Solved Need help upgrading desktop

October 26, 2012 at 12:44:20
Specs: Windows 7, 1.8GHz IntelĀ® Celeron/2g ram
Hello all, so I am trying to upgrade my current computer. Gateway SX2855-UB10P I got a really good deal on it and just want to upgrade it in the highest possible way. If any of you can help or put together a list of parts I would need to buy in order to make this machine better it would be appreciate. I'm hoping to run a few games on it nothing to large. Anyways thanks!

(I understand this isn't going to be the best gaming computer, I just want to upgrade it in the highest possible way)


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#1
October 26, 2012 at 13:00:16
What do you consider a good deal? That model has a small form factor case with a 220 watt power supply. That severely limits what you can do to it.

The link below is to the specs of that model.

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/cont...


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#2
October 26, 2012 at 13:14:53
I got it from a friend for 100 dollars. I understand I'm extremely limited in what I can do, I would just like to know what I can do. Thanks!

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#3
October 26, 2012 at 13:41:12
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"I would just like to know what I can do"

There's a lot of things you can do. I won't bother arguing about the waste of money, but here's a few possibilities:

- max out the RAM at 8GB & install a lower end graphics card that will work with the stock PSU

- upgrade the processor, max out the RAM at 8GB, upgrade the PSU (if possible), install a low profile gaming graphics card

- same as above but add a HDD (or SDD) upgrade

- buy a standard ATX case & PSU, swap most of the parts into the new case, then upgrade the processor, max out the RAM at 8GB, install a decent HDD (or SSD), install a decent gaming graphics card


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#4
October 26, 2012 at 14:10:09
Get some unsuspecting friend to pay you $100.00 and use that and the additional $400.00 to $600.00 it would take you yo upgrade it and build a basic expandable gaming rig from scratch. Oh, right, that's what your friend did..... Well, it is like regifting, if you can get someone either unsuspecting or someone who just wants basic email, face book, and online shopping (maybe your mother/grandmother), sell it for what you can get for it. Then start planning what you really want, compared to what you can afford, and try to reconcile those into a decent machine.
Sorry, but this makes the most sense, that is why your friend unloaded it and you should too.

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#5
October 26, 2012 at 14:18:20
If you list the games you want to play perhaps someone can suggest a graphics card that will work with that 220W power supply. The power supply can't be upgraded much, if at all due to case restrictions. The processor is a single core Celeron. Old technology.

To go all out is a wasted effort. That is a business class computer meant for general office work.


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#6
October 26, 2012 at 14:41:25
Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go ahead and upgrade the ram and graphics card. Then research getting a new case, psu (possibly), and HDD. Very helpful.

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#7
October 26, 2012 at 14:42:42
Minecraft, GuildWars 2, DayZ, ect. Some graphics card suggestions would be appreciated

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#8
October 27, 2012 at 07:57:15
The limiting factors in the graphics upgrade are the case & power supply. You'll have to get a low profile card that will work with just 220W. As long as gaming isn't a top priority, there are several possibilities.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2012

Here's an HD 5450 for just $20 after rebate. It's an HTPC card though.

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

Here's a Geforce GT 320 low profile card that I just spotted at Geeks. It has 72 Cuda cores & uses 128-bit DDR3 memory so it's almost a gamer. It consumes 43W, which is twice the requirement of the HD 5450, but it should work with your 220W PSU. It's only $35 plus you'll get another 10% off by using the promo code geekbert:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/des...

GeForce GT 320 vs Radeon HD 5450


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#9
October 27, 2012 at 08:51:09
I wouldn't bother upgrading to 8GB of RAM. 4GB is probably enough. Others here may disagree.

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#10
October 27, 2012 at 21:35:44
If it came with 2GB RAM then it probably came with Windows 7 32bit so going beyond 4GB is definitely a waste. For more than 4Gb (~3.2GB usable with 32bit) you need 64bit Windows.

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#11
October 28, 2012 at 13:51:36
Nah, it came with 64 bit.

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