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Q: Upgrading computer's cpu

My computer has following configuration. I want to upgrade it. I need it for office use. It is an admin pc and 4 more pc are connected to it. So what specifications do you suggest? Or should i buy a complete pre assembled cpu?

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I am replacing my mobo, os (win7 pro 64bit), adding ram and a ssd. I want to put all of the programs on the ssd with the os.
How do I move all of Outlook with emails and the folders to the new ssd? I am hoping that all of the emails and folders and contacts will remain intact.
I should clarify that I will still be using the old HD for storage on the same computer.

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can anyone tell me if i can get a usb adapter for an old compute with ISA expansion slots?

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When USB specs were written, and since, they did NOT include ISA.

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ok I have an HP Pavilion desktop that I got last april for my 8th grade graduation. I want to upgrade the CPU but I don't know if the motherboard can handle it. How can I find out? Also, I want to upgrade my computer with more RAM. Right now I have 512MB of DDR RAM. The computer manual says its expandable to 1GB of RAM, can I go higher without damaging anything? My dad's IBM told him not to go higher than 256MB and he's running 384MB with no problems. Thanx in advance.

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What HP Pavilion do you own? With Brand Name systems its best to contact the manufacturer to see what will work when it comes to CPU's. Generally these systems don't provide as much upgradeability aas opposed to customed built systems.

As for the RAM, this is depenedent on the chipset - chipsets only support a certain amount. You can check at www.crucial.com to see what they say for RAM type and amount.

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I currently have

Operating system : Microsoft windows XP professional (5.1, build 2600)
BIOS : Award Medallion v6.0
Processor : Intel Pentium III, ~800MHz
Memory : 256MB RAM
Video card : All-in-wonder 128 pro AGP (from ATI and its approx.total memory is 32 MB)
DirectX 9.0
Disk drive : QUANTUM FIREBALL AS20.5
Motherboard : I think its an ASUS mother board

Can I upgrade it to run games like Battlefield 2? I do not want to buy a new computer even though it is from 2001.., I've heard I can buy a new AMD 64 Sempron CPU to make it better and a new motherboard and a new video card and more RAM and maybe another hard drive I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and my budget is around 400$ :unch:

Try to explain something to me because I don't know THAT much about computers, believe it or not this is a 10 years old typing this message. :hotouch:

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I bet if you look around hard enough, want ads, your local (independent) computer store, ebay, you could find a P4 used with a decent video card
and still be able to grab a couple stix of ram with the budget you have.
Sometimes the P3 case will not support a P4 motherboard, so you would need a new case as well. Shop around, lots of people upgrade and sell nice comps all the time. Happy hunting!

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I have a small Gateway form factor computer from a few years ago. It's a Gateway SX2801. I'm trying to play SimCity & SimCity: Cites of Tomorrow. I know I really should just build/buy a new computer, but I'd like to limp along if possible.

It has a Acer WG43M Motherboard. From what I can gather, it has the L775 chipset, and can take some upgrades, namely those listed here - http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/cpu-acer-wg43m-support-list/ I think. So, I could buy, for example, the Core 2 Quad Q9550 on eBay, and that should work.

There is one PCIe x1 and one PCIe x16 slot. From what I can tell, I can buy any PCIe 2.0 or 2.1 graphics card and it should work. However, since this is a small form factor case, I will need the low profile card?

Also, adding a new CPU and a new Graphics card, I will also need a new PSU. That is where I think I'm having the biggest issues. I can't figure out which PSU's will fit. Currently I have a 220W that looks kind of like this http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/250-watt-power-supply-DPS220UB-A.php. Is it possible to get a 400-500W PSU that will fit?

Thanks guys!


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I really need to upgrade this computer. I'm having a lot of problems with it, freezing up and just not working right. Is there a website that will help in this process, as far as what is compataible with what?

I use the computer for basic stuff, surfing the web, selling on Ebay, word processing, etc. Eventually I'd also like the ability to transfer my home movies to DVD, but this can wait for now.

My husband likes to play games, currently he's into Counter Strike.

This is what I have now, that I want to upgrade:
P4 1.3 ghz
Motherboard is ECS P4 VXMS
Chipset is VIA VT 8753 Apollo P4X266
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ti
512 mb pc133 sdram
40gb western digital HD, I have a 60gb I could use, but I'm thinking I'll need at least an 80 or a 120?

These are the components that I'd like to keep if it's recommended:

HP Cd writer (4x2x24x)
Samsung DVD rom sd 612 (12x 40x)

I also have a Creative SB Live Sound card, would you recommend upgrading this?

I have a Realtek 8139 series PCI NIC, I'm ashamed to say I'm not sure what this is?

I think I've included everything. I have a 300W ATX mid tower case, full size for P4 and AMD. I'd like to use this if possible, but not sure how to tell if it's compatible with other components, or if it will be big enough.

