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April 9, 2012 5:47:01 PM

Hi all,

I havent done much to my PC for a few years and it is starting to slow on newer games. Just seeing if there are any suggestions as what hardware would be best to upgrade to from my current spec:

HP-Pavilion
GS342AA-ABU g3100.uk
Windows 7
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
CD-ROM Drive: Name HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GSA-H60L ATA Device
Display ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series

My base index scores look like:
Processor: 5.9
Memory (RAM): 5.9
Graphics: 6.9
Gaming graphics: 6.9
Primary hard disk: 5.7

Not sure if there is anything I have missed there.

Thanks!!


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April 9, 2012 7:20:10 PM

Looks like that system's motherboard would normally only take up to an Intel Core2Duo E6700. At $300+ for an E6700 on Amazon and $200+ for an E6600 (USD), I couldn't recommend either of those upgrades.

Your best bet would be to go for a full core system upgrade; MB/CPU/RAM.

-Wolf sends
April 9, 2012 7:46:51 PM

A better GPU that your power supply could handle should speed up your games. Don't spend too much on a GPU though because your CPU will bottleneck it. What games are slow and what is your monitor's resolution?
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April 9, 2012 9:14:23 PM

Thank you both for your quick replies. I have looked into a full system upgrade and should probably go for that, was hoping for a budget option possibly first tho lol. I did actually read a post about GPU's earler today, may have to look into this! 1680 / 1050 is my res at the moment. Only using a ViewSonic VA2216w at the moment. I think the max res for this is 1920 / 1080.

Thanks!
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