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 Post subject: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:37 pm 
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Hello !

I have a 630i that i want to get a bit more from if possible at all, i dont really want to change the motherboard as this seems hard to do.

Is there any more i can do at this time to make it run better ?




It has the following specs :

Core 2 Quad 2,4GHZ

AMD 6950 2GB ram artic cooling heatpipe accelero

2TB harddrive

150GB WD Raptor X hardrive

4 x 1GB OCZ PC2 6400 Special Ops

Dell 750W PSU

Thermal take cooler on chipset

Artic cooling 80 mm exhaust fan (extra)

Asus Xonar D2X ┬┤sound

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 Post subject: Re: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:38 pm 
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The easiest items to upgrade would be your RAM (swap out your 4x1 GB sticks for 4x2GB sticks) and graphics card (swap for a newer one). With your graphics card being AMD-brand though, I'm not sure what model would maximize performance without being wasted due to the old-gen hardware bottlenecks (RAM, motherboard, and CPU).

But truth be told, I wouldn't spend the money on those items simply because of their age (DDR2 RAM is expensive), and newer-gen hardware is a much better use of your hard-earned money.

If money isn't as much of an issue, and you want to avoid having to dig into the hardware side of things, you could get a system like the XPS 8700 (I can highly recommend). It can use Win 7 (or Win 8 if you can stomach it lol), and offers great across-the-board new hardware specs, such as DDR3 RAM, Z87 chipset, fourth-gen i5 or i7, USB 3.0 ports, PCI 3.0 for new graphics cards, SATA-III, etc.:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Desktops-AllInO ... p=15&rt=nc

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 Post subject: Re: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:48 am 
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I was thinking about getting an SSD to replace the raptor, this would also be usefull for future total pc swap.

The ram uprgrade might be ok if i can get the 8gb rams cheap.

Also i was thinking about a Q9550 cpu , but not sure if thats worth the hassle.

So to start i think a new SSD ? what are your thoughts ?

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 Post subject: Re: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:55 pm 
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There have been mixed results with using an SSD on a stock 630i motherboard; some say it works fine; others can't get it to work at all. It's your call, just know that there's a chance it may not work...

As for the Q9550--IMO it's not worth the expense and hassle for the minimal performance boost.

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 Post subject: Re: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:07 pm 
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The SSD is working great on the stock board, it did take some time to get it to Work.

I really want to change the motherboard soon, is there any problems in changing the board ? or is it just as simple as in any other pc ?

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 Post subject: Re: Time to upgrade ?
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:19 pm 
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Glad the SSD is working for you--great stuff! You're another vote for adding some life to the 'ol stock board so-to-speak (if you want to save money). :)

Changing the motherboard is pretty involved, in that you have to remove most of the internal components to pull it out (all your internal cards, fans, power supply, etc.) If you're comfortable with that level of hands-on hardware work, you'll be fine. I would give yourself a day at least to do the changeover and installation of any new motherboard.

The 630i can only fit a standard ATX-sized motherboard (no mATX or microATX, etc.), and the CPU fan at or less than the height of the Hyper 212 Plus/EVO (159mm) to fit in the 630i case--both use the same height heatsink.

Attached is a bit old, but hopefully still helpful how-to PDF I compiled when I switched to the ASRock P67 Extreme4 (though I later updated the doc to the slightly newer board, since they were so similar). It explains a lot more of the process--I hope it helps answer your questions!

If digging into hardware isn't your thing, you may want to consider buying a new pre-built system (plenty of good, fairly priced systems out there). Just let me know!


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