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Windows 7: Want to upgrade processor need advice.

07 May 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Want to upgrade processor need advice.

I currently have a 2005 HP pavilion m9200t. Slowly over the years I've upgraded alot. Windows Vista 64bit to Windows 7, 4gb mem to 8 gb mem, harddrive is now 1tb, and added 2gb nvidia graphics card. I also slapped in a wireless networking card.

I'm wanting to upgrade my processor, something faster and more current. I know by doing this I am also going to need to upgrade my motherboard and chipset. I am trying to compare prices vs. just buying another computer. Therefore I'm trying to start under $1300

Was wondering if anyone could suggest me a new motherboard, chipset, and processor...something that would also be compatible with the parts I already have in the computer.

If you need a list of the parts I already have please ask and tell me how to obtain the information. Thanks

Summer

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07 May 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

You can post your specs using this tutorial

Update your specs

And look here to estimate a budget where you are comfortable

Logical Increments

And let us know your computer use. Are you doing video editing. gaming etc.
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07 May 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok I did it, thanks for that nifty tool!
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07 May 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
And let us know your computer use. Are you doing video editing. gaming etc.
I play a lot of games, different ones...some graphic card dependent. Right now I am satisfied with my graphics card and memory I just need a faster processor.

I'm not sure on your chart "logical increments" what I'm supposed to do here. I'm just wanting to replace the parts I mentioned while also being compatible with what I have. I am currently looking at a computer costing $1300...so if the parts are going to be close to that then I'm better off just getting a new computer. I want something that is fast/current but reasonable...

EDIT: Anyway I could get an i5 or i7 and how much would all that be? what all would I need to do that?
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07 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

You can do quite a bit with a $1300 budget..........like, QUITE a bit. Honestly, I would build a completely new PC and then clean your old one up and sell it. In the grand scheme of things, it IS the logical choice. Build a nice PC and let it last several years, instead of mixing a slew of old and new parts together. I've found you'll want to upgrade more often doing it your way than building a brand new PC.......I know from experience. You will hit a wall somewhere and you will not be able to upgrade anything without sinking a ton of money in it, when there are cheaper parts that perform better than you have or could buy for the old platform. I have my rig in my system specs and everything that is INSIDE the computer case is well less than $1300. Plus, there is a new line of Intel CPU's coming out in less than a month.....something to consider!

Intel Ivy Bridge CPU's are really great performers. Unless you are doing photo/video editing, you won't need an X79(Sandy Bridge-Extreme) platform. The best Ivy Bridge i5 is the 3570K and the best i7 is the 3770K.....$219 and $329 respectively. If gaming is the most demanding thing you use a computer for, you would be better off with the Core i5-3570K. You can save $100 and spend it on a better graphics card or a nice SSD.

Of course, that is if you want an Intel based system. AMD has some interesting options as well!
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07 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

My old one (if I was to purchase a new) would get passed down to my son...

I think I am going to wait on getting a new computer or parts now...Thank you for your input...

I agree with you on eventually you hit a wall somewhere and right now for me that's this processor. I've slowly upgraded threw the years because it was cheaper buying a little here and there. I just figured I'd weight the cost of upgrading the processor, motherboard, and chipset vs. new computer...

Might I ask one more question? What is your feelings (or anyone who reads this) on the HP all-in-one computers? It's pretty sweet to have just the monitor, mouse, and keyboard in my opinion and not having to worry about a tower. But a friend of mine said because of the size they are built with laptop parts and don't last as long? Anyone else have an opinion on this?
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07 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

My dad has an all in one and I absolutely despise it, and he regrets buying it. Go with a desktop if at all possible.
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07 May 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Could you please elaborate on why you despise it?
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07 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

It is a terrible pain to take apart to clean dust/dirt out of it. I can't see any easy way to upgrade much, and it's like a desktop and a laptop had sex and had a baby, and dropped the baby on the floor.
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07 May 2013   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

rofl, you are just to funny...

well I don't see me upgrading it a whole lot, because as you said eventually you hit a wall and it's better to just buy a new computer. That stinks about not being able the clean it...I do enjoy cleaning the dust out of my big machine but was hoping without a tower I would be eliminating that...but I can see I wouldn't.

Thanks for all your information and I'll take it all into consideration.
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