Computer upgrade

Computer upgrade

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buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
I would like some help with making my computer better but I'm not that good with hardware.
Here's my Test My Hardware list:
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TEST MY HARDWARE
http://www.testmyhardware.com


System Summary
System Name : ISAK-DATOR
User Name : Microsoft
Domain : WORKGROUP
System Directory : C:\Windows\system32

Processor
Name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 QuadCPU Q8200@ 2.33GHz
Speed : 2327 MHz

Mainboard
Bus(es) : AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
MP APIC : Yes
System BIOS Version : DELL - 15

Video System
Monitor : BenQ G2420HDB (Digital)
Adapter : RDPDD Chained DD

Physical Storage Device
Harddisk : WDC WD6400AAKS-75A7B2
Harddisk : TEAC USB HS-CF Card USB Device
Harddisk : TEAC USB HS-xD/SM USB Device
Harddisk : TEAC USB HS-MS Card USB Device
Harddisk : TEAC USB HS-SD Card USB Device
CD-ROM/DVD : PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16A6S
CD-ROM/DVD : OXSFQHA 23C5IV0TM341 SCSI CdRom Device

Logical Storage Device
OS (C:) : 581.11 GB (48.93 GB Free Space) (NTFS)
RECOVERY (D:) : 15.00 GB (14.87 GB Free Space) (NTFS)
CD-ROM/DVD (E:) : N/A
REMOVABLE DISK (F:) : -0.00 MB (-0.00 MB Free Space) ()
REMOVABLE DISK (G:) : -0.00 MB (-0.00 MB Free Space) ()
REMOVABLE DISK (H:) : -0.00 MB (-0.00 MB Free Space) ()
REMOVABLE DISK (I:) : -0.00 MB (-0.00 MB Free Space) ()
CD-ROM/DVD (J:) : N/A

Peripheral
Serial/Parallel Port(s) : COM / LPT
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2937.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2938.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2939.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2939
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2934.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2935.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2936.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_293c.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_293a.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : @usb.inf,%usb\class_09.devicedesc%;Generic USB Hub
USB Controller/Hub : @usbstor.inf,%genericbulkonly.devicedesc%;USB-masslagringsenhet
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
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I would be grateful for any help I could get.
Today's post brought to you by the letter: "heck".
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 08:14 PDT
phoenix_r

2009 May 13 • 902
17 ₧
A budget would be helpful, as well as how you typically use the machine. Also, SCSI?! I'm not sure, this far out, whether it's still sexy, maybe now it's just scuzzy...

Probably the biggest noticeable difference would be an SSD, maybe a graphics card. Do you use onboard graphics? I didn't see a card listed in the output.

Again budget and use are your constraints, we need to know those before we can give specific advice.
BOO
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 08:20 PDT
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
I'm confused... that test doesn't show you having any RAM. And also, do you have a dedicated GPU? Or do you use the onboard GPU?
If you don't have a dedi, you should prolly get one. And, let me know how much RAM you have, too.

Also, if you could find out what RPM your hard drive is, that'd be good to know. My guess is it's probably 5400rpm... if that's the case, you could upgrade to 7200 or even 10000 (I wouldn't recommend going to a SSD, I think they're too expensive).


Edit: Damn... I'm too slow
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 08:24 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 2 at 08:25 PDT
phoenix_r

2009 May 13 • 902
17 ₧
Labor day sales, dawg!

A moderate (read: 60-200gb) SSD for your OS and primary applications shouldn't set you back more than $1/gb these days unless you go crazy and get TBotB, some PCI shit or something. Also, even for gaming, I would put money on an SSD being as much if not more of an upgrade than a dedicated GPU. It is the biggest directly observable performance upgrade I have experienced, probably ever. Much more than doubling ram, moving to a faster bus (ide to sata2 raid, even), faster RPM HDD, any of that. As a small aside, there are definitely '5400 rpm' drives that show better performance than other '7200 rpm' drives, especially with the 'green' (read: low-power) initiative so big in hardware right now. I would say I got a bigger boost from dropping an SSD into my system than when I rebuilt the entire rest of the system (from athlon2 x64 to i5 750, ddr2 to ddr 3, geforce 4 pci to some evga hotshit pci-e 16, sata to sata2, etc). Seriously.

I don't have any data to back any of this up besides my own experiences, and in my zealotry I've probably exaggerated, but I've talked with SJ about this and I think he feels the same way, at least insofar as an SSD is a very significant upgrade, worth the price if you don't go crazy on the bleeding-edge hotness. And we all know that SJ is the be-all end-all of everything, except, as previously established, suckiness; the Jer family has a dominant anti-suck gene.

Now somebody buy me a falafel, I'm fucking famished.
BOO
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 10:41 PDT
buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
RAM: 4GB
Rockbomb said:
do you have a dedicated GPU? Or do you use the onboard GPU? Also the RPM stuff.

How do I check?

I don't know my budget. I just know that I want to upgrade the worst parts of my computer and that I have some spare money + the ability to get more. I know that I have slightly more than 300 dollars to spare currently.
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2011 Sep 2 at 10:55 PDT
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
buq25 said:

How do I check?