The only thing I know for sure that I want is an AMD processor, and probably an ASUS motherboard. Any other recommendations on the motherboard would be appreciated.

TIA, Danna

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Hello, I have a three or four year old computer and i have been looking to upgrade it, since i do not have enough money to buy a new one.
What i am looking to improve is FPS, basically a smoother MMORPG gaming experience. I also would appreciate if you give me any pointers on any specific parts that are cheap but also do the job well.
Here is my info:

Intel Pentium 4 CPU 1.60 GHz
DirectX 9.0c
Driver : ati2dvag.dll

Thanks so much in advance.

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Hi Demon,
well definitely a GPU upgrade for gaming, however with that P-4, the biggest I would go is a gts 250, or a HD 4850. If you want DX 11 a HD 5670.

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I have a Gateway g6-350 computer I am looking to do some upgrading to if possible. I am wondering what it is I need to do to make this possible. Below I will post my computer info from the Belarc Advisor program which i hope can help. Do I need a new motherboard and processor or can I just change the processor? Thanks.

Board: Intel Corporation MP440BX AA698435-301
Serial Number: IMMP83801721
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. 4M4PB0X1.15A.0018.P09 07/22/98

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Hi, Sorry if this is in the wring topic (I'm new to this forum) I'm thinking about upgrading 1/some of my pc parts for Christmas and don't know which ones are bad and need upgrading or don't need upgrading. I'm looking to play games like Dayz Standalone, BF4 ArmA 3 and games like that.
My specs just now are:

Processor; Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3300 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM); 6.00 GB
OS Name; Microsoft Windows 8
System Type; x64-based PC
Graphics card; NVIDIA GeForce GT640

My Budget is around 400 pounds
Thanks to anyone that can help !

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Sorry Posted this in wrong , it was meant to go In the gaming one

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Hello! So I was wondering about upgrading my computer: 1. I was thinking of adding a 16GB ram kit, (Switching out my current single-channel samsung m378b1g73db0-ck0 for a 16 Gig kit of Ram). Would the Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1600MHz kit be compatible with my system? 2. I also wondered if the Radeon RX470 could work on my 430W PSU (Given that it's reccomended PSU is 500W).  Also if it could fit/have enough clearance. Myu current GPU (The R9 270) is around 210mm long, and the RX470 i think is around the 240mm mark. 3.  The third thing is about the PSU. Which PSU should I buy (Im thinking dimensions given the Envy 700-281eo's size). Around 500-550W should do for now. Also will upgrading the PSU or any other parts void my warranty? Or is it only if I break something? Thank you for taking your time to read this / answer it. 

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Hey all, I've been looking to upgrade my computer for it to run a little faster and play some games such as WoW (right now even flash games play slowly, though I can play WoW at an okay framerate as long as I'm indoors and nothing much is going on). Here are my specs as far as I can discern:

Motherboard: SiS-661
Processor: Intel Celeron 330 26 GHz
Ram: 2x 512MB DDR (I'm planning on upgrading this)
Video Card: SiS 661 FX Series (planning on upgrading this)
OS: Windows XP
Power Supply: Not sure but it said 130V / 260V on it.

I was hoping not to upgrade ALL of it (might as well get a new computer at that point, I'm a bit wary of building my own - very afraid I'll end up with a bunch of incompatible parts or something), preferably upgrades in the range of $200-250.

I'm looking towards upgrading to
Radeon HD 4650: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121330&cm_re=agp_8x-_-14-121-330-_-Product
2 GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231039

I also want a PSU to go along with the card; I figure I'll need it. My current PSU says 130 / 260 V but I'm not sure that's enough. Any recommendations?

Would these improvements be enough to speed up my computer decently and run some games well (WoW)? Thanks!

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Junk the computer.

Thats a waste of $160 (video card & RAM) for a computer that was built slow back in 2004~2005... so those parts would not be usable in a new computer.

$400 for this Compaq AMD would be better spent... too bad its not using the AMD chipset. You could build a better computer for about the same money... but since your nervous you just may want to upgrade the Compaq. You maybe able to sell your OLD PC for about $50 or so to go towards the upgrade/replacement.

There is nothing you can easily / worth-while reuse in a new built/parts.

If you built yourself (rough cost) similar to the Compaq (Windows7 costs the most):
$60 - AMD X2 CPU
$65 - Gigabyte AMD 740 board
$60 - 2GB DDR2 800Mhz ($80~90 for 4GB)
$60 - 450~500w (low-cost PSU - by my standards) or $70 for a 450w quality unit.
$60 - 500GB HD
$30 - DVD-RW drive
$40 - mouse & keyboard (far better quality than what comes with a desktop)
$50 - case (quality) - cheap stuff starts at $15... and looks cheap.
$425 Base parts
$110 Windows 7 Home OEM (OUCH - told ya)
$535 Complete computer

$ 75 ATI 4670 video card PCIe

$610 Total

If you bought the Compaq and upgraded it to the custom build:
$400 + $135 (PSU and same 4670 video card) = $535.
*note: The desktop self-built system has more options and slightly faster CPU)

So thats the choices... look at how much MORE it would cost over just trying to upgrade the OLD computer. Which was ab... Read more

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I currently have a AMD ATHLON 800 with 128m ram 10g hd.

