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Recommendations for my laptop upgrade

Q: Recommendations for my laptop upgrade

Hello everyone!
I'm a newbie to PC gaming, I have been playing "Dayz" on my HP laptop, but the graphics quality and lag I experience is rather annoying! So I'm looking to replace a few components on my laptop but I have no idea where to start or what to change, so I've come to Techspot looking for advice!
bear in mind I don't want to blow the bank on loads of expensive upgrades
here are the specs, any suggestions?

Microprocessor AMD Quad-Core A4-5000M APU with Radeon HD 8330 Graphics (1.5 GHz, 2 MB cache)
Chipset AMD A76M FCH
Memory 4 GB DDR3
Video Graphics AMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics (up to 1.98 GB)
Hard Drive 750 GB 5400 rpm SATA
Up to 24 GB partition for system recovery

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...foCategory&cc=uk&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5399488

Thanks in advance

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A: Recommendations for my laptop upgrade

Unfortunately most laptops do not have the option of replacing components. Your options for this HP Laptop is: upgrading your RAM to 8GB (or more depending on how much max RAM the laptop allows) & changing the Hard Drive from the 5400 rpm to either a 7200 rpm or better yet a SSD. Laptops are not component swappable like the Desktop computers are. Most laptops have parts soldered in on the motherboard. You might be able to eliminate some "Lag" with the RAM and Hard Drive changes, but if you are looking for a drastic improvement, I would suggest a laptop more suited for gaming.

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Hey, for the holidays I am upgrading my PC, and I was just wondering what everyone here thinks would be the best possible upgrade for my setup. By the way, I plan to play games like Unreal Tournament 3 (max graphics) Crysis (High Graphics). I only really want to upgrade my CPU and graphics card. Also, keep in mind overclockability for the CPU, because I definitely plan to overclock it.
My setup
-Abit AN8 SLI socket 939 Motherboard
-Nvidia 7800 GTX
-2gb DDR 400 RAM
-amd 64 3500+ CPU
-X-fi Xtreme Music soundcard

Thanks!
 

A:Upgrade Recommendations

Get a X-fi extremegamer, and a 8800 Gt.
 

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I have Windows Me currently installed on WD ata 133 20gb drive with Maxtor 120gb SATA 150 slaved to it as an'overflow'.I intend to upgrade to XP pro.I want to loose the 20gb drive, put my 4 year old Me setup on the SATA drive 'as is' on one logical partition,on the new drive, and start a brand new xp partition to experiment with until I am comfortable with it,at which time that will be made my main bootable drive
1.I have heard that fdisk wont work with xp
2.There is a different file system to contend with
3.am i right in thinking that Xp will format the drive for itself without floppies

I have the xp pro disc ready to install

I don't want to loose my Me install just yet as though it is corrupted in various ways beyond redemption it has all my configurations on it.Eventually i will transfer these to xp(if i can)
 

A:Recommendations please on upgrade

Oh I meant to say,how do I go about it, please?
Msi K7n2gilsr
athlonxp+2500
sata 150 maxtor,120gb
wd 20 gb ata 133
 

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Hi guys

I would like to upgrade my graphic card, which currently is a ?NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT?. I would like to have two similar cards as I have a SLI motherboard.

I have around 350 USD for the purchase, and the cards are going to be used for gaming as well as working. I work as a constructing architect and is using Revit Architecture and ADT07 as my main working interface.
Concerning the gaming part, I usually only play ?Civilization 4 BTS? and ?Football manager 2008? but would like to be able to run Colin McRae, World in Conflict and Ghost Recon with no graphical lacking as well.

My PC spec?s are:

Motherboard ? ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939
Graphic interface ? PCI-Express x16
Memory ? 1024 MB DDR Dual
CPU ? AMD Athlon 64 3200+
CPU Speed ? 2015.0 MHz
Power Supply Make/Model ? TAGAN TG530-U15
Watt output/Amperage ? 2 x 20A (33A)

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Recommendations for an upgrade

Sli is only worth doing if you have a high resloution monitor. If you are using a flat panel that only supports 1024x768 then its pointless for example.
If thats the case, then spending all your money on one card would gain much more benefit.
 

