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Advice on PC upgrade

Hi I am looking to upgrade my current set up to a machine capable of video and photo editing, however, as I am fairly new to the whole PC building thing I was hoping some of you guys could point me in the right direction. Oh and I don't mind using refurbished or used parts as I only have a budget of about £300 to spend on this.

My current set up:
CPU= Intel Core i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz
Mother board= Lenovo Intel sandy bridge with 2 PCIE and 2 PCI slots
PSU (don't know the brand but) 280w supply
GPU= on board (so none really) 1 count of 850MHz
Monitors= one DELL 1703FP and one old SHARP HD ready TV
Storage= one WDC HDD 500 GB 7200 Rpm, one Toshiba 1 TB 7200 Rpm and one Seagate 2 TB 7200Rpm
OS= Window 10 Pro (64 Bit)

ANY help would be very much appreciated. Happy

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This machine should already be capable of video and photo

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I can't guess what the issue is yet so tell more what's going on. That is, it should be capable of such work right now.

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Its just a bit laggy

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It's not really an issue just annoying.

If I try to run PS or any other editing software the mouse will skip across the screen and edits will take about 20-30 secs to take effect...... I erm also wouldn't mind a little bit of gaming, KSP run really slow on my PC ;).

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So to drop the 20 to 30 seconds in half

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Double CPU power?

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How would I double CPU power. Is it just a case of getting an i7?

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About that.

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The i5-2500 was pretty legendary but you have an unpaired RAM and other areas that can help before you look at new CPU, board, RAM, PSU and such.

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Reading the SPECCY.

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This is my standard reading. It's mostly optional and is all about my view. All should be pondered and no big if you don't do a thing. I like clean machines to get the most of what a PC offers.

1. The World Wide Web Publishing service.
I'd turn that off. Unless there's a reason.
http://www.blackviper.com/windows-services/world-wide-web-publishing-service/ (dated but still applies.)

2. OneDrive. If you don't use it, toss, disable.

3. Not in the list but turn this off too.

4. Slot #3 RAM does not appear to have a match in slot 4. Might cause odd delays.
Test without this stick.

5. DNS Server: is the usual 192.x.x.x
Try and test with NAMEBENCH to find faster DNS.

Pretty clean report.

For upgrades, try a GPU, be sure memory is in pairs and move to SSD for drive C.

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(NT) I'll take it all on board.

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I meant to say this.

I have done all of those things you suggested. Apart from the RAM and the GPU. instead of taking it out I shall just by another 4G , as the missus tends to leave a million websites open all the time. I shall go by me a 1050, does the 1050 require a more gutsy PSU though as I only have a 280w PSU. By the way, that namebench found a server that was 13% faster so thank you very much Happy

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280 Watt is cutting it too close.

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The TDP of the Nvidia 1050 is 75 Watts. The usual 750 is just a few Watts less so a GPU may or may not be all right.

For now, until the PSU is upgraded (pick 100+ more Watts and a SINGLE RAIL MODEL) I'd stick to more RAM and maybe a SSD drive.

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You do NOT want to ADD a 4GB stick.
What you want is to remove that odd stick and replace it with a 2x4GB @ 1333 kit.
Then you do some testing....don't expect much perhaps a small bump.

If you want to move higher it's gpu time.
If you fit in a gpu with some horse-power I suspect you will need a psu upgrade.

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You certainly have a good basic setup for video and photo editing. A couple of changes will take care of the lag you're experiencing. Your Speccy report (if I read it correctly) says you have 12GB of RAM. Usually, this means three sticks/modules of RAM. You're better off with an even number so that the memory can operate at its fastest. Hopefully, at least two of the three memory modules are identical type and model. If so, consider adding another 2 x 4GB kit of exactly the same RAM. The other recommended upgrade, and this may be even more significant, is to add an SSD to handle the video and photo files for editing. You need a heavy duty SSD that can sustain a high Write speed even with very large files. I recommend the Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD. Their 480GB model should be large enough. The 960GB version gives you more elbow room, so to speak, but it's not actually any faster. If you check around you'll find that the Extreme Pro is the choice of many video professionals. This plus hardware video encoding (Intel Quick Sync or Nvidia CUDA) will make your editing zip along at a pretty good clip! Most other consumer SSDs, even the famous Samsung Pro 850, cannot match the sustained Write speeds of the Sandisk. I'm not sure of prices where you live, but I would add the Sandisk Extreme Pro first then judge if you need more RAM memory. It's not a cheap entry-level price but it IS the top performer for your intended purpose. By the way, Intel's Quick Sync video feature is built-in to your Core i5-2400. For editing and transcoding it's impressively fast, accurate and produces high quality results. Not sure if your editing software supports Quick Sync but it's worth checking.

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