Question Updating old PC

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So what can I do to keep this old pc running. Specifically RAM and GPU? Here's the current specs. Any advice is welcome

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 17134) (17134.rs4_release.180410-1804)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: AY603AA-ABA HPE-150f
BIOS: 01/28/10 15:46:13 Ver: 5.11 (type: BIOS)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8152MB RAM
Page File: 3316MB used, 6114MB available

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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GT 630
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Type: Full Device (POST)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0F00&SUBSYS_26313842&REV_A1
Device Status: 0180200A [DN_DRIVER_LOADED|DN_STARTED|DN_DISABLEABLE|DN_NT_ENUMERATOR|DN_NT_DRIVER]
Device Problem Code: No Problem
Driver Problem Code: Unknown
Display Memory: 5054 MB
Dedicated Memory: 979 MB
Shared Memory: 4075 MB
 
As for your cpu, you don't have much room to improve without swapping the motherboard.
If your board supports it, an upgrade to 16gb ram would help.

If you are gaming, you could use a gpu upgrade. Something like a 1050ti would be a good pairing unless your psu has less than 300w. Your current GPU is a Fermi gpu which no longer gets driver support, so it might be good to upgrade either way.
 
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As for your cpu, you don't have much room to improve without swapping the motherboard.
If your board supports it, an upgrade to 16gb ram would help.

If you are gaming, you could use a gpu upgrade. Something like a 1050ti would be a good pairing unless your psu has less than 300w. Your current GPU is a Fermi gpu which no longer gets driver support, so it might be good to upgrade either way.
How do I know if it can support 16gb ram? I was looking at it and I believe there's two slots so it should be able to support 2 8gb sticks, right?
 
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I'm gonna have to open it up and check the power supply and make sure it can support a better GPU. Is there anything besides the power supply that would prevent me from being able to upgrade to a 1050ti?
 
The manual on the website says there are 4 ddr3 slots and the board will support 16gb if you use 4x4gb config. Are you sure there was only 2 slots? When you open it, double check this is the same board with 4 slots.https://support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c02014355
"Memory upgrade information:
  • Supports DDR3 DIMMs only
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Four DDR3 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
  • DIMM types:
    • PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
    • PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
  • Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
  • Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
  • Maximum memory only if using 4GB DDR3 DIMM modules."



Not really anything other than psu as the limit for GPU support. Id update to the latest bios if possible.
 
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I can still do a 2x8 GB ram kit right but it has to be in 1st and 3rd slots? Trying to buy the best ram for my PC for the money and 4x4 GB doesn't seem the way to go.
 

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