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I haven't been in looking at computers for a long while, so I'm a bit outdated.

I'll be upgrading from an Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (http://www.engadget.com/products/acer/veriton/l410/specs/). This is the computer I'm using right now. I'll start by saying, this computer is basically a security computer that will run like 4 cameras and there will be some entertainment like watching videos, streaming online, surfing online, and stock inventories with access. Basically, it's a workstation for a store. This computer was built long time ago, and only upgrade since was probably the Operating System.

I've noticed the computer can't handle running 4 instances of Yawcam. It becomes very sluggish. I also have to cast the streaming cameras to a TV too.

I'm just trying to make this computer work for the above uses. I used to only run one instance of Yawcam and have no problems. After adding 3 additional ones, the computer will no longer run the way I like it. These instances are also saving image files whenever there is a motion detected. Right now the processor runs at 100%. I'm trying to have it run lower so I assume upgrading the computer should be good.

I'm looking at the J2900, using comparisons, it looks like performance-wise, it would be an upgrade, but I'm not sure. I'm under a budget too. I want to keep it as close to $300 as possible and no more than $400 including shipping and taxes. I have prime for Amazon and I still have a shoprunner account for newegg.com. (http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-AXC-603-UR12-Desktop-Black/dp/B00HVXW2ZK/ref=psdc2_t3_B00HVXW2QO_B00HVXW2ZK#productDetails) This is the exact computer I'm looking at. From cpu-world comparison, it looks like a slight performance increase, but also seems like it will handle multi-tasking better.

Please provide me some recommendations.

Thanks.
    
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You can check your mobo if it can support an am3 cpu, I had a single core Athlon 64 running in an abit an-m2 mobo, I found an Athlon II x3 450 for $20, I did a bios flash and it's been working great.

So that may be a cheap option. I saw some x3 athlons go for around $30 on eBay.
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Why prebuilt? I just wonder because that is essentially a laptop in a tower. It is not a bad little device, but I think building one yourself is likely to get a better return on investment.
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I actually have some spare parts back in the days when I used to build computer. If I remember correctly, I have a E5200, E2180, and a E21XX? Something along these lines.

I just don't really have the time to build it and I actually don't want to build computers. Something actually went wrong with a few computers of mine, and I don't want to troubleshoot it. So I figure take a little upgrade.

I'm just avoiding to physically touch the computers internally. I don't mind setting up the computers in Window though.

I guess something good to know is that I might use BlueIris, which might not be as heavy on the computers, but the uses still stand.

Thanks for the recommendations so far. I'll take it into consideration, but for now I want to see what computers, now, can just be a worth while upgrade for me. If budget really bends, then I might have to go fix one of my older computers. I don't exactly remember what the processors are, but lets say if I use either E5200 or E2180, do you think it would run much better than the Anthlon? I have a feeling E5200 would. But I should really double check what I have. RAM-wise, I only have 2 x 1GB's. I don't ram is the problem since I barely use half on the computer. I just feel like the CPU was bottlenecking the system running my cameras/streams.
    
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post #5 of 18
I think it's not worth the hassle using one of those other CPUs.

I was hesitant upgrading a motherboard that was from '08 but it was the best $20 I spent
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It would be a hassile for me too. Since the Veriton was a pre-built, the cooler is highly and very embedded onto the CPU. The other CPU's I have. I have motherboards too which are compatible. These are from when I use to build computers. Now, I'm just like meh. I just want to keep it simple. I'll have to look into if the CPU you recommended will work with the motherboard in this Veriton. And I also have to see if I can even pull the heatsink off. I think I tried before, because I wanted to apply some new TIM, but it was a lot of work trying to pull it off. I can't even remember if I even applied it. ph34r-smiley.gif
    
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post #7 of 18
If you don't want to deal with the hassle, then using a prebuilt would be viable, just get the lowest end one you can find, and it'll be much much better than what you have now.
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post #8 of 18
it would depend on if Yawcam is mutli treaded it wont be much of an upgrade going to the J2900 if Yawcam cant use more then 2 treads the 4200+ is faster i believe in single tread smile.gif
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M.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=2999138

Much faster cpu.
Edited by qwertymac93 - 4/21/14 at 11:37pm
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Yup something exactly like that.
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