Upgrading my Computer

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stefono62
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So I need to upgrade my computer in general but I don't have a lot of money lying around. So instead of a complete overhaul of my computer, I think it would be better to upgrade the parts of my computer that need an upgrade. I think I am going to get a new processor, since it is a duo core. Any input on what upgrades I need to get would be appreciated.

Basic System Info:

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX DirectX 9.0c

Motherboard:
CPU Type Unknown, 2000 MHz
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA GeForce 6100, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (Registered DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (07/11/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS (256 MB)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (908RJ3XY00494)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC655 @ nVIDIA MCP51 - Audio Codec Interface

Storage:
IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce 430/410 Serial ATA Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive ST3160812A (160 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive COMBO-52X16C
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 152617 MB (124110 MB free)

CPU Properties:
CPU Type Unknown
CPUID CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
CPUID Revision 00040FB2h

CPU Speed:
CPU Clock 2009.3 MHz

CPU Cache:
L1 Code Cache 64 KB
L1 Data Cache 64 KB
L2 Cache 512 KB (Asynchronous)

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 07/11/2006-C51GM-M-6A61HE1BC-00
Motherboard Name Unknown

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA GeForce 6100, AMD Hammer
RAS To CAS Delay (tRCD) 1T
RAS Precharge (tRP) 5T
RAS Active Time (tRAS) 1T
Command Rate (CR) 1T

SPD Memory Modules:
DIMM1: AET660UD00-370A98X 512 MB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @

200 MHz)
DIMM2: Kingston 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (6-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266

MHz)

BIOS Properties:
System BIOS Date 07/11/06
Video BIOS Date 08/23/06
Award BIOS Type Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Award BIOS Message C51GM-M Ver 1.2G 07/11/2006

Sensor Properties:
Sensor Type ITE IT8712F (ISA 290h)

Temperatures:
Motherboard 34 °C (93 °F)
CPU 25 °C (77 °F)
Aux 64 °C (147 °F)
Seagate ST3160812A 36 °C (97 °F)

Cooling Fans:
CPU 3199 RPM

Voltage Values:
CPU Core 1.22 V
+2.5 V 2.51 V
+3.3 V 1.81 V
+5 V 4.92 V
+12 V 5.95 V
+5 V Standby 4.19 V
VBAT Battery 3.01 V
Debug Info F FF D3 00
Debug Info T 64 34 25
Debug Info V 4C 9D 71 B7 5D 48 B8 (77)

--------[ CPU ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPU Properties:
CPU Type Unknown, 2000 MHz
Instruction Set x86, x86-64, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
L1 Code Cache 64 KB
L1 Data Cache 64 KB
L2 Cache 512 KB (Asynchronous)

Multi CPU:
Motherboard ID OEM00000 PROD00000000
CPU #0 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, 2009 MHz
CPU #1 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, 2009 MHz

CPUID Properties:
CPUID Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
CPUID CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
CPUID Revision 00040FB2h
Extended CPUID Revision 00040FB2h
Platform ID 00h (Unknown)
IA CPU Serial Number Unknown
HTT / CMP Units 2 / 0

Instruction Set:
64-bit x86 Extension (AMD64, EM64T) Supported
AMD 3DNow! Supported
AMD 3DNow! Professional Supported
AMD Enhanced 3DNow! Supported
AMD Extended MMX Supported
Cyrix Extended MMX Supported
IA-64 Not Supported
IA MMX Supported
IA SSE Supported
IA SSE 2 Supported
IA SSE 3 Supported
IA SSE 4 Not Supported
VIA Alternate Instruction Set Not Supported
CLFLUSH Instruction Supported
CMPXCHG8B Instruction Supported
CMPXCHG16B Instruction Supported
Conditional Move Instruction Supported
MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction Not Supported
RDTSCP Instruction Supported
SYSCALL / SYSRET Instruction Supported
SYSENTER / SYSEXIT Instruction Supported
VIA FEMMS Instruction Not Supported

Security Features:
Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) Not Supported
Data Execution Prevention (DEP, NX, EDB) Supported
Hardware Random Number Generator (RNG) Not Supported
Montgomery Multiplier & Hash Engine Not Supported
Processor Serial Number (PSN) Not Supported

Power Management Features:
Automatic Clock Control Not Supported
Enhanced Halt State (C1E) Not Supported
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (EIST, ESS) Not Supported
Frequency ID Control Supported
LongRun Not Supported
LongRun Table Interface Not Supported
PowerSaver 1.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 2.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 3.0 Not Supported
Processor Duty Cycle Control Not Supported
Software Thermal Control Supported
Temperature Sensing Diode Supported
Thermal Monitor 1 Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 2 Not Supported
Thermal Monitoring Supported
Thermal Trip Supported
Voltage ID Control Supported

