Question What should I upgrade?

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Hi all. I bought my pc as a prebuilt maybe 5 years ago, it is an hp 410-010. I've made a few upgrades since then, such as a 1050 ti, 600w power supply (coming from the 180w), an added hard drive, and an additional 4gb stick of ram. The computer has been pretty sluggish for a years now- windows and apps are slow and my games perform a good amount worse than the benchmarks I've seen online. I'm thinking about spending around $100 to upgrade the pc- I've considered upgrading my cpu to prevent bottlenecking, aswell as getting completely new ram. Really trying to stick to a budget here so if I'm settling for a cpu I'd most likely buy refurbished. Don't see a reason to upgrade my motherboard either, so I'd need an lga1150 cpu.

i3-4170
GTX 1050 ti https://www.newegg.com/evga-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-04g-p4-6251-kr/p/1FT-001K-00389
Some 600w power supply from evga
12GB DDR3 RAM (i have two slots, one has a 8gb stick, one has a 4gb)
 
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Wolfshadw

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HP Slimline 410-010 Specs Page

The processor upgrade information here lists the I5-4460T as the only other option here, but I can't say why this is. With a 54watt TDP limitation, you should (In theory) also be able to use an Intel 45w TDP Core I7-4770T or I7-4790T.

Personally, unless you can find someone who can definitively state they have one of these two processors working in the exact model desktop you have, I would not attempt it.

-Wolf sends
 
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HP Slimline 410-010 Specs Page

The processor upgrade information here lists the I5-4460T as the only other option here, but I can't say why this is. With a 54watt TDP limitation, you should (In theory) also be able to use an Intel 45w TDP Core I7-4770T or I7-4790T.

Personally, unless you can find someone who can definitively state they have one of these two processors working in the exact model desktop you have, I would not attempt it.

-Wolf sends
Called up HP and they said that the model isn't upgradeable at all and redirected me towards buying a new computer from them. Don't know how much truth there is to that. Should I stay away from upgrading this pc until I have enough money to build an entirely new one? By the way, I can't even find that first processor you mentioned for sale, and the second processor you mentioned goes for about $300 used
 

Wolfshadw

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Yeah. Even if HP said it was supported, there's no way I'd recommend dropping $300 on just a processor upgrade. Start saving for a new system. Pull your storage and graphics from your current system and add them to something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec VSK10 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $311.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-09 18:17 EST-0500


This is just a bare minimum, going as inexpensive as I'd allow. Of course, the more you save, the better the system you can get.

-Wolf sends
 
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Yeah. Even if HP said it was supported, there's no way I'd recommend dropping $300 on just a processor upgrade. Start saving for a new system. Pull your storage and graphics from your current system and add them to something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec VSK10 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $311.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-09 18:17 EST-0500


This is just a bare minimum, going as inexpensive as I'd allow. Of course, the more you save, the better the system you can get.

-Wolf sends
I think it'll be a year or few before I can get the money for that so I'm sure there will be better options later on, thanks though. Would there be anything wrong with keeping my current case (I put everything into a cm 590 iii) and power supply? Also, would the motherboard be the reason that the cpu isn't upgradable?
 

Wolfshadw

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I think it'll be a year or few before I can get the money for that so I'm sure there will be better options later on, thanks though. Would there be anything wrong with keeping my current case (I put everything into a cm 590 iii) and power supply? Also, would the motherboard be the reason that the cpu isn't upgradable?
Yes, you can keep your current case and power supply. That drops the cost of components down to around $173.
Yes, the proprietary motherboard would be the reason you cannot upgrade the CPU.

-Wolf sends
 

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