PC Upgrade Advice

January 18, 2011 at 22:22:55
Specs: Windows 7
I want to modernize my PC a bit, and would like some advice on upgrades. A couple of years ago, I bought a Acer Aspire M5641. I have since upgraded the graphics card to a Nvidia GTX 260, and the psu to a Saga+ 450w. I don't really want to spend more than $500 on upgrades, and I'm looking to upgrade the Mobo and processor, perhaps memory, and definitely the HDD, because I believe that it is failing. I believe that after all of that, the only items remaining of the original PC will be the case and card reader, but I am willing to sacrifice those if it is believed to be necessary.

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January 19, 2011 at 03:31:11
U have good system but that pentium dual core e2220 isn't going to keep up with gtx 260 unless u overclock it(which isn't possible with your current board). Why do u think hdd is starting to fail? Or did u receive S.M.A.R.T error? I recommend to download diagnostic software and test the hdd.

U can u build amd quad core system for u$d 500 or less.
X4 955- $145
785g + 710sb- $70
(2x2gb) 1.5v ddr3 1333- $50
corsair 430w- $25 after rebate
hd 5570 or 5550 gddr3 or gddr5 - $75.
U have to use gtx 260 + psu on this new system and hd 5550 or 5570 on old system.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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January 19, 2011 at 04:41:14
I believe the HDD is failing because my pc will lock up at times, usually when accessing certain files or playing certain games, and when it does it starts making a weird hissing noise. At first I thought it was a fan, but I left the case open a while so I could listen and realized it was the hdd.

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January 19, 2011 at 05:06:39
You need to test the HDD, don't just guess.

I think it's pointless to upgrade what you have. Start over from scratch. Remove your upgrades from the Acer (video card, PSU, etc), then return it to it's stock condition & use it as a backup or sell it.

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