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Hi! I'm trying to figure out what's the most I can do for this PC because I'm trying to upgrade it to it's full potential.  M2N78-LA MotherboardATI FirePro V37006GB RAMWindows 10 Home (64 bit)AMD Athlon II X4 630 Processor 2.80 GHZ Here's the specs for it any help would be appreciated

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Could someone please advise which power supply, RAM, Hard Drive and GFX card I should update too given my current PC specs?
I haven't upgraded in a while and the poor performance I'm getting in Mortal Kombat 11 (at lowest settings) has made me think its time for a upgrade

Current specs and info:
Case
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163205
SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Case with 2X USB3.0 ports (Black)

Current Power supply (I think I need a new one to run a higher end GFX card?)
CORSAIR CX Series CX500 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Current Specs from Speccy:

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
CPU
Intel Xeon W3520 @ 2.67GHz 47 C
Bloomfield 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 530MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
EVGA 121-BL-E756 (Socket 423) 47 C
Graphics
SONY TV *01 ([email protected])
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (EVGA) 43 C
Storage
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-08M2NA0 ATA Device (SATA ) 46 C
3725GB Western Digital WD My Passport 25E2 USB Device (USB (SATA) (SSD)) 44 C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653A ATA Device
Audio
NVIDIA High Definition Audio
MOTHERBOARD
Motherboard
Manufacturer EVGA
Model 121-BL-E756 (Socket 423)
Version Tylersburg
Chipse... Read more

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Looking to upgrade my video capabilities without going to SLI. I'd like to slap another card in my other pcie 3.0 slot to handle the processing for the Physics Engine.

My setup:

i5-3570K CPU

MSI Z77A-GD55 mobo

Gigabyte HD 7870 OC version

8 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

ThermalTake ToughPower Cable Management 750 W PSU

I was thinking of getting another lesser GPU in the HD 7000 family to handle the Physics processing.

I'm pretty sure I'll need I'll need a 1000W PSU if I go SLI with another HD 7870 OC.

Can I avoid the PSU upgrade with a non-SLI setup?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I'll mostly be playing BF4.

PS; If in either case a 1000W PSU upgrade is recommended, which would you go with? I'm a big fan of smooth, efficient, continuous power...

MK
 

A:Recommendations for GPU upgrade

if you went with the 7750 you would probably be ok with a 850w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102
 

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Interested in possibly upgrading my desktop computer. Its several years old and I'm thinking of possibly trying to get it a little closer to being decent. I have a Macbook Pro that I use for things like Pro Tools, Logic and Melodyne, but I'd like to maybe make my PC decent as well. Any recommendations that won't break the bank are appreciated.

System Information:
Make & Model: HP-Pavilion GX776AA-ABA a6342p
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
Installed Physical RAM: 3.00 GB
Motherboard: ASUS Benicia 1.01
Chipset: Intel P35/G33/G31
PSU: 250 watt
 

A:Upgrade recommendations

A few questions might help you get on the right track.

What is your budget? (Comments do seem to stretch this question abit)
How do you use your PC?
If you play games, what titles do you play and what resolution do you want to use?
Are you planning on building or buying a pre-build system?

 

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I'm currently running my OS on a RAID 0 comprised of 3 (old) WD Raptors (10K RPM, 74 GB). I'm looking to make an upgrade to this, and wanting to do a RAID 0 out of 2 SSD's

I've read several articles on this, as well as reviews of several SSDs for the task. I'm leaning towards 2 OCZ drives (OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G), if I go thru wiht the RAID 0 approach.

Obviously I am going for speed and not redundancy. The 2 60GB drives would support the OS and I'd put programs and data on the 1TB drive I am already using for this purpose.

What are your suggestions (regarding the RAID idea AND which dirves to get)?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions/input. And if I am really wasting time on RAIDing SSDs and you have a better solution (ie, 1 faster SSD), I'd love to hear about it.
 

A:Recommendations for SSD upgrade

bump?
 

