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Looking for better performance on my desktop..

  1. Hello all,

    I'm relatively new here and am looking for advice. I'm starting to get into video editing, but I don't do a whole lot of gaming. I've listed my desktop PC's specs and I was wondering if I could get advice on upgrading the graphics card, sound card, processor, etc., or if perhaps it is time to replace the machine. Thanks!

    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
    Processor Main Features: 64 bit Processor
    Cache Per Processor: 512KB L2 Cache
    Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
    Model: PX769AA-ABA a1130n
    Total amount of system memory: 3.00 GB RAM
    System type: 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores: 1
    Power Supply: 300 watt

    Total size of hard disk(s): 940 GB
    Disk partition (C:): 888 GB Free (932 GB Total)
    Disk partition (D:): 1 GB Free (8 GB Total)
    Media drive (E:): CD/DVD
    Media drive (F:): CD/DVD

    Motherboard Name
    MSI: MS-7093
    HP: Albacore-GL6E
    Display adapter type: ATI RADEON Xpress 200 Series
    Socket Type: Socket 939
    Total available graphics memory: 1343 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory: 128 MB
    Dedicated system memory: 0 MB
    Shared system memory: 1215 MB
    Display adapter driver version: 8.383.0.0
    Primary monitor resolution: 1280x1024
    DirectX version: DirectX 9.0 or better
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    You have 64-bit OS, bu 3GB RAM - interesting.. Also only single-core CPU, which I'd say is holding you back a lot. In that case, since you have to change CPU, you might want to consider a whole new build, as you might choose a different socket.

    I'm no expert, but here are my recommendations:

    - At least 2.8GHz dual-core. These are dirt-cheap now, and even core i5 quad-cores are rather cheap.

    - 6GB RAM + . The higher the better with RAM. This depends on your socket/mobo choice - dual/triple channel, and most likely DDR3.

    - RAID 0 HDD's. I hear this helps a LOT. Get 2x 1TB drives, they are dirty cheap now. Or just get one more, as you seem to have a single TB already.

    - Graphics card. Not entirely sure here if a workstation card would help.. something tells me no. However, most new programs now DO take advantage of the GPU, so I think an Nvidia card would be better due to CUDA. Unsure if the AMD equivalent is as well-used.

    Hope that helps.

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