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I would like to upgrade my grandma's PC. She is not your typical grandma PC user... in addition to the typical Facebook, Candy Crush and YouTube addiction, she has been recently involved with iTunes, Hulu/Netflix and Ripping here entire CD library (about 200 CDs) to digital media via iTunes. I have assisted her and we are ripping them to 320kbps MP4's and she is content with this. Her current computer is plenty fast for this but I figured I could throw a few hundred in this for her and upgrade her experience.

My big question is, should I go for Haswell, or A10 APU? I am concerned with overall performance and stability being #1 concerns and sound quality is also very important.

Current Grandma PC Specs:
i5-750 @ stock
Gigabyte P55-UD2 Mobo (Realtek 888 onboard audio)
8GB DDR3 1600 CL9 (4x2)
Radeon 4850
500GB 7200RPM SATA2

Case PSU Monitor will all be kept the same for new build. And I will be waiting to replace that old hard drive with an old Samsung 830 SSD, 512GB that I have. Should increase performance nicely in that respect. And I do not think I will be utilizing the 4850 anymore.... She will be fine with either Haswell or APU integrated graphics.

So what are some of your thoughts with a lower end haswell - that still would be a good upgrade from a Lynnfield.... or an A10?

I do not have a max price I am allowing myself... Just trying to get the most bang for my buck and still being a worth while performance upgrade.
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I would like to upgrade my grandma's PC. She is not your typical grandma PC user... in addition to the typical Facebook, Candy Crush and YouTube addiction, she has been recently involved with iTunes, Hulu/Netflix and Ripping here entire CD library (about 200 CDs) to digital media via iTunes. I have assisted her and we are ripping them to 320kbps MP4's and she is content with this. Her current computer is plenty fast for this but I figured I could throw a few hundred in this for her and upgrade her experience.

My big question is, should I go for Haswell, or A10 APU? I am concerned with overall performance and stability being #1 concerns and sound quality is also very important.

Current Grandma PC Specs:
i5-750 @ stock
Gigabyte P55-UD2 Mobo (Realtek 888 onboard audio)
8GB DDR3 1600 CL9 (4x2)
Radeon 4850
500GB 7200RPM SATA2

Case PSU Monitor will all be kept the same for new build. And I will be waiting to replace that old hard drive with an old Samsung 830 SSD, 512GB that I have. Should increase performance nicely in that respect. And I do not think I will be utilizing the 4850 anymore.... She will be fine with either Haswell or APU integrated graphics.

So what are some of your thoughts with a lower end haswell - that still would be a good upgrade from a Lynnfield.... or an A10?

I do not have a max price I am allowing myself... Just trying to get the most bang for my buck and still being a worth while performance upgrade.

So your main concern is that her dvd ripping and encoding is too slow? I would say just sell the i5 and motherboard and get a sandy bridge i7 and motherboard. That would probably be the most economical upgrade. If you are looking at buying new parts, a haswell i7 would probably be the best bet for encoding (I'm assuming you are using handbrake)

Edit: You could also buy an i7 870 off of ebay for about 160-170 and drop it right into that board. That would be a huge upgrade for encoding her dvds.
Edited by salamachaa - 3/1/14 at 9:33pm
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So your main concern is that her dvd ripping and encoding is too slow? I would say just sell the i5 and motherboard and get a sandy bridge i7 and motherboard. That would probably be the most economical upgrade. If you are looking at buying new parts, a haswell i7 would probably be the best bet for encoding (I'm assuming you are using handbrake)

Edit: You could also buy an i7 870 off of ebay for about 160-170 and drop it right into that board. That would be a huge upgrade for encoding her dvds.

I dont really think its too slow. And she is not complaining that its too slow either. I wanted to put in a new sound card and give her the audio boost, but when thinking of what to get or upgrade, I figured I could upgrade the whole machine just for the hell of it. I was going to do a clean install with the SSD anyway, so I figured that this was the best time to just upgrade the whole platform.
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I dont really think its too slow. And she is not complaining that its too slow either. I wanted to put in a new sound card and give her the audio boost, but when thinking of what to get or upgrade, I figured I could upgrade the whole machine just for the hell of it. I was going to do a clean install with the SSD anyway, so I figured that this was the best time to just upgrade the whole platform.

Honestly, if that's all she uses the PC for, I wouldn't bother spending the money needed to upgrade the whole thing. The 750 is still a decent CPU and plenty of people still use it for gaming which is definitely a more intensive task than loading up Facebook and iTunes. I say, save the money and spend it on a nice sound card, something like the Sound Blaster Z or the Xonar D1/DX + upgrade her sound system, and also upgrade from the HDD to the SSD you've already listed. If upgrading is something you really want to do, I'd also go the route the member a few posts above me suggested; purchase a used i7 for that socket and stick it in. IF that's not enough, I'd just upgrade to an i5 3570/i5 4570R (not the K) and a Z77/Z87 motherboard along with it.

EDIT: Upgrading from the 750 to an A10 isn't worth it, the i5 is faster - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/109?vs=675
Edited by trojan92 - 3/1/14 at 10:09pm
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Why don't you get her a decent set of quality monitor speakers or headphones instead?
Then a sound card or DAC if so inclined and monies are left to please her?
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I'd also go the route the member a few posts above me suggested; purchase a used i7 for that socket and stick it in. IF that's not enough, I'd just upgrade to an i5 3570/i5 4570R (not the K) and a Z77/Z87 motherboard along with it.

EDIT: Upgrading from the 750 to an A10 isn't worth it, the i5 is faster - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/109?vs=675

no need for a Zxx chipset...any Hxx should do the job fine.
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Why don't you get her a decent set of quality monitor speakers or headphones instead?
Then a sound card or DAC if so inclined and monies are left to please her?
no need for a Zxx chipset...any Hxx should do the job fine.

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