computer upgrade reccomendations?

15th of June 2014 2

computer upgrade reccomendations?

Question by Jason: computer upgrade reccomendations?
im on a budget of £300 to upgrade my computer how would you upgrade my system?
amd phenom 2 x2 550
foxconn a7vmx-k
4gb ddr2
450w channel well technology
hd 5750
hard drive and disk drive are fine

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Answer by Asddf Affde
I think it’s fine as it is. Personally with £300 I would look for a new processor and maybe more RAM because it’s DDR2 unless you want to sell the processor and RAM and get a new motherboard bundle from Amazon with DDR3 RAM and a better processor.

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  1. MissurP 11:01 am 15/06 of 2014

    Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB

    Asus P8P67 R3 Socket 1155 SB ATX Motherboard

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24)

    All of which would be 314.81 pounds before shipping at

  2. justainchoe 11:11 am 15/06 of 2014

    lol, I was going to suggest unlocking your cores, but while searching your motherboard, I realized you already asked the question on here and tried it already. How’d that AMD 550 turn out?

    What I would suggest is to sell your motherboard/cpu/ram as a combo for like £50-80 or whatever the market prices for those parts are over there. That’ll give you a bigger budget. Get the i5 2500k cpu and a name-brand (Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, etc) P67 motherboard. If you were able to unlock the 3rd and 4th cores, and hit 3.6GHz, then this cpu/motherboard will more than triple your current cpu performance at stock 3.3GHz. This cpu beats the Phenom X6!

    Since you are somewhat familiar with overclocking, you will absolutely LOVE this cpu. I think the lowest oerclock I’ve ever heard of was around 4.3 GHz, but I would say that 85% of people will hit 4.5GHz easily. According to, it’s £160. I think all the P67 motherboards come with USB 3.0, SATA III, UEFI Bios, and a lot of other cool features so it’s a motherboard you’d like to keep for a while. One of the higher rated Asus P8P67 Pro boards come with a bluetooth transceiver, but it is pricey. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 is a decent budget P67 board (£105 @ scan) which should be good enough. If you wait a little and shop around and wait for sales, I’m sure you can find a combo price which can save a bit on your budget.

    Then you’ll have to buy some DDR3 ram (4 GB of Corsair 1333MHz for £33.72 at scan).

    So the total there is £300, but since you sold your old parts, you’ll have that left over to purchase a 60GB SSD! I saw a Corsair Vertex 2E for £90. It might seem weird to buy such a small hard drive, but it’s not used for storage. I’m assuming you have a 1-2TB hard drive already, which you’ll use for storage and use the SSD for your OS/programs/games/documents. You’ll visibly see the difference. I think it’ll be a few years before they become affordable to use as storage, but for now use a 64GB (or bigger) for performance. Windows 7 uses like 30gigs, so the smaller ones are restricting.

    Make sure it’s the 2500k and not the 2500. The k signifies that the cpu multiplier is unlocked. Most people just set the FSB to 100MHz and just play with the multiplier. It’s so much easier than AMD overclocking. A youtuber was almost upset how easy it was because it took out the challenge of it.


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