If I upgrade to an INTEL PENT 4 will I see much Difference inperformance and speed.

I have been told "not much"

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If you have ddram with the athalon you wont see much differance , some but not a lot . if you dont have ddram you will see a real change.

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I am looking to upgrading my computer and going from win98se to XP. The is what I am looking at, any suggestions?

Mother Board Asus A7N8X
CPU AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Barton 400FSB 512 Cashe
Ram Two Crucial 512mb DDR PC 3200 CL-3 non-ECC
Video Card Asus NVIDIA GeForce FX
DVI/TV-Out, 8X V9520-X/TV/128
DVD Burner Lite-On 16X DVD DualDrive
I have 2 hard drives, CD Rom and an Enlight case with a 300w power supply.

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I am wanting to upgrade my computer, how do I know what I have and what I can upgrade on it?

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Hey techspot :'D. I haven't posted in what seems like years xD . I think I was active about 3 years ago.

Anyway, hello all members that I failed to meet in those years and welcome to my upgrade help thread ^___^ . Anyway, I'm off to college in late August, and I've decided that, to go with my new monitor and printer upgrade, I'm gonna upgrade my motherboard and possible my video card.

The problem? I seem to have fallen out of line with the latest computer news (I'm going to be a psych major, and I don't deal with computers as much as I used to), so I have no idea what I should get. I do want to stick with my AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ monitor and my 4gb DDR2 memory, but I have no freaking clue what motherboard I should get. I hear there's such thing as PCIe 2.0, so that sounds good, no? Also, I'm not looking for something that max's out games or whatnot, I mainly use this computer for PHP Programming and some gaming so I don't need something that is top of the line.

My budget, for both the video card and the motherboard is about $350. I think I can scrape that much from the graduation checks/cheques I got .

Anyway, I thank anyone in advance who is able to offer me advice, and help me setup a rig that will run stellar ^^ .

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Hi cfitzarl,
welcome back, I only know of you from your great posts in the gallery I have a couple of suggestions for you, if you don't mind coming in under budget. the Gigabyte board is a solid well performing board. the DFI is a personal favorite of mine, its more of a high performance board at a good price. the DFI board also has 2 pcie 2.0 slots if you decide that you want to up your gaming....uh...game..lol.
the HD 4850 will give you good performance up to 1680x1050 resolution with most games on high settings. a notch up from that would be the HD 4870 for good performance at 1920x1080. and yes we have pcie v2.0 now. its not a huge deal yet as no card out to date saturates the bandwidth of pcie 1.0 yet....although Nvidia is coming out with a monster card (the GTX 300) that might challenge that. anyway i own a similar DFI board and 3 of the 4850's and they perform wonderfully. from what needs you described, this seems like it may be a good fit and pairing for your x2 6000, let me know what you think and if I can help.


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Hello Tech Guy community!

I have an eMachines W1050 Desktop in fully working condition with all the factory parts in it.
I want to spend no more than 500 dollars.

Is it possible to upgrade this computer with a new motherboard, video card, RAM, and CPU (or anything else) with this amount of money and be able to play most current games between mid-high detail running at at least 30 fps?

I would like this computer to end up with at least an i7 processor and a video card with at least 512mb of dedicated memory good enough to play, for example, Diablo III on max settings using a 1366x768 resolution setting, DDR3 RAM (any amount over 1GB) and a hard drive with a minimum of 250GB.

Thank you for your help!

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So, my friend received a computer for Christmas and is interested in seeing how he could go about upgrading it. All specs that are known to us will be included inside this thread. If anyone could mention what he can actually upgrade into it would be greatly appreciated. Just to clarify; wanting to know what graphics cards/processors are compatible with my friends computer. Aswell as recommendations. http://imgur.com/0siqiDQ Motherboard NM7M-M

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what reason does he want to upgrade - to achieve what - games , video editing ???

is this a laptop, desktop allin1 , desktop tower ?

thats not all the spec
please do this

Tech Guy configuration

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So i have this computer http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-de...gray/6968138.p?id=1219667166556&skuId=6968138 , and would like to get parts to upgrade it so i can play games more efficiently can somebody help me choose parts that would go with this computer

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You purchased a asus prebuilt computer with a A10 apu......it was not designed to be a serious gaming computer
Does it have a pic-e slot on the motherboard?
If so you could add a gaming video card....but then u would have to upgrade the power supply to power the new card!!
It has 8 gb's of ram so u are good there

