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I currently have:
Dell Dimension E510 - P4 3.0Ghz, 4gb RAM, Radeon X300 gpu
I just went from XP to Win 7 and while it was plenty smooth with XP, it is not quite smooth enough with 7, particularly HD video and my daughter's online games like Poptropica.

No gaming, just as mentioned above - video and some online kids' games.

I'm thinking of upgrading the system with these parts:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C5UGLMO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2SZDGUX9HDN3K&coliid=I1OHN28KPCOVD6

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095VPBM2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2SZDGUX9HDN3K&coliid=I1COWTS4M4G8T7

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042A7CAA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2SZDGUX9HDN3K&coliid=I266GNOJT3SMT9

Can some people comment on the compatibility of these parts? Also, do you think the onboard Radeon graphics of that mobo are enough for my uses? If you have any suggestions within the same budget I would appreciate that as well.
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  1. Of course the onboard graphics are enough. Those parts would be great:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gpYK

    Stronger CPU but lower RAM. 4GB would be more than enough for your daily use. Also these will run windows 7 very smoothly.

    Hope this helps!
  2. Gate9er said:
    Of course the onboard graphics are enough. Those parts would be great:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gpYK

    Stronger CPU but lower RAM. 4GB would be more than enough for your daily use. Also these will run windows 7 very smoothly.

    Hope this helps!


    Thanks Gate9er.

    So 4 gb RAM is plenty. I'm a bit hesitant on that mobo as it is micro ATX and my old Dell case is standard ATX I assume because it is much larger. Also, it looks like I'll need a graphics card with that MSI board? Maybe that Athlon CPU you suggested with the original ECS mobo?
  3. Why would you need a graphics card with that motherboard?
  4. Gate9er said:
    Why would you need a graphics card with that motherboard?


    Under Video, it says "Dependent on CPU" but the CPU doesn't seem to mention anything about handling graphics. I may just be confused.

    Also, I don't think it'll fit / line up with my case openings?
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    silver007 said:
    Gate9er said:
    Why would you need a graphics card with that motherboard?


    Under Video, it says "Dependent on CPU" but the CPU doesn't seem to mention anything about handling graphics. I may just be confused.

    Also, I don't think it'll fit / line up with my case openings?

    It should have the holes for a microATX as well as a ATX motherboard size regardless. It should fit but it is just smaller than a standard atx.
    Also Dependent on the cpu refers to the APU, which has integrated graphic on the cpu. It means that different model number of the APUs have different levels of integrated graphics power.
  6. I guess I'm having a hard time telling which cpu's have graphics and which don't.
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