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Help upgrading my pc

Not really sure if this is the right place to ask but basically, I don't know what hardware I need to buy. I know I have a gigabyte f2a78m-hd2 motherboard and a gtx 960 graphics card. I would like to try and upgrade my RAM from 8gb to 16gb, and possibly the amd a6-6400k 4.1ghz. The only thing is, I understand components have to be compatible with the motherboard, and I'm not sure if the power supply or fans will need upgrading in order to support tge new hardware. Any help is much appreciated Happy

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Find the web page on the motherboard

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It will have a CPU list which you can see if the a6 will work.

The a6 is a pretty weak CPU. Can you try some non A series?

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CPU upgrade

In reply to: Find the web page on the motherboard

Thanks, I think I've found the table you mentioned. Will a better better processor require a higher power supply or anything like that?

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Maybe.

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You can try one of the online PSU calculators but here we are with little detail about the entire PC.

The gaming gains are mostly in the GPU. The 960 is pretty nice on its own but I've seen folk change from one A6 to another and gain a single digit of frames per second. Then they ask about the upgrades they did.

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Cpu

In reply to: Find the web page on the motherboard

Thanks for the help, the AMD 6400k 4.1 ghz is whats currently on the motherboard. After looking on the supported cpus list I have no idea which does what. Someone recommended to amd athlon x4, and I've researched this but can't find a comparison to the chip I've got, will this chip make a big difference to the pc? Bearing in mind I'd like to use it for gaming. Thanks again.

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A6-6400k

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That cpu is supported by the rev 3.0 and the rev 3.1 mobo.

In order to determine what the upgrade path is we need to know which rev mobo you have.
It should be written on the mobo.

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Motherboard

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Hi, the motherboard is a 3.1 rev, and the psu is an ATX switching power supply model: A-520, I'm guessing this means 520W.

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Cpu

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Shop for an athlon x4 880k.
That will give a nice bump in cpu perf.

Because your adding 40w of draw we'll need to know the exact make and model of the psu.....a-520 does not make it.

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Model

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I'm looking on the psu and it says
"Model: A-520
ATX Switching Power Supply"
I believe the manufacturer is "ACE"
Then it lists all the volts, amps and frequency, it doesn't actually say a specific model number.

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Psu

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If it is the ace a-520 that's a dual rail unit.

If your planning on going to the 880k I'd swap that psu for a quality 500w single rail unit.

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500W single rail unit

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Thanks a lot for the help, but is the power supply I've got not a 520W? This would mean I'd be losing power by replacing it with a 500W. Although I bet the a-520 is probably referring to something else, not wattage.

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Psu

In reply to: 500W single rail unit

With a dual rail you get 2 skinny rails.
Now you have to be careful what you connect to those rails so as not to overload a rail.

With a single rail you get 1 fat rail and everything is fed from that rail.
As long as total power draw does not exceed that rail your good.
It makes life simple when connecting stuff.

500w with a single rail should be fine.

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why all the RAM?

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People keep shoving in RAM and don't even know if they will ever use it to the max installed. I'm using Linux and have to also run a couple virtual systems at the same time just to max out my 4GB of RAM. I seriously doubt many windows computers are using more than 8 GB of RAM already.

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RAM

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Hi, as far as my understanding goes you need different amounts of RAM depending on what you intend to use your PC for, for example when running some games on my pc the RAM usage can get in to the 90%s for some games. Being a relatively cheap pc upgrade it makes sense to put a bit more in if needed.

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Cpu

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The first thing you need to know is what rev the mobo is....3.0 or 3.1.
That will give you the cpu support list at the gigabyte site.
Since you have a nice gpu I'd be looking at the athlon x4.

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Athlon x4 880k

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Cpu

In reply to: Athlon x4 880k

You could shop for a a10-7890k.
It will cost an extra 70 bucks.
It will come with an igp which your not going to use....seems like a waste of money.
Small bump in perf over the 880k.

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PC specs

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I understand It's hard trying to help without knowing muh about the pc, here are the specs:
Cpu: AMD A6-6400k 4.1 Ghz
Mobo: gigabyte f2a78m-hd2 3.1 rev
Gpu: Nvidia Gtx 960
RAM: 2x 4Gb Ddr3
Storage: 1TB HDD storage (not sure on rpm)
Psu: 520W
I think that's everything...

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