I’ve posted regarding this before and got some good advice - but we’re no further forward with actually doing the deed!
My brother was wanting to upgrade his desktop and at the time I asked, he wasn’t too sure what exactly he wanted to do with it - his knowledge of computers is less than mine!
We’ve now established though - he wants to be able to play games, like FSX, to their full potential - as well as have a decent running computer - it’s so slow at doing anything, it’s criminal.
Currently, he has the following:
Gigabyte Technology motherboard - GA-8S661GXMP (site says it
- Supports IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 processor with HT technology
- Supports high efficiency DDR400 memory
- Supports AGP 8X interface for higher graphics performance
- Integrated MirageTM Graphics engine
- Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet controller
- Integrated high quality 6-channel AC’97 audio )
512mb DDrPC2700 Memory
Intel Celeron ® 2.93GHz Model 4 Stepping 1 processor
I can do basics with the internals of a desktop, but we’re getting into the realms of me not having a clue. I’m assuming with that setup, it’s onboard graphics?
Anyway, he also has an Acer Aspire 5735 laptop.
My question is - which would be the better computer to upgrade (can you even upgrade a laptop??) and what kind of thing should we be looking to upgrade/change?
He’s been looking at graphics cards and asked me to mention the XFX ATi Radeon 5770HD - is it any good? Anyone got better recommendations?
I take it that nearly all the internals are gonna need to be changed - would he actually be better off buying a new tower?
Sorry for all the questions - and even more sorry if any of them are really dumb. As I said, I can do the basics, but he’s going way beyong my knowledge now.