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Windows 7: Upgrading pc

06 Jun 2012   #1
steve08

windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 
Upgrading pc

Hey guys, Hope i can get some advice here about upgrading my pc current specs are:

Intel core 2 duo E7400 @2.8ghz
Ram 2GB
32 bit windows 7
Integrated graphics
PSU 400-500 watt not sure will check later

I am looking to get a graphics card prob this MSI HD 6850 OC AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB - R6850-PM2D1GD5/OC - Scan.co.uk or this MSI HD 6850 OC AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB - R6850-PM2D1GD5/OC - Scan.co.uk

Also an extra 1 gb of ram to take it to 3gb
I am looking to start playing racing games such as rfactor or gtr2 i do realize i am going to have to upgrade the mobo/cpu at a later date.

If any one has any other comments as to what i should also upgrade or different components to add it would be most welcome.


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06 Jun 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I think that CPU requires a socket 775 motherboard. You can't do much upgrading to that CPU unless you also change the motherboard.

I'd think more in terms of cutting my losses, saving some money, and going with a new motherboard/CPU combination---rather than trying to upgrade the CPU on the existing motherboard.

3 GB of RAM is close to the maximum usable with 32-bit Windows. You may or may not notice much difference from 2 GB.

You can't do a whole lot useful otherwise. An SSD would help with overall snappiness of the PC, but isn't likely to affect gaming.
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06 Jun 2012   #3
steve08

windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I think that CPU requires a socket 775 motherboard. You can't do much upgrading to that CPU unless you also change the motherboard.

I'd think more in terms of cutting my losses, saving some money, and going with a new motherboard/CPU combination---rather than trying to upgrade the CPU on the existing motherboard.

3 GB of RAM is close to the maximum usable with 32-bit Windows. You may or may not notice much difference from 2 GB.

You can't do a whole lot useful otherwise. An SSD would help with overall snappiness of the PC, but isn't likely to affect gaming.
ignatzatsonic thanks for the reply looks like a bit of saving is due, any recommendations on mobo/cpu bundles mid range price wise i should be looking at.
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06 Jun 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Look for socket 1155 motherboard and CPU combinations. That's an Intel specification, rather than AMD.

Most up-to-date motherboards require DDR3 RAM. Most likely, you currently have DDR2, which could not be used.

I've seen socket 1155 motherboard/CPU combinations for as low as $180. Add maybe $25 for 4 GB of DDR3 RAM.

A mid-range socket 1155 motherboard/CPU combination might be $300, plus RAM. At $400, you would be getting a very powerful PC.

The choice depends mostly on what you intend to do with it---game, write a novel, make an H-bomb, etc.

I realize you are in UK, but here are some US sources to give you an idea. You can shop for the same stuff at Amazon UK or whatever supplier you have in mind.

Here are the socket 1155 CPUs at Newegg. A midlevel one would be $100 to $200.

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, CPUs / Processors, Processors - Desktops, LGA 1155

Here are some motherboards for socket 1155. I'd get Asus, Gigabyte, or Intel. A price around 125 to 150 would give you most of the worthwhile features.

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, LGA 1155


Add $25 for 4 GB of DDR3 240-pin RAM.

I'm assuming your case, power supply, graphics card, hard drives, and operating system don't need to be replaced.
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06 Jun 2012   #5
steve08

windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Thanks dude will take a look at these as for psu graphics card will upgrade as currently have integrated graphics and will get a more powerful psu currently 400 Watts, operating system fine as are hdd.
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06 Jun 2012   #6
steve08

windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

The choice depends mostly on what you intend to do with it---game, write a novel, make an H-bomb, etc.

Get into pc gaming the likes of gtr2 / gtr3.
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06 Jun 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steve08 View Post
Thanks dude will take a look at these as for psu graphics card will upgrade as currently have integrated graphics and will get a more powerful psu currently 400 Watts, operating system fine as are hdd.
OK.

Be aware that if your current Windows 7 license is OEM, you will need to get a new license if you change motherboards. If your current license is retail, you can reuse it with a new motherboard on the new PC.
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06 Jun 2012   #8
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

I agree about the 1155 MB and CPU. The 6950 will play any games out, and will work well on your current system and the new 1155. I would suggest you look for a 2GB model of it. The price is usually $20-30 more and will give you plenty of GPU ram. Many of the driving games are real GPU intensive. But, with your current system the CPU will be a bottleneck and you really can't affoard to use your installed ram for the GPU. For gaming I would go for the 2500 or 2500K if you intend to Overclock. You will get 4 cores with either of those CPU's I mentioned and great performance. I mention the 2GB 6950 because my previous card was a 1GB 6950 and I always regretted not spending $20 more for the 2GB model. I would look at the features of the motherboard and spend the time to read the user feedback to get a good idea of the problems you may encounter with whatever you buy. As mentioned by Ignatzatsonic, even though you can't buy from newegg, It is probably the best place around to do your research. I would look for a good Z68 or Z77 chipset as they are newer and most are upgradable with the new Ivy Bridge CPU's. If you need any more help, we are always around and love to help build systems.
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06 Jun 2012   #9
steve08

windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Thanks for the replys guys much appreicated have a lot to think about now either go down the route of upgrading the current pc or save a bit of money and buy a ready made one from a specialist pc shop, decisions decisions ?? whatever route i choose its not going to be for a few months yet anyway.
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06 Jun 2012   #10
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

Don't buy a ready made one, build it yourself. And, yes you can do it. You have some of the best experts there are here. We'll help you do it yourself. Trust me, you will be happy you did and end up with a better computer.
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