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HiI have been having recurring issues with this PC not activating the display on login.  It's intermittent but very frustrating.  I've tried disabling SATA power management but that hasn't solved the issue, so... my thought is that the GPU may need replacing (yes I've tried many different monitors and cables with the same result) Can you recommend a GPU that will work in this model PC?  Unfortunately the manufacturer sites are not that helpful when you are looking for specific features such as:Legacy BIOS SupportDedicated power inputWindows 10/64-bit compatibilityHDMI output Note, I have a 750W PSU on order as I know the stock 300W PSU won't likely do the job with a new card. TIA

A:Recommendations to upgrade GPU for h8-1212c

@Deekman, welcome to the forum. The motherboard in your computer has a Legacy/standard BIOS.  HP didn't begin using UEFI until mid-October, 2012 with Win 8. Your best option to find a video card that will work with your motherboard is to choose a manufacturer that you like, such as, EVGA, and contact their Tech Support for help.  They are the experts on their products.  It is very difficult to recommend new components for older computers.  These days a computer over a year old can be considered to be old.  Technology is changing so quickly.  I hesitate to make recommendations because I don't want to cost a member money.  The sellers pay for the shipping to you, but you pay to return a component that doesn't work in your computer. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hey there!
i built my own system almost 4 years ago, here are my stats:

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 920 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4095 Mb DDR2
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 610477 MB, Free - 489909 MB; D: Total - 1907725 MB, Free - 1738228 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A78-E
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

the thing is, my memory starts getting pretty slow compared to what it used to be...
and i wanted to either buy new mem sticks or upgrade to some new models,
the only problem is that my system is running on DDR2 memory and nowadays its not worth getting, and its even more expensive than the newer DDR3 sticks.

so anyways... i wanna uprade my system, meaning that i would probably need a new MOBO and a new CPU, right?
so could you recommend me some solid MOBO and CPU? i would probably buy new 8GB of DDR3 memory sticks...
please note that i do play from time to time, but under no circumstances want an extreme gaming system.. that's what i did last time, and to be honest - its not worth the money....i mainly use my system for photography, graphic design, internet, HD movies and the occasional gaming- for which i use my radeon 6850.. and my PSU is 600W... and my case is an Aerocool S9, if anybody is familiar with it...

waiting for your recommendations...
 

A:need a system upgrade! recommendations?

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Hey guys I'd like to see what you guys think of my system and where you think I could improve on my set up with out buying a new mobo and cpu.

ECS N2U400-A :
Specs: Nvidia 2 chipset
FSB 400
Dual Channel DDR400
AGP 8X
6 Channel Audio
10/100 LAN
ATA133

AMD 2700+ XP
256MB DDR 2700, WD 80GB IDE 7200 8mb cache, WD 8GB 5400,
ATI Radeon SDR 64mb, Creative Labs PCI 16 4.1, 52x cdrom, Toshiba 4x DVD-RW, Creative Labs 56k v.92 modem. Generic Mid-Tower with 480mm fans intake, 1 80mm fan side exhuast, 1 60mm rear exhaust fan. 350w PS.

Thats what I have. I would like to know where you think I can greatly improve system performance. While keeping the same board and processor. I'm running Win XP prof SP1.
 

A:Hardware Upgrade Recommendations

Definitely more RAM. Another 512MB of RAM would make the most difference.

Not exactly relating to your physicial computer, but if you're still using that 56k modem, broadband is a great upgrage

[Edit] If you intrested in gaming, a new video card is in order.
 

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Hi All.

I am looking at buying a new CPU( will need new motherboard and possibly RAM ).

I am currently looking at the AMD FX4100/6100 AM3+ Bulldozer CPU.
Ive looked at a review here and it is a lower end CPU( which is okay, it will definitely be faster then what i currently have ).

The motherboard choices i have are: A75MA-G55, A75A-G35 and A75A-G55.
well that's what the person that i emailed said i that they can get and would work with said CPU.

What are your thoughts and recommendations ?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Upgrade Recommendations On Products

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Hi,
Here's my set-up:
Asus M4A79XTD EVO
2 times HD 4850 512MB (in crossfire)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
6GB 1333mhz RAM (Kingston)
128GB OCZ Vertex Plus Series SATA II SSD
600w coolermaster silent PSU
W7 O/S

nothing overclocked
What is the next best upgrade to make in order to get a noticeable difference in gaming?

thanks in advance
 

A:Gaming upgrade - recommendations please

Well If you want better gaming performance. The upgrade would be the GPU. What is the budget you have for the upgrade?
 