Open up your case and look ;)
Here's a google image search for 'graphics card': link
If you have one, it would be plugged into your motherboard.



Actually, you know what? Let's just do this...
Click on your start menu, and do a search for "dxdiag". It should pop up in the search results, run it.
It will open up a window and tell you all your system specs and stuff. At the bottom, click the button that says "save all information", and it will create a text file. Copy that text and paste it into pastebin or something, then give us a link
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 11:11 PDT
buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
DxDiag
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2011 Sep 2 at 11:44 PDT
the_cloud_system
polly pushy pants

2008 Aug 1 • 3074
-6 ₧
green
I drink to forget but I always remember.
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 12:01 PDT
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Mmk, so you do have a dedicated GPU, and it's not that bad either. And, your HDD is 7200rpm, which is also decent.

At this point I guess I should ask... is there anything that you've tried to run that didn't run well, or couldn't run at all? Or, is there anything specific that you would like to be able to run?

You shouldn't have many problems with your current setup, unless you're trying to run things like Crysis in high-detail or something.


Basically what I'm trying to get at, is that there's not much reason to upgrade your computer, unless you need it to do more than it already does. Don't fix what isn't broken, yah mean?
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 12:17 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 2 at 12:17 PDT
buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
Well, I've had the computer for 8-10 years, I thought it might be outdated. I was apparently wrong. Thanks.

I haven't really got problems running games on medium-higher quality.

I'm getting some more space though. Or I could clean my computer.

Speaking of which, what's the difference between theese?
IDE 2,5
IDE 3,5
SAS 2,5
SAS 3,5
S-ATA 2,5
S-ATA 3,5
SCSI 68 pin
SCSI 80-pin
SSD 2,5
SSD PCI-E
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2011 Sep 2 at 12:27 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 2 at 12:38 PDT
SuperJer
Websiteman

2005 Mar 20 • 6301
Well you must have been upgrading then because your parts didn't exist 8-10 years ago.

IDE 2,5 -- 2.5 inch old timey hard disk, the one with the wide, flat ribbon cable, sized for laptops
IDE 3,5 -- 3.5 inch old timey hard disk, sized for desktops
SAS 2,5 -- serial SCSI see below
SAS 3,5 -- same but bigger
S-ATA 2,5 -- modern but still mechanical hard drive
S-ATA 3,5 -- same but bigger
SCSI 68 pin -- don't worry about SCSI (or SAS), they're for specific business uses like running databases and such. Don't get this for home.
SCSI 80-pin -- same but MOAR PINS!
SSD 2,5 -- solid state drive, they don't come in the larger (Desktop) size because they just don't take up much space. Really fast, no moving parts. Probably uses the same S-ATA connector as the HDDs above.
SSD PCI-E -- like SSD 2.5" but plugs into the mobo directly for an insanely fast connection. Definitely not worth the price for home. This is another thing that's really for specific business uses unless you have money to burn.

Also: What RB said.
 
 
2011 Sep 2 at 18:06 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 2 at 18:24 PDT
molkman
Owner of George Washington's Prototype Mittens

Marine Warfare Corporal
Find the Hole Participation Medal
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2005 May 2 • 2066
404 ₧
buq25 said:
Peripheral
Serial/Parallel Port(s) : COM / LPT
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2937.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2938.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2939.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2939
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2934.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2935.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_2936.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_293c.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C
USB Controller/Hub : @usbport.inf,%pci\ven_8086&dev_293a.devicedesc%;Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : USB-rotnav (hub)
USB Controller/Hub : @usb.inf,%usb\class_09.devicedesc%;Generic USB Hub
USB Controller/Hub : @usbstor.inf,%genericbulkonly.devicedesc%;USB-masslagringsenhet
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard : HID Keyboard Device
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
Mouse : HID-kompatibel mus
You have alot of keyboards.
LET LOVE REIGN
 
 
2011 Sep 3 at 05:56 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 3 at 05:57 PDT
buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
molkman said:
You have alot of keyboards.

Me and my friends tried 9 player local multiplayer on my computer on some old game I had. It almost worked.
Today's post brought to you by the letter: "heck".
 
 
2011 Sep 3 at 08:51 PDT — Ed. 2011 Sep 3 at 08:51 PDT
SRAW
Rocket Man

2007 Nov 6 • 2525
601 ₧
buq25, is your name by any chance ISAK DATOR?

or zait dator
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2011 Sep 3 at 19:24 PDT
molkman
Owner of George Washington's Prototype Mittens

Marine Warfare Corporal
Find the Hole Participation Medal
Find the Hole II Participation Medal
Tasty Br�twurst Medal
2005 May 2 • 2066
404 ₧
Or LIQUI DATOR?
LET LOVE REIGN
 
 
2011 Sep 4 at 03:44 PDT
buq25

2008 Jul 5 • 583
295 ₧
Dator means computer in Swedish, but my name is Isak, yes.
Today's post brought to you by the letter: "heck".
 
 
2011 Sep 4 at 04:31 PDT
SRAW
Rocket Man

2007 Nov 6 • 2525
601 ₧
Wow! How strange is it that your last name is computer, and so I see it must be providence that you are using one HaHa
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2011 Sep 4 at 05:32 PDT
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