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Windows 7: What maximum potential does my computer have?

28 Aug 2015   #1
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
What maximum potential does my computer have?

Here are my specs (again):

Processor- AMD X2 @ 1.6 GHz
RAM- 2 GB DDR3 (520MB reserved)
Graphics- ATI/AMD Radeon HD 6310
HDD- 500GB
Windows 10 (Shipped with Win7 Home Premium x64)

Generally, I'm not super high-tech.
What is the maximum potential for my computer given it was a value purchase? What can I do to make it more optimal in performance?
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29 Aug 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It all depends on what you want to do on the computer.
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29 Aug 2015   #3
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

The only thing that might be a little problem is that I have a certain indie game title I want to play, but it also has 3D graphics.

Otherwise, what stuff other than browsing/email can a computer be used for, especially one like mine?
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29 Aug 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm not a gamer and neither is that computer.
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30 Aug 2015   #5
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'd definitely upgrade your RAM, 2GB isn't much by today's standards. Research what your motherboard can take maximum, I'd try to go to 4-6GB myself.
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31 Aug 2015   #6
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'm pretty sure my motherboard handles max 8GB. I wonder if I should just invest that money in a brand new computer though.
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01 Sep 2015   #7
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

RAM usually isn't terribly expensive, to be honest. You could probably upgrade to a useful amount for under $30, and 6GB would be more than sufficient.
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01 Sep 2015   #8
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

What about the processor? Will RAM still make a difference?
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01 Sep 2015   #9
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll be honest, 1.6 isn't much. Mine is 2.6, from 2009, and even that's likely well outdated.

Honestly... maybe wipe the OS on that, install XP if you can find drivers for the hardware, and get a new PC to run a modern OS. Keep that one as a backup PC like I do, I find it useful to have a second PC at times anyway, and a native XP machine can be useful for older games.
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01 Sep 2015   #10
Windidugo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Install XP on that computer? It's not even IDE-compatible. Besides there are no official XP drivers from the manufacturer.

The backup idea sounds great though.
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