Re: Little bit of help on an upgrade?
What OS are you running?
And what performance are you expecting?
you have a number of upgrade options, but where is the current setup letting you down?
is it really slow to boot? do you frequently find that your machine is more chugging than flying through the internet (taking log times to open pages stalling, etc.)
if you open your task manager and look at the performance tab what is looking busy when your computer isn't going as well as you'd like? is the CPU being thrashed, is the RAM all used up?
just going on what you've said so far...
For general use the first thing that you're really going to want to do is upgrade the RAM. that's going to give you the most bang for your buck, you'll notice the most difference.
after that, you say light gaming, but what sort of games, are you talking latest greatest, or just a few that you might pick out of a local supermarket, or the cheaper "last seasons" titles from the reduced bins in game shops?
Depending on the game you might want to consider a new video card, but this wouldn't be a priority for me (as I'm much more into buying the cheaper titles and just having some fun, rather than buying latest greatest being first to complete etc.)
After that perhaps an SSD (though you don't specify the type/speed of the HDD that you have, much I'm guessing it's mechanical). But with a faster HDD you're going to see faster boot times, less time to open documents load games etc, in fact anything that previously used your disk will now be faster.
after those upgrades, then you're really getting into the realms of processor upgrade which may or may not need a main board replacement...
Which is why I say look at your task manager and see where your weak point is.
if your processor is the weak point you may want to look at upgrading this first. and if this were to make a main board change it might open up different avenues for upgrades, (like faster SATA speeds, different buses/slots/speeds available etc) and then you'd want to do that first as this might make you take a different choice on other upgrades.
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