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  • tonysmith1929
    Super Member
    Super Member
    • Nov 2005
    • 283

    Replacement PC.

    Hi All, and happy Xmas and new year.
    Am thinking about upgrading my tiring HP PC, now nearly 6 years old and slowing a bit.
    Should I think in terms of replacing most of guts andkeeping the ATX case, which I like, new mobo,power supply, decent AMD processor, HD, and keep existing three DVD drives, (all good) OR go for a mid range base version complete.
    Whichever, I dont need gaming power. 1,2,or quad core processor ?? Which mobo etc to AVOID please. Ditto for decent graphics card. All advise welcome. Note. Already have everything I want to keep on external HD, and got a fresh genuine unused XP disc ready. Cheers.
  • UncasMS
    Super Moderator
    • Nov 2001
    • 9047

    #2
    i'd rather select the components myself and upgarde the old one

    go for a decent mainboard with and onboard-vga like:
    Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H

    the onboard vga is an ati radeon 4250 which is powerful enough for normal games and of course playback of HD/Blu-ray content

    go for an Athlon x4 630, a Phenom II x4 955 or a Hexacore like the Phenom II x6 1075

    get 4gb ram like:
    Kingston ValueRAM DIMM Kit 4GB PC3-10667U CL9

    and make sure your PSU is up2date for the job or get a new/modern one with better efficiency like an Enermax Pro82+ II 425W or Cougar SE 400W

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    • tonysmith1929
      Super Member
      Super Member
      • Nov 2005
      • 283

      #3
      PC replacement.

      Thanks, thought that may be best. Will look around for those parts here (UK). Luckily I have also a complete duplicate as a spare in case of trouble !! Will be back when I find bits. Thanks, and happy Xmas.

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      • UncasMS
        Super Moderator
        • Nov 2001
        • 9047

        #4
        when you decide on a particular mainboard, please make sure (visit the mainboard's website and confer to the memory compatibility list) that the ram module(s) you want to buy will work with that very mobo!

        if in doubt, let us know what combo you have in mind and maybe someone here will have information at hand.

        but since aou said that you dont want to build a gaming platform, do yourself a favour and go for an IGP/onboard vga as your graphic device because you can save money on the one hand and more importantly you will not have the energy consumption and heat+noise production.

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        • tonysmith1929
          Super Member
          Super Member
          • Nov 2005
          • 283

          #5
          PC upgrade.

          Hi, found most of those bits at reasonable prices, but the PSU seems a bit pricey, and 80% of info on it is in german, so assume its a german unit. Same output can be got for half the price. Is it worth the difference.
          The other point is that the mobo is micro ATX, my case fitting is full ATX. ??????? Thanks.

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          • UncasMS
            Super Moderator
            • Nov 2001
            • 9047

            #6
            which PSU did you choose?

            give me the link to the german site if you like (should be able to read it) and i let you know what it's all about

            both enermax as well as cougar are not german brands

            i personally use enermax only in my machines - they are pricey but worth every cent

            in case you found a different psu and want an opinion on it, give us a link

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            • tonysmith1929
              Super Member
              Super Member
              • Nov 2005
              • 283

              #7
              PC upgrade.

              Hi, The Enermax seems to be more available here so it will probably be the one.
              Was not worried about the German language, can manage most of that, but most suppliers of Cougar seem to be there.
              Seems I now have enough to think on, so will start collecting after the holiday. In the meanrtime thank you, happy Xmas....

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              • UncasMS
                Super Moderator
                • Nov 2001
                • 9047

                #8
                a merry xmas to you too and let us know in case you have any further questions

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                • tonysmith1929
                  Super Member
                  Super Member
                  • Nov 2005
                  • 283

                  #9
                  replacement PC...

                  Now looking fir these parts, but want full ATX board, not micro. Suggestions ????

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                  • tonysmith1929
                    Super Member
                    Super Member
                    • Nov 2005
                    • 283

                    #10
                    rreplacement PC

                    My thanks to Uncas for advice. Due to ongoing eye trouble upgrade will not be happening, but thanks anyway....

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                    • UncasMS
                      Super Moderator
                      • Nov 2001
                      • 9047

                      #11
                      you're more than welcome

                      get well soon!

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                      • korkzop
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                        • Jun 2022
                        • 1

                        #12
                        Is upgrading an old PC worth it?

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                        • admin
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                          • Nov 2001
                          • 8935

                          #13
                          Depends on how old, and what you want the upgraded system to do. Feel free to post some specs here, and also what you want to do with the upgraded system (eg. gaming, video ...)
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