Hardware suggestions to boost PC?

By Habylab
May 16, 2009
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  1. I have a Dell Dimension 3100, and am looking for ways to speed it up, hardware wise. I have all ready upgraded to 2gb of ram, 32mb cache 320gb hardrive. I also am using Windows 7, as I have found for me it is MUCH faster than XP. I haven't upgraded the CPU or Graphics card. If I upgrade the CPU, I think I have to upgrade the Graphics as well, as it is built in, I think??

    I currently have an un-upgraded Celero 3.06Ghz and am on 32bit.

    What's the next thing I should do?
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    The Celeron is your main problem. It is a major bottleneck in your system. For gaming, you would need a video card upgrade as well, but you can only use a PCI-E x1 card or a PCI card. I recommend a GeForce 6200 PCI card for all-around good performance, but the best possible PCI card right now is the 9400GT PCI.

    I would not recommend upgrading that system for gaming though. A new system would be much better suited to that. You can replace the motherboard, CPU, video card and RAM for $300-400. The performance increase compared to upgrading your current system will be very significant.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    The Celeron is your main problem. It is a major bottleneck in your system. For gaming, you would need a video card upgrade as well, but you can only use a PCI-E x1 card or a PCI card. I recommend a GeForce 6200 PCI card for all-around good performance, but the best possible PCI card right now is the 9400GT PCI.

    I would not recommend upgrading that system for gaming though. A new system would be much better suited to that. You can replace the motherboard, CPU, video card and RAM for $300-400. The performance increase compared to upgrading your current system will be very significant.
  4. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    I just want it to be slightly faster. What would you say I should upgrade then? Surely a graphics card wont improve performance? In games as well, it won't, as a graphics card is about the quality of the graphics.
  5. evilsmith

    evilsmith Newcomer, in training Posts: 84

    Actually graphic cards does improve performance in games. Loading screen for some games are faster the game runs more smoothly. It also affects Frames Per Second which if it is low it would seem like you were lagging or you game runs very slowly. Also I think you have an integrated which are actually awful compared to most GPUs.
  6. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    I just want improved computer. Games is a bonus, as I do game quite a bit.
  7. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    could try this
    case-Antec Three Hundred $58.95 Free Shipping
    CPU-AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE $69.00 Free Shipping
    MB-GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+ $69.99 ($59.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Video card-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 512MB $89.99 ($79.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping
    PSU-Antec Basiq BP430 430W $49.99 Free Shipping
    and the total is $337.92 thats before rebates and this will be a huge upgrade over your current system.
    also the reason for the case is you can't use the dell case with reg atx motherboards so you will have to switch it.
    sorry i forgot to add ram what is the ram in your current system?
  8. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    2gb of ram currently. I cant expand it apparently, as it can only take 1gb per slot.

    Do they deliver to the Uk, new egg?

    Also, wasn't looking to spend that much money. Maybe just one of those items?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    How much CAN you spend, in quid?
  10. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Just one of them, £50 max, maybe a bit over if it worth the extra money.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    I recommend this card as the best choice for you.
     
  12. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Will a graphics card improve the lag in some games??
  13. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Will it?????
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  15. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    I do what was in that link everyday practically!!!

    Looking to upgrade my Processor now. If I can upgrade that so it handles more games with less lag, then I will upgrade the graphics next, as that doesn't help with lag. So, what would be the best option to upgrade my CPU??
  16. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Processor suggestions, if possible?? If not will just go for the graphics card next month probably.
  17. Habylab

    Habylab Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Started a new thread, here
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