Originally Posted by Hambone07si
So why do you need to overclock a pc for your mom? What does she do that she needs an overclocked cpu? If you can explain that, I'm willing to help. I've never overclocked a pc for a Mom. lol. She won't get coupons from the internet any faster
Tell us what your mom will be doing with the PC. As it is, the CPU is just fine for everything a normal user would do, excepting heavy duty gaming (but normal gaming is just fine). So, no need to overclock the CPU at all.
She has a Quad Core CPU running at 2.66 Ghz with 8MB of L2 cache. That is more than many people have and good for years to come with normal usage. My mom has a Pentium Dual Core E2140 at 1.6 Ghz with 1 MB L2 cache, 2GB of DDR2 667 RAM, a 500GB HDD and a Radeon HD4550 512MB DDR3 and she is just fine using Windows 7.
And if you say your brother is a gamer, how in the world was he gaming with a X1300 ? That CPU + GPU combo is completely unbalanced. He wasn't going anywhere with that graphics card.
As for the 8400GS, it will do Youtube Flash HD decoding on the card (the x1300 won't), it is a good card for modern day usage. It won't game though, but it is better than the X1300.
As for storage, Windows will boot much faster if you have it on one of the 1.5TB HDD's. No need to buy expensive SSD's or anything. You can do fine with what you already have. The current 160GB HDD is not only too small, but is much slower. The areal density of that HDD is much smaller, which means the HDD head must move a lot more to fetch the same amount of data a 1.5TB will have.
Oh, and that 160GB HDD only has 8MB of internal cache, while the 1.5TB will have at least 32MB. So, it will also be faster because of that.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/26/11 at 6:49am