanks

Answer:Upgrade advice please!

Bits and pieces click here click here

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Question: Ram upgrade advice

Hi if i upgrade my ram from 1gb - 2gb will there be a noticable increase of performance?

Answer:Ram upgrade advice

You will see a difference, but the upgrade may be offset by other things such as hard disk space, graphics card RAM and processor speed. Unless you are running highend graphic video/picture editing it is probably not worth the upgrade.

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I am currently running P5N-E SLI mb and an E6750 core 2 duo with 3 gb ddr2 ram a 600w psu and gts 450 video, I am looking to upgrade on a budget, here is what I was looking at;
MSI 870-G45 Motherboard - AMD 770
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU
Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1333C8 XMS3 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM

My questions, all items compatable? including compatable with my current psu and video card? and also will my 600w psu be enough to handle the higher power requirments of the amd cpu and extra ram and still feed the vid card?

my budget is ~250$ can go aver a bit but not by too much, and under is allways good if you want to recommend a different cheaper setup that will still be a good upgrade and future rdy.

Computer used to run several online games including WoW and STO and any newer ones that catch my interest.

Answer:need advice on upgrade

No problems with compatibility, but you're not going to see too much of a performance increase wither.

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Hi,I am looking to upgrade my PC but don't have the money to do it all at once. My current spec is:Processor AMD Phenom II X2 545 Processor- 3.0 GHz- 2.0 GHz HT- 6MB L3CacheOperating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home PremiumRAM - 4 GB installed DDR2 RAM- 4GB maximum RAM capacityGraphics card ATI Radeon HD 5550- 512GB dedicated GDDR5 memoryMotherboard FOXCONN A7VMX-KI was wondering which I item I should look to uprgrade first?

Answer:Upgrade Advice

That would depend on why you want to upgrade, what performance aspect are you hoping to improve?(What does it struggle with now or not do, that you want to make better)

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Hi guysIve got a MESH AMD Athalon 2400xp, Ati 9700 pro graphics card, 512mb, 80gb hd, Asus Motherboard.Whats the best option, buy a new motherboard, graphics card, or buy a new system?

Answer:Upgrade Advice

What do you want to do? A second hard drive would be a start I suppose.

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Hi guys,I'm about to upgrade my PC and i need help with a couple of components.Firstly, the motherboard. As i'm building the system around an Athlon64, I was going for the Asus K8V but the supplier i am using doesn't have it in stock. He has offered me an Asrock K8S8X but i haven't used this manufacturer before, nor do i know anyone who has. Opinions on this please?Secondly, the graphics card.I have a choice of 3 within my budget. All are 256Mb versions and they are the Microstar GeForce FX5700LE-TD, the Asus Geforce FX5700TD and a generic make ATi Radeon 9600XT. However, because the Asrock board above is £10 cheaper than the Asus board, i could stretch to a generic 128Mb Geforce FX5900XT.So, the question is what should i go for? Who makes these generic cards anyway?Thanks for any help,BR

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Hi guys,I'm about to upgrade my PC and i need help with a couple of components.Firstly, the motherboard. As i'm building the system around an Athlon64, I was going for the Asus K8V but the supplier i am using doesn't have it in stock. He has offered me an Asrock K8S8X but i haven't used this manufacturer before, nor do i know anyone who has. Opinions on this please?Secondly, the graphics card.I have a choice of 3 within my budget. All are 256Mb versions and they are the Microstar GeForce FX5700LE-TD, the Asus Geforce FX5700TD (Asus AV9570TD)and a generic make ATi Radeon 9600XT. However, because the Asrock motherboard above is £10 cheaper than the Asus equivalent, i could stretch to a generic 128Mb Geforce FX5900XT if i take the Asrock board.So, the question is what should i go for? Who makes these generic cards anyway?Thanks for any help,BR

Answer:Upgrade Advice

asrock is a branch of asus, for a graphics card don't get anything with le in the title.

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I am gearing up to upgrade from Win98se to XP.I have ordered some memory from Crucial and have been looking around for the cheapest upgrade.I found one on Ebay that is second hand, the person selling says it is OK to sell on, in that it no longer on his old PC that crashed, and his new one was bundled with everything he wanted.Will I get any problems should I win this item ?

