Upgrade advice for a technophobe

Discussion in 'Hardware and Software' started by Langers, 7 Jun 2015.

  1. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    Good morning/afternoon/evening gents.

    For the past few months, I have been having some... well, I wouldn't call them problems as such, but "disappointments" with my dear computer. While it runs as sweet as a roasted chestnut when doing everyday tasks such as browsing etc, she seems to be substantially less punchy when playing games. Frames per second in the tens of... ones. Settings on the "abacus" level etc.

    A friend of mine has taken a good look at my system innards and (aside from recoiling in mock disgust and uttering such sentiments as "you played Grand Theft Auto Four on this thing?") highlighted a few areas that could raise quality levels from "tolerable" to "comfortable".

    For reference, my system specs are:

    Anyhoo, he noted two major, relatively painless and comparatively easy areas to make improvements to, namely the RAM and adding a video card. As my budget isn't unspeakably opulent, limited to around £50 at the moment, he suggested it would be far better to get a notable upgrade in one area rather than a titchy sidegrade in another. So, in deference to this advice, I did a deal of research. The main problems, as I saw them, were power demands, and, of course, price. It's a damn confusing market...

    I came up with this, seems to tick both of my boxes in terms of performance and cost, but I'm not one hundred percent sure as to whether or not it will work with my hardware.

    So, as this sort of thing is you chaps' bread, butter and jam, I have three questions:
    1) Is this a decent product that is value for money?
    2) Will it work (in respect to my system specs)?
    3) Would better quality RAM be a better investment?

    Really appreciate any advice you'd be capable of giving, a thousand thanks for your time!
  2. Subv You ain't even lord of your yard

    i never knew how ram is important until i experienced memory leaks every hour in gta
    tell your friend he's a saint
  3. 1) yes
    2) yes
    3) no
  4. also follow these instructions if it doesn't work out of the box, seems the bios on the inspiron 660 is a bit retarded
  5. Get that graphics card on that budget, £50 isn't a huge amount so performance wise that would be the best bet over ram.
  6. Cookies4you Crippling Pickling Prickling Disorder

    Considering how your CPU is pretty decent, the GPU upgrade would be a massive improvement for gaming, much more than an extra stick of RAM would.
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  7. At some point I would also suggest getting a new PSU, I wouldn't trust the Dell one to not explode.
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  8. Cookies4you Crippling Pickling Prickling Disorder

    Meanwhile my immortal HP PSU laughs at the everyone else.
  9. Dell actually use pretty high quality PSUs, certainly capable of their rated wattage, and 300w is more than enough
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  10. Oh well, that's good, I assumed they would be bad.
  11. Rioter Mad man box wearing lunatic for President

    If you went back a few years ago, they weren't great. They've obviously changed that now.
  12. -M-m- herpderp

    Id say a gpu is the best option aswell to upgrade for the best improvement on it for that cash at least.
    Though if you can wait another month or until the end of this one and maybe have 150£ as a budget by then. That would be a better start on a faster gpu, powersupply and then another 4 gb of ram the next month.
  13. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    Card's arrived, along with some compressed air to give the old dear a clean up.

    Fitted it properly, but it doesn't seem to be displaying an image, even though it's taking power from the supply (the fan's turning). Going to go ahead and follow the instructions from the link, unless it's any different.

    *EDIT* Er, it doesn't seem to have the options listed in the link... any ideas?

    For the record, have tried

    • Disabling the Intel driver from the Device Manager and connecting the GPU
    • Starting in safe mode with the GPU connected
    But it isn't displaying an image either way. When I connect the cable into the motherboard video output (with the gpu in), it also doesn't display an image
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  14. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    Forgive me for "double-posting", but do I need to update the "BIOS" for my motherboard to get these options?
  15. Can you post photos of all your BIOS options?
  16. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    For sure! (Apologies for the low quality!) If you need any specific option expanded, please do say!

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  17. Check through the additional pages under the Advanced tab, and also try Boot Mode on UEFI if you haven't already
  18. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    First and foremost, here are the options as you'll probably be able to make more sense of them than I will.
    The same thing happens with UEFI however, the card is in, but it's not displaying video. Nor is the motherboard vga slot giving an image either... unless I have to select something from the UEFI options?

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  19. Langers http://bit.ly/IqT6zt

    OK! Update successful, though the architecture is a bit too modern for my tastes :P. Now follow the guide you originally suggested?

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