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PC specs CPU - i5-6400 @2.70GHz Memory - 8GB DDR3-1600MHz - upgraded with another ram stick GPU - GT 720 2GB - replaced with a GTX 1650 4GB Storage - 3.5" 2TB HDD - installed a 1TB 2.5" SSD which was then made the boot drive

I've had this prebuilt computer (Acer Aspire TC-710) for a few years now. It's always been kinda slow, and only gets like 20fps on the lowest settings on the lowest resolution, due to the gt-720 graphics card.

I did some research to try and find out how to upgrade my PC. I found the youtube channel Tech Deals, who had videos on upgrading a computer quite similar to mine.

So I bought an 8GB DDR3-1600MHz ram stick, a 1650GB MINI-ITX graphics card, a 1TB 2.5" SSD and a 92mm case fan. I could have upgraded the PSU and have gotten a 1660Ti gpu though, but I plan to build a proper PC soon anyway. I also could have used a 1060 gpu, but I had already bought the 1650, and someone in the comments said they had issues with that. I got the Samsung SSD as only their custom cloning software worked, as the PC does not allow partitions to be created outside Windows.

After the upgrade, I get 70fps on Very High in Rainbow Six Siege, and boot times are 20 seconds instead of a couple of minutes. Also Rust used to take 20 to 30 minutes to load into a server, so hopefully it's a lot less than that the next time I play ;)

videos that helped vvv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRMpKUHL5VU&list=LLXoaQmKgUhVk9kKfzuIqc_Q&index=86&t=9s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkgQ18G4jFg&list=LLXoaQmKgUhVk9kKfzuIqc_Q&index=10&t=0s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBhBSWmTRe8&list=LLXoaQmKgUhVk9kKfzuIqc_Q&index=12&t=0s

Part Reviews

Memory

pretty good, all that I needed to double the RAM on my prebuilt.

Storage

great SSD, cloned Windows and my files onto it from a HDD. I could have got a cheaper SSD though, however only Samsung's cloning software would work on my prebuilt.

Video Card

great GPU, I get 70fps on siege on Very High at 1080p also good how I didn't need any power cables as it gets its power straight from the PCIe slot, and didn't have to replace by 300w PSU.

Case Fan

good fan for the price, although makes a bit of noise. However it comes with a cable extension that limits the max RPM, so I might put that in. Should give my prebuilt more airflow, which didn't have any case fans before.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

wait a minut, ddr3?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There were a whole bunch of LGA1151 boards (both mainstream and OEM) that were able to use DDR3L (1.35V), so it's isn't as unusual as you might think.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#L=3&s=30

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao i always thought that it stopped at lga 1150 for some reason

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid specs, and noctua ftw! How is the noise level on mini 1650?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

it makes some noise, but im not sure if it's the gpu or the noctua fan... It isn't noticeable with headphones on while gaming anyways so it's good

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

aight