Answer:XP Upgrade advice

If it was supplied as OEM with his old pc then it is not ok to sell on. The seller must dispose of it along with the computer. The fact that it is no longer installed on this machine is irrelevant. I would leave it alone if you cannot be sure that it is a retail disc. You need to purchase a retail upgrade CD.

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hey all, i got a almost-3-years-old desktop on home with integrated graphics. suddenly my brother wanted to play "the last remnant". so i need buy new GPU.

so i check out the specification, turns out mine is of course, lack at CPU and GPU.

game vs mine, minimum requirement
E4400 2.0 ghz -- E6300 1.86ghz stock no OC
1.5GB RAM -- 3GB RAM
15GB Free -- 100GB Free
XP SP2 -- XP SP3
8600 256mb -- onboard, plan to buy 9600gt 512

well, some questions:

1. what u think of 2.0 ghz requirement and my 1.86 ghz E6300?
2. i have 400W AcBel PSU. (34A on 12V rail) with 4 pin PCIE connector. is it compatible?
3. my board is D946GZIS. its PCIE v1 im sure. 9600GT compatible?
4. my budget is 100US$, converted. if u think 9600GT is not enough to play the game smoothly (i dont expect high details) any other recommendation?

if it require me to upgrade my entire PC, i will then cancel my plan to buy 9600gt, and wait until i got some $ to upgrade my entire system later this year.

thanks all

Answer:Advice on upgrade GPU, possible?

nah i think it will be fine the 9600 is ok but might try
XFX Radeon HD 4850 512MB for 89.99 free shipping buy it now though its on a 3 day special price and its alot more powerful than that 9600

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I have a computer that runs Windows XP.

For the past two years or so people having being saying XP users should upgrade, because there would be no security patches after April 2014.

For the most part I dismissed that as aggressive consumerist advertisement, until today I read on 4chan's technology board that if I do not upgrade I should "expect a massive flood of zero day attacks that people have already been hoarding, starting April 9".

Now, my university provides me with MSDN access to install disks and serial keys for XP/Vista/7/8/8.1.

I was thinking of doing an in-place upgrade of my XP system to Vista.

Hearing this, they told me "Get a fresh windows 7 install if you have to. A good opportunity to back up all your important files, which I'm sure you haven't done in 10 years", to which I replied that I had good backups and my first computer files dating from 2001 are still readable, and that in fact I had even made myself an emulator/image package for some old Macintosh systems.

4chan then also told me to install Linux instead (it's free, it's designed for computer scientists by computer scientists, etc.), I already do that, the computer is used by my brother/father for video gaming / email.

The problem is that that computer has lots of programs for which I don't have installers, and I don't want to spend hours reinstalling stuff.

I really think the most painless thing to do would be an in-place upgrade to Vis... Read more

Answer:Advice about an upgrade

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Question: Advice for upgrade

Hello there,I am not that experience in computers. Could I have your advice please? My Intel Pentium4, 80GB, ULTRA DMA/100, Disc drive256MB DDRGeForce4 MX 440nVidia 64MB AGPWindows XPCD-RWDVD ROMI would like to upgrade graphic card in to GeForce 5700Ultra 256MB DDR ?Also would like to add 512MB in to onother slot for RAM (total would be 768MB).Would all this be compatible with mother board and other components? Is it possible at all? Plese advice.Thank youRimnast

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yes that would all be fine. go to to make sure you get the right memory.

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Thinking of upgrading my PC with an AMD FX-53(939 pin),Radeon X800 xt.With the new m/Board and faster memory required it would cost approx £ i only have an OEM copy of XP i may need a new OS as well.I may also have to pay to have it fitted as i'm not too confident of changing the m/ say all up about £1500 allowing for everything.Alternatively i can buy an Alienware with the bits i want for £800 more...this will also upgrade other items ie:H/D,soundcard,speakers,DVD and CD rewriters instead of just the CD/RW and DVD player i have at the momentI would also have the advantage of a 3 year warranty instead of just the warranty that comes with the h/ware, plus i'd still have my old PC in working condition so i could network it.Considering the advantages, the £800 is beginning to look like money well spent if i go that i cracking up or just too drunk to see the obvious....or does anyone else agree

Answer:Upgrade Advice

Can you post a link into the thread to show which models you mean ?

