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My Current System:


Thinking of:

  • Adding 2 x 1 gb ramm (5300 ddr2) ~$15
  • Upgrading CPU to Athlon X2 5000+ 2.6 Ghz ~$23
  • Adding 32 gb SSD - New ~$40

Should I do it? Or should I just stick it out and wait to build a new rig?

Main purpose is overall performance increase. My current rig's performance is very livable.
post #2 of 8
What kind of performance increase are you shooting for? Loading times or gaming FPS?
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Most of that is so old that you dont have much choice but to start from scratch
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Athlon 64??? Back to the Tardis!

You don't have much room for upgrade, best to start from square one
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Figured it's probably better to start over. How does the Athlon compare to the low-end, dual-core Trinity's?
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I would suggest gathering enough money to build a totally new rig. Those upgrades wont last for long.
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post #7 of 8
The Athlon 64's were down about 10-15% in IPC compared to the Phenom II's IIRC, so that should put them at close to the same IPC as trinity/richland. To verify, why don't you go ahead and try to run some of the benchmarks that are available for trinity/richland chips, then you'll have an easy time comparing.

Also, usually upgrading old rigs is actually more expensive than building a new low end one. However, if you're either able to find those parts for that cheap, or overclock your current CPU (should hit almost 3GHz) you could see pretty large improvements even just like that. Its worth looking into at least, but how viable it is for you will likely depend on how much of a budget you have.

My other feedback is to skip an SSD that is so small, sure it will be faster, but thats barely enough for windows and its updates. I wouldn't go any smaller than a 64GB one personally.

Good luck man smile.gif.
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Now now, lets not be hasty guys. I see now that you were looking for a general performance boost, so I'll leave thoughts of games out of the question.

You COULD get an SSD. This would net you the most performance gain from your current setup. Get at least 120gb. This upgrade will also move to any new computer you decide to build in the future so this is an immediate upgrade that you can make without second thought.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188

Also, be prepared to re-install your OS. While you CAN clone it from your old drive, it is not recomended. You will be much better performance from a clean install.

And if RAM is that cheap, I would think it's a no brainer, go for it. Just make sure you match the RAM exactly with what you currently have, or just replace it all. But for the most part, these guys are right, that equipment is old. I wouldnt put much money into parts that wont move to the new machine.
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AMD FX-8350 @ 4.8Ghz CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4g 16Gb G. Skill Ripjaws 4x4 @ 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128Gb SSD Intel 160 Gb SSD Intel 250 Gb SSD Generic DVD-RW 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x Noctua (NF-P12-1300 )1300rpm Premium Silent... 2 x Corsair Air Series SP120   COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing  Monsoon 90° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 100 ... ModMyToys DreamFlex Premium 3/8" ID Tubing Reta... Coolance Liquid Coolant Bottle, 700mL Fluoresce... Coolance PMP 450 Variable Speed D5 Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower D5 Mod Top V2 Pom version Alphacool NexXxos UT60 Full Copper Radiator 240 Noctua NF-A6X25 FLX Quiet Computer Cooling Fan ... NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watt... 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Toshiba Regza 52" 1920 x 1080 @ 120Hz  Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000 Keyboard and Mouse SeaSonic M12II 750 
CaseAudio
My TV Stand Cabinet Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-4300 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 EVGA Geforce GTX 260 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair SSD Samsung 7200 Laptop drive Some DVD Burner I took out of a dead Dell. Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 19" 16:9 Logitec wireless Enermax 650w Apevia X-Cruiser3 Pink 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Toshiba Regza 52" 1080p Logitech K400 Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 
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