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To upgrade or not to upgrade?

  1. This is my current config.

    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2240249

    I was thinking about changing my motherboard to LGA1155 H61 MSI H61M-P23 http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-B3-Motherboard-H61M-P23/dp/B004RPNM86/
    My processor to Intel® Core™ i3-2100 http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-2100-Processor-3-1GHz-LGA1155/dp/B004JEVGMO/
    I only have 2 gb ddr2 ram and to get 2 gb more is more expensive than getting 4gb ddr3. but to do that i have to change my motherboard to newer model so as my socket.
    My graphic card has 1gb gddr3 rest is on the picture.
     
  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 971   +99

    Well that is totally up to you.

    The question is, do you need the extra power? Do you see your self needing more for games because you can no longer do tasks you require to?

    If the answer is yes to above, then yes you should upgrade since that system is not that great ^^
     
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    You will need to get new DDR3 RAM along with the CPU and mobo, it won't be backwards compatible with DDR2. RAM is very cheap now anyway.
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I would consider building, or getting assistance in building a new rig. Changing the motherboard usually means problems with the old case, and the old power supply, as well as the memory. It is really simpler, and usually no more costly, to start out with the motherboard, memory, and processor you want, then get the right power supply... the rest can be upgraded over time if you have a budget problem.
    There is a lot of excellent information on Techspot about building a new system or having one built.
    Changing only the motherboard is going to be a learning experience you may not be ready to do... unless you have lots of time and a great workbench.
     


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