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Looking to upgrade 3 year old build...

As of yet, these are the specs that I have:

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CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.73 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.73 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5570 1GB Video Card ($67.99 @ Best Buy)
Other: Micron Technology 4x1Gb Ram at 667Mhz
Other: Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 ($94.99)
Other: Centurion 534+ Plus ($59.99)
Other: LITE-ON DVD SOHD-16P9S
Other: ATAPI DVD+RW 8X4X12
Other: Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit w/access to Win8
Total: $404.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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I was wondering what I should upgrade first other than the OS. (That one is on the way.)
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  1. Would need to know what you're wanting to do with it and what your budget is.

    If it's to surf the web it looks good enough. If it's to game, I'd save up and do a forklift replacement of everything but the optical drives.
  2. +1 as J_E_D_70 said, if you keep the old system, think about a SSD and raid-0 the two HDD's.
  3. J_E_D_70 said:
    Would need to know what you're wanting to do with it and what your budget is.

    If it's to surf the web it looks good enough. If it's to game, I'd save up and do a forklift replacement of everything but the optical drives.


    Currently I am just thinking about it, but the computer was supposed to last me until 2015 at minimum with some upgrades. I am just trying to figure out what to upgrade first. I do game a bit, lots of Civ5, TF2, Warframe, etc. and I also use it for some Graphics rendering (ProE).
  4. Well... what is it not doing that you want it to do? Slow in games, slow to load web pages, etc?

    If it's slow in general, an SSD will make about everything faster.

    You could get a cheap aftermarket cooler ($25 Xigmatek Gaia) and overclock the CPU.

    If the games are choppy a good entry level GPU is the Radeon 7770.
  5. J_E_D_70 said:
    Well... what is it not doing that you want it to do? Slow in games, slow to load web pages, etc?

    If it's slow in general, an SSD will make about everything faster.

    You could get a cheap aftermarket cooler ($25 Xigmatek Gaia) and overclock the CPU.

    If the games are choppy a good entry level GPU is the Radeon 7770.


    It is extremely fast for webpages and flash games and stuff, but my problem is, that overall, it is just a bit slower than what I am used to using at school... (Quad Core i7s are currently being used in my high school windows lab...) Overclocking has already been done a bit to 3.5Ghz, but my ram seems to be at full use all the time (as in speed), I saw that using speccy by piriform.

    TL;DR
    Games are good
    Startup is slow
    Outlook is extremely slow.
    Overclocked fine.
  6. Best answer
    If you went to Win 8 64-bit and 2x4GB RAM it would probably be more responsive all around. Samsung 840 would speed up about everything. That's nearly a $200 investment tho on maybes.

    It could just be the CPU isn't keeping up. But, you'd have new components to go with a new mobo and CPU later on.
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