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Time for an upgrade... help?
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:03:20 PM »
My PC has been showing its age for a while, but it's finally becoming totally obsolete. I can't run YouTube at 1080p 60fps, most games require Windows 7 64 bit minimum (I have 32 bit), I'm pretty sure my RAM is on the fritz and my video card is no longer up to snuff.

This is my shit.

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX240OCK23GQ - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103714

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

HIS IceQ 5 H577QT1GD Radeon HD 5770 Turbo 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161333

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136534
(I also had a WD 500gb drive for the OS and other system files like games and stuff)

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156239

(The power supply has been replaced with an Earthwatts 500w)


So yeah, pretty fucking outdated.

I DO have another case, a larger one, that i could probably use with my upgrade if needed.


So, what are my options? Stuff better shit in with what I have, or start fresh? I'm assuming start fresh... is my PSU still up to snuff, or do I need to upgrade that, too?

My intentions are mostly gaming and video editing, not much of anything else other than internet.

I wish I could say money is no object, but it is, so I'd like to keep things reasonable. Don't need a top of the line machine, but I definitely need something that will be up to date.



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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 12:49:46 PM »
You don't have a choice but to go all new. You could re-use the case and probably the power supply but case tech has come a long ways (price, cooling, materials) and a new PSU would help just for piece of mind. You don't want the PSU to shit the bed and take your new stuff with it.

I don't really stay up to date on the top-of-the-line tech, but I do know that Intel is the brand to beat on processors and video cards.

Start with PCPartPicker.com and put some stuff together. It forces compatibility and you can view prices, rebates, and more.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 10:08:01 PM »
I talked to my fiancees friend Michelle's husband (still follow? lol) who is a computer technician, he spoke to his colleagues and they came back with this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130722
MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231485
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL


They said my GPU, PSU and HDD's are all compatible with them and my GPU is apparently still a pretty decent card, and combined with a better CPU should be able to handle a bit more. Of course I can always upgrade from there.

The mobo is apparently a very good board for the price, and people say the CPU is one of the best deals you can get, although he did say that Intel i5 would be the way to go if I wanted to go top of the line.

He suggested 1x8gb stick of RAM, because that'll be plenty for now, and I can slap another one in there in the future.

I considered upgrading my PSU, but the one I have has been working flawlessly showing no signs of issues whatsoever. I know that doesn't mean much, so I probably will end up upgrading.

Any recommendations?

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 10:50:38 PM »
Your video card is very weak compared to anything out there today. Your PSU is compatible but it's old. Your harddrive is also compatible but you're doing yourself a disservice by not using an SSD as your main drive, especially with the prices we've been seeing lately. I bought my 256 GB for $80. Keep your 1TB drive as a storage drive.

I agree on the RAM. 8 GB is plenty for most people. I finally bumped up to 12 GB a few months ago because I found a stupid deal on a 1x8GB ($10 after rebates!).

Benchmarks on the AMD processor are pretty good. I've had good luck with MSI motherboards in the past but the one you linked doesn't seem very popular (not a whole lot of reviews) and I tend to shy away from things like that. It's also dirt cheap. I shoot for the $80-100 range. I don't need a ton of features but I do end up wanting some of them. At least it supports USB 3.0.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2015, 09:34:07 PM »
By the way, if you want a 2x2GB setup for RAM, let me know. It's a set of G.Skill Riptide DDR3 1600. I replaced them with the single 8 GB stick and I don't want to just hold onto them. $30 and I'll ship it to you.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2015, 10:24:32 PM »
I already ordered the stuff, thanks though. I've seen some favorable reviews on the mobo, I'll give it a shot. For the price I'm not going to be too terribly upset if it's shit. I can build a second PC out of it and let my fiancee use it for whatever she wants to use it for.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 08:25:12 AM »
Did you get an SSD? It really is a night and day difference.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 09:43:13 AM »
I didn't, but I will look into it.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2015, 10:26:01 AM »
Definitely. Just keep an eye on Slickdeals front page for a good deal. You would be fine with a 256 GB.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2015, 09:27:44 PM »
Got it all up and running tonight. What a difference it made. Even with just the mobo, ram and cpu, it made a HUGE improvement to my graphics card. I couldn't run Next Car Game on anyhting but low settings before, and I couldn't play online at all because it would drop to 10fps and stay there. Now I can run high settings AND play online with only the very occasional framerate drop, and when it DOES happen, it's only slight.

Multi tasking is now a thing I can do, and it doesn't take ages to tab between programs.

I'm happy with it so far.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 08:11:00 PM »


Definitely need an SSD now. A decent PC for a measly $220 worth of upgrades. I'm pretty happy with it.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 08:16:47 PM »
Put absolutely no stake in that score. It's a completely arbitrary number.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2015, 07:38:59 PM »
Nick, buy this.

http://slickdeals.net/f/7652124-ocz-arc-100-series-240gb-ssd-with-mcafee-multiacess-bundle-39-99-or-less-ar-shipping

$30 + shipping + probably tax for a 240GB SSD. Good reviews on Amazon and Newegg. You just have to wait for rebates. I did a McAfee rebate last year for some RAM and didn't have any issues with it.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2015, 03:53:56 PM »
Graphics wise, I wouldn't say Intel is the one to beat.  There are much better aftermarkets out there for him to look in to.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2015, 11:09:54 PM »
Huh? The only alternative is AMD. Intel owns Nvidia and AMD owns ATI.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2015, 07:38:04 AM »
Huh? The only alternative is AMD. Intel owns Nvidia and AMD owns ATI.

I thought you were talking about on board Intel graphics, which suck.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2015, 05:36:38 PM »
Oh, no, of course not. Intel's on-board graphics are actually really good but not for gaming.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2015, 05:40:13 PM »
Huh? The only alternative is AMD. Intel owns Nvidia and AMD owns ATI.

When did that happen?

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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2015, 06:41:43 PM »
When did that happen?

I thought they did too, but so far I haven't found anything more than articles about talks of a merger and rumors.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2015, 08:43:48 AM »
Eh, I guess they don't. I don't know why I thought that.

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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2015, 01:41:34 PM »
Eh, I guess they don't. I don't know why I thought that.

I remember hearing talks about it awhile ago, I thought they bought them out too.  But when I read some articles, it appears that NVidia was trying to get into the processor market too.

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Re: Time for an upgrade... help?
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2015, 10:05:08 AM »


Definitely need an SSD now. A decent PC for a measly $220 worth of upgrades. I'm pretty happy with it.

If you haven't already boguht it, then YES you do need an SSD. I finally caved and got one last week. Holy shit what a difference.