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Thank you so much for the input everyone!! This is such a helpful community. I really appreciate it.

I'm currently running Windows 8.1 so I won't be including a new OS in the price.

I would definitely like to upgrade the motherboard but it seems to be a bit more cost effective to get a new GPU and PSU (unless I'm missing something?). If I choose to go the route of a new GPU and PSU, would the 7850 work fine with my needs? Would it be compatible with my current motherboard? As for the PSU, should I stick with the 500W or do y'all suggest something different? (I'm on a budget! Lol).

Also, would buying a used motherboard be suggested to cut cost should I go the route of a new mobo and RAM?

Thanks again everyone!

Sent from my Nexus 5
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As I believe your 1090T comes with both a DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller.
I would say to spend about $100 for a newer motherboard (970X, DDR3)
and another $100 for two matching 4GB DDR3 sticks of memory.
Spend the leftover cash for a graphics card (used AMD 7870?)

Thanks for the honest input. I'm try to replace as little as possible because of money issues but I know I need a new graphics card. Is there much benefit to changing my motherboard?

Sent from my Nexus 5

You should get a performance boost by replacing the current 6GB DDR2 with 8GB DDR3 and I believe editing works faster with more RAM.
(and faster RAM)
That one PC-5300 stick might also be slowing down the PC-6400
I would assume down the line you would be replacing the CPU and you would not be able to with your current motherboard.
You might be able to get a motherboard/memory upgrade for around $170 (maybe even $150).
Maybe even do a mild overclocking.

As you currently using on-board graphics, you could get a decent boost for around $100 (used 6870 1GB card).
Edited by Tacoboy - 3/12/14 at 10:14pm
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Thank you so much for the input everyone!! This is such a helpful community. I really appreciate it.
I'm currently running Windows 8.1 so I won't be including a new OS in the price.
I would definitely like to upgrade the motherboard but it seems to be a bit more cost effective to get a new GPU and PSU (unless I'm missing something?). If I choose to go the route of a new GPU and PSU, would the 7850 work fine with my needs? Would it be compatible with my current motherboard? As for the PSU, should I stick with the 500W or do y'all suggest something different? (I'm on a budget! Lol).
Also, would buying a used motherboard be suggested to cut cost should I go the route of a new mobo and RAM?
Thanks again everyone!
Sent from my Nexus 5

If you keep you current motherboard, at least replace the one stick of PC-5300 with another pair of PC6400 ($55)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corsair-XMS2-4GB-2x2GB-PC2-6400-PC6400-CL5-800-Dual-DDR2-CM2X2048-6400C5-Ver4-2-/301113346615?pt=US_Memory_RAM_&hash=item461bc10a37
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Thank you so much for the input everyone!! This is such a helpful community. I really appreciate it.

I'm currently running Windows 8.1 so I won't be including a new OS in the price.

I would definitely like to upgrade the motherboard but it seems to be a bit more cost effective to get a new GPU and PSU (unless I'm missing something?). If I choose to go the route of a new GPU and PSU, would the 7850 work fine with my needs? Would it be compatible with my current motherboard? As for the PSU, should I stick with the 500W or do y'all suggest something different? (I'm on a budget! Lol).

Also, would buying a used motherboard be suggested to cut cost should I go the route of a new mobo and RAM?

Thanks again everyone!

Sent from my Nexus 5

Your motherboard can use a 7850 BUT that current PSU you have can't handle it so I'd get that thing out of there asap.

