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    Keep my current pc or upgrade?

    I was wondering should I keep my current PC or should I sell it and buy one of those HP computers that cost 400 bucks. Mainly ill be using the computer to surf the web and keep storage for my movies and music. below is the list of my current PC specs.
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    Your PC is hella old. I would upgrade for sure. But I would not buy an HP as you will be limited as to what you can do as far as upgrading. I would build the PC from scratch.

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    Keep it, if you're only going to be surfing the web and using it for movies and music then there's no reason to upgrade at all. Eerily enough that's the same CPU and mobo I had two PC iterations back. I use mine now s a Linux testing PC and it still runs very quickly indeed.

    You can get a new HDD for dirt cheap, as for the OS you'll only be offered the horrendous Windows 8 nowadays, don't even think about it, just go and grab Linux Mint or Ubuntu and see how you get on with it, if you don't like it then go grab Windows 7 (only get a 64 bit OS!).

    If you were to eventually play games then build a new PC. Every one of us here will never recommend you purchasing a pre-build PC - especially from Dell or HP.

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    Upgrade, because you need more RAM and that DDR1 will only get you to 2GB probably given your mobo and availability and price would be detrimental.

    Are you capable of building a new one from scratch?
    You obviously aren't trying to play games.
    But, it could be more flexible.
    I'd say wait till next quarter and grab something based on the new AMD A10 78xx Kaveri chips and you at least will have something capable of playing a few games as well as a badass media accelerator chip.
    The AMD E1 is fairly weak, as it's a energy efficient processor on desktop.
    Kaveri is roughly a variation on whats in the PS4 instead they swapped 4 Steamroller cores for the 8 Jaguar cores on the PS4 and those take more transistors, so they backed up the number of graphic cores to around 1/2 or so such that it could all still run on one efficient APU. Still though, it seems to run some games well (older, but still great ones).

    The E1 running at 1.4ghz has single threaded performance possibly lower than your current 939 chip, i'd have to look it up and just haven't right now.
    The 4GB Ram will surf the web well, though you'd find 8gb much more liberating.
    You NEED more RAM than you have now, that's true.
    To many people think someone on a forum here is technically inclined to 'just go grab' another OS or build yourself.
    If you can wait a bit, one of those Kaveri based core machines will be very rewarding.
    CES 2014 is in January, the chips should 'launch' then, meaning systems MAY be available in January but more likely in February.

    So, the chip is the next A10 7850K or so would be great. The E1 chip's socket won't upgrade to this chip, fyi.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427114,00.asp .

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Willaford View Post
    Upgrade, because you need more RAM and that DDR1 will only get you to 2GB probably given your mobo and availability and price would be detrimental.

    Are you capable of building a new one from scratch?
    You obviously aren't trying to play games.
    But, it could be more flexible.
    I'd say wait till next quarter and grab something based on the new AMD A10 78xx Kaveri chips and you at least will have something capable of playing a few games as well as a badass media accelerator chip.
    The AMD E1 is fairly weak, as it's a energy efficient processor on desktop.
    Kaveri is roughly a variation on whats in the PS4 instead they swapped 4 Steamroller cores for the 8 Jaguar cores on the PS4 and those take more transistors, so they backed up the number of graphic cores to around 1/2 or so such that it could all still run on one efficient APU. Still though, it seems to run some games well (older, but still great ones).

    The E1 running at 1.4ghz has single threaded performance possibly lower than your current 939 chip, i'd have to look it up and just haven't right now.
    The 4GB Ram will surf the web well, though you'd find 8gb much more liberating.
    You NEED more RAM than you have now, that's true.
    To many people think someone on a forum here is technically inclined to 'just go grab' another OS or build yourself.
    If you can wait a bit, one of those Kaveri based core machines will be very rewarding.
    CES 2014 is in January, the chips should 'launch' then, meaning systems MAY be available in January but more likely in February.

    So, the chip is the next A10 7850K or so would be great. The E1 chip's socket won't upgrade to this chip, fyi.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427114,00.asp .

    How much would a computer cost just for lets say download movies and music? something that runs good and doesnt lag need something like a multi tasking computer. I dont need that high end graphics card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLG221 View Post
    How much would a computer cost just for lets say download movies and music? something that runs good and doesnt lag need something like a multi tasking computer. I dont need that high end graphics card.
    $699 for windows 8, $749 for Windows 7

    http://www.dell.com/ca/p/xps-8700/pd...n&s=dhs&~ck=mn

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    You have to ask yourself one question

    "Will I need a better PC for the future to play games"

    You say its for surfing and watching videos etc but if you just need that and are on a budget you could just upgrade the CPU for the current board to a AMD 4600+ X2 939 or 4800+ X2. If you can find them at a decent price on eBay even upgrading your RAM to 2GB PC3200 would be enough for the general tasks you require, a new GPU possibly medium end would be fine depending on the slot if it's AGP you could upgrade to a 8600GT 128MB GDDR3 card should be fine to watch movies etc. If it's PCI-E then possibly a Series 5 ATi card a 5770 1GB but it could give you a bottleneck for games etc, I'd never recommend buying a pre built PC if you can build your own then do that.

