Is It Time For A Computer Upgrade? May 2010

This is for people looking to upgrade their aging desktop. Assuming you have a good case, PSU, hard drive, optical drive, OS and display to use, this is what I recommend getting to give you some extra performance.

So how much are you willing to spend?

$300

AMD Athlon II X2 7850 Black Edition (2.8Ghz, 45nm, 3MB cache)

AMD 785G Socket AM2+ mainstream motherboard

4GB Dual Channel DDR2 1066MHz

ATI 4650 Radeon HD 4650 w\ 512MB GDDR2

$450

Intel G6950 Dual Core (2.8Ghz, 32nm, 3MB cache)

Intel H55 Socket 1156 budget motherboard

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz

ATI Radeon 5750 w\ 1GB GDDR5

$650

Intel Core i3 530 Dual Core (2.93GHz, HT, 32nm, 4MB Cache)

Intel P55 Socket 1156 mainstream motherboard

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz

ATI Radeon HD 5830 w\ 1024MB GDDR5

$900

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core (2.66GHz, 45 nm, 8MB cache)

Intel P55 Socket 1156 performance motherboard

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz

ATI Radeon HD 5850 w\ 1024MB GDDR

$1200

Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core (2.8GHz, HT, 45 nm, 8MB cache)

Intel X58 Socket 1366 enthusiast motherboard

6 GB Tripple Channel DDR3 1600 MHz

ATI Radeon HD 5870 w\ 1024MB GDDR5

Happy Building

Dave Loft

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