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Old 05-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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How's it going everyone i'm new to this site, seeking advice and insight from more experienced people. Now what I have here is an eMachines(yes I know) ET1331G-03W Model. I'll admit this PC is pretty great regardless of what iv'e read about it online. What I want to do is begin rebuilding it. I understand the motherboards on these babies aren't what i'd call "quality", but I have no clue where to even begin. Today i'm heading to BestBuy and picking up a 400 Watt power supply replacement and an EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card. What are other things I can do to beef this PC up?

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Emachines ET1331G-03W
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Athlon II X2 235e Dual-Core Processor
Nvidia GeForce 6150SE Integrated
DVD-Super Multi Drive
750 GB HDD
6GB DDR2 Memory
Multi-in-one Digital Media Manager
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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To be honest, adding a graphics card is going to be about the only thing I'd do to it. If you want to upgrade the processor, you're probably better off building/buying a new one. Why do you want to upgrade it? Is there something you want to do but can't?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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I got this computer from my fiances father who passed away last year. I love the PC but really want to do as much as I can possibly do without replacing the entire thing. As it is my budget is pretty, 300$ at the most.
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I guess I could see upgrading the CPU, but I'm not a hardware specialist so I'm not 100% on if you'd be able to or not. I THINK your current CPU uses a socket type called AM3. If that's the case, all the new AMD processors also use that socket type and so you MIGHT be able to swap in a trip or quad or higher core processor. I'm not 100% on that though so maybe someone with more hardware knowledge could help out here.

6 GB of RAM is still more than enough. You've added a new power supply and video card. Like I said the CPU is about the only thing left (besides the board but then you'd need a new CPU and RAM as well and with the new power supply and video card you'd only need a case and/or HDD and you'd basically be looking at a brand new computer ).
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If it has DDR2 RAM then it is a Socket AM2/AM2+.

Upgrading the CPU in an OEM board is often difficult because the BIOS may or may not support the upgraded chip.
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If that were a PC built from scratch I would have hazarded a guess that you could upgrade up to a Phenom II x6 processor.

But sometimes the manufacturers like to stop us upgrading some components.
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