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I need to upgrade my computer. Help?

by sithassassin / May 3, 2013 7:54 AM PDT

My PC is about 2 years old and I've only upgraded the graphics card in that time but now I need to upgrade everything else so it can catch up to the card. I don't know a lot about how to do this and what's compatible with what so help would be greatly appreciated. Here are my specs:
System Information
Time of this report: 5/3/2013, 14:51:54
Machine name: PATRICK-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7636
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 760 @ 2.80GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4056MB RAM
Page File: 2243MB used, 5865MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
I'd like to get close to the best of what I need to upgrade without getting super expensive.
Again, please and thank you.

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What are you looking to do?
by Jimmy Greystone / May 3, 2013 9:40 AM PDT

What are you looking to do? The suggestions I might give would be different if you were looking to do say video editing instead of gaming. So what about your current setup seems slow? Also, what sorts of tasks are you doing when you notice it seems slow?

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I want an all around badass rig.
by sithassassin / May 6, 2013 3:27 PM PDT

It's mostly for gaming but I'd like if it just ran smoother in general. It goes really slow when I try running more than a few applications at once and tends to make a lot of noise. Games usually run pretty smoothly since I got a NVidia GeForce GTX 670 card but like even as I'm typing this now with an itunes update running in the back it's making a lot of noise and lagging a little. I was told I should upgrade the RAM and processor but then I need to know what's compatible with what and all that. I just want to improve my rig without upgrading the whole thing.

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Re: compatible
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 6, 2013 4:52 PM PDT

RAM and processor should be compatible with the motherboard. Your motherboard manual will tell, but also check the sites of the maker for the latest info.And the memory selector at is invaluable.

A BIOS update might be necessary for a new processor.


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Then more RAM
by Jimmy Greystone / May 6, 2013 11:48 PM PDT

Then more RAM would probably be the first place to start. Though I'm not sure it will necessarily help given the situation you described. Unless you have a significant number of other programs running that you forgot to mention, it suggests you have other issues related to performance.

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by Bob__B / May 7, 2013 12:47 AM PDT

Just a wag.....your talking about the fans going crazy.

Another wag......based on that being a micro size mobo you have a small style case.
If that's true.....take the side cover off......see if the noise and perf get better.

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Most bang for the buck, upgrade to 8 GB RAM
by wpgwpg / May 3, 2013 8:14 AM PDT

Since you have 4 GB of RAM, you could upgrade to 8 GB for around $50, depending on the type you have. You can get details from's web site. I guess the next thing might be to install an SSD drive and put Windows on it. You can get 120 to 128 GB SSDs for $80 to $160.
One thing that won't help performance but is very important is backup. If you don't have an external hard drive, you should get one and make regular backups because sooner or later all PCs fall prey to Murphy, and exercising the ounce of prevention can save the painful pound of cure later.
Good luck.

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That's part of what I need
by sithassassin / May 6, 2013 3:28 PM PDT

I'm not sure what type of RAM is compatible with my board

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(NT) You can get details from's web site.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 6, 2013 11:52 PM PDT
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You can find out about RAM from Crucial
by wpgwpg / May 6, 2013 11:56 PM PDT

Go to and run their analysis tool. It will tell you what kind of RAM is compatible with your mobo. It will offer to sell you some RAM, but you don't have to buy from them. As others have pointed out, your mobo's user guide will tell you also.
Good luck.

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