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Hi all,
I'm wanting to get into computer audio recording but before I start buying audio gear, I figure I need a computer upgrade, as my present system is five years old. My question is whether it makes financial and technical sense to revamp my current machine, or whether or not I should just buy something new. I figure I need:

1) a new motherboard (an upgrade to a reasonably fast dual core CPU - possible?)
2) more RAM
3) a more quiet fan (my present one is so noisy I couldn't consider using a microphone in the same room with it - is that possible?)
4) other suggestions y'all might have.

Here's what I have now:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded
1024 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
140.00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
82.98 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

Answer:Upgrade advice, please.

Yes it makes sense to REVAMP your machine, you could get a dual core cpu, new motherboard and 4GB ram for around $150, your not going to get a new pc for around that price
You already have the case, dvd drive, HDD and peripherals so your saving some money here.
Also at the moment are you using integrated graphics or a dedicated card?

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Hi guys Im soon about to upgrade my computer abit, and im wondering what should i upgrade?I play Alot of pc games, so what should you guys recommend that i upgrade for better gaming?My specs: Ms xp sp2amd athlon 3400+ 2200mhznvidia geforce 6600 256 mt1 gb RAMThe price should be around 150-250 ? (almost same as dollar)And how do i know it it fits my computer/mother/main board and if i get a new cpu, how do i know it "matches" or works with my other 3d card, memory and so on...Thanx, Filip

Answer:About to upgrade, need advice! <<< run some ram tests on there its free and you dont need to buy from them buy its a good tool , it will tell you what your upgrades  can be.....

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Hello-I have the following and primarily use my PC for gaming.  I have around $200 and would like to upgrade, but what should I do first.. better video card, better or more ram, or something else?OEM AMD X2 3800CPU4 X PC3200 PC400 DDR500W Power supply16X DVD +-RW driveMaxtor 200GB SATA 1500 7200RPM 16MBRadeon X700 video CardAlso my computer makes alot of clicking sounds.. any idea?Thank you!

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What sort of games do you play?And what else do you do with your PC?How much RAM do you have?Quote4 X PC3200 PC400 DDR Tells us nothing about the capacity.

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I'm thinking of upgrading my Build with the price range of around $150 and I'd really like some suggestions.    My build is: 4GB g-skill Ram,  AMD FX-6600 Black, RM-1000 PSU, EVGA GTX 750 TI, 1tb WD blue hard drive, asrock extreme 970, all in a Corsair 750d case.  (I already plan to get more RAM btw)

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$150.00 isn't gonna get you much at all...

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HiI am new to these forums, so first of all, Hi :) I want to upgrade the following system:intel 6300 (o/ced to 2.4ghz)9500GTAsus p5b vanilla 2GB RamI really want to get more out of my pc and I feel like the best thing to start with is my gfx card. I was thinking of moving up to a HD 5750, but I do not know if my motherboard will handle it, or if I will need a new psu. One thing that concerns me is that it might be alot longer, which means I will have to get a new case :)Any help will be very appreciated

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Just a quick update, I am also looking at 5770, it appears to need a higher psu, but I am still not sure if the m/b will be an issue

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G'day all. I'm mostly PC illiterate so can u guys help plz.
The 8Gb RAM is not enough. Can you tell me whether this PC can grow to 16GB or 32GB and how many sticks of RAM are best (e.g. 8gb x 2 or 16gb x1 ---- or 2x16gb or 1x32gb)

The motherboard is a Gigabyte Motherboard DA-Z777X-D3H

Current RAM slots are two with 1 x 8gb RAM stick installed. Don't know what's written on the current RAM stick. Hesitant to pull it out as last time I caused a malfunction.

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GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H (rev. 1.0)

above link at says this about your motherboard:
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

* Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 2800(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC memory modules

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

You can download the supported memory list from here:

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H (rev. 1.0)

Not sure what you mean by "Current RAM slots are two with 1 x 8gb RAM stick installed".

Your board should have 4 slots, not 2.

Ideally, you should use 2 sticks total or 4 sticks total. 1 or 3 would work, but you'd give up a slight bit of speed.

If you are now using just one 8 gb stick, you should buy as near an identical stick as possible, at least matching for voltage and speed.