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 model from 2004. Is it possible to upgrade my Pentium 4 processor, or add some more memory to it? Because I only have about 2 GB of memory. And my computer is not all that fast. And my processor does not have hyper-threading support on it. Just so you know, that my socket number is 478, which uses a Prescott processor type. I have currently a 533 Mhz speed Pentium 4. But what I really would like to get would be the 800 Mhz Pentium 4 with hyper-threading support. And I was just wondering if I upgrade my processor to have hyper-threading, will it improve the speed a lot faster than the memory will? This is what I really want to know from you right here. So should I upgrade my Pentium 4 processor, or upgrade my memory to 4 GB of Ram? What would be the better option for me? Please just get back to me about this important info. So thank you very much!

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Thread for a mate.

He has a


and is trying to upgrade up to get a 8800 GTS. I'm not much of an expert myself, but him being on a tight budget, getting an 8800 gts would it mean upgrading his mobo? As far as i saw it said that mobo supported 16x pci, so i assumed he could run it on that board.

all the specs of the comp are in that link above. Any help would be appreciated.


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He should be able to run it but he might have to upgrade his power supply. I believe the 8800GTS requires a 400W or greater power supply with at least 26 amps on the +12V rail(s).

I couldn't find any power supply info on Packard Bell's site. Open the case and see if you can read the sticker on the side of the power supply. If you can't see it, it might be on the top of the power supply in which case you'll have to remove the PSU to read the sticker.

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Well I have an older desktop computer and was hoping to upgrade as I'm not really intrested in buying a whole new computer here are the products I was wondering about:
What I'am not aware of is if all of these are compatible and what the result would be. Would this turn out to be a good computer with some ram like a Gigabyte or so and would I be able to play new games at a satisfactory quality. Also what is the x800 equal too in nvidia cards like is it equal to a 6800 ultra? Just wondering. And which mobo should I choose as well as what is the most cost effective amd processor I can get with it that can still run all the games I want? Lastly has anyone here worked with newegg I live in Canada so I kinda need to know about tax/shipping and also is there a Canadian website that is somewhat like newegg since it would be more convient to work with them. Thankyou.

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I'm sorry but none of your NewEgg links made it into your post. They have "..." in the cut/paste. Can you try editing/relinking or describing what the parts are?

It's also difficult to compare ATI and NVIDIA cards directly as they have different features and strengths/weaknesses. Putting these aside:
X800 XT ~ 6800 GT
X850 XT PE ~ 6800 Ultra

I do not believe NewEgg ships to Canada, but you may want to check. The only Canadian hardware source I know of is TigerDirect and they do not have nearly as good prices as NewEgg.

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Upgrading a system. Trying to get the cheapest price on these parts: Antec Solution 350W Power Supply -

Retail * Model #: SLK3700AMB....................$ 64.00

DDR266 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64....................US $52.99.....X2..............$ 106.00
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JB 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE
Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM * Model #: WD1200JB..........................$ 82.00
Two removable trays for the hard drives............................................$ 40.00
Leadtek A6200 128 TD Geforce 6200 128MB 128-bit DDR AGP
4X/8X Video Card - Retail * Model #: A6200 128 TD....................$ 109.00
Pioneer Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM
40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - OEM................$ 60.00

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This isn't a UNIX/Linux thread. Post it in Hardware or elsewhere.

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i am wondering if any one can help me,
i am looking at upgrading my computer i currently have:

EDC G31T - Motherboard
Intel Dual Core E3200 CPU
2GB DDR2 800MHZ memory
Radeon HD 3450 256mb with 1 gb hypermemory

i brought this in a bundle for around £100
now i have seen another bundle and am wondering whether or not this one will make a difference

PC Upgrade kit with CPU, Board, Graphics
AMD Phenom™ 8750 X3 Triple Core CPU
XFX ATI Radeon HD4650 1GB O/C Graphics Card
Sapphire RS740G2 ATI motherboard with performance cooling fan
AMD 740G + SB600 Chipset
320 Stream Processors
PCI Express 2.0
DirectX 10.1 Support
ATI PowerPlay™ Technology
6 Channel Integrated High Definition audio
10/100 Ethernet for fast networking and broadband
2 x DDR II Dimm slots supporting up to 8GB memory 1066/800/667/533 Dual Channel
Expansion slots: 1 x PCI-E X16, 2 x PCI, 1 x PCI-EX1 slots
4 x SATA II RAID, 4 x USB 2.0
Includes Call of Duty Modern Warfare Game

This is currently going for £129

Will this make a difference to my current PC and is it a good deal????
Thankyou for any replys.

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Hi and welcome to TSG.

