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Upgrading my current computer

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February 15, 2013 11:48:34 PM

It's just under 2 1/2 years old and I've got enough money saved up to cover it, so might as well.

This isn't the first upgrade I did for it though - I did some smaller upgrades a year ago, a new power supply and video card.

Current specs (Links to parts if I can find them, name/info if not. Computer is a refurbished HP Pavilion P6532f, shipped with a better processor then the specs state..)

Mobo - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=il&dlc=e...
Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2GBx2 Samsung PC10700 DDR3 Ram
Vid Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Earthwatts 380W PSU
Sata 5400 RPM 1 TB HDD
Stock DVD R/RW

Here are the parts I plan to get. For the video card, I prefer silent cards because no noise. I'm adding a new hdd as well, going to use the old one as a secondary.

Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vid Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using Artic Silver 5 thermal paste for the cpu, stock sink and fan. I'm not planning to OC it.

I'm unsure about the ram though. The board knocks the speed down to 8500 if more then two sticks are used, so I'm unsure if I should get 2x4GB of 10700 or 4x4GB of 8500. 4GB is the max supported amount per stick for the board.

As for the video card, someone might be able to find a better one. I was getting the Zotac since it included a vga/dvi adapter but I've decided to buy a new monitor to replace my current CRT. (Old, heavy, and bulky it is, but it lasted longer then my previous LCD. It's 14 years old, and from a junkyard. I pulled it from a junkyard five years ago to replace my lcd - purchased new - that died after two years.)
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February 16, 2013 12:00:19 AM

Looks to be a viable upgrade option, normally I might suggest unlocking the 4th core of your CPU but I doubt HP has that option.
As far as ram goes, I think 16GB is overkill for most uses currently, I'd get the 1600MHz and run 2 modules for 8GB total.
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February 16, 2013 12:46:44 AM

Motherboard doesn't support that speed.
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February 16, 2013 1:25:00 AM

Aite, going through on TD has given me a revised list. (Although, it has yet again sparked my dislike of that site - It's a pain to navigate, compared to Newegg... But meh, the savings are worth it.)

Processor - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Vid Card - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Mem - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I love finding that Asus card - My current and previous card are Asus cards and they are great. This one has a vga port so I can keep my current monitor - More savings for me.

Didn't find the memory I wanted, and thanks to TD's crap categorization skills it was hard enough finding this.
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February 16, 2013 2:08:59 AM

I know what you mean about TD's site. Annoying, but then I find most sites annoying anymore when I think of the descriptive value of the newegg site - kinda spoils ya. Here's what I've come to do, either use PC part picker http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ if I know what part I want or have a general idea. (great site for complete systems builds IMO) If shopping from scratch, newegg is used, once a part nuber is found, I search it at TD - I don't think they're on PCPartPicker. It's a round-about kind of way of doing things but seems to work for me.
You should be fine with those parts but you might save some if you're willing to shop from multiple vendors using the PCPartPicker link
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February 16, 2013 2:16:15 AM

I'll check it out, see if anything is cheaper.

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February 16, 2013 3:02:46 AM

Looks like Newegg does have the Asus card I wanted. I just disreguarded it because of the 1 star rating on it. (One review, person gave a 1 star because the description didn't say how many digital and analog outputs it had.) Given just what the rating was for, and my past experience with Asus, I'll get it from Newegg instead. It's a bit cheaper.

I'm going to get a Seagate Barracuda instead of the WD Black. It's got good ratings, and if it craps out I'll have extra drives I could use till I get a new one.

So with the savings from the drive I could get a higher clocked processor and a aftermarket heatsink.
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February 16, 2013 3:16:25 AM

asdfth12 said:
Looks like Newegg does have the Asus card I wanted. I just disreguarded it because of the 1 star rating on it. (One review, person gave a 1 star because the description didn't say how many digital and analog outputs it had.)

...and couldn't bother to figure it out from the pictures either, love those reviews

Sounds like you're set up now, enjoy
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