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Hello,    I am looking for an upgrade in the graphics card category so I can play some steam games I just bought. I have an HP Pavilion p7-1534 Desktop PC. My games don't really require much to run but I am having some trouble trying to get a decent 60fps. Here's one game that I would like to run at a good 60fps on high resolution (http://store.steampowered.com/app/218620/). You can find the recommended requirements scrolling down. This is the hardest game to run in my game library. The price range would be up to $50, if there is no available card in this range then $80 would me my utmost. My monitor only goes to a maximum 1980 x 1080p resolution. I have been trying to find what graphics card I have, how much power it uses, and how big of a graphics card my desktop can hold. So it would be fantastic if you could find the answers to my questions. Thank you for your time, -Tyrone Morgan      

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Hey guys, I need help in looking for a graphic card but I?m not sure what to get. Btw I need it for gaming so it has to be able to run ?intensive? games such as GTA 5 on very high graphics.

My current PC specs are as follows: I7-4770 16 GB DDR3 RAM GTX 760 2GB And I?m playing on 1920x1080.

I?ve had this set up for over 5 years now. The 2GB video memory on my current GTX760 is bleh. It feels like it is overheating at times too.

So I?m looking for a 4gb video memory at least. Currently considering the GTX960 4GB but heard many saying that the upgrade is not worth.

So what graphic cards would y?all recommend for my setup. ?Ignoring? budget for now, which are the high quality graphics I should get at affordable prices?

In short I just wanna run GTA5 on very high without any FPS/temperature issues.
 

A:Looking to upgrade my graphics card, need recommendations.

The GeForce GTX 960 uses about 50 watts less power and has about a 17% better performance than the GeForce GTX 760.
I'm not a hardware/gaming expert, but it sounds like a decent choice to me.
I'm sure though that others here will suggest better choices.

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Hey there guys!

so.. i'm looking to upgrade my system... i bought my computer almost 4 years ago, at the time it was mainly intended for gameplay... however as time goes on my system is starting to choke a bit.. and i wanted get a memory upgrade.. unfortunately when i bought my system i didnt buy a DDR3 supported system, so now if i wanna get new RAM i must replace my CPU and MoBo...

so anyhow... here's my system now:
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 920 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
RAM: Kingston Hyperx 4095 Mb DDR2
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD6850
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A78-E
PSU: Corsair 600W
Case: Aerocool S9

so...i wanna get a new Mobo, a new CPU and certainly lots of RAM... i gotta say im not playing games so much anymore, and my main use of memory is photo editing with software such as Photoshop , Lightroom, etc...

so any recommendations? i would like to invest about 400-500$ in the new upgrade... should i also get a fast Hard-drive?

Thanks
 

A:Solved: recommendations for a system upgrade??

Which OS are you using? To use more than 4GB of RAM, you will need to run a 64bit OS. And unless you know you are having RAM issues, upgrading isn't likely to help. You can monitor RAM usage using Task Manager. But unless you are getting "low memory" errors, more RAM isn't the solution.

An SSD will yield faster boot and program loading times.
Motherboard: Asus B85-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel B85 with UEFI @ $99.99
Newegg.com - ASUS B85-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W @ $199.99
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz @ $64.99
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1600C11 - Newegg.com
 

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Howdy fellow members... been busy.

I'm posting this to provide information regarding 3D video cards that most of us use (not the $400 cards). Share this information, it can help you and others.

The review link below is mostly aimed at comparing the $75~120 card market, but includes some other cards to show you how they scale such as the $200 ATI9600XT and fx5700Ultra and the $500 9800XT. The review is detailed with about 15 different games... not just demo-benchmarks.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1933&p=2

Some notes about the above review: Test system was an AMD FX51-64bit system. Fastest PC you can get. So if you have a typical 2000Mhz system, it's going to be noticably slower. And if you have a 1000Mhz system or slower, a $100~120 card is the most you should put into it.

I've also included a link from another site comparing the new 5900XT to the ATi 9600XT... very interesting results. Both are $200... and we have a new winner:

http://techreport.com/reviews/2003q4/geforcefx-5900xt/index.x?pg=1
After looking at these pages, my recommendations:

$120 or less : GeForce4 Ti4200 by MSI ($75~85 delivered)
HANDS DOWN, the BEST card you can get - while you can!

$130~175 : ATi 9600 or 9600Pro

$190~220 : FX 5900XT card.

