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need help updating/upgrading my computer

SebaliSebali Member UncommonPosts: 395

i had a custom rig built around 5 years ago. vid card blew a year ago. just got around to replacing it recently. machine now runs even worse than it did before. not sure why. im looking for some help on what to upgrade to get better performace. also looking to do it on the cheap as funds are a bit tight ATM.

thanks in advance


anyhoot, here are the specs



core 2 duo e8500 @3.16gh, 3.20gh


4 gig ram


AMD R7 200 series vid card


windows Vista home 32 bit


[Seagate barracuda HDD](http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262)


  • jdnewelljdnewell Member UncommonPosts: 2,237

    First thing you need to do is list a budget. How much $ do you have to work with.

    As for you old PC chances are some other hardware was damaged when the gpu crapped out. Hardware usually wont just blow up for no reason.

  • The.agGThe.agG Member Posts: 119

    Which R7 200 series model do you have? And what was your GPU before that which blew?

    If your current GPU is a mid-range one, then your CPU will also be bottlenecking it although the performance shouldn't decrease then; it would remain the same. 

    In either case, your CPU is very old and only dual cored. Your first priority should be to replace it as any good GPU you get will be bottlenecked by the CPU.

  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    Budget kind of a big thing, as none of those components look as though they are worth using in a rebuild, so you might as well start from scratch, along with a new 64bit OS, as 32 bit version of vista, or any windows 32bit version, is really not worth having.image
  • SebaliSebali Member UncommonPosts: 395

    dont recall the video card i had prior. i know i went big on that tho. was an nvidia and cost me close to $400 i think.


    i guess my budget would be $4-500.

    how do i see which current vid card i have? just look in the case?(sorry im not too tech savy)

    i was thinking of replacing the processor and i guess getting a SSD to replace my HDD?


    i really dont want to replace the whole thing as i can save money by not getting a new case, optical drive, power supply etc.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,130
    If the old computer isn't good enough anymore but isn't completely dead, then you should be thinking replacement rather than upgrade.
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