If you can't or won't precisely identify the stick you now have and want to be sure you won't have issues, remove the current stick entirely and buy 2 or 4 new sticks from the supported memory list.

If you want 16 total, you have to decide between buying one more matching 8, or two new 8 gb sticks.

If you want 32 total, you have to decide between buying 3 new matching 8s, or four new 8 gb sticks.

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Question: Upgrade Advice

Hi there,

I am in the process of deciding two upgrade options I am either going to replace my CPU or Graphics Card.

Here are my current system Specs:

Intel Celeron D 2.8GHZ
Asus AS8-V Motherboard
160GB PATA 8MB CACHE Hard Disc
ATI Radeon 9250 AGP Graphics Card 128mb memory

I am considering either a P4 3.0GHZ CPU I think it is classed as a P4 630 with 2MB cache or a Geforce 6600GT Graphics card with 256MB memory AGP 8

My use for my system is playing Games such as Unreal. At the moment, the games get slow when there is more action.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


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Looks like both are in serious need of an upgrade. But if I had to guess, I'd think you'd find more advantage out of upgrading the video card.

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i have a really old pc which i bought about 3 years ago, it is a model aptiva e2a, an AMD 266 with 32 mb sdram (dont know the pin). I live in australia, and am thinking of buying parts from the US to save gst etc. anyway, i have looked at price watch which has given me a site which sells a mboard combo with an AMD 1500+ chip and fan for about $260 australian dollars (130 US). If i were to buy this an have it shipped to me, would it fit my case? i am not sure if it is ATX or what, or the power supply. it turns itself off, someone told me that can matter. also, is price watch reliable? could someone give me advice on what i should get, and would i be able to attach my old 4 gb HD to the new m-board?

Answer:need advice on upgrade please

As long as you don't have to pay tax for the board it doesn't really matter .. and what i mean by that all the boards are the same ( doesn't matter if you use it in AU or EU ). The AMD XP works in a ATX motherboard ( same as P4 or P3 for that matter).
Now since it's an ATX board it will turn itself off as long as you use a operating system that supports that feature ( i.e win98/win ME/win2k/winXP ). When it came to your case, the only thing that you need to be concern is this . The case needs to be ATX compliant ( meaning the case will let you install a ATX motherboard inside ) and since you have a AMD 266 i'm pretty sure that you have a AT case right now with a AT power supply (99% sure about that - but to be sure crack open the case and take a look at the connector that goes from the power supply and to the motherboard. If that connector consists of 2 connectors and it's 1 row then it's a AT power supply , on the other hand if the connector is 1 piece -2 row then you have a ATX power supply. But even if you do have an ATX power supply i would suggest getting a new ATX power supply since the one that you have is old and also might give you a lot of headaches with the new AMD XP.
And yes you will be able to attach the old 4 gig HD , but since you will have a new board and cpu you'll be better off with a new hard drive as well .
Just remember the computer is as slow as the slowest component inside ---in your case the hard drive
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I've got an Acer Aspire 5720 (laptop), it's about 3 years old now and runs Windows 7 Ultimate (It came with Vista). I'm spending some money replacing some parts on it and I'm looking into whether or not I should upgrade the memory. It's got 2 GB of RAM so as you'd guess while its not too bad for everyday browsing, introducing any kind of memory intense programmes creates alot of stuttering.

It's got 2 x 1GB modules, so my two options would be to either to upgrade to 3GB or spend the same amount again and upgrade to 4GB

My question is whether it's worth going the extra mile and upgrading to 4GB? Most mid range laptops these days seem to come with with 3GB as standard so is there any advantage to 4GB?. I realise 32 bit Windows won't support more than 3.5 so I'd need to invest in a 64 bit installation to get the most out of 4GB.

