Solved Motherboard swap worth it to expand memory?

November 28, 2012 at 18:18:25
Specs: Windows Vista, Pentium/E2180

Hello, I have an emachines T5274 w/Pentium dual core running Vista. The max Ram this thing can use is 2.0 GB (max) Is it worth it to buy, say a M board w/I3 proc that I could expand the ram on? 2G is the min to even run Vista(Im ready to upgrade too) and we all know how well they run with 2G! I want to use the PC primarily for editing videos. Soon as I start stacking & editing, this thing crashes. I think I know the answer, it would prob be cheaper to just buy a new PC. yes? This thing has worked pretty good over the years for what it is though.


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November 28, 2012 at 18:57:10

U are going to need more than memory upgrade for video editing task.
It is going to cost less if build yourself. For this task u are going to need
-Strong CPU (3rd generation core i5)
-Lots of ram (8 or 16 GB)
-Good nvidia video card with cuda cores (start with gtx 560)

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November 29, 2012 at 06:04:12
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Agreed. There's no point trying to upgrade what you have. Either build or buy a more modern system. Keep the eMachines as a backup or sell it. Personally, I would wipe Vista & replace it with XP or Linux.

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November 29, 2012 at 08:49:22

Thanks for those links! That is very tempting -definitely cheaper than buying a new unit. My plan was to run at least 8G. Would an I5 really be that much better than an I3? (Obviously, I like the price of the I3 better.)

I guess if I went this route I could still use the emachine case, mem card readers and cd/dvd burner....Hmmm.

I hated Vista initally, then once I figured out how to take ownership of -MY- files, it was much better. My PC only came with the backup/restore SW, so I will need to buy a valid OS too.

Thanks again

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November 29, 2012 at 09:11:10

There is huge difference between core i3 and core i5 when it comes to CPU intensive tasks like video editing.
Just get another case, u get a mid tower case for 20 bucks at

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November 29, 2012 at 09:30:26

Great, Thanks!

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November 30, 2012 at 07:31:22

If you swap out the motherboard the original Vista OS may not work anymore. SLP versions of Windows are keyed to the motherboard.

Also, emachines are known for crappy power supplies. If you start upgrading you will probably need to replace that too.

If you decide to build something, I suggest you post back here for advise and compatibility information.

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