Upgrade suggestions

By Daveallgoodh
Apr 13, 2013
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  1. Hi, I am thinking of upgrading components in my PC to make it more powerful.

    Below is my PC specs, please could some of you suggest possible upgrades.

    Version EVEREST v2.20.405 Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/ Report Type Report Wizard Computer DAVE-PC Generator Dave Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition 6.1.7601 Date 2013-04-13 Time 18:49 --------[ Summary ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Computer: Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition OS Service Pack - DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c) Computer Name DAVE-PC User Name Dave Motherboard: CPU Type 2x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2666 MHz Motherboard Name Unknown Motherboard Chipset Unknown System Memory 8192 MB BIOS Type Unknown Communication Port Communications Port (COM1) Communication Port Standard Serial over Bluetooth link (COM8) Communication Port Standard Serial over Bluetooth link (COM9) Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1) Display: Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (200116843009) Multimedia: Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB] Storage: IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive Disk Drive ST3750840AS ATA Device Disk Drive ST3750840AS ATA Device Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device Optical Drive HL-DT-ST BD-RE GGW-H20L ATA Device Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A ATA Device SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown Partitions: C: (NTFS) 715401 MB (586018 MB free) D: (NTFS) 715401 MB (36799 MB free) Total Size 1397.3 GB (608.2 GB free) Input: Keyboard HID Keyboard Device Mouse HID-compliant mouse Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver Network: Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) #2 Network Adapter Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20) Network Adapter Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter (192.168.1.65) Peripherals: USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934 [NoDB] USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935 [NoDB] USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936 [NoDB] USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937 [NoDB] USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938 [NoDB] USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2939 [NoDB] USB2 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A [NoDB] USB2 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C [NoDB] USB Device Generic Bluetooth Radio USB Device Generic USB Hub USB Device Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter USB Device USB Input Device USB Device USB Input Device USB Device USB Input Device USB Device USB Mass Storage Device Problems & Suggestions: Problem Disk free space is only 5% on drive D:.
  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 879   +170

    You may want to edit this post a bit. Give us the core components. I don't think anyone will want to read this wall of text to figure all of that out.

    Check out this thread It will tell you how we want the posts to be formatted when requesting assistance / advice.
  3. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  4. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    There is no edit button at the bottom of the post.

    EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc.

    Version EVEREST v2.20.405
    Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
    Report Type Report Wizard
    Computer DAVE-PC
    Generator Dave
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition 6.1.7601
    Date 2013-04-13
    Time 19:23


    Summary

    Computer:
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition
    OS Service Pack -
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name DAVE-PC
    User Name Dave

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type 2x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2666 MHz
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Unknown
    System Memory 8192 MB
    BIOS Type Unknown
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Standard Serial over Bluetooth link (COM8)
    Communication Port Standard Serial over Bluetooth link (COM9)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
    Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (200116843009)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive ST3750840AS ATA Device
    Disk Drive ST3750840AS ATA Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST BD-RE GGW-H20L ATA Device
    Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A ATA Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 715401 MB (585671 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 715401 MB (36799 MB free)
    Total Size 1397.3 GB (607.9 GB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse
    Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

    Network:
    Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) #2
    Network Adapter Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter (192.168.1.65)

    Peripherals:
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938 [NoDB]
    USB1 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2939 [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C [NoDB]
    USB Device Generic Bluetooth Radio
    USB Device Generic USB Hub
    USB Device Realtek RTL8187 Wireless 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Network Adapter
    USB Device USB Input Device
    USB Device USB Input Device
    USB Device USB Input Device
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

    Problems & Suggestions:
    Problem Disk free space is only 5% on drive D:.
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    You are probably gonna need to start over. A lot of those components are pretty dated.
  6. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yeah I realise this, I just want to make the best of a bad bunch.
    Is there a better processor for my socket?
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Well, that processor is ancient. It will bottleneck anything you upgrade. Plus, it may be hard to find a newer CPU for your socket that comes from a reliable seller. On eBay, you dont always know if they are telling the truth about the components. They may not even be working but you may spend $100. I would say give me a budget and I can construct something.
  8. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok, looks like I will start from scratch then. I probably have about 1500 to spend.
    Thanks.
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    1500 Euros? or USD? Also, what will you be doing on it? Gaming or using as a workstation? Finally, what resolution will you be playing at if you are gonna game?
  10. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    £15000 British Pounds.
    I will be mostly using it as a workstation.
    I will be using Photoshop cs6 daily, and I would like it if it had the capability to be used for gaming if I chose to.
    Thanks.
  11. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    So 1500 British pounds (you wrote 15000) is about 2300 USD. I can put something very powerful together at that price. Where will you purchase these components from so that I can see their prices instead of those in the US. Will you only be using CS6? Also at what resolution will you be rendering projects at? What is your monitor resolution also.
     
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Check the techspot builders guide good balance there.
  13. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    I always check with that guide when recommending components. (y)
    klepto12 likes this.
  14. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Monitor is 47inch via hdmi. I would like to keep my existing echo gina soundcard.
    I would be buying from this site. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/
    Other than Photoshop it's just the norm really. vlc, browsers, nero, norton
    Photoshop rendering will be various resolutions.
    Thanks.
  15. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Is the monitor 1080P? (probably a TV I am guessing). That sound card is pretty hefty so you can keep it. I will get working on the build, just wanted to get this question to you.
  16. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Oh yeah, and another thought. Can you hold off a few months (till June) because Intel will be releasing new processors then. This will extend the life of your PC. I would put a 3930K into your build, since it really is superior in PS CS6 when it is clocked at 4.5 GHz, but it is pretty dated now and no one really knows when the update is gonna come. It is speculated that Q4 2013 is when they are releasing it. I would say get a next get (June release) Core i7 4770K since that will basically be on par with the 3930K in terms of PS performance. I am saying this because the 3770K is almost equal to the 3930K in CS6 in terms of performance.
  17. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yeah holding off is not a problem. thanks for the advice.
  18. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Alright, I got some nice components for your price, below is the basket I put together: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4knx2lxtluyibtj/Screen Shot 2013-04-14 at 11.00.43 AM.png

    They dont offer the Hyper 212 Evo, so I just put a Noctua CPU cooler in there. If you arent going to overclock, you dont need that, but if you are gonna (I recommend you do since PS performance increased with a CPU overclock), then keep it. Make sure when you are building to put the RAM in the right slots since I have a 2x8 kit for you and the CPU performs a lot better when the memory is in Dual channel mode. Just look in the motherboard manual for directions. There is still about 100 bucks left in your budget that you can spend on more HDDs if you need since PS requires a lot of scratch drives.
  19. Daveallgoodh

    Daveallgoodh Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks very much for taking the time to do this.
    I will be building the pc within the next few weeks.
  20. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,130   +171

    I'm a touch confused. I didn't know any PIII Xeons reached 2666MHz?
  21. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,661   +867

    Haswell will go on sale in early June. The first batch has a little glitch having to do with USB3. It isnt a big glitch so most people can deal with it.


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