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hi everybody. i have a gateway dx4300-15e computer with an amd phenom 2 x4 processor (2.6ghz). I also have a nvidia geforce 220gt graphics card I have added. I was thinking about upgrading the processor since it's not very fast and also can't really be overclocked, but not sure what to go with. would one of the phenom 2 x4 with a faster processor be a good idea. is it pretty easy to install? I'm more into using the comp for multimedia but have started playing games on here(warcraft 3 and dawn of war 2). also I'm pretty sure I need a new power supply since mine is only 300watts. also it sounds like the fan is a little loud. don't get me wrong, the computer works fine and doesn't seem slow to me but I feel like I need to make it faster or upgrade it. any advice is surely appreciated. thanx
Edited by onmiway75 - 2/22/11 at 4:02pm
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post #2 of 57
Can you post your system components with some detail here or in your User CP and put in your sig? Also do you have a budget for the upgrade?
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post #3 of 57
As matroska stated, the more information you provide us with, the more input we can offer that will be helpful.

But, depending on budget and specs, you might look at more/higher speed RAM, or shelling out for a new rig, depending on how much you're looking to invest into this thing.

Hope it helps.
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post #4 of 57
save your money for a new build. you have a prebuilt that wont overclock because it has locked bios. also the motherboard may not accept the new cpu. i find too many different systems to find yours exactly but, it wont matter a lot.
depending on the components you have in it right now, you may be able to buy a cpu with heatsink and a new motherboard and reuse the rest as you get enough money together.
if you dont need major upgradibilty right away, you can get away dirt cheap right now by reusing your old parts that way.
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post #5 of 57
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hi everybody. i have a gateway dx4300-15e computer with an amd phenom 2 x4 processor (2.6ghz). I also have a nvidia geforce 220gt graphics card I have added. I was thinking about upgrading the processor since it's not very fast and also can't really be overclocked, but not sure what to go with. would one of the phenom 2 x4 with a faster processor be a good idea. is it pretty easy to install? I'm more into using the comp for multimedia but have started playing games on here(warcraft 3 and dawn of war 2). also I'm pretty sure I need a new power supply since mine is only 300watts. also it sounds like the fan is a little loud. don't get me wrong, the computer works fine and doesn't seem slow to me but I feel like I need to make it faster or upgrade it. any advice is surely appreciated. thanx
If your computer feels fine the way it is, don't upgrade it. Save your money for when you really want a new computer.
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post #6 of 57
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thanx for the replies everybody. I would love to make a sig on here but can't figure out how?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1tb cd/dvd-r/rw windows 7 home premium samsung 23" B2330 
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post #7 of 57
I would upgrade that video card to a GTS 450 or something.

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thanx for the replies everybody. I would love to make a sig on here but can't figure out how?
Top middle "User CP", then its on the left.
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post #8 of 57
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is the gt 220 not good? when I'm playing Warcraft 3 the graphics are awesome.
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phenom 2 x4 810 am2+/am3 nvidia galaxy geforce gt220 8gb ddr2 800mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1tb cd/dvd-r/rw windows 7 home premium samsung 23" B2330 
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post #9 of 57
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ok I'm just going to list everything I can and we'll go from there. I have a phenom 2 x4 810 quad core processor. 8gb ram with 1tb hard drive. I have a geforce nvidia gt220 graphics card with 1gb-128bit ddr2. I believe the motherboard is an amd780g? 64bit windows 7 home premium. I also have a 23" samsung monitor B2330. hope this helps.
Edited by onmiway75 - 2/22/11 at 7:56pm
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phenom 2 x4 810 am2+/am3 nvidia galaxy geforce gt220 8gb ddr2 800mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1tb cd/dvd-r/rw windows 7 home premium samsung 23" B2330 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
gateway Corsair cx430 gateway gateway 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom 2 x4 810 am2+/am3 nvidia galaxy geforce gt220 8gb ddr2 800mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1tb cd/dvd-r/rw windows 7 home premium samsung 23" B2330 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
gateway Corsair cx430 gateway gateway 
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post #10 of 57
If you are satisfied with everything right now and you really want to upgrade, just get an SSD.

SSD will probably be a good upgrade since you get to boot up faster, load games faster, and do everything in general a lot quicker since it will load files faster.
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