Topic Title: CPU and graphics card upgrade
Topic Summary: What is the best CPU and graphics card upgrade possible for my system
Created On: 03/15/2014 04:05 AM
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 03/15/2014 04:05 AM
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Lynton-Jenkins
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I have limited knowledge and just a little experience of changing parts in my pc so this question is in two parts - first though my existing system;

AMD Advent with AMD Phenom(tm) IIX2 550 Processor 3.4 GHz, 4.00 GB of RAM, 64-bit operating system.

Graphics AMD Radeon HD5700

Using windows 7

Problem; I have been experiencing a deteriation in game experience, with lag and frame freezing over the last year or so and now regualarily crash and get warnings of max cpu usage. Most of my gaming is in second life Gor. I also use the pc to make textures and mesh using gimp and blender sometimes whilst in the game.

Part 1 of question - Without changing the mother board what is the best cpu and graphics card up dagrades I could go for? In respect of the cpu upgrade whould I also need to upgrade the BIOS?

Part 2 of question - would it be easy for me to carry out these upgrades myself or would I be safer paying for it to be done?

Having done the above upgrades when funds permited I would intend to increase the ram - I beleve I could take this up to 8.00 GB

Thank you

 03/16/2014 09:31 AM
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Before spending money I'd backup anything important, wipe the harddrive(OS partition) and reinstall the OS. Give the ol' computer a fresh start on life.



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 04/14/2014 01:03 AM
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Gray Wolf
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Originally posted by: Lynton-Jenkins I have limited knowledge and just a little experience of changing parts in my pc so this question is in two parts - first though my existing system;

 

AMD Advent with AMD Phenom(tm) IIX2 550 Processor 3.4 GHz, 4.00 GB of RAM, 64-bit operating system.

 

Graphics AMD Radeon HD5700

 

Using windows 7

 

Problem; I have been experiencing a deteriation in game experience, with lag and frame freezing over the last year or so and now regualarily crash and get warnings of max cpu usage. Most of my gaming is in second life Gor. I also use the pc to make textures and mesh using gimp and blender sometimes whilst in the game.

 

Part 1 of question - Without changing the mother board what is the best cpu and graphics card up dagrades I could go for? In respect of the cpu upgrade whould I also need to upgrade the BIOS?

 

Part 2 of question - would it be easy for me to carry out these upgrades myself or would I be safer paying for it to be done?

 

Having done the above upgrades when funds permited I would intend to increase the ram - I beleve I could take this up to 8.00 GB

 

Thank you

 

Your processor is a bit on the slow side compared to todays standard set-ups, it still is a good processor don't get me wrong and has planty of life left in it, but before changing it out I would go for an addition 4 Gb memory, and update my grahics card first.  This will give you a jump in frame rates from the door at minimum cost.  Rough guess maybe about $200.00 USD.

One thing you need to do is post what power supply you have hard to recommend a graphics card without knowing and that is a big issue. So on who does the upgrade depends on what needs to be done.  Just memory and a new graphics card (hopeing your power supply is better the standard 300x watts) you can do it yourself.

Now if a new power supply is needed you may want someone else with a bit more knowledge to do it for you.  For a decent graphics card a power supply of 450 - 500+ watts is the norm.

Check your power supply and post again here.

 

Oh and everyone who plays Gor on SL gets lag......lol  

It all depends on the region and how many players, but upgrading your graphics card and memory will help......Tal and peace on your homestone

 

 04/14/2014 09:44 AM
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Agreed with Hardwood. Although Windows 7 is much better at preventing slowdown due to aging, it's still a good idea to wipe it clean and start again every couple of years. It's amazing what a few corrupt registry entries or system files can do to overall system performance.

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 04/27/2014 02:06 PM
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Get a 7000 Series gpu.

Add RAM as noted.

If you upgrade powersupply...get the most you can afford beyond 500w.

Overclock your cpu 200-300Hz.

Clean everything inside the case.



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