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Computer upgrade advice?
show user profile  owtdor
I have an aging system and I was looking for some advice on upgrading it. I don't have a ton of cash but I know I need to update some stuff. I am not hardware savvy at all anymore. So I ask you all, great ones of the MaxForums, for advice. Here are my stats, any advice on best bang for the buck is appreciated.

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (currently running 32 bit)
MotherBoard: ECS A770M-A 1.0 (200 Mhz Bus)
CPU: 2.5 Ghz AMD Phenom 9850 Quad Core (64 bit ready)
RAM: 2x 2 Gig (total of 4 gig)
Storage: 2 drives, 1 1TB and 1 3TB
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD2600XT

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10/6/2011 9:32:53 PM (last edit: 10/6/2011 9:32:53 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Hah, that's still better than my home PC... :(

Personally, I'm going to take a route that will look something like this:

OS: Windows 7 Professional
Motherboard: No idea, whatever-whatever!
CPU: Some sort of i7... or an i5 if prices don't drop on the i7's in a month or two
RAM: Anywhere between 12 and 24 gb
Storage: one 64gb or 128gb SSD for primary, and a 2TB SATA for secondary.
Graphics: Always tricky... something in the £150 area always seems good though, GeForce GTX 560 or something-something

I think that sort of list would come to about £700 - £800.. .not including Case or PSU. It's what I hope to upgrade to, and I "hope" it would last me for another 2 - 3 years with only need for minor upgrades.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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10/6/2011 9:46:02 PM (last edit: 10/6/2011 9:46:02 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
People looking for render time bang for buck might have a treat coming up soon since AMD's bulldozer [b]finally[/b] got announced for oct. 12. Assuming a) BD will have at least the same per core efficiency as P2 in rendering (which according to "leaked" benches is true but we'll know for sure soon enough) and b) BD will clock to at least 4.5ghz (which given their stock clocks should be childs play) we are going to have a cpu that costs the same as current generation i5 but will have 50% more render power as an OC'd i5/i7

as an added bonus all amd's cpus are ECC enabled which is awesome if you plan on rendering for like a week straight or so

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10/6/2011 11:11:58 PM (last edit: 10/6/2011 11:11:58 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
Anyone else? I am so clueless on this stuff anymore.

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10/7/2011 12:38:24 AM (last edit: 10/7/2011 12:38:24 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Well, what do you need?
Do you need faster rendering, faster viewports, more apps open at once?
By upgrade do you mean a new PC or just upgrade a few components on this one?
How much are you hoping to spend and where?

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10/7/2011 1:33:11 AM (last edit: 10/7/2011 1:33:33 AM)
show user profile  digital3ds
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10/7/2011 5:06:56 AM (last edit: 10/7/2011 5:06:56 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
@Horizon - I am looking to upgrade a component or two at this point. I want the best bang for the buck. In other words, what single change would make the biggest difference in overall performance? Is it upgrading to Windows 7 since I have a 64 bit CPU and a 32 bit system currently and I need to re-install it to get to 64 bit anyway, Is it more RAM, a better video card. etc?

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10/7/2011 5:39:29 PM (last edit: 10/7/2011 5:39:29 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Unless you are looking at upgrading motherboard, processor and possibly memory as well (as all the platforms are different), I'd consider doubling the RAM, using Windows64 and if you can afford it.

This won't make it faster necessarily. For that, you'd need a new processor (and motherboard and memory)

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10/7/2011 7:10:04 PM (last edit: 10/7/2011 7:10:04 PM)
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