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    Hi, I purchased my system from Aria a few years ago and I'm now beginning to think about an upgrade but I was wondering if a complete overhaul is actually necessary. Perhaps I can just upgrade the RAM, GPU or CPU.

    There's no real issues with the system. I've started to notice some lag with games I play now. Also, my browsers tend to lag too when I switch between them although both these issues can probably be remedied with more RAM.

    Anyway, here's the spec, let me know what you think. Thanks.

    Mainboard : ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO
    BIOS : AMI (OEM) 1404 05/28/2010
    Total Memory : 4GB DIMM DDR3

    Processors
    Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor (4C 3GHz, 2GHz IMC, 512kB L2)
    Socket/Slot : AM2r2/AM3
    Chipset
    Memory Controller : ASUS M5A88-V EVO 2x 2GHz (4GHz)
    Memory Controller : AMD F10 Athlon 64/Opteron/Sempron HT Hub 2x 2GHz (4GHz), 2x 2GB DIMM DDR3 1.34GHz 128-bit
    Memory Module(s)
    Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)
    Memory Module : Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 5-34-10-5)

    Video System
    Video Adapter : AMD Radeon HD 5700 Series (10CU 800SP SM5.0 850MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

    Graphics Processor
    OpenCL GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 5700 Series (800SP 10C 850MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit)
    Compute Shader Processor : AMD Radeon HD 5700 Series (800SP 10C 850MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit)

    Storage Devices
    SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache) : 932GB (C (D
    Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (E

    Logical Storage Devices
    System Reserved : 100MB (NTFS, 4kB) @ SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
    Hard Disk (C : 195GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
    New Volume (D : 684GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ SAMSUNG HD103SJ (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
    Optical Drive (E : N/A @ Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

  • #2
    Yeah the CPU and GPU both look a bit long in the tooth.

    Depending on your power supply you could change, CPU, motherboard, add 4gb ram and get a newer and better graphics card, probs add in an ssd, that's if you can do it yourself.

    Or just get a prebuilt, do you have a budget?

    What games do you play and at what resolution?

    Freedom isn't free"



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    • #3
      LOL, well you kind of answered the question thanks.

      Re: budget - If I wanted to get something new which is upgrade to my old system I'd have to spend about 700, right?

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      • #4
        Id say first off stick some more ram in it + a better gpu and an ssd, you will get plenty more use out of it for sure. Then if its not fast enough for your liking i would get a new mobo + cpu.

        Obv as above, if your capable of upgrading it yourself that is

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        • #5
          700 is a healthy budget.

          I would probably get a core i5 4590, 8gb ram, 120gb ssd, gigabyte z97 motherboard and the sapphire nitro r9 390 probs cost you about 550 for all that.

          Then decide on a case and 650w power supply and any additional storage and a copy of windows if you need it.

          Freedom isn't free"



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          • #6
            Your current PC looks like it hasn't got an SSD either - as Wayne says, if you are going to have an overhaul it's definitely worth getting one. If you just want a quick refresh you could also buy an SSD and do a completely fresh install of windows and use your hard drive just as a storage drive. Might also be worth checking if there are any BIOS updates as long as your CPU isn't over clocked (updating the BIOS will lose any over clocks Aria had set up for you).
            Gaming :: Intel Core i7 5820K, Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5, Gigabyte GTX1070, 16GB Crucial 2400MHz DDR4, Corsair H100, BlackGold BGT3620 DVB-T2, Dell U2410, Fractal Arc Midi R2, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB, Samsung 850 Pro 1TB, WD Red 4TB, Creative SoundBlaster Z, Logitech X-230, Seasonic X-650, G900, G510s, 10 Pro x64
            Work :: Dell Precision M6800, Intel Core i7 4800MQ 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, AMD FirePro M6100, 17" 1920x1080, 10 Pro x64

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            • #7
              No SSD as I purchased it about 5 years ago.

              PSU: XIGMATEK 80 PLUS BRONZE.

              With this system I've always had issues trying to get the fans to run quieter. I managed to enable the Q-fan/Cool n Quiet function in the BIOS but not managed to alter anything else in the BIOS to try and reduce noise.

              It's a Coolermaster ATX micro case, which wasn't ideal. It's a bit on the small side which affects airflow through the case. I once fitted an aftermarket cooler to replace the bundled CPU cooler and whilst it may have reduced the temp of the CPU it increased the airflow around the rest of the case because it was so much larger than the bundled cooler.

              Next time I get a system I'm going to get it prebuilt.

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              • #8
                Hi, bump. I think I'll replace the memory to get some more life out of this. Two symptoms I get are the browser windows either hanging or freezing and when I do superantispyware scans I get a similar computer freeze and have to reboot.

                Apparently it can take any of these memory types:
                • DDR3 - 1066
                • DDR3 - 1333
                • DDR3 - 1800(OC)
                • DDR3 - 1866(OC)
                • DDR3 - 2000(OC)

                Also, it says there are 4 slots but I'm not sure why 2 are black or 2 blue - or is that just aesthetic?

                I presume that if I want to upgrade I have to add 2 more DDR3s with the same spec as the ones already in there?

                Obviously I'm trying to balance the option of spending on an upgrade or whether to just sell the lot and start again? Cheers.

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                • #9
                  The slots will be coloured so you can see which channel is which (i.e. in order to use the RAM in dual channel mode to get the most out of the performance you'll put matching sticks in the same coloured slots - check your motherboard manual for more info). RAM is pretty cheap - you can probably buy 1600MHz but your motherboard will just reduce the speed to match the slowest in your system.

                  Bear in mind also that DDR3 is now superceded by DDR4 as Intel's newest chipsets support that, and I'm pretty sure AMD's new Zen architecture due later this year will also support DDR4, so spending money on RAM now if you are thinking of binning your current PC and starting again probably won't be able to be re-used. On the other hand RAM is pretty cheap anyway currently so you could spend 30 on another 4GB and just not worry about it.

                  Did you ever get an SSD or do a clean install of your OS/upgrade to Windows 10? If you were going to spend money that's still probably the best investment and making sure you have a real spring clean and just wipe and reinstall your OS, that could well help with hangings and freezings that you've been experiencing (you can tell if you're being RAM limited just by opening your task manager).
                  Gaming :: Intel Core i7 5820K, Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5, Gigabyte GTX1070, 16GB Crucial 2400MHz DDR4, Corsair H100, BlackGold BGT3620 DVB-T2, Dell U2410, Fractal Arc Midi R2, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB, Samsung 850 Pro 1TB, WD Red 4TB, Creative SoundBlaster Z, Logitech X-230, Seasonic X-650, G900, G510s, 10 Pro x64
                  Work :: Dell Precision M6800, Intel Core i7 4800MQ 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, Samsung 850 Pro 128GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, AMD FirePro M6100, 17" 1920x1080, 10 Pro x64

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                  • #10
                    Ta for the tips. Will do a clean install. Windows 10? More backdoors into my system? DDR3 is pretty cheap and so will just get a couple more sticks of the same off the bay.

                    In task mgr, the CPU usage is pretty low with a couple of browser windows open, msgr etc but the DDR3 is at 60% and so I guess that's the culprit.

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                    • #11
                      OK, I got a couple of DDR3 off the bay - exactly the same ones. One of the sticks had some cosmetic damage but it seems to be functioning OK. Is there some way to check the integrity of the DDR3? Cheers.

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