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Have A 4 Year Old Computer And Trying To Upgrade IT

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January 23, 2014 5:15:25 PM

What I Need This For: Gaming, Surfing The Web,Watching Youtube,Making Videos

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Specs:

Manufacturer: Acer
Model: Aspire M3400
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor 2.70 GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB
System Type: 64-bit Operating System
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4250

Need help one what I need to upgrade it. Thanks!

More about : year computer upgrade

January 23, 2014 5:47:26 PM

It will depend on how much you want to spend. But just getting a discrete gfx card will let you game much better. What is the make/model of your power supply? That will determine how powerful a card you can use.
Is this your Acer? http://zapp4.staticworld.net/reviews/graphics/products/...
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January 23, 2014 5:49:09 PM

Sorry. Double post.
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January 23, 2014 5:59:42 PM

Yes that is my acer.
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January 23, 2014 6:04:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $570.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 21:05 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2014 6:13:08 PM

filippi said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $570.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 21:05 EST-0500)


You are a genius. Going to check these out. Thank you.

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January 23, 2014 7:16:10 PM

That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.
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January 23, 2014 7:28:16 PM

clutchc said:
That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.


oh, my friend was telling me the same thing. Im not good with computers :/ 
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January 23, 2014 7:37:42 PM

lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.


oh, my friend was telling me the same thing. Im not good with computers :/ 


If this would be a first build, maybe try adding a discrete gfx card and use the PC like that for awhile. I just helped a fellow with the exact same rig as yours with the addition of an AMD HD 7750. He is astounded at the performance he's getting at 1440x900 resolution.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GV-R775OC-1GI-Radeon-HD7...
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January 23, 2014 7:45:30 PM

clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.


oh, my friend was telling me the same thing. Im not good with computers :/ 


If this would be a first build, maybe try adding a discrete gfx card and use the PC like that for awhile. I just helped a fellow with the exact same rig as yours with the addition of an AMD HD 7750. He is astounded at the performance he's getting at 1440x900 resolution.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GV-R775OC-1GI-Radeon-HD7...


Maybe just that and It would improve a lot?
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January 23, 2014 7:46:39 PM

lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.


oh, my friend was telling me the same thing. Im not good with computers :/ 


If this would be a first build, maybe try adding a discrete gfx card and use the PC like that for awhile. I just helped a fellow with the exact same rig as yours with the addition of an AMD HD 7750. He is astounded at the performance he's getting at 1440x900 resolution.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GV-R775OC-1GI-Radeon-HD7...


Maybe just that and It would improve a lot?


For gaming, yes. He was reporting some fantastic FPS numbers in several games. I don't know if that was online or offline gaming, tho.
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January 23, 2014 7:47:57 PM

clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That CPU won't work in your MB. You will have to add the cost of a new MB to that list. And possibly a new copy of Win7 or Win8 if your existing copy of Windows is an OEM license.


oh, my friend was telling me the same thing. Im not good with computers :/ 


If this would be a first build, maybe try adding a discrete gfx card and use the PC like that for awhile. I just helped a fellow with the exact same rig as yours with the addition of an AMD HD 7750. He is astounded at the performance he's getting at 1440x900 resolution.
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GV-R775OC-1GI-Radeon-HD7...


Maybe just that and It would improve a lot?


For gaming, yes.


Ok and do you think maybe it would help record gameplay?
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January 23, 2014 7:52:36 PM

That's something I don't do. That may still depend on the CPU for a lot of its work. But it will be one heck of a lot better than what you have now.
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January 23, 2014 7:53:49 PM

clutchc said:
That's something I don't do. That may still depend on the CPU for a lot of its work. But it will be one heck of a lot better than what you have now.


Ok and my friend said this is a more updated version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and I think I can just also get a monitor and I think this will be fine since Im not hardcore gamer.
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January 24, 2014 9:54:54 AM

lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That's something I don't do. That may still depend on the CPU for a lot of its work. But it will be one heck of a lot better than what you have now.


Ok and my friend said this is a more updated version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and I think I can just also get a monitor and I think this will be fine since Im not hardcore gamer.


Updated version of what?
Do you have enough PSU for that card? And it requires a PCIe 6 pin aux cable. Does your PSU have one?
The HD 7750 is only a 55W card and should work with most OEM PSUs. The HD 7770 is an 80W card and might be too much for yours. Can you read the nameplate on the side of the PSU? If so, post the +12V rating(s).
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January 24, 2014 1:21:47 PM

clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
That's something I don't do. That may still depend on the CPU for a lot of its work. But it will be one heck of a lot better than what you have now.


