Upgrade Questions Help Please

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  1. Daniel Miller

    Daniel Miller New Member

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    Hi,

    I will list the specs from my computer at the bottom of this post. What I am wanting to do is see what options would be best for upgrading, and what I can upgrade that would be the most beneficial to me. I like to do a lot of video editing and I just got the sony nex-5n camera that shoots 1080P at 60 frames per sec. My computer used to do the video editing perfectly with my old camera at 720, but not now. I wouldn't say it's horribly slow, because it does get the job done, but previewing everything is a huge pain, the video skips a lot and it's very annoying. However, if I do wait about 10 seconds before I press play, the lag is usually much less. Most likely caused by the program rendering beforehand.

    Anyways, my main question is what component should I upgrade to get the most benefit? And what should I upgrade to? I am not able to spend tons of money but I would like to know what's out there. If any of you can point me in the right direction either with links/direct answers that would be so awesome!

    Here are my current specs from windows expirence index:

    *As you can see most of the scores are decently high except the graphics score.*
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    [TD="class: DocText"]Component
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    [TD="class: DocText"]Details
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    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75"]Subscore
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 100"]Base
    score
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 125, bgcolor: #EAEAEA"]Processor
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, bgcolor: #F0F0F0"]AMD Phenom(tm) 9750 Quad-Core
    Processor
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75, bgcolor: #F5F5F5"]7.0
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 100, bgcolor: #E0E0E0"]
    [TABLE="width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]5.5
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD] Determined by lowest
    subscore
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 125, bgcolor: #EAEAEA"]Memory (RAM)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, bgcolor: #F0F0F0"]8.00 GB
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75, bgcolor: #F5F5F5"]7.2
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 125, bgcolor: #EAEAEA"]Graphics
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, bgcolor: #F0F0F0"]ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75, bgcolor: #E0E0E0"]5.5
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 125, bgcolor: #EAEAEA"]Gaming graphics
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, bgcolor: #F0F0F0"]4735 MB Total available graphics
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75, bgcolor: #F5F5F5"]6.5
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 125, bgcolor: #EAEAEA"]Primary hard disk
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, bgcolor: #F0F0F0"]101GB Free (917GB Total)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: DocText, width: 75, bgcolor: #F5F5F5"]5.9
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="class: SubText, colspan: 4"]Windows 7 Home Premium
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]


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    [TD]System
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 100%"][HR][/HR][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 2"]
    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Manufacturer
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]Gateway
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Model
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]DX4300
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Total amount of system
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]8.00 GB RAM
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]System type
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]64-bit operating system
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Number of processor
    cores
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]4
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
    [TR]
    [TD]Storage
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 100%"][HR][/HR][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 2"]
    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Total size of hard
    disk(s)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]3246 GB
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Disk partition (C:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]101 GB Free (917 GB Total)
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Media drive (D:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]CD/DVD
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Media drive (E:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]CD/DVD
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Disk partition (F:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]115 GB Free (932 GB Total)
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Disk partition (G:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]852 GB Free (932 GB Total)
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Disk partition (H:)
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]20 GB Free (466 GB
    Total)
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
    [TR]
    [TD]Graphics
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 100%"][HR][/HR][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 2"]
    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Display adapter type
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Total available graphics
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]4735 MB
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"] Dedicated graphics
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]1024 MB
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"] Dedicated system
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]0 MB
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"] Shared system
    memory
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]3711 MB
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Display adapter driver
    version
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]8.881.0.0
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]Primary monitor
    resolution
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]1920x1080
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 10"][/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText, width: 260"]DirectX version
    [/TD]
    [TD="class: SubText"]DirectX 10
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
  2. Drew

    Drew Banned

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    @ a glance, the box looks fairly robust still, here are a couple suggestions...
    Graphics card to GeForce GTX 295

    The HDD does not have enough free space. Either, time for bigger or an additional or some means & form of storage, off that drive. Should have, @ least, 15%. Then, too, maybe there is stuff on it you don't need, use or care about much or anymore that can be turfed.

    In your case, you'd want security that is not a resource hog, too.

    8Gs is lots & the CPU needs no concern. So, guess the above is my 2 cents.

    Cheers,
    Drew
     
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  3. Daniel Miller

    Daniel Miller New Member

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    Thanks for the response! I actually have 4 hard drives in the computer, so I assume you were talking about the C drive which contains the OS. I guess I could move some stuff from there to the 1TB drive I just bought a couple weeks ago.

    As far as the GPU I'll definitely look at your recommendation, thank you so much! I have just been searching everywhere on the net for comparisons on new GPU's and I haven't found much.

    And would you or anyone know if I can stick more RAM in my computer? I was at best buy and the most ram on a stick is 2 GB, which filling up my mother board would be 8 which is what I'm at now...however I've heard reports of people with 16 GB of ram, would this require a new motherboard or are there sticks that have more than 2GB on them?
     
  4. Drew

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    Here, go nuts, mate

    4GB on one stick of RAM

    Cheers,
    Drew

    PS: &, yeah, bet you could move some stuff to that, yeeesh, ;):rolleyes:
     
  5. Daniel Miller

    Daniel Miller New Member

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    haha that's awesome! Thanks! lol
     
  6. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Check your motherboard specs, it might be limited as to how much RAM it will take. Also, different versions of Windows 7 will restrict memory. For example, Home Basic is limited to 8 G, but everything above that is 16G or greater.
     

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