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Upgrading my PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by davidb30, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. davidb30

    davidb30 Thread Starter

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    Hello I have just joined this forum so I hope I am posting in the right place!

    BASICALLY I think I need to/want to upgrade the hardware in my PC. at the moment my spec is...

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.40GHz (I bought a nice heat sink/fan for the processor)
    Board: 4coreDuel-SATA2 (PT880 Pro)
    RAM: DDR2 2gb (KTC1G-UDIMM)
    Graphics card: ATI R5750 1gb
    Hard drive: 300gb
    Power: 500W (OCZ500SXS)
    Windows XP

    At the moment I think I have a good enough graphics card but a restrictive motherboard and I would probably benefit from getting 4gb ram and a faster processor. I want to have a good PC that will last a while without spending too much and need advice on what i should buy and where I should look to help me make decisions. I hope you can help me. (y)

    Regards,

    David
     
  2. flavallee

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    David:

    There are several different models of the PT880 Pro motherboard, so I'm not sure which one you have.

    If the processor and the operating system aren't 64-bit, there's not much sense in increasing to more than 3 GB or RAM.

    Are you wanting to use that computer for hard-core gaming or some other processor-hungry/memory-hungry/graphics-hungry function?

    I'm not a hard-core gamer or a hardware expert, so hopefully you'll get some input from those that are.

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  3. davidb30

    davidb30 Thread Starter

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    I agree about the ram if I am using XP i probably only need 2gb. As for purpose its pretty much an all round PC but i would like to use it for gaming.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    XP never uses more than 512 MB's of RAM, so adding a lot will make no difference.

    You might take a look at barebone kits. They offer the chance for pretty much a new machine, but you can use many of your old parts. Sometimes, they have one available that is just what you are looking for.

    Replacing the motherboard is almost a new machine, anyway.

    Some "barebone" kits
     
  5. davidb30

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    Ill check it out, thanks
     
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