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What is your recommendation for upgrade (q9550 to ?)

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November 14, 2012 4:08:28 AM

Here is what I have currently:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (I used 64 bit before but reformat temporarily because I suspected virus affected the system due to crazy shutdown)
System Manufacturer: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD
System Model: MS-7519
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3072MB RAM

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GT 630
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 2258 MB
Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: E2250
Monitor Id: GSM578C
Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)

Model: SAMSUNG HD120IJ ATA Device, total Space: 114.4 GB
Model: SAMSUNG HD322HJ ATA Device, total Space: 305.2 GB

Power Supply: Cooler Master 500 RS-500-PCAR-D3 (is it 500W?)

*Problem:
My pc always shutdown whenever I start to play game.
I have tried to replace the power supply before but it was ok for 1 month and then
the problem happen again. I also bought a new graphic card gigabyte gt630 1G.
The previous graphic card was geforce 9600. The pc run fine after replacing the
graphic card. It is not BSOD .. it was like someone plug off the power.
I already reinstall the graphic driver. Heat problem? uhm.. no idea because
I did not monitoring the temperature. Quite clean inside, not too dusty.

Upgrade purpose:
1. high intense graphic game
2. solidworks
3. hd movie
4. photoshop

What do I need to replace what not to replace?
Is it worth to upgrade mobo or processor?

Thanks in advance.


Budget for upgrade: Max USD486
(lcd is excluded)
November 14, 2012 4:16:18 AM

Hello & Welcome.

You'll need to Upgrade CPU, MOBO, and thus RAM, High End GPU and probably a new case. So you're almost looking for a new build and this will cost around $1000.

EDIT: And the PSU, Cooler Master 500W series are creepy ones, only the Silent/Pro series are the best.
November 14, 2012 4:20:16 AM

scarsion said:


*Problem:
My pc always shutdown whenever I start to play game.
I have tried to replace the power supply before but it was ok for 1 month and then
the problem happen again. I also bought a new graphic card gigabyte gt630 1G.
The previous graphic card was geforce 9600. The pc run fine after replacing the
graphic card. It is not BSOD .. it was like someone plug off the power.
I already reinstall the graphic driver. Heat problem? uhm.. no idea because
I did not monitoring the temperature. Quite clean inside, not too dusty.

Upgrade purpose:
1. high intense graphic game
2. solidworks
3. hd movie
4. photoshop

What do I need to replace what not to replace?
Is it worth to upgrade mobo or processor?

Thanks in advance.


Budget for upgrade: Max USD486
(lcd is excluded)


That shutdowns without BSOD are usually because of heat, specially if it happens after you run a game. Your heatsink is probably loose or something, but it shouldn't be the GT630 if it is new.
Keep in mind you will have to change the mobo, no more processors are built for that one.
To use photoshop and solid works you have to get at least 4 cores. Look at the i5 or i7 product line, the one you get depends on your budget. I'm afraid you didn't get a good graphics card for high intense graphic gaming, so it may disappoint you when you try to do it.... it may work at low resolutions though.
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November 14, 2012 6:55:30 AM

ilysaml said:
Hello & Welcome.

You'll need to Upgrade CPU, MOBO, and thus RAM, High End GPU and probably a new case. So you're almost looking for a new build and this will cost around $1000.

EDIT: And the PSU, Cooler Master 500W series are creepy ones, only the Silent/Pro series are the best.



ouch..1k.
Thanks ilysaml.

Perhaps you can suggest a reliable build and brand for each peripheral. i have no idea to match
them

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November 14, 2012 10:05:01 AM
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CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K -$219
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper EVO -$31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 -$124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.Skill 8GB 1600 MHz $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 3X HD 7870 -$239
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer -$85, $75 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W -$89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $826

You can add a SSD along with your hard drives or get a more powerful GPU.
November 16, 2012 4:45:09 AM

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