Solved Thinking about upgrading my PC, what is the best choice?

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion 23-q140t
August 15, 2017 at 13:10:25
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i3-460T 3.10 GHz / 4 GB
Hello. I have a HP Pavilion All-in-One and am thinking about upgrading it. I am currenly stuck with freezing Google Chromes, not responding applications, and games with 20 fps on the lowest graphics settings.

Specs (Sorry if I missed some stuff):
CPU: Intel Core i3-4160T 3.10 GHz
RAM: 4 GB
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400

I was thinking about upgrading the RAM to at least 8GB and the GPU to something at least more decent. But as I did some research, I realized that the GPU was soldered and I couldn't change it out.

Some other random but may be useful information:
I am thinking of maybe getting a few PC games but I usually play on the casual side (thinking about getting Rainibow Six Siege and play it with my friends).
I do not have that much money to spend - around 400 to 500 bucks would be the max.
I am upgrading to just get generally a smooth and not rage-inducing experience with applications and to get at least 30-60 fps on games.

Now here are my questions.
1. Should I upgrade to 8 or 16GB RAM?
2. Is it worth it to get a new motherboard with a better GPU?
3. Is it just downright more worth it to get a new PC with better hardware?
4. Will upgrading my hard drive to much?

Thanks for your help.

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#1
August 15, 2017 at 13:42:18
Upgrading to 8GB or more or memory will help.
Upgrading from a stock hard drive to an SSD drive will help.
Unfortunately the onboard graphics will hold you back the most and I doubt that you can add a distinct graphics card which would make the most difference in the gaming feel and fps.
To replace the system with a gaming machine, it will need to be a tower PC with a distinct graphics card like a GTX4050, GTX4050 Ti, equivalent, or higher. A quad processor like an i5 would be preferred but a good i3 might do OK. I would recommend 16GB RAM but 8GB if dual channel (2x4GB) would do fine. It might be possible to build a PC in that price range but it is going to be tight though if you look hard enough you might find a last year's model ready made on sale. Avoid compact cases because they are harder to upgrade and it is much easier and cheaper later to upgrade the graphics card than to upgrade the motherboard or CPU. If it has 4 RAM slots then going from 2x4GB to 4x4Gb RAM sticks is also easier. Upgrading is about the initial choices as to whether it is easy and cheap or harder and more expensive later.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
August 15, 2017 at 13:47:58
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A-I-O's aren't very upgradable except for RAM, HDD & possibly the CPU. The graphics are part of the CPU, not the motherboard. See the specs for the i3-4160T:

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_...

Basically what you have is a laptop without the portability. Your system isn't much of a gamer & there's not much you can do to improve that. More RAM might improve overall performance, but the issues you described likely aren't hardware related. It's more likely that your system is bogged down with internet garbage files and/or malware. Install & run all of the following. Do not allow any bundled software to install.

CCleaner: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

Junkware Removal Tool: https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwa...

Adwcleaner: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...

MalwareBytes 3: https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/ (premium version for 14 days, then auto-converts to freeware version)

EDIT: if you're capable of building a PC, you should be able to put together a decent gamer for about $500. Post for hardware recommendations.

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