$250~275 : FX 5900 card

$350~500 : ATI 9800Pro 128mb / 9800XT 256mb card

AVOID: 5200/9200 unless you need something that just WORKS for Windows (ie: little or no gaming) The 5600 is not worth it at $100~175. The 9600Se i... Read more

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Hi all, I recently bought the 710-25ish desktop and would like to upgrade the anemic 250W power supply. I already know about the adapter cable from moddiy that's needed, but I'm looking for recommendations on the power supply itself. Ideally, I'd like to get a 650W power supply, but need to know what brands/models will work. Thanks!

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Hi all, I recently bought the 710-25ish desktop and would like to upgrade the anemic 250W power supply. I already know about the adapter cable from moddiy that's needed, but I'm looking for recommendations on the power supply itself. Ideally, I'd like to get a 650W power supply, but need to know what brands/models will work. Thanks!

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I've had a search whilst I have XP installed I want to upgrade preferably x64bit.
Also looking for Windows7Ultimate (whish i believe is both 32 and 64bit) standalone.

Ive searched amazon and a few other websites in uk. I have a copy on windows7ultimate and want to only buy anoher legit product key or upgrade the xp to w7x64.

need some nice recommendations please as on a tight budget, obviously only legitamate sites please.

Thanks

A:Windows 7 x64 upgrade - Online purchase recommendations please

The best value for Upgrade is Win7 Home Premium Upgrade Family 3-Pack which regularly goes down to $99-$120 on Amazon, buy.com and newegg.com, making 3 licenses cheaper than a single normally-priced Upgrade license.

Hopefully it's available if you're in another country by googling the name and searching around a bit for online or big box retailers.

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I have a Gateway FX6850-51u Desktop:

Intel Core 17-2600 3.4GHz processor
16 GB DDR3
1 TB Hard drive
NVIDA GeForce GT440
DVDRW
Windows 7 64bit pro.

I would like to upgrade this PC with the following items.

USB 3.0 Pci-Ecard

SSD 90 or 120GB

Blu Ray player or another optical drive.

The PC has expansion slots for everything listed here, however, I'm not quite sure on what brands or specific type of units to buy.

I would prefer to use the best rated parts for each category as far as proven reliability and function.

Someone recommended a Western Digital Super Speed USB 3.0 Pci Ecard as a proven unit that should install without any issues. From the few places I've checked it appears that this USB 3.0 card is no longer being made or stocked, though Amazon still has a few for sale.

Amazon also recommends SATA 3 III SSD manufactured by Arch Memory, and compatible with the FRX6850-51u.

As for the Blu ray player or optical drive (I'm not sure if I should even spend money on a dedicated blu ray player) I just want to get a unit that with work with my PC.

Please allow me to thank who ever spends their personal time on my behalf in advance for your advice and recommendations.

Thank you.
 

A:Need advice and recommendations in choosing the correct parts to upgrade my PC.

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Hey all,

I'm looking for a bit of advice. My current system is a couple of years old, and I'd like to upgrade the video card to something a little more modern. Here's the important specs...

-ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe 939
-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Socket 939
-2 GB DDR400 Memory
-NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB

It's a decent machine, but is falling out of the loop for games. I'm on a fairly tight budget, and looking for an upgrade that isn't going to require replacing the entire system. I don't need Crysis running at 60 FPS or anything, but something a little more modern would be good (I'd like to be able to run Flight Simulator X at more then 5 FPS at 1280x1024)

I'm currently running Windows Server as my primary OS, but will dual-boot into Windows Vista to take advantage of DX10 games.

I'm considering upgrading the video card first. The two options are an NVIDIA 8800 GT or the recently relased 9600 GT. Both are around the same price point, with similar performance.

The only problem is, at this point with such a powerful graphics card at my disposal, my CPU becomes the limiting factor. As it's a Socket 939 board with DDR-1 memory, anything higher then an AMD X2 4200+ Socket 939 dual-core would require a new motherboard AND memory, and that's an expense I just can't justify at this point (I might as well replace the entire system at that point).

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A:Upgrade Recommendations - Athlon 64 3500+ / GeForce 6600 GT

The graphics card is more important than the CPU, which'd only give a substantial performance increase in some CPU-dependant games but the increase will be most noticeable in application performance and multitasking. Most games are GPU-dependent so upgrade to a 9600GT now and then later to a newer CPU and motherboard. If you're willing to specify a budget, we might be able to provide you with a couple of suggestions for a good CPU, mobo and RAM kit. Lastly, make sure you have a powerful enough PSU to power your new card and\or components.
 

