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June 19th, 2024 04:27

Aurora R5, need upgrade advice

I have the Aurora R5 and it is totally working fine for my use. I have had it for 7 years and have had absolutely no problems. However, I see that my CPU is no longer supported for Windows 11. I am wondering if it would be necessary to upgrade my computer as recommended by Windows. And if so, what would be an Alienware "upgrade" that is not "more computer" than I need?  I know very little technical stuff, so be kind. I play an MMPG and virtual life game heavy on graphics and those are about the only games I play on the desktop. The rest of the time, I am doing the regular stuff like email, finances, social media, watching YouTube, etc. IThis is what I have now: 

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz   3.40 GHz
Installed RAM 32.0 GB
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
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Thank you, in advance, for any advice. 

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June 19th, 2024 12:23

Re: I am wondering if it would be necessary to upgrade my computer as recommended by Windows.

Windows 10 is still good and supported by Microsoft until 2025. You can just keep using R5 as it is now and not worried about upgrade until Win 10 reaches end of official support .  Its current spec is good enough for your need based on your report. 

While you can install Win 11 on older cpu system, it is not officially supported by Microsoft.

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June 19th, 2024 13:57

It all depends on budget, but considering your needs I would look at the XPS line of desktops.

For around $1,100 you can get a new desktop that will be a big upgrade over your current one, and it comes with Windows 11 pre-installed.

Something like this will suit your needs well: XPS sale

It will server you another 7 years, and the only thing I would change is upgrade the cooling to liquid cooling for an extra $50.


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June 19th, 2024 05:04

The Aurora R5 supports 6th generation processors and your system already has the fastest 6th gen processor beside the i7-6700k, which has a slight performance increase when overclocked. 

There is no upgrade to make your system officially supported for Windows 11.  But, you still can install Windows 11 on it and enjoying some more years of your system.  

If you are not familiar with Windows installation, install to a new drive in case something goes wrong and you can put the old drive back and you are back to the way it was.  Perform a clean install from USB created by Windows Creation Tool.  Set UEFI boot mode, enable Secure Boot and TPM.  Your system should be ready for Win 11 installation.

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June 19th, 2024 18:38

@redxps630​, thank you for the input!  This is what I wanted to hear, lol. 

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June 19th, 2024 18:39

@Vanadiel​ , thank you for the input. I think I paid twice that amount when I purchased the R5, so that is great news. I will keep my eye on that type of machine over the next six months to a year and definitely will need the cooling due to my location.  

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