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Upgrade an old computer

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December 16, 2012 4:24:28 PM


I have an old computer here at home that I need to use for picture editing and a small bit of video-editing but not too heavy at all.

I know i should really buy a new one as this one is three years old and really out-dated, but I only have a budget of 200 Euro.

I need some help as to what i need to buy, what is compatible with what i've alreade got. And what will give me the best price/performance improvement ratio!

Current config:

Motherboard: GA-P35-D53R

CPU: Genuine Intel 1,60GHz

GPU: Ati Radeon HD 4800


Please help!

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 5:02:39 PM

Was it a prebuilt or did you build it? Can you transfer the OS to a new motherboard?

If so, $200 should buy an AMD quad core, basic motherboard and 4-8GB of RAM. If you also had to re-buy windows, you'd eat up a bunch of your budget right there.
December 16, 2012 6:05:57 PM

Save another 200 and buy a new system: bounce: but I’m still looking around to see what I can put tougher for you.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 6:43:43 PM

I would assume many of the parts are reusable. He has a Radeon 4800 series, which is not a low end card. That likely means case and PSU are decent and the drives are surely SATA which can be reused. We are talking a CPU/RAM/MB upgrade only.

I think you could do an fx-6300+MB+8GB DDR3 for 200 Euro. Assuming we don't have to buy an OS as mentioned above.

December 16, 2012 7:09:35 PM

Intel G2120 3.1GHz LGA1155 Pentium Dual Core Ivy Bridge CPU

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance Lp With BlacK Heatsink 2X4GB Kit DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v Desktop Memory

ASRock H61M-DGS LGA1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Desktop Motherboard

A good upgrade for not alot of cash. 185 Euro
a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 9:46:52 PM

G2120 is an ivy bridge processor, which often requires a firmware update in a h61 board. So it's a bit risky to use that one with an older board. B75 is a nice cheap chipset for ivy bridge, or you can just drop to like Pentium G860 instead.

For video, I still like the additional cores of the AMD at this pricepoint.