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November 4, 2010 1:17:59 AM

I have a Gateway GT5654 with the following specifications:

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1015001R/1015001Rsp2....

I was wondering if it would be possible to upgrade the processor and if so, which processor would be the best choice. I would do all this research myself but I just don't have time. I'd also like to know if I can actually upgrade this computer with better hardware without putting too much stress on it. I don't have the money to buy a brand new, state-of-the-art system, so I am trying to make this one as close to state-of-the-art as possible.

I actually got this system off of Craigslist with a 20 inch, LCD monitor and all accessories for like 175 dollars, which was a STEAL. The woman who sold it to me just had a shot hard drive and I replaced it. I really love this computer, it's really reliable and I haven't had any problems with it yet, I would just love to do more with it, maybe some casual gaming.

I was planning on buying a GeForce 9600 GT for 52 dollars off of eBay.

Thanks for reading this guys, let me know!

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November 4, 2010 1:50:01 AM

Hey upgrading to a GeForce 9600 may be a good bet, since you'll need a better graphics card for any gaming since the old one is an older integrated system. You have 3gb RAm DDR2 i believe, which may be fine depending on what games? As far as I know that processor uses an AM3 socket which means you could potentially upgrade the processor...what are you thinking in terms of price range?
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November 4, 2010 2:02:11 AM

bloodymoth said:
Hey upgrading to a GeForce 9600 may be a good bet, since you'll need a better graphics card for any gaming since the old one is an older integrated system. You have 3gb RAm DDR2 i believe, which may be fine depending on what games? As far as I know that processor uses an AM3 socket which means you could potentially upgrade the processor...what are you thinking in terms of price range?


Pricing probably wouldn't much of an issue unless it was insanely expensive. I just wanted to know if I can upgrade to maybe something that came out after my current processor, or possibly a triple or quad core processor. I'm not planning on making my computer into an ultimate gaming computer, but it would be nice to play some higher-end games. I already upgraded the power supply to 600 watt, so I don't need to upgrade that anymore.
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November 4, 2010 2:23:54 AM

Well I would set a limit, because that "older" computer is using DDR2 RAM, but I don't precisely know the motherboard it uses so its hard to decipher the value of upgrading it as a whole. You could make it to play some "higher end computer games", but it could not be used as an "ultimate gaming computer."

If the "heat-sink" on the compute you have can be re-used you can get processors like these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Can get better depending on your price range


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November 4, 2010 5:46:36 AM

oo yeah you bet you can upgrade get a amd phenom II X6!! tell me whats your buget so i can help you more!
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November 4, 2010 7:06:38 AM

bloodymoth said:
Well I would set a limit, because that "older" computer is using DDR2 RAM, but I don't precisely know the motherboard it uses so its hard to decipher the value of upgrading it as a whole. You could make it to play some "higher end computer games", but it could not be used as an "ultimate gaming computer."

If the "heat-sink" on the compute you have can be re-used you can get processors like these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Can get better depending on your price range


My current processor:




My current motherboard:



So based on my motherboard and my processor, what are my options for upgrading. I want to keep the budget for a processor close to 100 hundred dollars, maybe a little over maybe a little under. As far as the graphics card [9600 GT] it's the only one I could find with reasonable specs with a reasonable price concerning my budget.
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November 4, 2010 7:22:12 AM

at 132 you can get a amd athalon x2 6000+ black edition it will fit and can be ocd seriously!!
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November 4, 2010 8:48:11 AM

Here's the best you can do to that board and keep the rest for the best use....

Processor...: Triple Core : 80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or Quad Core :96$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 70$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is what will really make the system ready for future upgrades and other stuff..... I could have suggested some ATI cards.
But you can start with these...
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November 4, 2010 9:25:31 AM

alyoshka said:
Here's the best you can do to that board and keep the rest for the best use....

Processor...: Triple Core : 80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or Quad Core :96$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 70$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is what will really make the system ready for future upgrades and other stuff..... I could have suggested some ATI cards.
But you can start with these...


If you are recommending the black edition processor, I can only assume that an AM2+ processor will work with a motherboard that has a AM2 socket. Am I correct? Also, I read that the 220 GT sucks.
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November 4, 2010 9:26:59 AM

Also, if I were to purchase a triple or quad core processor, would I need to upgrade my cooling unit for my CPU? Right now I just have a generic heat plate and fan on my current processor.
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November 4, 2010 9:54:20 AM

The quad and the tri come with a good enough heatsink and fan as long as you don't go overboard with the OCing :)  so you won't need anything new to coll the rig.
Yes AM2+ will work with an AM2 socket and an AM3 will work with an AM2+ socket....

True, in comparison to the 9600GT the 220 sucks :)  I was mistaken there for a different model

I have 2 9600GTs in SLI and they work real well, no power needed either other than what the mobo gives those slots....
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November 4, 2010 10:32:45 AM

I think I have my answer. Can I select more than one answer as the best answer? Hah. Thanks guys.
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November 4, 2010 11:17:17 AM

lol
Wish you could........
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December 4, 2010 10:41:07 PM

you all are giving him some good advice, but with out knowing the motherboard specs, it would be hard to tell some motherboard only support a 95w processor on the quad 4, and if you aRE PUTTING A GRaPHIC CARD IN you need to add a quite abit more fans in the case or it will overheat {I know I own the same computer}.
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December 5, 2010 3:36:55 AM

Quote:
you all are giving him some good advice, but with out knowing the motherboard specs, it would be hard to tell some motherboard only support a 95w processor on the quad 4, and if you aRE PUTTING A GRaPHIC CARD IN you need to add a quite abit more fans in the case or it will overheat {I know I own the same computer}.


Quite the contrary..........the good advise is because we know the mobo :) 
I think you missed reading the part where he gave the model of his computer.......

You can check this

"I have a Gateway GT5654 with the following specifications:

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/ [...] Rsp2.shtml "

Or Check the CPU-Z Pic.... it's all there.... :) 
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