I was curious if someone could chime in with some advice as to whether I should upgrade my home desktop with extra memory and a new CPU, etc. or if it's time to find a deal on the Outlet?
I currently have an XPS 8300 that I purchased in 2011. It has 6GB of Ram and a I5-2300 processor.
Recently it seemed a little sluggish, for the record I don't game. It is a PC that I use for general use and as a wireless media server for my lossless CD collection.
On a recent search in the outlet, it seems like the starting point for anything newer would be about $550.00, but that is with just 8GB of Ram, same HD - But a I3 processor (9th Generation 9100) and obviously upgraded MB, etc.
That being said, would I be ahead to upgrade the processor and double the memory on this machine or would you recommend I start shopping for a new machine? And if your recommendation is to upgrade my current rig, what would you suggest would be the best bang for the buck?
Thanks for your time!
I would not upgrade the CPU, it is not worth the cost. You could upgrade the memory, the maximum memory for this PC is 16GB. There should be 4 memory slots but you didn't specify how your 6GB is configured. According to crucial.com 2x4GB should cost you less than $50. Given the age of your PC, if you have the original hard drive you may want to consider adding a new hard drive or to speed things up a SSD. What version of Windows are you running?
Easy CPU upgrade is i5-2500K, around $30 on ebay. 30% improvement. Get a tube of Arctic Silver. Easy swap.
If you have a 2GB stick and a 4GB stick that, you could add another 2GB stick for $14 and a 4GB stick for $28 from Crucial and end up with 12 GB. If it is 2x1GB and 2x2GB, then the previous responder's recommendation about the 2x4GB is correct. And you will still end up with 12 GB.
There would only be improvement if the XPS 8300 support the overclocking capabilities of the K processor and you don't need to upgrade the CPU heatsink/fan.
Thanks for much for the response. So it sounds like a memory/CPU/SSD might be the best route from everyone. It's currently running WIN 7, but I just read an article on how to get Win 10 for free still. This is the configuration for memory currently:
Dual In-Line Memory Module,6G,2X2G/2X1G,1333.
Am I correct that this is 3 banks of 2? What would give me the best bang for the buck? Is 16gb over kill? 10gb/12gb?
Thanks so much for the response!
According to my research it can hold a Intel Core i7 2600 Intel. Would that be much more improvement? Or is your recommendation the best bang for the buck?
According to PassMark CPU Mark (https://www.cpubenchmark.net/mid_range_cpus.html) only about 20%. Since the XPS 8300 does not have overclocking capabilities, the OP would be better off with the non-K version at less cost. Still a lot to spend on a 9 year old computer needing memory and perhaps a hard drive or SSD. At least a SSD can be used in a new computer, but not memory or CPU.
Upgrading the Ram to 16 gig will help.
Adding SSD will help.
Processor is not relevant if you do not "game"
Thanks again for the responses. I do a lot of audio converting and it's pretty processor heavy when i'm doing that, which is why I thought a cheap upgrade to the processor wouldn't hurt.
There are a couple of Amazon Warehouse deal i5-2500's for $20.00, my guess is they are just the chips - can I use the same heat sink on the I5-2500 and just get some thermal paste to replace it, or would I need a different heat sink?