Need Advice Upgrading Processor and RAM

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Level 1
Thread author
Oct 7, 2018
Hi Guys,
I am planning to upgrade my Intel core i3-540 processor to one of the i5 processors (probably 6th or 7th Generation). Also I want to upgrade my 4 GB ram to 8gb one.
Here is my PC's info :-
System Information
Time of this report: 5/20/2019, 10:51:46
Machine name: JARVIS-PC

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: INTEL_
System Model: DH55PJ__

BIOS: BIOS Date: 03/26/10 13:44:50 Ver: 08.00.10

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz

Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3894MB RAM
Page File: 1063MB used, 6721MB available

Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics (Core i3)
DAC type: Internal
Display Memory: 1696 MB
Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
Shared Memory: 1632 MB
Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: S19A10N
Monitor Id: SAM083E
Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (59.790Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.2141 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 10
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail

I wanted to ask a couple questions:-
1. Whether I need to upgrade my graphics card or no?? (along with processor and RAM) [Because it is showing Intel HD Graphics (core i3) means it is for i3(I think)]
2. Whether I need to upgrade my BIOS ?? And if yes please guide me how to do so??

Also, if anybody can recommend any good processor, I would be grateful.

That's all folks. Thanks in advance for help.
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Level 29
Top Poster
Sep 13, 2018
It seems you have onboard graphics, built into your mainboard. If you want more details, you can install Speccy by Piriform for a one-time list. You can search online to see what can be upgraded from an i3 540 and find some hits, but since this is a legacy board with a legacy BIOS and chipset, I would consider asking at the Intel forum. For the below link, scroll to the bottom for the community.



Level 1
Thread author
Oct 7, 2018
Well first of all, what are you do on PC? gaming? office? video/photo editing? etc

I use sometimes but not on regular basis. Sometimes for gaming, sometimes for casual work, sometimes for timepass but not on regular basis till now.
After a month or two I will use frequently.

I wanted to upgrade because it starts hanging after sometime use making me difficult to perform tasks.


Level 40
Top Poster
Nov 10, 2017
Well your PC is good but you said sometimes for gaming so yea you need to upgrade graphic card like 2GB or 3GB, also add 4GB of ram..



Level 5
Oct 14, 2015
If i was you i would add SSD and another 4gb RAM. CPU itself won't speed up PC.

If you want play newer games then i would wait for ryzen 3000 CPUs and buy new PC.

Ryzen 3 + Nvidia 1660 or RX580 + 16gb 3000/3200mhz RAM.
If you get erection only when you have 200FPS in games then buy Intel + Nvidia :)

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