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I'm looking to spend about 1000 dollars, maybe a LITTLE bit over on a laptop. I plan to use this for college uses ranging from essays, internet use, programming in C++ and higher, basic microsoft office things, video/audio editing, and maybe a little bit of entertainment on the side.

Also, I don't want it to be too heavy, I'll be bringing it with me to a lot of places. Also, i'll be working on it at home with my wireless network. Is there anything else I should describe?

So basically I'm just looking for a laptop within that price range that could do all of the mentioned above. ANy ideas? Show me like some links or names with prices...thanks!
 

A:Laptop Recommendations for PC?

any reccomendations?
 

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Hello all,

I'm looking to buy a used laptop in January, after the christmas season has died down. The purpose of this laptop is singular. I want to run Ubuntu 64 bit, with the cinnamon UI. As you can probably guess, I'm going to be using it to learn Linux. That is its entire reason for existence in my life.

I'm not even thinking I'm going to be doing anything crazy with it either. Web browsing, email checking, word processing, music listening, movie watching. Its going to be a basic end-users machine. I do know I want a quad core processor, 6-8 gigs of ram, and I want the weight to be under 5lbs. But everything else I'm up in the air about.

My price ceiling is $350. Not one penny over.

I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a website, or a place to search around on. So I came here and wanted to ask, does anyone have any suggestions on laptops with all this in mind?
 

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I am looking to buy a laptop for under $1000 Canadian that has the capabilities to stream my external HD webcam onto a chatroom of a maximum of 200 people will potentially viewing up to 4 cams myself without any lag or crashing as this is a quick way to lose potential money. I know a bit about computers but not enough to make a confident decision on which to invest my money on. Anyone have any thing they think would be #1?
 

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Hey Guys,
I'm looking to buy a new laptop in the near future,
I'd preferably like it to be 64 Bit with a good processor,
A Good Nvidia Graphics Card,
Not a Mac,
4 Gb Ram,
15'' + Screen,

Any recommendations?

Thanks
 

A:Any Recommendations For A New Laptop

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Hi guys
I have been trawling to web to try and find a reasonably priced laptop, basically for web and office applications, anyone come across any good bargains lately?
Thanks in advance
 

A:Laptop recommendations (UK)

whats you budget and is that all you need it to do - simple business use?
i have found the HP dv5094ea an excellent machine 799 from staples/johnlewis
 

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Anyone has any recommendations on what would best laptop be in the 1100-1400$ price range?

Should i go for macbook?

And any place where i could get one that works on 220Volts electricity?
 

A:Laptop recommendations

Depends on what you want to use the laptop for? Gaming, word processing, etc...? Can we assume that since you are asking if it can run on 220 volts that you live somewhere in Europe?
 

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I could use some advice...

My computer recently bit the bullet and I am in the market for a new laptop. Its purpose will be solely for work use, which will include research and writing.

I was thinking about a mini notebook. I've heard some things about them - that you can hook up the computer to a larger screen when needed, though light enough for you to transport anywhere easily.

I really don't have much time on my hands at the moment to research, that is why I'm reaching out to the techspot community.

I am a new member; however, my several interactions with the techspot community have been favorable.


Thanks,


b
 

A:Laptop recommendations

Give us your budget and we'll take it from there.
 

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Hi, everyone. I'm looking to buy a new laptop within the next few months, and I was wondering what your recommendations would be.

In the past, I've been a big fan of Dell. I feel like they make a quality product and, if something goes wrong, they ship out a new part (usually overnight - I've had it arrive in less than 24 hours). However, I don't like the designs of their new notebooks. They are thick, made of plastic, and just cheap looking (and boring). Furthermore, they don't have both an eraserhead pointer and a touchpad (they just have the touchpad).

I'm also interested in IBM, but I don't know enough about ThinkPads. I hear they're the best, but IBM has also just been sold to that company in China. Do you think that will affect their quality? Anyone know how IBM's warranty operates? Also, does IBM ship a Windows disc with its computers (or one of those compaq-like "System Restoration" discs)?

