Planning on upgrading Desktop PC, need tips/suggestions & questions answered.?

Planning on upgrading Desktop PC, need tips/suggestions & questions answered.? Topic: Paper review software
July 22, 2019 / By Jessamyn
Question: Hi, Sorry for being such a noob at this but this is the first time I will upgrade my system. I currently have an HP 716n with Windows XP SP2, the specs are located here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00025829&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=326838&lang=en I wanted to ask several things before upgrading several things which are the Ram, graphics driver & add an internal HD. 1) I currently have 512mb of RAM installed, I purchased a 1GB RAM & plan to add it to my system. The maximum for the PC is 2GB, would it affect the system if added with the 512MB even though the 1GB is compatible with the system? 2) I heard something about ECC, I looked over the specs on the 716n model but I couldn't find it. Does my system have ECC? & could someone explain the ECC and exactly what it does? 3) Kind of a noob ? but adding an internal HD, would/could I install it inside the PC along with the C/D drive or do I have to completely remove the C drive and install the new one? adding to #3, Do I need a specific type of internal HD to choose from or can I just go ahead & buy one that's listed in electronics stores/papers? 4) Regarding graphics driver, I want to update that as well to play a game like say Bioshock and atm I don't have the $$$ to purchase the best out there but if anyone can recommend a graphics driver that would work with the game at the minimum I would appreciate that. That's all I really needed asking If there is a certain model needed for both the Graphics driver & internal HD and if anyone could recommend brands/models that would best suit me than that would be appreciated. Just out of curiosity, would it be best to get 4x 512mb ram instead of 2x 1gb? I'm trying to see what would be the best way of doing the upgrade of ram. I also don't plan on doing this but I've read about not mixing ecc with non ecc. Like I said I don't plan on doing such a thing but what exactly would mixing do? Would it completely make the computer inoperable? Btw, Thanks for answering many of my questions.
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Florry Florry | 7 days ago
Hello and thanks for your question, 1 as long as the two types of ram match they should both work fine together look at the sticker on the old one already in your machine and if the new one has the same specs you are good if not then don't install it and get one that matches. A quick look at your specs and it says Max is 4x512mb (2GB total) meaning you can have 512mb per slot up to 4 of them... I read this to mean that a 1GB stick would NOT work with what you have but 2 separate 512mb sticks (which equals 1GB) WOULD work fine. Oh and your board does support Dual channel so getting two 512mb sticks (sold together as a matched pair) would not interfere with the dual channel setup you already have (you have 2x256mb matched in dual channel now) any of these should do fine for you... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLis... 2 ECC= error correcting code. It is used mostly in servers that have really large amounts of ram (like 6GB or more) and is not compatible with non ECC ram... you don't have it and don't need it. 3 No you do not need to remove the C drive to add another hard drive. The new drive will just become your D drive (or E if your dvd rom is already D) just make sure you have an extra cable for power and data in your pc and know that there are 2 major types of HDD out there IDE (older and use the large flat ribbon cable) and SATA (brand new uses the small red plug) you have both slots on your motherboard so i would say get the newer SATA ones like one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLis... given the choice i would take one of the seagates as they are quieter and have 5 years warranty as opposed to 1-3 year. Just don't forget to jumper the drive to lock it at 1.5Mb/s or the drive will not recognize. The sticker on it will tell you how. Oh and make sure your computer is off AND unplugged from the wall AND drained (hit the power button after its off and unplugged to safely disharge the capacitors) before you start installing stuff. Cheers Edit: 4 It is called a VideoCard (a graphics driver is the software that you install to let Windows talk to your videocard) and the best budget video card (that still plays games good) for the money now would be the Radeon X1950pro becuase you have an AGP 8x slot. Like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... After installing the Video Card you will need to get the latest graphics drivers (yes the software) from here (if you went with an ATi Radeon card) http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html or here (if you choose an Nvidia card) http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_163.75.html Those are the best recommendations for your specific machine cheers and good luck :D Edit: Despite what zeven says your machine DOES in fact have SATA ports... it has 2 of them if he had bothered to read the specs from the link you gave. He also says "i don't know if your motherboard supports dual channeling" It's called Dual Channel and if you had read the specs you would know that it does. Also do not go with a X1300 despite his recommendation it will NOT play bioshock well unless you like lots of lag and dieing... a lot. :p Know before you speak zeven and stop mis-informing people.
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Florry Originally Answered: Upgrading my old desktop?
To run Windows 7, you'll definitely need a better processor and more memory. For non-gaming, I recommend upgrading to at least 2 GB of memory. As for the processor, a dual core is fairly inexpensive now, and will even support some modern games (on lower settings). Unfortunately, processors will only fit in a specific type of motherboard. The motherboard that you're using will not support modern processors, so if you intend to get a dual core, you'll also need to upgrade your motherboard (in which case you'll need to make sure that your RAM (memory) will be compatible.) For Intel dual cores, you'll likely want to look for a motherboard with an "LGA775" processor socket.

