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Old 07-16-2008, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought this computer back in late 2007, specs :

AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.2 GHz
Installed Memory 2 GB (DDR2 SDRAM)
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition

Recommended Use Home Use
Processor
Processor Type AMD Athlon 64 X2
Processor Speed 2.2 GHz
Processor Manufacturer AMD
Pocket Type Socket 939
Processor Upgradability Upgradable

Installed Qty 1

Max Processors Qty. 1
Motherboard
Bus Speed 2000 MHz

Video Output Interface PCI Express
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RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Installed RAM 2 GB
Installed Video Memory 64 MB
Supported RAM Speeds 533 MHz
Installed Cache Memory 2 MB

I upgraded the video card to a GeForce 7900GT last year, but this is what I was thinking for ugrades:

One more gig or ram, bigger power supply (any suggestions?)

Any help would be great, thanks.
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are you looking for upgrades for games?
or for something else thats memory intensive... (ie photoshop, auto CAD etc...)
or maybe just multi task a lot :P

for games, I'd think your video card is more important

I don't see how a bigger power supply unit (PSU) would improve performance unless you are
1. adding new hardware
2. upgrading hardware
3. upgrading to a 80PLUS certified PSU to save on electricity bill

also... some manufactures have proprietary PSU
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maybe upgrade your cpu to the 5000+, i head they where good.
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s939 or AM2? s939 uses DDR, AM2 uses DDR2. Since it was bought late 2007 I would hazard that it is an AM2. If it is, the 5000+ would work, but there is no use buying a Black Edition since it can't be overclocked.

An additional gig of RAM would work if you have an open slot, but don't sweat it if you don't.

A bigger PSU would allow you to put in a better graphics card. The 3870s, 9600GTs, and 4870s are looking better and better... not to mention cheaper and cheaer.
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Default Re: Would like to upgrade my HP M7580N...

So what's the best PSU to get at a budget if I go with the 9800GT? I want to get this card, and I will be putting in another gig or ram for sure. But I dont know much about PSU's (what are good brands).
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Check out the PSU guide here:

http://www.techist.com/forums/f75/po...-guide-167793/

That'll give you a good enough start, and once you've perused through that, you can ask more specific questions.

One thing I have heard over and over again is that the wattage is not the most important feature in a power supply - the amps that the rails can provide are the driving force behind much of the hardware. So, sometimes a 450W PSU is better than a 700W PSU.
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