Looking at upgrading my PC. Im either looking at placing a few items into it or just buying a new tower and working with what i have in it atm and some new bits to upgrade it. Either way, I have looked into things a bit and have found a few products that i like the look of, Will these work together in either of my situations??
MY PC: Compaq Presario CQ3250AN
Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 44 Processor 3.00 GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4350
PC: Running on 64 - Bit
Motherboard: No idea.
What is your objective?
If it is gaming, then a graphics upgrade is in order.
But first, run these two tests to clarify your options:
1) Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
2) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 70%.
If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.
It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
I see a few issues.
As best I can tell, your psu is a 300w unit, and will not support a much stronger graphics card. Every psu must have a specs label. Look at yours and tell us what you see. In particular, what is the amperage on the +12v rail?
The case looks like a standard ATX case. Good.
The Motherboard looks like a micro-ATX with the usual 4 slots.
Do you have anything installed in the optional slots? Many upgraded graphics cards like the 6850 need two slots for the cooling solution.
Why do you want to change the motherboard? The usual reason is only to support a different cpu. You will not get any better performance out of your current cpu.
Alright. Im using the site Mwave.com.au (Due to it being able to deliver to my house for cheap since im in AUS).
Budget: No more than $600
I'm looking at upgrading pretty much everything, I have a build i am looking into...
CASE - Aywun Game Series G03 Black Mid Tower ATX Case with Side Window, 0.6mm SECC 2 x 120mm LED fan, Screwless Design Mesh Front Panel, 4 x 5.25" and 1 x 3.5"external bays, 5 x 3.5" internal bays, 7 expansion slots ($52.10)
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, 3.20GHz, Quad Core, Socket AM3, 125W TDP, 4x512KB L2 Cache, 6MB L3 Cache, Stepping C3, Boxed, Deneb ($149)
If you are going to change your motherboard, consider a sandy bridge based system. Today, nothing else comes close at the $125(US) to $200 price range. The sandys are 20% faster, clock for clock, and overclock higher.
You might want to review this article on gaming with <$200 cpu's: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...