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Help! Need to know if its possible to upgrade!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by polotulsa, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. polotulsa

    polotulsa Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2012
    I made a huge mistake when purchasing a computer several months back... I need to figure out if it is possible to upgrade the CPU/APU and motherboard or if my most cost efficient option is to get a really good barebones system and use what I can from this computer (ie: HDD, dvd player,etc).

    Here are the specs:
    eMachines/Acer EL1360G-UW11P Desktop PC with AMD Vision Dual-Core APU E-300 Processor 1.3GHz, 1MB Cache, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, AMD Radeon HD6310 Series Graphics Card, Realtek High Definition Audio 7.1 and Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Option
    I literally only remember 1 (ONE) time where the CPU wasnt showing 100% constantly and the RAM usually between 50-80%
    I do not do any gaming that is with 2 webpages open and GOM Audio using the lowest resources playing an MP3.
    For my part I have deleted all unnecessary programs and any that were running in background. Lowered all visual settings to bare min so everything looks like Win95. Limited the number of programs on start up to minimum. Using Glary Utilities Pro to help with that.
    This replaced a 6yo Gateway M285-E tablet pc that sadly can out perform it as a matter of fact I just realized the specs writing this: Intel Core Duo T2500 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 (256MB) GPU and XP MediaCenter.
    The old one was constantly getting bogged down by conflicts in it.

    I have been reading you guys on here for awhile and trust your judgement. What do you think the best option is?
    Thank You
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    i would not expect to be running at 100% with 2 webpages and a audio running

    so if just start up and do not run anything - what does task manager show ?

    it maybe worth looking at the startup programs and see whats running at startup

    StartUp Utility

    Post back a screen shot from the "Whats in Start Up" utility

    Download the utility from here http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/what_run_in_startup.html

    The download link is at the bottom of the page labelled, "Download WhatInStartup"
    Direct link to the program is here http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/whatinstartup.zip

    This utility will run standalone - so will not be installed on the PC

    unzip the downloaded file and double click on the file named:- WhatsInStartUp.exe

    a screen appears with a list of all the programs
    Do Not change or disable anything

    in a reply please post a screen shot

    To post a screen shot of the active window.
    1) hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
    2) if you are using Vista/Windows 7 you can use the "snipping tool" which is found in Start> All programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool

    To upload the screen shot to the forum, open the full reply window ("Go Advanced" button) and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
    Full details are available here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot


    How to use MSCONFIG
    Windows has a special utility called the "Microsoft System Configuration Utility" or "MSCONFIG."

    MSCONFIG can be used to see the startup programs in use and by reducing unwanted programs will help your computer boot and run faster.

    It will help you to troubleshoot problems with your computer

    use http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ database to look up each startup and review its purpose before deciding to remove

    Goto this link for how to use MSCONFIG for all windows version to optimise the startup programs

    Do NOT use any of the clean up or registery cleaners advertised on the site
  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    Hopefully etaf can help you with the 100% CPU usage issue, because it really isn't possible to upgrade the EL1360G PC with anything that would be better.

    It is a small form factor PC with 220 watt power supply, so putting a better motherboard and CPU in it would require more power, but a bigger power supply won't fit. You probably could use the RAM, hard drive and DVD drive in another PC.
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