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Windows 7: I need help upgrading my 10-year old Gateway DX4822-01

07 Jan 2020   #11
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll have the RAM, PSU and CPU this week, but I need to wait on a new tube of thermal paste as well. The unopened tube I'd been saving was as solid as a rock, unfortunately. I'll be putting everything in when I have it all together, as the CPU and RAM will be much less hassle with the PSU out anyway and I can clean the case and fans.

I'm still looking around for a video card before I settle on one, in case I find a better model than the current option that will also fit. HDD/SSD stuff will wait a bit as well.


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07 Jan 2020   #12
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This is the "brand new" RAM I ordered. The pins have marks from previous use and 3 of them have bad scratches. I would not put these in my computer as I doubt they would work. I've already filed against the seller.

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09 Jan 2020   #13
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I got the last of my parts today- I ordered this RAM

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Amazon's RAM selection of this type is slim, mostly brands I haven't heard of. I got the best-rate done even though it cost $7 more. And a compatible Thermaltake heatsink/fan(while the old one works, it has been going for 10 years). I have to yank the fan to even get the PSU out so I may as well.

PSU went in okay and works. The new CPU works. The heatsink fit, but the odd little bracket it came with seems useless, nor did it have instructions, nor could I even get it on so I went without. It didn't seem to be necessary either. The fan is running.

RAM however... long beep. I had to switch back to the old RAM. Either it's DOA or somehow incompatible despite the correct specs. I'll have to return it. I took photos of the current RAM, I'll see if I can get 2 2GB sticks of that just to be sure.

Temps are a bit higher than normal, but dropping. The thermal paste needs time to melt still and I had the AC off so the room itself got hotter. I'll monitor them anyway and get beefier fans put in if I have to.

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1 hour later, temps are down some. Installing Speedfan may have helped a bit to keep settings at 100%.
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4 Weeks Ago   #14
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I found a listing on eBay for 2X 2GB RAM sticks that match what's in the PC and bought those for about $12 shipped. They work fine. I wasn't going to gamble on getting another brand that may or may not work. I also have an EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti SC 2GB and PCI slot cooler coming to upgrade the GPU. I'll likely get a 1TB drive and SSD next month.
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3 Weeks Ago   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
I'll likely get a 1TB drive and SSD next month.
You can buy a small SSD (120G - US$25) for Windows and programs and transfer the C:\users to D:\users (HDD).
It's a way to have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD at low cost. I've moved C:\users (SSD) to D:\Users (HDD) in six computers (Desktops and laptops)


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3 Weeks Ago   #16
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Looking at hard drive options as well as a lot of my installed games & programs, I'm wondering if a fresh install would be too much to deal with. Assuming I get an SSD & a 1TB HDD, clone the current HDD over(drive is 10+ years old) I still foresee problems with games & such not liking it if I suddenly set that to the E: drive with the SSD being on C: as they will no doubt be looking for specific folders that no longer reside where they're expected. Some things I no longer have installers on hand for and I do not buy games on Steam or other DRM services so I don't have the convenience of a new download. It's also not something I want to spend a hideous amount of time setting up.

I'll probably just get a Western Digital Black 1TB new and clone the current drive, then replace it with the cloned drive. It won't be as fast but it will be faster than the Green drive. Then I'll put a WD Blue 500GB I have sitting around in as a second storage drive as it's still not been used aside from an initial test when I got it(it arrived during winter, I wanted to see if condensation from cold weather had damaged it)- that's hoping the drive hasn't developed some issues just sitting around for about 5-6 years in a box.

I will also get another 4mm case fan and rig into the front beside the other 4mm fan I screwed into place to increase cooling intake. Once that's in I'll be done with the upgrades.
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

You probably mean a 40mm case fan, as 4mm fan a bit small measurement.
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3 Weeks Ago   #18
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes. There's not much space in the front of the case and no slots, the best I could do was drill holes in the front panel and bolt in a 40mm case fan under the HDD bay onto the front of the case. But there's room to add 2 in there beside each other which I should have done long ago but had a shortage of molex connectors at the time. Adding that front inner air flow, even 40mm, did drop temps a few degrees but with a stronger CPU and now a GPU I'm running about 5-7 C hotter on average than before the upgrades.
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2 Weeks Ago   #19
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Total cost to keep the PC going for a few more years-

500W PSU $43
2 2GB RAM sticks $12
3.33 GHz CPU $11
heatsink/fan $12
GTX 750 Ti SC $70
PCI slot blower $13
PCI covers with screws $6
HDD & DVD mount screws(am at a shortage of these) $8
40mm case fan $5
SATA cable $2
WD Black 1 TB HDD $63

$245, roughly(I didn't add exact prices). Well over my initial planned budget, but the 750 is miles better than the 730 I was considering and I'm not taking chances on the current HDD surviving indefinitely. The biggest bottlenecks though are the PCIe 1.0 slot and CPU as they are reducing the effectiveness of the 750. I could have gone with a better CPU but it was $60 and I'm not sure it was 6X better to warrant 6X the price.

If(when) I go for another PC in the future it will likely be a custom built with intention of easily upgrading it down the road.
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