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May 31, 2012 5:19:49 PM

Right now I have this : http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/12132708-...

Except I upgraded it with a 500 w PSU, a 560ti, and 4 GB of ram but the ram are different speeds (fail on my part).

With 300 dollars I could get an i3 2120, a mobo, a rosewell challenger, and 4gb DDR3 ram. It's 300 because I would be using the old parts from my current pc such as gpu, storage, optic drive, psu

So do you think I should build this pc or would my current pc hold for another few years? So far its 4 years old and I need to make the ram all the same ($20) and it needs a new cpu fan ($25)

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May 31, 2012 5:22:51 PM

huhjunn said:
Right now I have this : http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/ [...] html?dnr=1

Except I upgraded it with a 500 w PSU, a 560ti, and 4 GB of ram but the ram are different speeds (fail on my part).

With 300 dollars I could get an i3 2120, a mobo, a rosewell challenger, and 4gb DDR3 ram. It's 300 because I would be using the old parts from my current pc such as gpu, storage, optic drive, psu

So do you think I should build this pc or would my current pc hold for another few years? So far its 4 years old and I need to make the ram all the same ($20) and it needs a new cpu fan ($25)



cant see your link what processor do you have
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May 31, 2012 5:26:18 PM

I edited the link so it should work now. But my processor is a q6600 2.4 ghz
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May 31, 2012 5:53:14 PM

huhjunn said:
I edited the link so it should work now. But my processor is a q6600 2.4 ghz


If you could bump up your upgrade to say an 15-3470 then I'd say it would be a huge upgrade for you but not sure if an I-3 would be that big of an upgrade.
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June 1, 2012 12:00:35 AM

If you want to save money I say to wait a bit until end of year. Or check Newegg build it yourself bundles, sometimes they have great deals.
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June 1, 2012 12:10:52 AM

Wait it out for another year or 2. When you have more money to upgrade , say atleast 500$ then upgrade to a new system
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June 1, 2012 12:24:01 AM

I suspect you have a reasonably well balanced system.
It is not clear to me if a cpu upgrade would do you more good than a graphics upgrade.
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:

a) 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.

b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.

Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
set to 50% and see how you do.


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.

If you used different speed ram, you will default to the lower speed. As long as all the ram is working ok, I do not see that as a big deal.
I don't think I would spend more on a system that ie a few generations old.

But... you seem to have the itch. Consider saving up and scratching it.
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