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    New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Right, my brother wants to upgrade his CPU, Mobo, Ram and SSD.

    He develops websites for a living and needs a swift PC.

    What would you clever lot recommend? He currently has an i5-650 Processor and the mobo is limited to 8gig ram.

    As for his budget well, he is a tight butt, but, he really wants a fast PC. He doesnt have an SSD and i told him that would be a great upgrade on its own. All his files are saved on other Hard drives. He will be wanting to use Win 8 that he has just bought. Onboard GPU would be fine i guess as he doesnt game.

    Any advice would be fantastic

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    What are the specifications of his PC,ie,PSU model,case,motherboard,amount of RAM and its speed,etc??


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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    I'd be betting that an SSD and a fresh install of windows would leave him with a perfectly swift PC.

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    He has an Acer Aspire M3910-2 PC. Intel® Core™ i5-650, 3gig ram. Motherboard only supports 8gig. He wants 16!

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    As mentioned an SSD and a windows install would probably do the trick. Moreover,you could also plonk in a secondhand socket 1156 Core i5 or Core i7 too.

    However,Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 seems to support multi-threading better:

    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph6396/51121.png

    http://www.behardware.com/medias/pho...IMG0039484.png

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/Y/357...l%20studio.png

    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4955/41699.png
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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    He wants new stuff. Any suggestions as to a new Mobo, CPU, Ram and GPU?

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Would an SSD work ok with his current PC / Motherboard? Would he need a new motherboard?

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Looking at the Visual Studio tests in the links in my previous posts in this thread,I would look at the following CPUs:
    1.)Phenom II X6 1045T ~ £83

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-p...che-95w-retail

    2.)FX6300 ~ £102

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-f...che-95w-retail

    3.)Core i5 3330 ~ £141

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...tio-77w-retail


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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Would an SSD work with his current PC, Acer Aspire M3910-2. Looked at specs but not sure. Does he need to have Sata 3 6gbps?

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    An SSD would work fine with a SATA2.0 port,as long as there is no chipset incompatability.


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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    So maybe worth a punt then? That alone would increase the speed of his PC plus if he put the max amount of ram in, 8gig?
    Last edited by cam1986; 04-12-2012 at 12:58 PM.

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    I'd definitely agree on getting an SSD. I think that alone will boost productivity so much. Apps load almost instantly there's such a noticeable difference between that and a hard disk.

    I'd try that first - and see if he actually needs to upgrade the i5 - this is probably still quite capable when it comes to just productivity apps (vis studio).#

    Also some extra ram wouldn't hurt, that's dirt cheap now.

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Cheers.

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    For web development you really don't need a power house. I used to web dev for a living on (effectively) a 2.5GHz Phenom 2 Quad with 4GB, that was also running as a dev server, database server, svn server and a few other functions (oh, and folded 24/7!). It was more than ample. His current machine with an SSD and 8GB of RAM will be faster than he knows what to do with

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    Re: New CPU, mobo, ram, ssd

    Yeah, people always seem to want to spend much more than they need.

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