I’m running win7 with 8GB and the cheapest 6 core I could find.
It can just about manage 101 Genesii (?)
I’m in the market for a new board and chip, current one only supports 4GB Ram, what did you go with please?
Jaderail’s warning about the unexpected costs of upgrading is very true.
I would not recommend you do what I did.
I decided to keep my motherboard and upgrade the CPU, memory and graphics card.
I also went from windows XP 32bit to wIndows 7 64bit.
Its one of the cheapest Gigabyte AM2+ motherboards that take the old AMD 6 core chips (1055t).
I’ve ended up with a machine no faster than the first i7. (which is no slouch and a huge step up from where I started)
...but, the suitable memory is now very expensive, I could have got twice the memory for half the price for a modern board!
The new graphics card and increased memory demanded a bigger power supply!
The case needed extra cooling. The motherboard is too old (and cheap) to have modern overclocking abilities)
For just a little more money I could have got an off the shelf i5 system with all these things included.
I’d hate to think what it would have cost If I didn’t already have the power supply, windows 7, hard drives, a choice of cases and assorted bits lying around.
Man, that’s the story of my life! EVERY time I try to upgrade the smallest detail of my system, the part I want won’t work with the stuff I have, I need to upgrade another part of my system to accommodate the first upgrade… Then I find out that the third upgrade (which was necessary in order to do the second upgrade), is impossible on my current system without replacing the motherboard!!
This happens regardless of what system I own. I’ve been building and fixing PCs for over 30 years and I pull my hair out every time I try to upgrade my PC! I don’t know how people who are technically challenged could possibly wade through all the crap!
If you are not technically competent to work on your own computer, REJOICE! Let a computer geek do it, and save your hair!