Solved Hardware upgrade for an i5 3570 + 16GB RAM

March 7, 2013 at 02:33:38
Specs: Ubuntu 12.04, Intel i5-3570 @ 3.4GHz & Kingston Hyper-x 16GB @ 1600MHz
Hi there,

I'm writing from a computer with the following specifications:

Nvidia GEFORCE GT630

Gigabyte Z77M-D3H-MVP

Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB Primary & WD Green 1TB 5400-7200rpm

Intel i5-3570 @ 3.4GHz

Kingston Hyper-x 16GB @ 1600MHz

I built it for around $530AUD just after Christmas. It's running Ubuntu 64-bit (I'm more adept at linux than windows), and I use it as a print/media server, etc. it runs a hungry Virtualbox instance of XP 24/7 too.

It's starting to get a little laggy, primarily due to Nvidia driver incompatibility. My question is - What's the first part I should upgrade? I was considering installing a further 16GB of RAM, but that seems a little pointless. I have a budget of around $100, but offer a custom build service to some of my clients, so I could easily sell my 6 week old i5 and replace it with the i7 3770 for around $100, but then I'd have to upgrade the motherboard, right? Is it worth getting the i7 3770k? $100 would also cover another 16GB of RAM @ 1600. What's my priority here?


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#1
March 7, 2013 at 03:11:07
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16 GB RAM should be plenty. You could replace the processor with an i7 and keep the same m/b. (You build systems for people and you don't know that the i7 uses the same socket as the i5?!)

But I have to say that that system ought to fly on Ubuntu (not my favourite Linux, but people seem to like it). I think that you are going to be disappointed if you upgrade any of your hardware components; it sounds like you have some other issue that needs to be addressed first. I can't see the Nvidia drivers as being the problem; my Gentoo runs like lightning on a similar setup (i7, but less RAM). But any system is likely to get a little laggy if you are running a large VM instance also.


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#2
March 7, 2013 at 06:17:21
"I think that you are going to be disappointed if you upgrade any of your hardware components; it sounds like you have some other issue that needs to be addressed first"

Well said.


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#3
March 11, 2013 at 02:52:36
My wording was a little off, I meant if I get the 3770k I'd have to change boards. I think I've solved the graphics issue, I switched to the experimental drivers. It's a pain though, because now there's conflict with my overscan settings.

Thanks for your help, anyway :) I honestly couldn't pick the hardware conflict, because I've built clones of this computer 19 times since without trouble. I was interested to see if anyone else spotted anything.

Thank you!


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#4
March 11, 2013 at 03:07:20
I'm still not clear what board you would need to change if you upgraded to an i7-3770K. It should just be a drop-in replacement (as you are already running an i5-3570 you must have the right BIOS).

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