I am wondering of ways i can customize my current Alienware Aurora R5 cpu, right now It has 4GB RAM which I intend to keep, an Nvidia Geforce 9600gt graphics card which I really want to change, and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ dual core processor which i want to upgrade. I dont want tobuy something to then find out that it will not work with my pc which is why i am asking the community. Help me please!
With your lack of knowledge your better off buying a new premade again.
Yes because the rest of us we're born with this knowledge. We've all got to start somewhere.
First you need to do a lot of research into your current system. You wont have an Intel x58 Motherboard with an AMD CUP for starters.
To find out exactly what is in your current PC, you can open her up. This will help you to identify the motherboard and PSU.
To find out the CPU download and run the CPUz tool. This will also help to identify your RAM.
Your Graphics card can be confirmed using the similar GPUz tool. Both available from a quick Google.
Check out the System Builders guides on Toms. There are plenty of guides on just about every aspect of making and upgrading a computer.
don't know what your budget is but the first thing I would do is upgrade your CPU. For around $70, you can get the Athlon II x435 or 440. Both run cool, OC great and are a good step up from what you currently have. If you want to spend more money you can look into the Phenom II quads (940,955,965) but frankly the athlon II x3 is a very nice budget gaming CPU.
my second upgrade would be the video card. The 9600GT is still a solid for you but for around $100 you can get the ATI 4850 or Nvidia GTS250. Both will run just about any game max @ 1280 x1024. if you want DX11 support, look at the ATI 5750 at around $130. It has similar performance to the other two cards.
a solid 400w PSU can run the GTS250 or ATI 4850. If you can run the 9600GT, you can run the ATI 5750.
OP..ct1615 has it on the head there, couldn't say it better, also a nice project if you have nevr done anything like this before.. I would recommend doing some planning and reading up first though so you know exactly what you need to do to swap out CPU and GPU.
@ct, love speccy, deployed frequently, along with ccleaner and defraggler, nice to see someone else approving it!
ive decided to get the AMD Phenom II hex core processor because it is extremely powerful and a very good price, I also picked it because ct1615 said a phenoms will work. I might look into an even better graphics card option but right now the ATI 5750 soudn really good. Thanks for all the help everyone
im buying all my parts from scan because it was reccomended by a friend who i helped build his pc. This is the graphics card i am thinking of getting because it covers my price budget and looks extremely good.