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Need help upgrading my desktop! First time doing this?

AndreBaez

61 months ago

I've been doing my research and I want to upgrade my old desktop. $500 would be my max budget and so far this is what I've come up with. With the motherboard I have now (AAHD2-HY) I think these are the best parts I can buy.

CPU/GRAPHICS: AMD A8-3850 APU Quad-Core Processor (comes with AMD Radeon HD 6550D) $87.99 on amazon

RAM: PC3-14400 (DDR3-1866) My mother board is capped at 8GB (4x2) I haven't found one online that I want yet.

Is there anything else I should get?

Should I just buy a new motherboard? That seems like it would be very complicated because I believe I would have to get a new OS or find my product key (windows 7)

What is the best thing I can do for my money? Any and all help will be appreciated!! Thanks guys

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If you can't read the w7 code from the sticker that's usually on the PC somewhere I think there's ways you can extract (or whatever the term would be) it from windows while it's running, I'm not 100% sure tbh, maybe Google could help...

Anyway, for the actual PC upgrade it depends what your purpose is, gaming, office, general use etc, tho I think, as long as you can get your w7 code, getting a new mobo would be the way to go, fm1 is kinda long in the tooth and a little restrictive now, no usb3, sata3 and whatever else, so... it all comes down to what you're doing on it :-D

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