Ok and my friend said this is a more updated version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and I think I can just also get a monitor and I think this will be fine since Im not hardcore gamer.


Updated version of what?
Do you have enough PSU for that card? And it requires a PCIe 6 pin aux cable. Does your PSU have one?
The HD 7750 is only a 55W card and should work with most OEM PSUs. The HD 7770 is an 80W card and might be too much for yours. Can you read the nameplate on the side of the PSU? If so, post the +12V rating(s).


No, I can't see it its covered.
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January 24, 2014 1:55:45 PM

Until you know your PSU can handle it, I'd stick with the HD 7750. What resolution is your monitor?
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January 24, 2014 7:21:29 PM

clutchc said:
Until you know your PSU can handle it, I'd stick with the HD 7750. What resolution is your monitor?


Im going to get a new monitor
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January 24, 2014 7:22:26 PM

clutchc said:
Until you know your PSU can handle it, I'd stick with the HD 7750. What resolution is your monitor?


lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
Until you know your PSU can handle it, I'd stick with the HD 7750. What resolution is your monitor?


Im going to get a new monitor


And also do you know any good cheap 1080 p hd monitors that good?

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January 25, 2014 6:06:20 AM

clutchc said:
I have had great luck with the Asus line: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

But lots of folks will buy Acer for a budget monitor. I've never used one of theirs, so I can't vouch for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Be sure to check that the monitor has inputs for what you want to use; VGA, DVI, HDMI...


I also wanted to know if there are any gaming monitors with speakers on the front because my firned got a monitor with speakers on the back and he couldnt hear it that well.
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January 25, 2014 8:15:52 AM

clutchc said:
I have had great luck with the Asus line: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

But lots of folks will buy Acer for a budget monitor. I've never used one of theirs, so I can't vouch for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Be sure to check that the monitor has inputs for what you want to use; VGA, DVI, HDMI...


And I also think this is a good monitor http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0043T7FHK/ref=s...
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January 25, 2014 10:01:00 AM

lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
I have had great luck with the Asus line: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

But lots of folks will buy Acer for a budget monitor. I've never used one of theirs, so I can't vouch for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Be sure to check that the monitor has inputs for what you want to use; VGA, DVI, HDMI...


I also wanted to know if there are any gaming monitors with speakers on the front because my firned got a monitor with speakers on the back and he couldnt hear it that well.


You won't be using the monitor's built-in speakers anyway. So it isn't an issue. They usually add really cheap ones just because the same package can be sold as a small TV with a few minor adjustments like adding a tuner.
Yes, the Asus on the Amazon page looks fine.
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January 25, 2014 10:11:42 AM

clutchc said:
lancher10 said:
clutchc said:
I have had great luck with the Asus line: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

But lots of folks will buy Acer for a budget monitor. I've never used one of theirs, so I can't vouch for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Be sure to check that the monitor has inputs for what you want to use; VGA, DVI, HDMI...


I also wanted to know if there are any gaming monitors with speakers on the front because my firned got a monitor with speakers on the back and he couldnt hear it that well.


You won't be using the monitor's built-in speakers anyway. So it isn't an issue. They usually add really cheap ones just because the same package can be sold as a small TV with a few minor adjustments like adding a tuner.
Yes, the Asus on the Amazon page looks fine.


So what kind of speakers will I be using.
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January 25, 2014 10:17:29 AM

Well, I guess I assumed you would have satelite speakers or headphones. I don't many folks that rely on the monitor's speakers for gaming. But if you do, then good luck. The speakers built-in to the monitors are quite poor.
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January 25, 2014 10:20:20 AM

clutchc said:
Well, I guess I assumed you would have satelite speakers or headphones. I don't many folks that rely on the monitor's speakers for gaming. But if you do, then good luck. The speakers built-in to the monitors are quite poor.


I may get a headseet but I would't want to use it for something like youtube etc
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January 26, 2014 10:53:29 AM

Unless you plan on wearing the headphones constantly when on your PC, you should really have a pair of speakers. Especially handy when testing, building, or troubleshooting. That's why I picked up those Logitech cheapies. I use them on the open bench rig I use assembling builds. And I like those speakers because they plug directly into the 120V outlet. No brick with a mess of wire coming from it.
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