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I have a bit outdated computer, what should I upgrade?

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May 31, 2013 8:01:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2010?

Budget Range: $100 to $250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, music/beat producing and movies, and gaming (only Minecraft, BF3, and maybe some Forza or Need for Speed).

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Anything....

Do you need to buy OS: No, have Windows 7 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, and amazon

Location: Prescott, Arizona, United States

Parts Preferences: Mostly want AMD parts...

Overclocking: Most Likely, if I don't have to spend extra money.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 running at 60hz

Additional Comments: I want the computer to be quiet. Using FL Studio 10 to make beats. I keep (about) 5 Google Chrome tabs open all the time, FL Studio always open, iTunes always open.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't really run Minecraft (30fps on lowest possible settings), the boot time is approx 1 minute and 30 seconds, stutters a lot, not fast at loading stuff (A movie folder approx 10GB takes 3min).

Some specs:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 90nm Tech
RAM: 3GB Dual Channel DDR @ 157mhz (Definitely needs upgrading, don't know what brand to get or how much ram itself.)
Motherboard: ASUStek Computer INC. NAGAMI2 (Socket 939) 4 RAM slots
Graphics: 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350
Hard Drive(s): 112GB Western Digital 5400RPM, 233GB Western Digital 5400RPM
PSU: Thermaltake TT-8020A I think it's a 450W, not sure by google searches.
Case: It's an old HP Pavillion a6244n case. Don't know how much parts can fit. If I need a new case, I may get a new one, recommend some, please.

I am a newbie builder/upgrader. I am tech savvy (in some ways), paid $100 for this system in 2010, thought it was a steal :)  I hope that most of the parts you suggest are near my city, so that I don't have to wait for the parts to arrive to my home.
May 31, 2013 8:10:04 PM

Get a 1080p monitor. Any modern hardware you upgrade will be bottlenecked by your other parts.
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May 31, 2013 8:17:18 PM

Bezzell said:
Get a 1080p monitor. Any modern hardware you upgrade will be bottlenecked by your other parts.

So, it looks like I have to upgrade every part? or build a whole new computer?
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May 31, 2013 8:19:30 PM

Yeah build a new computer your processor is really bad which will require a new motherboard and ram aswell. A better graphics card will require a good power supply i mean you can keep your case and hdd
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May 31, 2013 8:37:49 PM

What he said.
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May 31, 2013 8:51:32 PM

BeRawhh said:
Approximate Purchase Date: 2010?

Budget Range: $100 to $250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, music/beat producing and movies, and gaming (only Minecraft, BF3, and maybe some Forza or Need for Speed).

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Anything....

Do you need to buy OS: No, have Windows 7 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, and amazon

Location: Prescott, Arizona, United States

Parts Preferences: Mostly want AMD parts...

Overclocking: Most Likely, if I don't have to spend extra money.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 running at 60hz

Additional Comments: I want the computer to be quiet. Using FL Studio 10 to make beats. I keep (about) 5 Google Chrome tabs open all the time, FL Studio always open, iTunes always open.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't really run Minecraft (30fps on lowest possible settings), the boot time is approx 1 minute and 30 seconds, stutters a lot, not fast at loading stuff (A movie folder approx 10GB takes 3min).

Some specs:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 90nm Tech
RAM: 3GB Dual Channel DDR @ 157mhz (Definitely needs upgrading, don't know what brand to get or how much ram itself.)
Motherboard: ASUStek Computer INC. NAGAMI2 (Socket 939) 4 RAM slots
Graphics: 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350
Hard Drive(s): 112GB Western Digital 5400RPM, 233GB Western Digital 5400RPM
PSU: Thermaltake TT-8020A I think it's a 450W, not sure by google searches.
Case: It's an old HP Pavillion a6244n case. Don't know how much parts can fit. If I need a new case, I may get a new one, recommend some, please.

I am a newbie builder/upgrader. I am tech savvy (in some ways), paid $100 for this system in 2010, thought it was a steal :)  I hope that most of the parts you suggest are near my city, so that I don't have to wait for the parts to arrive to my home.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at this point, it doesn't make much sense to put any money into your rig. If you can save up $500, you can build a budget/entry-level PC that will absolutely murder it. It's a 2005 processor in a socket that was dead by 2006 with a GPU that was entry-level in 2008. $100 wasn't a bad price for something you got use out of for a few years, but in terms of getting it anywhere near even a low-end 2013 PC, it's a non-starter.

Also another bit of bad news, but you may not already have an OS if you do a new build. If the Windows 7 came with your HP, it's very likely an OEM version, which means it's tied to your CPU/motherboard.
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