I really like the WiFi on/off physical toggle switch on some HPs and Vaios, but I'm not too sure about the quality of their computers. I don't believe Dells or IBMs come with such switches, but I would really like that on my next computer.

Also, my price range is $2000 or less, after warranty and Office 2000 Small Business. I need 802.11 B & G.

I was thinking about getting Bluetooth support as well (for a Bluetooth mouse), but those that I've worked with (all have been the Microsoft version) h... Read more

A:New Laptop Recommendations

I don't think the "IBM" PC products will be going down the drain for at least a year or two. The merger of such huge business takes time and until then everything will be done the good old way.

HP and Sony do make good notebooks. I don't really understand what is so good about the physical WiFi switch tho..

You do not want a bluetooth mouse. You avoid all kinds of compatibility problems by using a plain PS/2 or USB mouse.

Centrino has better battery performance since all the system components are designed with low power consumption in mind.

I am a big an of ThinkPads myself. Those things are literally bomb-proof. They also come with TrackPoint which IMO is way better than those touchpads thingies and IBM laptop keyboards are very good. The Darth Vader style looks may not appeal to everyone though.
 

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My boss wants a new laptop. He wants at least 80GB and wants it to be very light weight with a long lasting battery. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good quality laptop? Thanks.
 

A:Laptop Recommendations please

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/latit?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
 

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Yo guys,
Just interested in getting a laptop which can play pretty much all the latest games to a decent standard, under 750 quid, I mean I was thinking about the Alienware M11X but it has no CD-drive, but the Dell Studio 17 looks pretty decent

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/p.../studio-1747?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&~ck=mn

Any other recommendations?
 

A:'Gaming' Laptop Recommendations <£750

http://www.coastwaycomputerstore.co.uk/product/Acer+Aspire+5942G%7B49%7D524G64Bn+%7B49%7D+Core+i5+520M+2.4+GHz+%7B49%7D+15.6%22+TFT -- 810.69.

Cheapest I've seen. Although seems to be priced between 800-900.

Been using one of these for a while. Only bad thing is the widescreen tft is only 1366 x 768. But for me, I wanted it to be able to play current titles for a while so thought a lower native resolution might be one way of making it last a bit longer.
 

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http://www.xoxide.com/coolermaster-notepal.html

Just googling around and saw that one.........mind not set on anything, but I have a 17" Toshiba Satellite GIANT
 

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So, I sold my old PC, and now I (well, not I in particular) need a laptop which would be about as powerful, preferably a bit better. Specs of old computer:
Celeron D 2.66 GHz
1 GB DDR 400 RAM
80 GB SATA HDD
Radeon X800GT 256 MB
XP pro

So, any cheap laptops that would match this PC?
 

A:Solved: Laptop recommendations...

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I need a laptop that is:
~$1000. (less preferred ) (rebates are good also)
Light (um... 4ish lbs?)
Screen size doesn't really matter.
60gb or more hd
512mb or more ram.
That about covers it...
(I'm just looking for a REALLY good computer around my price range)
oh yea, please no dells... i don't like them personally, and they're pretty heavy.
 

A:Laptop Recommendations needed!

Have a look at the toshiba laptops.

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/srch.to

They seem to have quite a few in your price range.
 

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Hi all! This place has always provided some good information, so Im hoping you can do it again! I'm on the verge of purchasing a laptop/notebook computer. I would mostly be using it to play games on while I have down time during my job (breaks, etc.) and like a portable DVD and to hook-up to my network at home. My problem is I know little about laptops - never have worked on one, fixed one or really used one. I am currently thinking of getting an HP or Toshiba - both with 3.0/3.2 Ghz, 17 monitor, 60-80gig HHD, Nvidia 5200/5600 video, 512 or 1gig memory, DVD/CD-rw, wireless "g", etc.

What whould you recommend? I was told that the CPU on a notebook is not the same as a CPU on a desktop (quote from someone else :"1.7 ghz mobile is equal to a 2.6 desktop cpu"), is this true? Also, is there a site that gives information on notebooks/laptops - CPUs, memory, etc.? Any and all help would be appreciated.

TY!
 

A:Notebook/Laptop recommendations please!

ANyone?
 

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So on my main PC I run without any antivirus software, and while dangerous, I'm usually very careful with what I download. I know I should have something monitoring my computer, and between my main PC and laptop (which I share with gf), I think it may be time to get a non intrusive antivirus software running. I always see stuff like Norton but from what I hear it's bloated. I want something small and effective, and something people on this forum would run.

