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PostPosted: May 16th, 2011, 12:34 am 
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We picked up an HP Pavilion Slimline s5220f Desktop PC on Craigslist for parts, and only the TFTX power supply was faulty.
This machine has a much better setup then the Compaq Presario SR5433WM Desktop PC, but a decent Graphics Card will fit in the Slim Micro Case.

I decided to an upgrade for a friend, and use the case and old components to build Micro Slim Server to save space, and electricity.


HP Pavilion Slimline s5220f:
Windows 7 64-Bit (Fully in tact SYS Restore HDD)
MS7525 Boston G31 motherboard
Intel Dual Core E5300 @ 2.6GHZ
4GB DDR2/800 ram
WD Cavier Blue 640GB 16MB Cache
Slim Micro Case

Compaq Presario SR5433WM:
Windows Vista 32-Bit
MS7525 Boston G31 motherboard (SAME)
Intel Dual Core E2160 @ 1.8GHZ (.8GHZ slower)
2GB DDR2/800 ram (2GB less)
Seagate 7200.11 320GB 32MB Cache (Larger Cache but I like WD better)
Micro case that will fit a 9800GT SSC (Main reaso for transplant)

So what we have acomplished:
- Doubled ram from 2GB - 4GB
- Increased our CPU by .8GHZ (800MHZ respectively)
- Doubled our L2 Cache from 1MB - 2MB
- Upgrade from WinVista 32-Bit - Win7 64-Bit

The only thing we had upgrade other then 9800GT SSC was a power supply, which we pulled from another parts PC picked up at a computer salvage a couple weeks ago OKIA 450 Watt 18amp12vrail.

we are able to play Battlefield Bad Company 2 @:
- Resolution 1680x1050 20" Wide
- all settings on HIGH
- AA @ 8X
- AF @ 4x

Framerate is from 30-65 fps, it jumps up and down quite a bit.
for the most part game play is very smooth.
Brfore the upgrade with the old Compaq we were getting 14-42FPS with slight lag issues, and the settings were at low/Med with 2xAA AF OFF. Using a GT240 512MB GDDR5.

The main problem was bottlenecking the GPU with a 1.8GHZ CPU, by increasing the CPU to 2.6GHZ we lifted the bottleneck. there may still be a small bottleneck but we cannot overclock HP/Compaq computers due to the BIOS not supporting it. We could later upgrade the CPU to an E8400, but I really don't think we will see much gain due to the motherboards technology, ICH7/G31

This upgrade is pretty much maxed INMHO.

Can't wait to see if will play Battlefield 3

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