Specs if your interested:

Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20GHz
Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset
2GB Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400, which works great most of the time, only issue is the ole virtual memory errorbut Only when I play gamesNow I see that most PC Adventure/Puzzle games that I want to play have requirements as follows:for Still Life 2Windows? XP/VistaTM 1,5 GHz Intel Pentium? 4 RAM 512 MB Video Card 128 MB and the current  Graphics Controller I have that was included when I purchased my computer has no more Updatesso I was wondering if I should buy a Video Card to improve graphics?.Examples of problems areas:...I try to play certain games and I get white screens, sound, and just the person walking. (Agatha Christie game)...things like thatand another (Hidden Object game) I get to a certain place in the game and the cursor disappears, although if ya click long enough, it does connect to things and click on like doing it blindbut I ramblewhat I have now = Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236)           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation       System Model: Dimension 2400                              BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05          Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz             Memory: 376MB RAM  &nbs... Read more

Answer:Need Advice for Upgrade

Definitely get more RAM, at least up to 768MB or 1GB.As for your video card, one with at least 128MB VRAM will do much better than what you have now. (64MB)

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I have a HP6735
MOBO - Cogna
CPU - Celeron 633
Socket 370 which support Pentium 3 and Celeron CPUs.
Bus rate: 100
Intergrated Video Card (shared up to 11 mb)
Current ram 384 PC100.

My options:
1) Overclock current CPU to 1 gig. Unfortunately, I heard that Celeron 600 above have been locked by Intel. Is that true? (This option will safe me some bucks)

2) Get a new Pentium 3 with 1.1 Gig (100 Bus rate). Cost about $110.
Which one is more feasible for my upgrade? Anyone using exact SPEC as I do and successfully upgrade it?
What is the big different between the 2 options?
Thanks in advanced.


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Hi all,I'm looking to make a few adjustments to my pc and thought this to be the best place to ask. I've been out of the technology loop for a couple of years now and I've decided to upgrade. The pc in question is a home build from 2008. It's quick but it showing its age in terms of disk access speed, gaming performance and video editing abilities. The current spec is below:-Intel Core 2 quad Q6600 Skt 775 8mb L2 cacheAsus P5n-E SLI Mobo250 GB Sata HDD SAMSUNG SP2504CGeForce 8600Gt SLI4GB of matched 1gb pair?s pc6400 DDR2 800 OcZ Extreme memoryI doubt the extra peripherals would cause any impediment so I haven't listed them. My main concern here is cash. I've limited any upgrades to £200; it's not a minimum or maximum, but a ball park figure as I'd like to get my pc up to speed again without splashing out on extravagant components. My main pursuits on the pc are HD video editing using Sony Vegas 9, a bit of photo editing using Micrografx picture publishing 10 and Photoshop, and finally a tiny amount of gaming (which seems ok to me playability wise). I should mention the graphics card is linked up to dual monitors which I guess puts a strain on the card??From what I?ve gathered the most expensive upgrade (if needed) is going to be a new CPU, which is fine if it?s cost effective, i.e. enough ?worthwhile? bang for the buck. The upgrades I?m not looking forward too would possibly be the motherboard (my case has easy access but the thought of backing up, disconnecting... Read more

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Sorry, I'm running windows 7 ultimate (recently upgraded from

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My desktop is about 6 years old and recently the video card died. I am running windows 7 and my spec is:
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor
1024MB DDR400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
200GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast Hard Drive
128MB nVIDIA GeForce 6600 - PCI Express
I don't know much about computer hardware as in what would be compatable or what fitment type I need. Therefore any advice or ideally a recommended make/model of video card would be much appreciated? Also if I wanted to upgrade my RAM at the same time what fitment/type would I need?

Answer:Upgrade advice please help?

I would say you need a memory upgrade to run window 7, if you are using the 32 bit version add 2gb and if using the 64 bit add 4gb of the best memory you can afford.
You may find a card to suit at EBAY. link text

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after upgrading just about everything on my home computer i have decided the motherboard and processor are the next for the chop.can i boot windows xp from my old hard drive or do i have to do a complete new install from cd.i dont want to reinstall all my programs etc from scratch but will resort to the best solution.

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Often a matter of luck and opinion; some say a clean install is the only way forward, others say that you can simply boot from the old hard drive and then install motherboard drivers as you find necessary.Personally a clean install is always my preference.

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Question: upgrade advice

I am planning to upgrade my computer and need advice
on what parts to buy..I want this upgrade to last me
atleast for the next 3-4 years.

I want to buy amd processors because of the price-performance
factor..I have read that asus motherboards
are good...which asus socket A motherboard is currently popular
stable and also provides decent future upgrade options?

I read elsewhere that I should get thoroughbred
Athlon xp processors and not to
identify one from the other and are there any
better solutions from amd?

