Cpu and other upgrades

February 18, 2011 at 04:18:30
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, amd athlon IIx2 215/ 8 gigs
I have an acer m3400-b2072 I have already upgraded my memory to 8Gigs, added a bluerayI rw optical drive a hauppauge tv card and a segate 1tb hard drive. I have a few more upgrades i would like to make. first I knoe i need a new psu 300 watt came with it. 1st question what will fit in my case. secondly i want to add a graphics card what should i look at and last i would like to upgrade my cpu from the athlon IIx2 215 (2.7) to the athlon IIx2 265 (3,3). any suggestions what do I need and whats just a waste of money.thanks

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#1
February 18, 2011 at 04:28:47
What do you want to do with the machine that you can't do now? Your onboard graphics is as good as it gets right now. It's not good for gaming, but works well with blu ray etc. You won't notice any difference by upgrading the cpu. You don't need a bigger power supply if you're not upgrading the video. Are you looking to get into gaming or graphics intense programs like photoshop etc?

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#2
February 28, 2011 at 03:58:36
I would just like to max this machine out. My son who is in the Navy will be coming back from the Gulf soon and I would like a nice platform for him to plat WOW on. I also want to add another 1080 TV to run my TV card and be able to do other things on my monitor so i need support for multiple monitors. Cost isn't a really big concern as long as I get what I am looking for. Thanks

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#3
February 28, 2011 at 04:51:42
http://www.systemrequirementslab.co...

First run a test on your machine using this program. Support for multiple monitors is built into Win 7. I believe the onboard video has two outputs already. One should be DVI and the second is VGA. You may want to look at the Radeon HD 5670 pci-e card. It has triple outputs and DX 11 support for Windows Aero. some of the cards have Eyefinity support too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You will need to upgrade the power supply to do this. Look for a power supply that has a single 12 volt rail like the Corsair line. This one would do nicely.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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