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Build Advice Upgrade advice.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by m0o0oeh, 10 Nov 2014.

  1. m0o0oeh

    m0o0oeh Minimodder

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    TL;DR : Help? Which upgrade item is going to give me the most noticeable improvement in my pc?

    Budget:
    Something in the region of £150 - 200

    Main uses of intended build:
    Gaming/recording music and video.

    Parts required:
    Ideally looking for advice about a new processor, RAM, and monitor

    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    MSI A55M E33 FM2 motherboard, AMD Athlon X4 740, 8gb DDR3 1600MHz, Radeon HD7790, 1tb WD Green.

    Monitor resolution:
    No-name 15" monitor @ 800x600, with a max of 1024x768 (my HDTV is now in the lounge, so I rescued it from my brothers room.)

    Storage requirements:
    Current drive is ok, but considering other options for future.

    will you be overclocking: No

    Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers):
    Recycling current motherboard

    Extra information about desired system:
    Recycling motherboard, 7790, and storage, case etc.

    For some reason, Windows only recognises 4 of the 8gb RAM. So I figured on replacing both sticks to give it a bit more grunt. The rig is a little over a year old, and I feel it's slowing down, and it needs a kick up the ass. I realise that my budget is tight, and as the computer works just fine for now, the processor can wait a bit maybe until I've saved up a bit more. I'm desperate for a new monitor bigger than 15", and I do think more RAM will be of more benefit than the processor. I'm mainly interested in peoples opinions on whether to go APU or stay with a standard CPU. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for gear to look at in the Christmas sales, that'd be great.
     
  2. johnim40

    johnim40 Minimodder

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    Hi a ssd will give a new lease of life to it

    Also what version of windows do you use you need a x64 to reconize the full 8gb
     
  3. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    +1 on the above.

    If it were me, I'd go for something like this and this.

    Definitely make sure you are running a 64-bit copy of Windows too, might be a good time to reinstall from scratch directly on to the SSD.
     
  4. m0o0oeh

    m0o0oeh Minimodder

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    Running Win 7 (iirc its x64. Ultimate/Home Premium, I can never remember.) An SSD would help a great deal...
     
  5. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    New monitor without a doubt.

    Whilst the computer may be slow in the occasional game, you're always having to look at a crappy monitor what ever you're doing (i.e. surfing the web).

    You could get a pretty decent monitor for £150 to £200, it will be the best upgrade you've done for ages! :)
     
  6. Anfield

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    Upgrading the CPU would either be only a small upgrade or bust the budget severely.
    As for the Ram, don't worry about it, its still close enough to the top end.


    I'd agree with the suggestion of a new monitor, a 24" with an IPS panel from a decent brand can be had for under £150 these days, that way you can stop using that medieval eye torture device.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/616175-lg-24mb35pm-24-led-ips-dvi-monitor-24mb35pm

    Then throw in a ssd:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/655772-plextor-128gb-m6s-series-2-5inch-ssd-px-128m6s

    Would be like night and day.
     
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