That new set of kit should definately give you a performance increase over your current setup, however there are things that you must look at / consider.

1) Exactly what make and model power supply are you going to use? Your current one may not be up to the job.
2) That board only supports DDR2 RAM, it would be better to look for a DDR3 board for future proofing a bit more.
3) Its a MicroATX board, ensure your current case can support it.

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Hi guys. I need help with upgrading my computer. I have Compaq 7594 -- LOOK AT THE ATTACHMENT. What I need help with is that I want to upgrade my processor. I want to upgrade my processor because I like to play games like GTA3, but all these new games play slowly on my computer because my computer is a little faster than the minimum requirements are.

I would build a new computer, but I don't want to waste the money that I have already spent on my RAM, because I will have to buy new, faster RAM. Now, I just want a new processor so I will save money (later I will build a new computer, but I don't have the money now for everything), so I only want to spend money on a processor for now.

Now, what I need your help with is with that I need to know up to how fast of a processor my motherboard will take. I want at least a 1GHZ processor, and I don't think my mobo will take that.

If it doesn't take that, then I want to buy a new motherboard also. And then I have more problems. I need to know if the motherboard will take my PC100 RAM.

Or do you recommend buying the fastest processor that my current motherboard will take instead of bying a new motherboard? This way I won't have to mess with a new motherboard, to put it in, etc.

And also, please recommend where I should buy the parts from.

Ok, so that's basically what I need to know, thank you for your help in advance.

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I'm really into modding my copy of Skyrim, so much so that even my system finds it hard going!

i7 3820 Sandy Bridge (unclocked)
16Gb Ram
GeForce GTX 580

I get stuttering and even CTDs if too much happenes on screen at once. So I was thinking of both overclocking the i7, upgrading to a GTX 680 and installing a liquid cooler. Anyone got advice here?

How much can you overclock the i7 3820 safely?

Is it possible to link the GTX 580 and the 680 together to boost performance?

What's the best liquid cooler to go for?

I'm also going to be buying a much larger HD because I'm running out of room for my mods and games on my tiny 120Gb SSD. The SSDs are too small and too expensive for my needs, but I've noticed something called a "Hybrid". Are they any good and are they relatively fast? I've heard that some are almost as fast as SSDs! What's the best 1Tb Hybrid?

Is it possible to link my old SSD and a Hybrid so I don't have to mess around with transferring the system to the new drive?

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Hello Chips, could it be that the 580 is running out of Vram? What does it have 1.5gb?

Have you been able to monitor the CPU and GPU to see how much of what it's using? That should track down what you need to improve.

If it is running out of Vram then I would recommend a 4GB 670 or 680 depending on how much you want to spend.


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Hello I am new here... Uh I want to upgrade my computer I was looking at the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Dual Core Socket AM2 Windsor 2.0GHZ 2000FSB 2X512KB 90NM. $189 canadian.

Graphics Engine GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT Video Memory 256MB Engine Clock Speed 560MHz Memory Clock Speed Not Specified RAMDAC Dual 400MHz. $199 canadian

and then my mother board I cant choose..

Asus A8N 32-SLI-Deluxe NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard / Audio / PCI Express / SLI Ready / Dual Gigabit LAN / S/PDIF / USB 2.0 / Serial ATA / Dual RAID


Asus A8N SLI Deluxe NVIDIA Socket 939 Motherboard / Audio / PCI Express / SLI Ready / Dual Gigabit LAN / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Serial ATA / Dual RAID


K8N Neo4 Platinum / SLI Motherboard (Athlon 64FX / 64, Socket 939, nForce4 SLI, ATX, 4GB DDR, 1000MHz FSB


(PS: is there any better graphic card / processor I can get that is equivlent to what I choose for less or a better one for the same price?)

- Thanks. (Sorry for bad grammer I'm in a rush!)

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oh ya and..

oh ya and also is this good enough to score a stedy 35 fps or higher in css with resolution of 1024 768

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here are my specs
Windows 7 Professional x86
Directx 11
Amd athlon 64 3200+
gtx 460 card
3.00 GB RAM
Motherboard-tried everything to find out what it is but for some strange reason doesn't show up on system information. its about 6 years old though.
Iv'e recently been looking to upgrade my processor and motherboard to help with better FPS in my games. i can run most games on high settings but i get a good bit of lagging. i wish to spend less then $300 worth of money on a good processor and motherboard thats strictly meant for gaming. any suggestions as to what i should get?
------------I ask cause i have very little knowledge about processors and motherboards.

any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you!

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My son is upgrading his computer, what is the best manner in which transfer the XP OS to his new hard drive?

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I'd say...clone the hard drive.

End product is a drive containing everything on old drive...that will be bootable when it replaces the old drive.

I would then take the old drive, delete everything on it...reformat it and use it for additional storage, backups, etc.