CPUID Features:
36-bit Page Size Extension Supported
Address Region Registers (ARR) Not Supported
CPL Qualified Debug Store Not Supported
Debug Trace Store Not Supported
Debugging Extension Supported
Fast Save & Restore Supported
Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT) Supported, Enabled
L1 Context ID Not Supported
Local APIC On Chip Supported
Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Supported
Machine Check Exception (MCE) Supported
Memory Configuration Registers (MCR) Not Supported
Memory Type Range Registers (MTRR) Supported
Model Specific Registers (MSR) Supported
Page Attribute Table (PAT) Supported
Page Global Extension Supported
Page Size Extension (PSE) Supported
Pending Break Event Not Supported
Physical Address Extension (PAE) Supported
Secure Virtual Machine Extensions (Pacifica) Supported
Self-Snoop Not Supported
Time Stamp Counter (TSC) Supported
Virtual Machine Extensions (Vanderpool) Not Supported
Virtual Mode Extension Supported

Physical Memory:
Total 2047 MB
Used 979 MB
Free 1068 MB
Utilization 48 %

Swap Space:
Total 4430 MB
Used 753 MB
Free 3677 MB
Utilization 17 %

Virtual Memory:
Total 6477 MB
Used 1732 MB
Free 4745 MB
Utilization 27 %

Memory Module Properties:
Module Name AET660UD00-370A98X
Serial Number 02024912h (306774530)
Manufacture Date Week 34 / 2006
Module Size 512 MB (1 rank, 4 banks)
Module Type Unbuffered
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Speed DDR2-533 (266 MHz)
Module Width 64 bit
Module Voltage SSTL 1.8
Error Detection Method None
Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

sorry if this is too long.

Silicus
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Getting a new processor would force you to buy: 1. CPU 2. Newer MotherBoard and 3. DDR3 RAM. All that added up would be most likely more than you'd want. Graphics cards can be found cheap, and would bring up performance from your 7 series.

eire1274
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A CPU upgrade could bring things up, but as you have an Athlon X2 we need to be picky on what CPUs will work. By the CPUID you have an AM2 CPU, and the chipset actually supports AM2+, but for correct selections on what CPUs are compatible with your system we would have to know the motherboard manufacturer to compare the BIOS date to, so that we can check BIOS compatibility against the CPU selection.

As far as memory does, you are DDR2, not DDR3. Upgrading memory would be a definite advantage going forward, but your operating system (32-bit XP) would limit you to 3.5Gb (3.4Gb accessible due to control sets). Upgrading to Windows 7 would be beneficial for software compatibility, but the XP to 7 upgrade path requires formatting the hard disk and wiping all data.

The video card is a definite option, but again may be limited to memory amounts.

It will be up to you to determine if changing a few pieces is worth it, or if it is time to just build a new PC.

Nick McDermott

stefono62
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eire1274 wrote:A CPU upgrade could bring things up, but as you have an Athlon X2 we need to be picky on what CPUs will work. By the CPUID you have an AM2 CPU, and the chipset actually supports AM2+, but for correct selections on what CPUs are compatible with your system we would have to know the motherboard manufacturer to compare the BIOS date to, so that we can check BIOS compatibility against the CPU selection.

As far as memory does, you are DDR2, not DDR3. Upgrading memory would be a definite advantage going forward, but your operating system (32-bit XP) would limit you to 3.5Gb (3.4Gb accessible due to control sets). Upgrading to Windows 7 would be beneficial for software compatibility, but the XP to 7 upgrade path requires formatting the hard disk and wiping all data.

The video card is a definite option, but again may be limited to memory amounts.

It will be up to you to determine if changing a few pieces is worth it, or if it is time to just build a new PC.

how much would a decent "budget" computer cost? (newish everything pretty much, excluding keyboard, mouse, moniter, and a case.) I can't really afford the high-end stuff.
btw this will be a gaming computer

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Rui Ponte

eire1274
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Alternatively, look at the higher end FM1 AMD socket APUs. Here's a quick build (full system less mouse, keyboard, and monitor):

Case and PS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144042
Mainboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157277
APU (CPU and GPU) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
8Gb Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422
1Tb Hard Disk - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145533
DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
Windows 7 64-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

This would get you essentially an Athlon II Quad Core at 3Ghz, an HD 6650 video card, and overall a well-rounded system. The motherboard does include a PCIe 16x slot for future graphics card changes if you determine that you needed more, but the 6650 is quite capable in most games. The APU is also "Black Edition" and unlocked for overclocking.

System price, per Newegg, is $519 plus shipping. Memory and hard disk sizes can also be scaled back to provide additional savings.

Nick McDermott

stefono62
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ty for replies. Eire that looks really good. I might actually be able to afford that if save some more.