YOUR CURRENT PSU:

Most Helpful Customer Reviews (ARK ARK500/8D ATX 12V 500W Computer Power Supply)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

It serves the purpose

By Gbkny on March 3, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase
I needed to replace my old power supply and decided to go with this one. it serves the purpose. great
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

DOA

By sam iam on August 5, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase
dead on arrival; this unit may be cheap but it totally failed; two fans look impressive and the QC stickers look convincing; but unfortunately it fails miserably
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Edited by EchoTwoZero - 3/12/14 at 10:24pm
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i must be missing something on the PSU front here; with or without a single HD 7850 or R7 260x or similar non-monstrous card, his system isn't going to be pushing the limits of a 500W PSU, according to calculators and to experience. Isn't the whole downside of a cheap PSU, like he's got, that one day it dies on you? Until that day arrives, won't he see zero gain from a PSU upgrade? So why replace it when it's still working, and when all contemplated upgrades are still within its wattage rating? It's not like a system like that is going to overload the 12v rails either, it's just not THAT much of a power hog, especially at stock speeds.

Don't get me wrong, it's a wise investment ahead of other potentially major upgrades, but as a one part performance upgrade, it seems like going from a working cheap power supply to a working quality power supply won't provide even a shred of perceptible benefit. Unless what you're concerned about is some power stability/throttling type concern that i know nothing about, in which case i want to hear about it.
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When a cheap PSU dies its not unheard for it to fry everything in the PC

Its cheaper to replace one PSU then a whole system
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post #17 of 29
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i must be missing something on the PSU front here; with or without a single HD 7850 or R7 260x or similar non-monstrous card, his system isn't going to be pushing the limits of a 500W PSU, according to calculators and to experience. Isn't the whole downside of a cheap PSU, like he's got, that one day it dies on you? Until that day arrives, won't he see zero gain from a PSU upgrade? So why replace it when it's still working, and when all contemplated upgrades are still within its wattage rating? It's not like a system like that is going to overload the 12v rails either, it's just not THAT much of a power hog, especially at stock speeds.

Don't get me wrong, it's a wise investment ahead of other potentially major upgrades, but as a one part performance upgrade, it seems like going from a working cheap power supply to a working quality power supply won't provide even a shred of perceptible benefit. Unless what you're concerned about is some power stability/throttling type concern that i know nothing about, in which case i want to hear about it.

Eh he can grab a Molex to 6 pin adapter and run a 7850 with his PSU. SO all he needs is a GPU to upgrade your computer. (and a Molex to 6 pin adapter) Its like I said earlier "This (new PSU) is second in my opinion of priorities but only because you won't notice it once it is installed."

I've seen/heard too many stories about great rigs getting fried over a cheap PSU is all. Ditto on what shilka said.
Edited by EchoTwoZero - 3/13/14 at 8:06pm
post #18 of 29
If you cant get out of the mainboard/cpu/ram I would focus on upgrades you can take with you to your next build. Things that will make the biggest difference will be a good GPU (7850 is a nice gpu) , a good SSD will help speed things a long nicely and as mentioned, a QUALITY power supply. On PSU's Brand means absolutely nothing, you have to look at who makes the unit to see what your getting.
   
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When a cheap PSU dies its not unheard for it to fry everything in the PC

Its cheaper to replace one PSU then a whole system

i guess i'm asking about the actual likelihood; is this more common that liquid cooling getting loose and destroying your system? i've only ever had PSU's fail as non-starts, and a friend of mine who used to operate a LAN center with about thirty cheap-ass computers in it, was constantly swapping out no-name PSU's, but never motherboards, so i guess my experience biases me against the whole concern, especially in a budget rig.

Also, is PSU failure that destroys a system known to originate in the PSU through a specific cause, or could this just be misplaced blame for electric utility misbehavior that the cheap PSUs' circuit protection fails to block?
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Well dude the reason why we hear about blow outs from PSUs is because this is OCN and we hear about the extreme parts of computers. What your friend was doing should give him even more reason to get a new PSU. As for looking past the brand names and into the Original Equipment Manufacturer, HARDOCP has fantastic and easy to find reviews on PSUs.

And here is a candidate for a new 550W PSU:

HARDOCP Seasonic 550W PSU
Seasonic 550W PSU on Newegg
Edited by EchoTwoZero - 3/13/14 at 8:06pm
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