It would great if you all guide me through the process
since I am not quite sure how to proceed further with
so many different brands and models available.


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I have a 400mhz skt 7 cyrix processor. it is getting slow now beacuse i have used it quite alot any ideas on an upgrade processor? AMD k62-3d now perhaps? Regards stuntmaster.

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Hi , I would like to upgrade my system ,would anyone advise me where the best place to start would be.This is my Current system:System Information report written at: 11/13/05 20:52:18OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600 OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Manufacturer VIA System Model K7VM2. System Type X86-based PC Processor x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~1995 Mhz BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. P1.90, 28/08/2003 SMBIOS Version 2.3 S System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32 Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB Available Physical Memory 176.76 MB Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB Page File Space 1.10 GB

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Your board is manufactured by Asrock and from what I see has 2 DIMM slots for RAM but you don't state if both slots are filled.The graphics for this board are integrated integrated ProSavage onboard chip with a default minimum of 32MB graphics supporting 4X/2X.The simplest upgrade would be to add a separate a separate Graphics Card with possibly 128MB memory and,if possible, more RAM.Try using the Crucial selector to identify possible upgrade click hereXP really needs a minimum of 512MB to run smoothly.This is

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I am looking to upgrade to a 939 any advice on best motherboard for the chip

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Recently I have been contemplating upgrading some components of my y510p. First off I've beel looking upgrading the RAM from the 8GB to 16GB and wanted to get some advice for that. Second I wanted to upgrade my 1 TB HDD to a SSD for better start up and performance or upgrade the 24GB SSD to a larger one. Main reason for my wanting to upgrade is because I am a pretty frequent gamer and need a system that can support multitasking well in addition to running CAD programs in the future. Once I figure out what to upgrade I want to get rid of most of the bloatware which I'll address later on here. So in short, what recommendations would you have for components? 

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Hi Zero509,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
I understand your concern, below is the link to download the Datasheet for your Y510p Laptop which contains the complete hardware upgrade information.

Lenovo Y510p Datasheet

Do post us back for further queries.
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

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hello everyone. Im at it again,have a asus 478 mobo w/ 756(512+256)2700mhz ram,celeron d 2.9ghz cpu.I was thinking of puttingin a p4 800mhz fsb with hyper threading in place of celeron d. I found a p4 for under 80.00 dol. I HAVE A 350 W. ps in place.just want to upgrade what I have. Not looking for new sys. just yet. Is is worth the bucks?

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what do you plan to achieve with this upgrade? If you don't use CPU intensive applications, you won't see any difference in performance.

But I think I can guarantee that a P4 of roughly the same speed (in Ghz) with an 800mhz bus would perform a lot better than your current Celeron. The question now is: will you see any performance difference in your daily computing?

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My son is playing Minecraft, Roblox and War thunder lately. His PC is an Intel E2200 on a Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3P mobo. 2x1GB PC2 -6400 RAM, Win 7 64 bit,nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX. As with many cash is short. What do you reccomend I can do fairly inexpensive to this unit to increase his game experience?

Thank you

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Will the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core 3.4 (Deneb) 125w cpu work with the Pegatron M2N78-LA. Aka
HP: Violet6-GL8E mother board

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I think that MB is an AM2 cpu socket. The AMD Phenom II x4 965 is for an AM3 cpu socket.

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I know it is a single core processor (2.40 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64) and I have noticed many games will not work with it.
Also, when the wife is playing on Facebook games, she complains of slowdown, task manager showing 100% cpu constantly)
The motherboard is NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405 (onboard graphics).
Can I upgrade the processor?
Or will I need to replace the motherboard, processor, graphics card, and then memory if not compatible until its cheaper to buy a new PC?

Answer:Need upgrade advice on old(ish) PC

This is pretty old tech you have and I think that it would be cheaper in the long run to buy a new base station.
You do not state what sort of games you are playing or trying to play but I doubt if they are going to be the latest FPS's, so dependant on what games you are play and what your budget is will determine your options.
You could try increasing RAM, adding a graphics card which might mean upgrading the power supply, you could even put a slightly faster CPU which would handle games on Facebook but not much else.