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This is my computer....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AJ3VW6072
its a Gateway DX4380G-UW308
Ive maxed out the ram but would like to get a new inexpensive Hard drive 1tb or more..
An inexpensive killer graphics card
and i have know clue what else can be upgraded.lol
But if you guys could help and let me know whats comparable and what i should get
I mostly just make music on my computer but would like to start playing games also...
so links to what i can buy to upgrade my computer would be great.

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Hey this is my first time posting a forum topic and I hope I am in the right section.
My computer is a HP Pavilion Media Center m8120n with the video card of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE and an upgraded voltage supply of 1200 V I believe.  The tower has also been upgraded with more fans (probably pointless to mention).
Through the years I have used my computer I was told that I was not able to upgrade my system's RAM through various technicians such as ones from A-Power and NCIX.  However, I cam across the site Crucial.com and through their scan I was told that it supports 8GB.  This was shocking and I am very excited to get more RAM because during games I use 97% of my 3GB RAM and 67% on just Windows 7 itself.  So my first question is, is Crucial right about upgrading my hardware?  Keep in mind I want to purchase up to 8GB RAM and paying 150$ for a computer I will replace in a few years doesn't seem worth it.
My second question is that can I find this type of RAM cheaper somewhere else?  I tried finding these RAM on Ebay not knowing if their quality will be the same or not but I've found this.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-8GB-4X2GB-PC2-6400-DDR2-800-800MHz-240pin-DIMM-Desktop-Memory-Low-Density-/151210059926
The recommended RAM from Crucial is this:  http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=FB3FBABCA5CA7304
4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module

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I am wondering what the CL 5 & 6 difference is, it may be meaningless or significant.  Try searching the net to clarify what it means, if it does not have any effect I would grab the Ebay ram.
I got nosy and did the search there is about a 2% difference in speed, IMO you would never notice such a slight difference!

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Hey all,
This is my first post on this forum so please be gentle. I am looking at upgrading my computer and need some advice. I think my graphics card is the main problem as i play quite alot of games but not to sure about the other things like my cpu, RAM and motherboard etc. If i was to go out a buy some bits on my own it would be all wrong and wouldn't work on this computer so i thought i would ask you guys first. My computer specs are as follows:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name TONY
User Name Tony Martin

CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3200+
Motherboard Name ASRock K7Upgrade-600 (4 PCI, 2 AGP, 1 K8 Bridge Port, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT600
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (11/02/04)
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Ya get a Geforce 7800GS AGP card. It is about the best you can do on AGP. Other than that you need to do a complete overhaul to goto PCI-Express video cards. I just made the jump but the 7800gs did very well on most games @ 1280X1024. It will need a little more power so I would make sure your Power supply can handle it.



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hi, was just wondering how i could upgrade my desktop computer, i have two emachine dual core desktops (E4252) but we don't use the other one so was wondering if i could like hook up the two computers for double the power?, is this even possible (i don't mind taking the other one apart but don't really want to spend too much money

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I requested this thread be moved to Hardware.

You can't connect 2 computers together for "double the power". It doesn't work that way. eMachines are very low-end computers with puny power supplies and minimal cooling. The only safe options would be memory and hard drive.

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I know little about computers, I paid a lot of money for my current computer when I purchased it 2-3 years ago. (i know that is old in computer years)

My computer is real slow. Even slower since I got DSL recently, Below you can see my up to the second configuration (from GAteway.com)

I want to speed this thing up, will buying more RAM do it? I currently have 64M I think, they sell 128m for $90 I think through gate way, can my system handle the upgrade? Can I do anything else to make this puppy faster, short of buying a new computer, buying a Pentuim IV with a new mother board?

MY confuiguration.....
Intel Celeron A, 500 MHz
66MHz external bus

Intel Corp. WL81020A.15A.0004.P03.0004041700 04/04/2000

63MB physical
53% free resources
1 memory slots, 0 free (63)

Graphics Adapter: Intel(R) 82810E Graphics Controller
Screen Area/Colors: 800x600 pixels, 16 million colors
Monitor: Gateway EV700

C:\ (FAT32) 14662MB total, 6928MB free
(Scanned 1/7/2004, Defragged 12/20/2003)
D:\ CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD Drive

Network and Modem
(net) Microsoft Dial-Up Adapter
(net) Dial-Up Adapter #2 (VPN Support)
(net) Microsoft Virtual Private Networking Adapter
(net) Microsoft Microsoft TV/Video Connection
(net) Westell Westell WireSpeed Dual Connect Modem
(hcfmodem) Conexant PCI Modem Enumerator
(modem) Conexant 56K PCI Voice Modem SF-1156IV R9A

Operating System
Windows 98 SE (Windows 98 4.10.2222 A )
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I am not a expert computer person. I need help. I decided to upgrade my computer instead of buying another one. I would like to start with the processor. If someone would be so kind and please tell me if I need to replace the motherboard also if i want to upgrade my processor.

