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January 15, 2014 7:16:16 AM

I am going to update my desktop and need some help from the experts

I am looking to upgrade my current Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT video card to something comparable by today's standards. I am running Windows 7 and use the pc mostly for entertainment. I watch & record ota hd broadcasts & then burn them to dvd or blu ray. Looking for something that will basically match my tv in terms of picture quality, but on my monitor which is a ViewSonic VG2236wm.
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January 15, 2014 7:25:47 AM

What is your budget for GPU ? And do you have a PCI-E x 16 slot on MB ? What is the make/model of your PSU ?
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January 15, 2014 7:26:51 AM

What motherboard are you using?

That card comes in both PCI and AGP variants. If it is AGP, you don't have much of an upgrade path.

What are the rest of the PC specs as well?
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January 15, 2014 8:39:40 AM

some of the information I know, but I am not an expert by any means

the motherboard is MSI MS-7350
don't really have a budget per say........just want something that will perform without problems
currently have intel 1.80 gig duo core...but also going to upgrade
2048 meg ram.......also to be upgraded

hopefully, this is the information that you requested

thanks
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a c 119 U Graphics card
January 15, 2014 9:22:05 AM

1. Your MB has 2 x PCI-E x 16 slots, one runs at x 16 another one at x 8. RAM support is DDR2 800/667/533 max 8GB.

2. Your CPU is quite weak by todays standards, so any decent GPU will be bottlenecked by the CPU, either you have to replace the CPU or you can go with AMD HD 7750 GPU without replacing the CPU.

3. If you want to stay with your current MB then this Intel LGA 775 Core 2 Quad CPU will be your only option to upgrade, but there is no guarantee of it to work.

4. It will be better if you upgrade the whole system like CPU/MB/RAM/GPU, and I assume you have to replace the PSU as well.
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January 15, 2014 10:49:16 AM

If you are going to upgrade the CPU as you state, and the ram. You may as well replace the motherboard as well.

Sourcing an LGA 775 Core 2 Quad cpu will be hard, and the only upgrade you can make on the cpu side with that motherboard.

If you could give us even a rough estimate of what you are looking to spend we can start trying to figure a build out.

Are you confident to build a PC is also a question that needs asking?
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January 16, 2014 7:00:44 AM

I really don't have a budget
I am not going to do the upgrade myself, but the person that built it originally will do the upgrade. I just want to know what to tell him what I want installed.
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January 16, 2014 7:03:59 AM

bnewt said:
I am going to update my desktop and need some help from the experts

I am looking to upgrade my current Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT video card to something comparable by today's standards. I am running Windows 7 and use the pc mostly for entertainment. I watch & record ota hd broadcasts & then burn them to dvd or blu ray. Looking for something that will basically match my tv in terms of picture quality, but on my monitor which is a ViewSonic VG2236wm.


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January 16, 2014 7:07:58 AM

I jus upgraded to a 6 monitor (Acer 23") Eyefinity setup with a VisionTek AMD RADEON HD7870 Eyefinity 6 ED Graphic Card 900548 ... you will need a 500W min power supply also I added Logitech Z906 5.1 surround ... I LOVE the GINORMOUS real estate and awesome sound !
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January 16, 2014 7:24:57 AM

Well if you dont have a budget, I will recommend some parts and see what you say to the price.

I5 4670k - £164 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670...
Asus H87-Plus - £75 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h87plu...
8Gb (2X4) Corsair Vengeance - £64 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m...
R9 270X - £154 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270xga...
Corsair CX 500W - £48 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx...

£505 Total.

That will last for a long time if all you are doing is media usage, it is also overkill, but as their is no budget its hard to know how far to go.

That is also an ATX motherboard, I dont know what size case you have, so it might not fit.
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a c 119 U Graphics card
January 16, 2014 7:35:51 AM

bnewt said:
I really don't have a budget
I am not going to do the upgrade myself, but the person that built it originally will do the upgrade. I just want to know what to tell him what I want installed.


As I said you earlier, if you want to stick with your CPU/MB then HD 7750 GPU will be your best bet.

If you want to upgrade the whole system (which is actually needed) then you should think of a budget.



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January 23, 2014 10:13:44 AM

this is what 1 vendor suggested for my upgrade
PROCESSOR - Intel Socket 775 Core 2 Quad Q6600 Procressor @ 2.4GHz
RAM - 4x2GB (8GB) DDR2 PC2400 800MHz RAM (This is the Max amount)
BLURAY - LG BH12LS35 Internal Blu-Ray Rewriter (SATA, 12X Super Multi Blue Lightscribe)
TVTUNER - New DIAMOND ATI TV Wonder HD 650 Dual Digital and Analog TV Tuner PCIE x1
VIDEO CARD - GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 GC 2GB DDR5 192 Bit VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Video Card

He also suggested that I stay with the current mother board. I know already that I do not want this tv tuner card. I want the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 dual tuner card. Also not sure if the processor upgrade is enough.

Would welcome any suggestions for improvement
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a c 119 U Graphics card
January 23, 2014 10:33:55 AM

What will the upgrade cost you ? And I think the CPU(Q6600) will bottleneck the GPU(GTX660). So it will be better if you upgrade the whole system.

That CPU is quite old by todays standard, and there is no guarantee that your current MB will work with the new CPU, so make that sure beforehand.
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January 23, 2014 5:05:27 PM

around $500

I didn't like the cpu at all......I was thinking along the lines of the i5 by intel. The video card I have never heard of & was leaning toward the NVIDIA... 660 I think & from what I have read the LG blu ray burners are noisy. I already have a lite on dvd burner & was thinking of adding the blu ray version unless I shouldn't use the same brand
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January 24, 2014 12:29:11 AM

For your needs (not gaming) An inbuilt APU from AMD is probably the best way to go. They still have plenty of grunt, but dont expect the newest games to run maxed, but then they wouldnt on a 660 either. But the 660 build will give you more gaming power certainly.


The following will be a fantastic balance for you I think.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XA-G43 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.97 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $330.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 03:19 EST-0500)

However if you did want to keep the 660 in the following would work instead

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.97 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $483.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 03:28 EST-0500)
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a c 119 U Graphics card
January 24, 2014 6:18:02 AM

If you can raise your budget a bit more then go with this setup, solid for years, for gaming and for everything :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $646.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 09:17 EST-0500)
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January 24, 2014 11:57:47 AM

thank you for your suggestions.........
I was actually thinking of your last one (with the Intel processor) just not real fond of the AMD processors. I am also glad that you suggested the Lite-on blu ray burner, since I already have a dvd version.

I read that if you were not going to overclock the processor, you did not neeed the "K" version. Is that correct? Any benefit of one over the other?
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January 25, 2014 6:22:06 AM

If you don't want to OC than a non-K version will be good for you, yes you heard that right.
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January 27, 2014 11:11:27 AM

is there any advantage to overclocking? I have read about it, but not really sure what it accomplishses
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a c 119 U Graphics card
January 27, 2014 11:31:54 AM

Here you can get an idea about advantages and disadvantages of OC : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking

You can search online too, you will have some more ideas.
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