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Hello, and thank you for reading.
My graphics card has packed up and needs replacing. I was thinking about doing this anyway but now I don't have a choice. My budget is about £120. I am planning to upgrade a few other bits fairly soon so some general upgrade tips would be greatly appreciated. I'm not bothered about playing games on top specs and this rig ran Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 fine for me this year.
Anyway here is what I have
Lian-Li PC-60B PLUS Aluminium Midi-Tower Case - Black (No PSU)
Asus P5K-E WiFi Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (OCZ2N1066SR2GK)
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music UAA 7.1 Sound Card - OEM (PCI) (30SB077200000)
Tagan PipeRock TG600-BZ 600w Modular BZ Series Power Supply
Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GV-NX88T512HP)
Samsung SH-S203P/BEBN 20x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer Lightscribe ReWriter (Black) - OEM
Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD753LJ)
Any advice would be greatly received

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You should be able to get either a gtx650 Ti , or a radeon HD 7850 for around the £120 mark . You don't say what OS you are running , but a memory upgrade would certainly help . To really pep things up , you might also consider getting a smallish SSD as prices are now finally getting more reasonable .

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This old Dell re-furb has done well w/XP, on a 128Mg stick (yup, 128). I'm lookin' at a 512Mg upgrade, since I do no gaming, just a few photo edit apps. And, that's 4x what I've got now.

What brands should I absolutely stay away from?

Can I mix a 512 with my 128 stick, or do I have to toss the 128?

My manual says I've got PC2100 or PC2700 DDR SDRAM (non ECC). What does that mean?


Answer:Ram upgrade advice...

Crucial are half the price of Dell and it scans your pc

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Recently there has been a massive fall in the price of CPU's and it seems sensible to take this opportunity to upgrade my PC.
my present system comprises of:

Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8N-SLI DELUXE 1.XX

Processor: 1.80 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

1024 Mb of Memory

NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM) [Display adapter]

I use the machine for a whole host of things so the more versatile I can make it the better. I do intend to upgrade the graphics as funds become available but I can't see me upgrading the mother board.

Without going crazy and buying a top end CPU what would you advise as a good worth while purchase from the range now available. There are single core units available now which would only have been in my dreams a few months ago, should I buy one of those or, go for a douple core units .
Either way which model do you advise.


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Hi Mike, to make it as versitile as poss, then dual core is the way, not quite sure of the specs, but if it can handle dual core then a 2.2gig X2 4200+ is what I use and it handles everthing I have thrown at it so far, do a bit of home work on the board to see what exactly is supported.

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Im going to upgrade my uncles PC for him...
can anyone advise of a decent bunch of components ? I have around £150 max
and he wants new Mobo, Core2Duo CPU, FX card (PCI-E), 2Gb Ram, Case+PSU
Iam in UK and was looking to use eBuyer as they seem to have best bargains

1.6Ghz Sempron
AGP Nividia GeForce 6200
1Gb RAM 266/400Mhz RAM
ASROCK AMD K8Upgrade-NF3 mobo

He wants Core2Duo with a decent budget graphics card for AutoCAD and some Age Of Empire type games etc.... mostly for AutoCAD and Adobe

I was figuring on this MOBO:
but ive been told the PCI-E 4x Graphics Slot wont be compatible with PCI-E Graphics Cards and that a 4X slot if for other PCI devices like sound cards
see here ->

QOUTE "2.PCI-E 16x and PCI-E 4x slot are different size and support different plug in. Usually, PCI-E 16x is made for video cards and PCI-E 4x is made for other plug in. For example, my pc has video card pluged into PCI-E 16x slot and sound card pluged into PCI-E 4x slot."

SO- When i look at nVidia graphics cards they just say mention of 4x / 8x / 16x ? - the above motherboard states that its 4x PCI-E Graphics Slot???
Im unfamiliar (obviously) with Graphic Cards

Will this graphics card -> work with the above motherboard?
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Answer:PC Upgrade - Advice please...

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that budget is not sufficient for the components you listed.

A decent GFX card alone is going to cost around $100.

Keep in mind that you CAN find the components for cheap enough prices to do it, but the quality of the items will be so poor that I'd be afraid to be in the room when it was turned on for fear of fires.

My two cents.

On the plus side, you can get a brand new Dell starting at $269uk. That's something to consider.

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