My specs are:
AMD Anthlon XP 1600

Also, what processor would you recommend I upgrade to and if another motherboard is needed what would that be.

Thank you,

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If you go to the manufacturer's site for the motherboard it will have a list of all the supported processors, just find the fastest to maximise your systems performance.

If it is an older motherboard you may find the maximum increase in performance that you can achieve replacing the processor simply won't be worth the money.

There are a huge number of motherboards to choose from, what you need to decide first is what you are going to use the system for, if it is going to be for gaming then you will be looking for a fairly high performance mobo and CPU. You should carefully check that any new board will be compatible with your existing memory or you will also need to replace that. Likewise with the power supply. Then if you will be gaming you will also need a good graphics card.

If the PC will just be for general everyday use then you should find a package available from most good suppliers that will include a mobo, memory and CPU. Then you just need to check your power supply.

Things to watch out for. If you stick with the old power supply make sure the connectors are compatible with any new mobo. Another problem that can occur with a new mobo is the front panel connectors may need to be altered.

Any more questions, please ask. It will help if you can provide the make and model of your existing power supply and motherboard.

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I've had my eye on an GeForce GTX 660 2GB for quite some time.I have a standard Dell XPS 8500 right now and I'm planning on upgrading it sometime. Some concerns I have are if I will need modular power for this as well as if my computer will be able to handle this card? It currently has a 460W power supply, but some have told me I will need modular power in order to run this card. I am positive that it won't bottleneck considering I run an I7 processor right now. I could use another computer expert's opinion on if it would be able to work with this card! Thanks!

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I'm not sure why you were told, you need a modular power supply. Modular is helpful in cable management for cosmetic purposes. Modular is nice but it is not a requirement. I currently have a MSI GTX 660 and my power supply is Corsair CX600V2 600W, which is not modular.

Looking at the specifications for Dell XPS 8500, I don't foresee an issue. The GTX 660 requires a 450W power supply, and your PSU supplies 460W.

By the way, were you the one I replied to on Newegg?

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Hi there, novice here.

If someone is thinking of upgrading an old computer, what things limit a computer? IE, i know computers have limits on how much ram they can handle, what limits a computer in what processor it can handle, memory disk etc.

Me and a friend are thinking of doing up an old computer as abit of fun, just wondering what we need to look out for?

Any insight helpful.


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I have a Dell 545s it has a intel core 2 duo 7gb ram and hard drive is 650 i want it to get upgraded my computer shop recommended amd fx6200 32gb ram i think 1000tb or 2000tb harddrive L3 cache because i have L2 cache now and a graphics card nvidia geforce are these good? i use xsplit and my computer can't handle 1920x1080 resolution quality 1080p but its fine with 720p 1280x720

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Without upgrading the motherboard you won't be able to add the AMD FX6200 as the socket type is different (the FX6200 is AM3+ whereas your motherboard appears to LGA775), and that motherboard (Dell 0N826N) only supports up to 8GB DDR2 RAM.
You'd also have to find out the wattage of your PSU if you're looking at adding a GPU, from what I can find your machine only has a 250W PSU but I may have that wrong.

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Upgrading a system. Trying to get the cheapest price on these parts: Antec Solution 350W Power Supply -

Retail * Model #: SLK3700AMB....................$ 64.00

DDR266 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64....................US $52.99.....X2..............$ 106.00
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JB 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE
Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM * Model #: WD1200JB..........................$ 82.00
Two removable trays for the hard drives............................................$ 40.00
Leadtek A6200 128 TD Geforce 6200 128MB 128-bit DDR AGP
4X/8X Video Card - Retail * Model #: A6200 128 TD....................$ 109.00
Pioneer Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM
40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - OEM................$ 60.00

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I'm thinking of buying a NVIDIA GTX 460 768 mb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130600)

But after I looked at all of the hardware in my computer, I realized I will not be able to run it(Mainly my power supply and maybe my motherboard). The thing is, I'm on a very, very tight budget. I can either do 2 things: Buy a motherboard AND a power supply and not get a video card, or buy a video card and a power supply and keep my current oldish motherboard.

Here are my current specifications:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3262#ov
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3 GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103288)
PSU: Crappy Logysis 480 watt
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT

These are the possible things I could buy:

Video Card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130600
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148041 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148040
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595

Also, how relevant is a motherboard to a video card's performance exactly? Meaning, if I ran a 460 GTX with sufficient wattage with my current motherboard, would it slow down the performance?

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I am thinking of upgrading my Compaq (667 Celeron 512RAM) with another proc.

I want to have a PIII or PIV and over 1.gig hrtz

Does anyone havbe a guess on cost and how hard it will be to do?


