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Help determining specs?

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    Help determining specs?


    I have printed out my system information. Can anyone help me break it down for my system specs in my profile? I am a CIS student and I am still trying to figure out what specs my PC has. I am interested in figuring out how to determine what kind of hardware I have (memory, graphics cards, etc) and how I can upgrade to make it better.

    I am also interested in trying to do a backup to an external hard drive. I've never done this before.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Here's my system information.

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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    You need to download and run Speccy, then post the URL that it gives you at the end. You can download it at Speccy - System Information - Free Download Since it is a OEM computer. HP.com would have the Spec info. As for RAM. You can go to Crucial.com and it will tell you compatible RAM.

    As for upgrading there is not much you really can do. You can install a Larger sized hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive, and maybe a little better Graphics card. But that is about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You need to download and run Speccy, then post the URL that it gives you at the end. You can download it at Speccy - System Information - Free Download Since it is a OEM computer. HP.com would have the Spec info. As for RAM. You can go to Crucial.com and it will tell you compatible RAM.

    As for upgrading there is not much you really can do. You can install a Larger sized hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive, and maybe a little better Graphics card. But that is about it.

    did you see my post with the list of system information? Why do you say that's all I can upgrade? I would ultimately like to have a better graphics card, more memory, and possible have 2 HDs installed into my system. I am just curious where you got your information.
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    How about this:

    How to fill out System Specs for eightforums.
    See here: How to See Your System Specs with "System Info"
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Again you need to download the program I stated. Your Spec's are available at HP.com. Also you are very limited in upgrade options on OEM machines. I also stated that yes you can add another drive. The only thing that would stop you, is if all SATA ports are in use. Then you would have to install a SATA PCIe Card.

    I got my information from being around computers for over 35 years. Also HP/Compaq machines were what I used to purchase, until I changed over to Toshiba for laptops in our household.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Again you need to download the program I stated. Your Spec's are available at HP.com. Also you are very limited in upgrade options on OEM machines. I also stated that yes you can add another drive. The only thing that would stop you, is if all SATA ports are in use. Then you would have to install a SATA PCIe Card.

    I got my information from being around computers for over 35 years. Also HP/Compaq machines were what I used to purchase, until I changed over to Toshiba for laptops in our household.

    Thank you for your information Broe23! Please don't take my questioning in any form of disrespect. I was curious the reasoning because I am trying to figure all this out. I downloaded the program and figured out what CUP and memory I have. Remind me what an OEM machine is? I don't know how many SATA ports I have yet, or what is connected to them. I haven't opened my tower yet. I am pretty sure the warranty is over (if I even had one) so I may open it up and have a looksie.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    TechyMomX2? May need to change the name.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    What is a CIS student?
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    CIS is computer information systems..I'm currently in my second semester so I'm still learning so excuse me but I'm not changing name. No need to be a jerk.

    Techy: because I've worked with computers since I was old enough to see the screen. I know a lot just don't always know the technical terms.
    MomX2: because I am a mom of two beautiful boys!
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    If you're really interested in upgrading your existing system or even totally refurbishing it, I recommend, you take a look at Tom's Hardware: Hardware News, Tests and Reviews . They also have forums there about hardware. It helped me when I wanted to switch over to a solid state drive from a hard disk drive. It's informative to just browse through too, They have the newest hardware and comparative test's to help you find the balance of price, value and quality(not everyone can afford or even needs High End),
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