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Old June 19th, 2020, 03:11 PM
myersjr myersjr is offline
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New Mobo or New Computer??

I think i need some info. I am trying to determine if i can place another stick of ram onto my mobo. It came stock with 6gig. I have a Gateway DX4375 with an A6 5200 (Onboard Radion, 8400 chipset if i am correct) which i bought in a box in 2014. It has served me well, but now its running like a dog on its last legs..lol I need to figure out what my options are. Do i #1 Replace mobo, ram and processor #2 Buy whole new computer. I dont mind doing the work, i just wonder if the cost would be equal to a new computer??
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Old June 19th, 2020, 04:23 PM
Ensign Tzap Ensign Tzap is offline
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Let me guess........

You went to Windows 10, and now your system is dragging, because of all the crap that Windows 10 is loading and runs in the back ground.

Well,
You can look at msconfig, and see what it's loading in, and try to disable most of the crap that your not using.
But this is harder than it should be, because a lot of it is incorporated with the Operating System.
Thus, Windows 10 won't let you just uninstall some of it's features.

I see your system's memory is DDR3, and Max's out at 16Gb.
So maxing out the memory would be the simplest thing.
{Note: Your Motherboard only has 2 Memory Slots. So, too get the maximum 16Gb of Ram.}
{You will need to replace both Memory sticks in the Slots; (4Gb & 2Gb sticks), with 2 8Gb Memory sticks.}

Also, is your system running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode Operating System?
If you do a memory upgrade, your OS must be running in the 64-bit mode.
32-bit OS will not be able to see the extra memory.
{But it looks like you may already be using the 64-bit OS}

The prices on Motherboards have gone up.
So, replacing parts piece by piece isn't a good idea right now.
But, if your willing to go with not the latest and greatest.
You can find DDR3 based systems, and even some DDR4 systems that are reasonably priced.

One thing you could look at is "Bare Bone" systems.
That's just a;
Case
Power Supply
Motherboard
Processor
{Sometimes also includes memory}
And move some of your old components over to it.

Well......
That's my two cents on the subject.


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Last edited by Ensign Tzap; June 19th, 2020 at 06:20 PM. Reason: more info
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Old June 21st, 2020, 01:36 AM
myersjr myersjr is offline
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Originally Posted by Ensign Tzap View Post
Let me guess........

You went to Windows 10, and now your system is dragging, because of all the crap that Windows 10 is loading and runs in the back ground.

Well,
You can look at msconfig, and see what it's loading in, and try to disable most of the crap that your not using.
But this is harder than it should be, because a lot of it is incorporated with the Operating System.
Thus, Windows 10 won't let you just uninstall some of it's features.

I see your system's memory is DDR3, and Max's out at 16Gb.
So maxing out the memory would be the simplest thing.
{Note: Your Motherboard only has 2 Memory Slots. So, too get the maximum 16Gb of Ram.}
{You will need to replace both Memory sticks in the Slots; (4Gb & 2Gb sticks), with 2 8Gb Memory sticks.}

Also, is your system running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode Operating System?
If you do a memory upgrade, your OS must be running in the 64-bit mode.
32-bit OS will not be able to see the extra memory.
{But it looks like you may already be using the 64-bit OS}

The prices on Motherboards have gone up.
So, replacing parts piece by piece isn't a good idea right now.
But, if your willing to go with not the latest and greatest.
You can find DDR3 based systems, and even some DDR4 systems that are reasonably priced.

One thing you could look at is "Bare Bone" systems.
That's just a;
Case
Power Supply
Motherboard
Processor
{Sometimes also includes memory}
And move some of your old components over to it.

Well......
That's my two cents on the subject.


Signed: Ensign Tzap
I like all of your ideas. After reviewing i think probably memory is the most practical. Any suggestions as i am somewhat unfamiliar as to what to look for? Its been a while since ive done anything pc related. I know the memory can only run as fast as the bus.
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Old June 21st, 2020, 03:50 AM
Ensign Tzap Ensign Tzap is offline
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Okay,
This is the type of memory to look for:
{This is just one stick of 8Gb.}
8192-MB-1600Mhz, DDR3 1600 PC3-12800, 240pin Form Factor, Dual Rank, Unbuffered, 1.5V

Here is a place that sells new 8Gb Sticks.
https://www.memorystock.com/orderite...lId=8111037588

I've found on Ebay, New Old Stock Memory Sticks, Refurbish, and Used for as little as $7.99 a 8Gb stick.
{If you go through Ebay, make sure the the numbers match, and even ask the seller of the condition, and what kind of warranty they will give you.}



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Old June 23rd, 2020, 03:56 PM
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Thanks Ensign..I appreciate the help.
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