UP GRADING HOME PC MACHINE

  Furkin 10:37 11 Apr 2017
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Asus M5A78L-M LX : Phenom IIx2 : 4gb ram : PSU: OCZ 500w : nVidia GT440 : LG IPS234 : HDD: Samsung 1tb + W.D 1tb : Chrome : Win 10 pro (64) + Avast : Malwarebytes : Spybot ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hi again,

I'm thinking of upgrading my kit. I reckon just a MB & CPU would be needed.
I may update the Graphics card at a later date.

Is the PSU big enough ?

My existing kit will only take 3gb out of 4gb memory. Is this down to the MB or CPU ?

If the MB is good enough, maybe just a better CPU, so I can use more memory.

I'm not a gamer, nor running massive number crunches, so don't need the very best of graphics.

This isn't urgent, but once it's in the head, it keeps going round.

All advice appreciated.

Baz

  Archonar 13:24 11 Apr 2017

If I have found the right motherboard then it will support a large number of processors (click here for a list).

The RAM issue - since you are running pro x64 I would expect you to be able to use all 4. Only 32 bit windows versions limit you to 3gb of ram. Make sure you are on 64 bit windows just to be sure.

I have heard that certain motherboards can have issues with RAM on win10 (see this forum post). I'm not sure what causes this, will look into it further.

As Warlord has said there is a risk that you will have issues with compatibility so it's up to you, if you do only need to upgrade your motherboard / cpu then it will be cheaper than a new system but if not then costs might rise. Your ram / gpu will almost definitely still work as long as you get a similar motherboard.

  Furkin 10:51 13 Apr 2017

Thanks,

I've just double checked Windows 10 and it is 64bit and x64 processor.

I'll look into the RAM situation. I didn't realise it was limited by Win 7(32), I thought it was by the MB/CPU.

I'll be back soon.

  Furkin 11:46 13 Apr 2017

My Crucial scan just came up with:

It looks like the MB won't take anything bigger than 4mb RAM, or am I reading it wrong ?

  Furkin 11:47 13 Apr 2017

  Burn-it 14:27 13 Apr 2017

It is not just Windows that limits the addressable memory. Many motherboard chipsets would not cope and every 32 bit piece of software - including Linux will be limited.

  Secret-Squirrel 18:22 13 Apr 2017

It looks like the MB won't take anything bigger than 4mb RAM, or am I reading it wrong ?

The graphic top-left shows that your motherboard has two RAM slots and they both currently have a 2GB module in each slot - so it's telling you something that you probably already know.

Your motherboard can accommodate up to 16GB of RAM.

By the way, in case you don't know, adding more RAM will not always improve a PC's performance. If you're a light user then your current 4GB may be sufficient and adding more will be a waste of your time and money.

If you want to check whether your PC would benefit from a RAM upgrade then ask and I'll give you some instructions.

.... I reckon just a MB & CPU would be needed.

If your version of Windows 10 came as a free upgrade or is an OEM version then its licence is tied to the motherboard. If you change it then Windows will fail to activate and you'll need to buy a copy of Windows 10.

  Furkin 19:05 13 Apr 2017

Thanks again guys,

SS:

I saw the 16gb but also thought it said not to exceed the 2 x 2gb,,,, especially as it came up with the 2 x 2gb sticks on the right.

WOW - Thats something I DIDN'T know about,,,, Win 10 being linked to the MB !!!

People have been spending thousands of pounds on windows (along with other MS stuff) but we're in shtuck if we want to upgrade our machines,,,,,, which would enable us to carry on using MS products.

If you want to check whether your PC would benefit from a RAM upgrade then ask and I'll give you some instructions.

Yes please

  BRYNIT 20:53 13 Apr 2017

"If your version of Windows 10 came as a free upgrade or is an OEM version then its licence is tied to the motherboard. If you change it then Windows will fail to activate and you'll need to buy a copy of Windows 10."

Windows 10 can be reactivated even after changing the Motherboard, CPU or Hard drive, have a read of "How to reactivate Windows 10 after hardware change" CLICK HERE

  Secret-Squirrel 08:27 14 Apr 2017

Windows 10 can be reactivated even after changing the Motherboard..........

I never knew that - thanks for the tip.

  Secret-Squirrel 08:42 14 Apr 2017

Furkin, post your memory usage stats for me to look at:

1) Firstly, ensure that your computer has been on for some time, you have all the programs open that you'd normally use and you've been using them.

2) Open the Windows Task Manager, click the "Performance" tab, click the "Resource Monitor" button then click on Resource Monitor's "Memory" tab.

3) Post a screenshot when you detect that your PC's performance is sluggish - like this example:

I'm not really interested in the "Processes" section so you can collapse it if you like. It's just the "Physical Memory" information at the bottom and the three bar graphs on the right that are of interest to me.

1]: [click here

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