    Hard drives are decent priced now you could buy 1x 500GB for OS and some programs and a 1x1TB for a 2nd as games/pics/movies storage upgrade to Windows 7 and your should be fine again if your on a budget.

    OR

    Sell all your current parts to make some extra cash on top of your budget and look at building your own medium build PC a nice AMD Quad CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM (possibly 4GB), 1xTB HDD, DVD-RW, 550w PSU, 6770 GPU a decent case that doesn't need the use of loads of fans and Windows 7 SP1 and your good to go. You'll be surprised how much you can make off the AMD 939 era I can tell you heck I bought a AMD 3800 x2 for 40 on sale from Ebuyer a few years ago sold it on eBay for 74 2 years after bought my AMD 945 X4 soon after my Geil 2GB PC3200 DDR1 went for 57 and my board which was a ECS Nforce4-939A Motherboard that sold for 30 just search on ebay for your parts see what the average is
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    There's no point in even upgrading that. You should either stick with what you have (if it's still running OK for you) or go for an APU build. You can build one that will easily meet your needs and still provide some basic gaming support for a fair budget of 300-350$, and is much more powerful than that prebuilt you linked to.
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    Heres the specs of a PC im looking at either this or something better like an added blu ray burner. Is it worth the $1250?

    AMD A4-5300 Dual Core 2nd Gen APU
    ASUS M2A55-M A55 Chipset Mobo.
    Entermax 450Watt Silent Power Supply
    Corair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 7540D GPU
    7.1 HD Intergrated Sound Card
    ASUS SATA 24X DVD-RW Drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLG221 View Post
    Heres the specs of a PC im looking at either this or something better like an added blu ray burner. Is it worth the $1250?

    AMD A4-5300 Dual Core 2nd Gen APU
    ASUS M2A55-M A55 Chipset Mobo.
    Entermax 450Watt Silent Power Supply
    Corair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 7540D GPU
    7.1 HD Intergrated Sound Card
    ASUS SATA 24X DVD-RW Drive
    Try and see if you can at least go for a 7770 1GB at least its mid range-ish


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakatomi Uk View Post
    Try and see if you can at least go for a 7770 1GB at least its mid range-ish
    But wouldn't he have to upgrade the PSU ?? as 450W seems a bit low

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    Thats a 40 CPU. So about 60 Dollars.
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CP-333-AM

    1250 dollars seems a bit high to me.
    Or does it come with a monitor keyboard and mouse and other things as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    Thats a 40 CPU. So about 60 Dollars.
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CP-333-AM

    1250 dollars seems a bit high to me.
    Or does it come with a monitor keyboard and mouse and other things as well?
    actually with the case im thinking about getting, it comes to $1138.50 and it comes with a additional blu ray burner and windows 7 included into that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLG221 View Post
    Heres the specs of a PC im looking at either this or something better like an added blu ray burner. Is it worth the $1250?

    AMD A4-5300 Dual Core 2nd Gen APU
    ASUS M2A55-M A55 Chipset Mobo.
    Entermax 450Watt Silent Power Supply
    Corair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 7540D GPU
    7.1 HD Intergrated Sound Card
    ASUS SATA 24X DVD-RW Drive
    I'm assuming the base build is this?
    http://extremespcs.com/showproducta8...49&menu3id=178

    Here's the specs for a build around $1,250. On the Canadian Newegg I couldn't get shipping/taxes, but it was at $1,208.

    Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core
    ASUS P8B75-V Motherboard
    XFX 550W Power Supply
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1600MHz RAM
    ASUS DC2T Radeon R9 280X 3GB
    LG Blu-Ray Read/Write
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    1TB Western Digital HDD
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Case
    Microsoft Desktop 400 USB Keyboard/Mouse

    That's essentially the PC I just recently built (though I didn't need the disc drive or OS and went with an unlocked CPU and overclockable motherboard) and it plays Skyrim with multiple graphics mods at a steady 60fps and does very well at AC4.

    What the pre-built you would need a new power supply if you ever wanted to add a dedicated graphics card. Not to mention I would prefer quad-core over dual for future gaming (plus it's nice to have for possible future-proofing).

    For a general use PC (web browsing, music, videos, light photo editing) you could build one for half that $1,250 and with better specs. My MicroATX build I've been eyeing for just those purposes is priced at $330, but add $150 for a Blu-Ray drive and OS.

    That build consists of:

    AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz Dual-Core
    MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Motherboard
    SeaSonic 300W Power Supply
    1TB Western Digital HDD
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2133MHz RAM
    Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Case

    Personally I would tinker with that, add about $90 to the CPU and get an A10-6800k and $20 for a 450W SeaSonic PSU. That would give you a quad-core processor and a much improved integrated graphics.


    (I should really stop thinking too much into theoretical builds, it's the ultimate procrastination device.)

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    with tax that build is just over 1400. including OS
    Last edited by MLG221; 12-12-2013 at 20:25.

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    Those taxes are rough. Well, an R9 270x would still give decent gaming performance and cut the cost by ~200. It's at $1,030 with that card. Going with just a Blu-Ray read drive also would save $15.

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