Thanks for any suggestions!

A:Got a new laptop, need antivirus recommendations

You ask a question we got a lot here at Bleeping Computer. We created this topic to help you get started with getting that answered. Please take a look here: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall and here How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected. That will give you the foundation to refine your search. Once you have read those please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may still have.

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Hello all,

Planing to grab a new laptop in the near future and wanted to do some educating for it.

Not sure what type, but I will be doing a clean install, putting in an SSD and replacing the memory. I want to do this correctly so if I was setting this computer up today, would following these tutorials in order be a good start?
1. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

2. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

3. RAM - Test with Memtest86+

4. Internet Troubleshooting Guide

5. Reliability Monitor - Reset

6. Optimize Windows 7

7. System Repair Disc - Create

Edited: removed original step 2 process dealing with ssd drives, and just sticking to standard SSD instillation

There are so many tutorials that offer so much info, but too many to narrow down. Just looking to the pros for some advice, but if it's already a tutorial it makes it a lot easier so if there is something else to read I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks

A:Tutorial recommendations for new laptop

You don't need to tweak the SSD unless problems arise then one of our SSD experts will advise you. The optimize steps are the only tweaks I would consider otherwise.

Once you swap in the SSD and check it's detected in BIOS setup, just proceed with the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you choose to use a secondary HD for data, then copy your backed up User folders there, rightclick each to link it to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

But I'd get a large enough SSD so all the programs, page file and hibernate file (if you use it) fit on it, since they benefit most from the speed.

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I want to get a laptop cooler. Can anyone recommend one that is comfortable while it sits on your lap. I'd like to sit on the couch with laptop without my legs getting hot. Thanks.
 

A:Recommendations for a laptop cooler

This is the way I'd go. Aerogel is our nanotechnology future with a R50 per square inch rating.
 

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I'm trying to help my mom buy a new laptop, but I don't have much experience with lower-end computers. I'm hoping someone can help point out a good laptop or laptop maker.

She will be using the laptop for simple tasks: email, web browsing, and Netflix watch now. Because she is using Netflix watch now the laptop will need a video output, preferably HDMI to minimize cables. She would prefer a larger screen, so web books are pretty much out of the question. Battery life, portability, touch pad, etc don't matter because she will use the laptop at home 99.99% of the time. Also, she doesn't have a need for an HDD larger than a few GB.

She wants to spend as little as possible, and is not willing to pay more than $500.

Any ideas/input? Thanks!
 

A:Laptop recommendations wanted

Jesse

Check out the Dells:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-laptops?~ck=anav
 

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Hi,

Right now I am in the market for a VERY basic laptop, which will be used for internet browsing. Of course it needs to have a wireless card.

I'd like to keep the price under $600-650, keeping in mind that I don't want any crappy brand.

~Simon
 

A:Need A Basic Laptop -- Recommendations?

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(Terribly sorry if this is in the wrong section)

I'm looking for a new laptop to buy, but i'm really not sure how to find one that will match my needs.

Here is what i'm looking for:
-Dedicated GPU for mid-end gaming (games like DOTA 2, TF2, and maybe Tribes:Ascend)
-Decent processor for mid-end gaming
-A moderately light design for carrying around in a bookbag (meaning a maximum screen of 14'' in. is preferred)
-Long-lasting hardware
-An absolute maximum pricetag of $1000, prices significantly lower than that are very welcome
Thanks a bunch to all those who reply
 

A:Solved: Laptop Recommendations?

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Hi All

We are looking for Recommendations for a Laptop/Notebook for a 6 year old that is very gentle with computers who has some physical disabilities, (so easy to use with as few detachable parts as possible)
We are looking for recommendations for a laptop/notebook as per below

Dvd player
More than one USB port
Touch screen
(No detachable keyboards)
Easy to use built in keyboard
Wifi
Ethernet port
Pen (if needed) for whichever Laptop is mostly recommended
I have looked at so many but would really love to hear from those with laptops with the above needs as to which they would recommend the most, as her school uses a Windows environment and she does do homework via online, it would be best i think (do not really know) for a Windows computer

Thanks in Advance for any suggestions

Cheers

Serena
 

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