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First you need to make sure if that motherboard of yours will seat something like a 1ghz+ processor. That will make a world of difference in terms of difficulty and cost. It might cost as little as 120-150 dollars for that processor if you shop around, and only require you to pop out that old processor and heatsink. But, if the motherboard doesn't support your new processor, you'll have to buy another motherboard, which will cost you a good 100-150 plus the processor cost. Also, installing a motherboard is a big project if your sorta new, as I suspect you might be. I recently had a bad time with a motherboard (eeeh...we won't reflect on that). However, make sure you get decent cooling for that beast!

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Hello! I have been thinking about upgrading my PC for a while now, and I have been talking to some friends about what I should do for it, but I'm not sure that I trust them cosidering they are not experts in this field. I'm planning on upgrading my computer with a MSI GeForce GTX 950 graphics card and a EVGA 500W power supply. I am also considering getting a new processor, but I don't want to if I wouldn't need to. I am using the PC to play video games(Arma II in particular). Would I be able to upgrade my computer? And do I need a new processor? Thank you.

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@rilessrh,Your original unit is WIN 8, and that is a UEFIvBIOS machine.  Here is the webpage, and depending on the processor insatlled, it came with different graphic unit.Here is a site that will help you. You can punch-in your system specs, and determine the bottlenecks.   The site does make recommendations for processor, graphic card, and RAM.  

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My computer is a Dell 3300 i think or a 3000, it has 3 pci slots and i was wondering is there anyway of buying apg or pic-e slots at all?

Because i want a better graphics card than the one ive got???

Tom wells-day

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Although it would be nice...there is no way you can make/add in slots. What you have on your Motherboard is what you got.

WHat graphics card are you currently using?

BTW-Welcome to techspot


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I have been wanting to upgrade my computer Processor for a while now, but I am not sure what processor will work with my motherboard. I have tried to find out what motherboard I have by running test and looking at the specifications of my computer (Its a Emachines T3104, dont laugh). I have finally found out what motherboard it is, because it seems like 3 different manufacturers have the same name for theirs, and some of the test I have ran gave me different names, and the Emachine people didn't even know which one it was. But I think i have found out that it is this one: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/k8-series/k8m800/

Anyways I was wondering what is the best processor that my computer's motherboard can work with.

Also, the processor that I have been looking at is this one:

Please tell me what the best processor I can get is, and if that processor that I mentioned will work with my computer.

Oh and my computer's specs are http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/emachines-t3104/4507-3118_7-31556256.html?tag=sub

Except I have upgraded the memory to 512.

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I'm looking at upgrading my computer also, from an old socket 939 Athlon x2 4800+. I hear u DDR memory is very slow also. I can play darksiders 2 with 25-30FPS, TIME TO UPGRADE.

Choosing the AMD route is cheaper, the AM3+ mobos are not as expensive and the 1155 mobos with comparable features and if the 1155 is dead the AM3+ is a bunch cheaper then the 2011 sockets. with you wanting to keep using your current AMD CPU, I would go with the mobo and memory and upgrade to steamroller when it comes out. the Steamroller will not be a record breaker, but will be cheaper than a comparable Haswell Core, similar to the FX8350 and i5 3570k, and do very well in games.

as far as Future proofing

I do not now the minds of AMD or Intel, but trying to prepare for something a year or more out is hard to do. from what I read the Broadwell (5th Gen Core from Intel) will be a SoC which will, from what I understand, a brand new socket to accommodate the the integrated Ethernet, Thunderbolt, and USB3. and as far as the excavator goes it is highly likely that it will be a AM3+ chip as well because they are just advancing the architecture for Bulldozer and Piledriver and not drastically altering the chip.

As far as buying a AMD system because of the consoles running AMD
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The outgoing Intel CPUs/chipsets/motherboards are looking like the real bargain at the moment, if you don't mind the "dead" socket thing. You can build a kick *** machine for a very tempting price if you shop around, and it will perform everyday computing tasks faster than the AMD equivalent and at least equal it in gaming prowess.

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Hi, guys first time poster here. I'm looking to upgrade the specs on my computer , mainly the RAM the video card and the cpu. im really new to this so bear with me.thanks.
price range:150-250
CPU-Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
RAM-511.4 mb
video card:GeForce FX 5200
80 gb hard
running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)

i like to know how to get the most out of the least amount because I'm on kind of a tight budget

thanks a lot guys.

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could you give more specific information about your system?
cpu-z is a good, free and easy tool to retrieve valuable information from your system

the cpu might be ok but would be good to know if it is a celeron, dual core, hyper threaded, etc
also, what brand and model motherboard is need in order to recommend you any ram upgrade and/or video card..
you should be able to pick up a decent video card for under $100. something like a nvidia gt 240 or better a gt 430.
you should upgrade to 2 gb of ram with decent performance or 4gb if the price is right.

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