[QUOTE=georgemroth;2592893]so this is my question…i’ll post my computer specs after this. my comp is only about 9 months old but i definitely need to upgrade some things, seeing as how even Fable 3 had seeeeerious lag issues. i am definitely adding 8 gigs of ram, but am also thinking about adding a second vid card. my budget is between $500-$750 for the entire upgrade, and am looking for any HELPFUL suggestions.
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name GEORGE-HP
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model p6710f
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon™ II X4 640 Processor, 3000 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 6.04, 9/7/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
User Name george-HP\george
Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.75 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.14 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.50 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.79 GB
Page File Space 3.75 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys[/QUOTE]
- New Video Card -> $270 -> 68XX or 69XXseries would be great, and relatively cheap
- New HDD ($115 + $65), better, A NEW shiny new 96GB/ 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD for storage will do wonders for you.
- New faster 8GB of ram, 4x2GB Matched Kit - $120
$270 + $180 + $120 =[B][I][U] $570.
[/U][/I][/B][COLOR=Black]And I spent all of 5 minutes looking, I’m sure you can find better deals and better hardware for the $$$.
You’d have another $180 to dig up a better motherboard & 1/2 decent case and possibly get a bundled power supply.
Technically your HP OS is tied to the motherboard, but if your upgrade your OS to the SSD first, add the new HDD, keep your old HDD (lol) add your new video card and ram … it’s still the same computer
Then if you get a new case & mobo, and move your HDD’s, Optical drive, CPU + heatsink, Video card & ram to the new case & mobo… you can argue it’s still the same computer
And then you can also try overclocking your CPU, although I’m not convinced that AMD’s athlon 2’s overclock particularly well - google overclocking & your CPU model.
But seriously, you could build yourself a beast with a new DDR3 Mobo with 8GB of DDR3 ram, keeping your current CPU