Damiana Damiana
Let me try to answer your questions.1. If it is the same type of memory it will work just make sure it is the same type.You will have 1.5 gig of memory and that is real good. 2.Short for Error-Correcting Code memory, a type of memory that includes special circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory. This is a very good memory costs a little more than the other and don't know if it would be compatible with your computer. 3. Yes you can install a 2nd hard drive in your computer just make sure if your hard drive is ide or sata there are 2 types sata is used in most new computers.
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Blythe Blythe
1. as long as the 1 gig is compatible the only effect it has is speeding up your computer. i don't know if your motherboard supports dual channeling but if it does, it is better to have 3 more 512mb to activate dual channel mode. *dual channeling is a memory technology that utilizes two channels (lanes) to transmit data. 2. sorry don't know about this too. 3. yes you could install additional internal hd and the computer will give it a new drive letter. or you can give it yourself through disk management (right click my computer - click on manage - left side of window click on disk management - right side choose new disk) edit: add'l info 3. you need to buy an IDE hard disk and not SATA as i believe your motherboard doesn't have sata ports 4. minimum for bioshock is 1 gig of ram and a geforce 6600 / ATI X1300. since your mobo only has agp slot, you can only get upto geforce 7 series. choose one from newegg.com that suits your budget. remember to choose an AGP card and not a PCI-e
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Aiyana Aiyana
Kingston RAM appears to be your high-quality wager. As for the quantity of RAM, I would not check out going over 1GB. If the pc is lower than one yr historic then move forward and move with 2GB however I could no longer advocate it.
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Aiyana Originally Answered: Upgrading graphics card-suggestions?
Argh, that power supply throws a monkey wrench into your whole upgrade plan.... These days even a 300W power supply is sub-par. With just 250W you don't have enough for any entry-level gaming cards. You'd have to drop down to non-gaming budget cards- which are a big improvement from your integrated graphics, but much slower than you'd want. Even that bargain 7600GS requires at least a 300W power supply to run (the official specs say 350W, but the published numbers are often a bit inflated). Your best option is spending a little more, so you can upgrade both the power supply and graphics card. Here's the combination I'd recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... That power supply is strong enough for anything up to a Radeon 5770 (roughly $150 level cards). It's also a decent brand that shouldn't burn out with 48 hours of opening the box, as is often the case with bargain-basement psus. The Radeon 4670 is the best bang/buck you'll find below $100. You could save $20 by going with a Radeon 4650 or GeForce GT220 instead, but there's a big dropoff in performance. While even those $50 cards would be like night & day compared to your integrated 6150se, when such a small amount of money almost doubles your fps in games, it's worth spending. Re: general evaluation of graphics cards, you best resource will be online review sites like Tom's Hardware, Hot Hardware, Techspot and Xbitlabs. Because ATI's and Nvidia's technologies are so different, you can't accurately judge how good cards are simply by looking at underlying specs like core speeds, memory, stream processors etc. Some GPUs are faster than others, some design approaches work well and others don't. Some cards look good on paper but underperform in reality. By reading reviews you'll see how different designs actually performed in game titles. http://hothardware.com/Articles/ATI-Rade... http://www.techspot.com/review/240-ati-radeon-hd-5670/page4.html http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/palit-gf250gts.html Yes in general bigger numbers are generally better when it comes to core and memory speeds. More stream processors are better, but that's primarily useful for comparing designs from the same company (i.e. ranking different ATI cards against each other, or differemt Nvidia cards against each other) It doesn't work comparing Nvidia vs ATI because their techologies are different and they use stream processors differently. On average, ATI cards have 5-6 times the number of stream processors as competing Nvidia cards. GDDR2 cards are low-end, much slower than GDDR3 or GDDR5 cards. Having a 256-bit interface is usually better than 128-bit (all other things being equal). But the GeForce 9800GT is a 256-bit GDDR3 card which performs slightly worse than the Radeon 4770, which is a 128-bit GDDR5 card. It turns out the faster memory offsets the lower memory bandwidth. But the Radeon 4850 is also a 256-bit GDDR3 card... and it narrowly beats the 4770. Just looking at specs is kind of like trying to buy a car based upon the number of fuel injectors, rather than reading Consumer Reports to find out which models did better on acceleration and braking tests. So reviews/test results are very valuable- I presonally prefer take in-game results over benchmark suite numbers any day. Some cards score wonderfully on Passmark, but crawl in Call of Duty at 1680x1050.

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