I have a gaming computer that was built in 2008 by a friend of my brother, and I know it's outdated. I was hoping I could get some feedback from here to see what I can do to improve the stats, or what needs to be replaced. Or if need be, get a new computer.
That would be an alright idea, though I was hoping I could re-use some parts.
I don't game as heavily as I used to, I play games that run fine on my Dell laptop lol. But the laptop is supposed to be for school so, I wanted to use my desktop again.
My budget is approx $600-900, so I have quite of flexibility for a low budget gaming computer.
-Would like to re-use any parts if possible
Your system is not bad, actually, if that is your target. The 9600GT was an excellent card and may be as strong or stronger than the video in your dell laptop. More video is always good -- you'd need to spend $130 to see noticeably better video than the 9600GT. Check this ref, last page, find your 9600GT, look for cards at least 3 tiers higher. That puts you in the $120+ range. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
CPU Intel Core i5-2400 $190
CPU Cooler Intel Boxed Heat Sink and Fan $0
Motherboard MSI PH61A-P35 $70
RAM Wintec AMPO 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 3AMD31333-4G2K-NHR $25
Graphics Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB $180
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB SATA 6Gb/s $50
Case Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 $30
Power Antec EarthWatts Green EA430D 430 W $45
Optical Samsung 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222AB $17
Now that I think about it, I should have given a more in depth reason to why I wanted to update. It's not so much update as replace certain pieces.
I have a feeling something in my computer is failing or about to fail but I don't know what it is. The specs on the computer now should run the games I play fine, but instead I am slammed with fps lag. It is four years old so I'm sure something needs to be replaced, but I'm not tech savy enough to know exactly what.
I think the graphics card is fine, could the CPU be failing?
It loads programs slowly and freezes on most loading screens in games, the gameplay is also choppy because of fps lag.
Also, if I remember correctly, the computer freezes when I use the default defragger, but I use Auslogics instead.
Hard drives could cause the problems you are seeing. defrag problems point you there.
Software problems could also. (so could lots of other things).
1. Do a surface scan of the drive. Kick it off when you leave house for work/school or when you go to sleep. It'll run for hours.
2. Look at the SMART data on the drive. (Goto device manager, find what drive you have e.g. seagate, WD, etc., download smart diagnostic from manufacturer. See if the smart data predicts a failure
3. Can you reformat your disk? Or do you have a lot of data you can't lose. After a few years all sorts of bad/broken software is partially installed on a PC. formatting and reinstalling windows fixes all that.
4. Run some benchmarks and then compare your PC to other PCs of the same hardware to see if anything is structurally wrong with PC
5. download REALTEMP or equivalent and see what temps you are pushing. CPU throttling could do this if your heat sink is full of years of dust or fell off the CPU.