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Windows 7: $100 budget

10 Feb 2015   #11
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

The OP didn't mention gaming so I still stand by the ssd as the best way to spend $100 to upgrade his PC. If he has the extra money then the ssd + graphics is a good idea but if not then I recommend ssd first, graphics later.


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10 Feb 2015   #12
Durdy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If I bought a R9 270 what upgrades would I need to install it? A better motherboard?
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10 Feb 2015   #13
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

What PSU does your current system have? The R9 270 suggests a 500W PSU.
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10 Feb 2015   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Durdy View Post
If I bought a R9 270 what upgrades would I need to install it? A better motherboard?
Motherboard is not the problem but the PSU may be a problem as Strollin says.
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10 Feb 2015   #15
Durdy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So I would just need to upgrade my PSU? Would I be able to just replace the APU? I might get a AMD FX CPU along with the R9.
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10 Feb 2015   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The FX CPUs need an AM3+ socket. Does your mobo have that. And they also need a LOT of power - e.g. 125 Watt. Does your mobo supply that - in other words, what does your current CPU need.
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10 Feb 2015   #17
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Durdy,
It's always a good idea to list your builds spec's in your profile so we don't have to guess or play 20 questions.
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10 Feb 2015   #18
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Durdy View Post
If I bought a R9 270 what upgrades would I need to install it? A better motherboard?
Your motherboard should be fine if you dont want hybrid crossfire then run the 270 which should be a decent price plus mantle

anyway SSD and video card should have you rolling for a while
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10 Feb 2015   #19
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Durdy View Post
So I would just need to upgrade my PSU? Would I be able to just replace the APU? I might get a AMD FX CPU along with the R9.

Not unless you have more than $100 to spend decent upgrade at best $350
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10 Feb 2015   #20
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

I have a better suggestion. Take that $100 dollars, put it into some savings, and save it. Add some more $100 dollars to it as you can and build it up. That way you can get something decent.
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