In the past I've made the mistake of buying a new desktop PC only to find out that my old upgraded one was actually better than the brand new stock one so hoping for a little help please. I get the gist of what's what but really not enough to make a proper informed decision.
Current: Pentium Dual Core E5400 2.7GHz, 64-Bit Windows 7 Home Premiumm 4Gb RAM, Sapphire 4650 512Mb Graphics Card
Potential: HP 110-052ea - Intel Core i3-3240T processor, Windows 8, 8Gb RAM, Intel HD Graphics
From benchmark sites the processor seems considerably better and the RAM speaks for itself but the graphics card is the big query. For starters, I can't seem to find specs anywhere to tell me what slots/types of slots the 110-052ea machine has for the purpose of taking a new card or is it all standardized now? I was looking at the Sapphire HD 7750 which seems to be the direct upgrade from my old one that has served me fairly well for the last few years and fits in the budget.
Okay then how about this: click here Elite Quad Core A10-5700 3.4GHz, 8Gb RAM, Windows 8 64 Bit. AMD HD 7660D
Under the expansion section of the specs it has 1 x PCI-e x 16 Slot, 1 x PCI-e x 1 Slots, 1 x PCI Slot. The benchmarks for the 7660D (presumably integrated?) are showing much lower than the 7750 but since it supports PCI-E I should be ok with the upgrade right? Only trouble now is I've never heard of Zoostorm although that might just be personal ignorance.
I appreciate the help so far thanks, you can see why I was a bit cautious to just to do this blindly :) I was looking at this for a cheap and cheerful but silent 400w supply (which is what the card spec says is needed) but again I'm not 100% on if it's compatible.
I wouldn't buy a cheap and cheerful one and the minimum I buy is 500 watt. You'll need to find out the physical dimensions of the original one to be sure it will fit as the case is a micro ATX. I would ask ebuyer for advice on this. With some of these smaller cases it can be quite difficult to change the PSU.