• Upgrade parts or get a new pc?
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Would it be cheaper to upgrade my existing pc or to buy a new one, considering I want to be able to play some taxing games (ex: GTAIV, Crysis 2, etc) on mid-high? And how much would said upgrade/purchase cost? Specs from speccy: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Intel Pentium E5400 @ 2.70GHz 6.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 399MHz ASUSTeK Computer INC. CM5571 (LGA775) ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner) 466GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-603CA0 ATA Device (SATA)
Keep in mind, I'm not exactly the most professional person on this, it's just my opinion... That CPU is a LGA775, IMO, upgrade for sure, you will only find old CPUs for that slot, from wikipedia: Intel Pentium 4 (2.60 - 3.80 GHz) Intel Celeron D (2.53 - 3.60 GHz ) Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (3.20 - 3.73 GHz) Intel Pentium D (2.66 - 3.60 GHz) Pentium Extreme Edition (3.20 - 3.73 GHz) Pentium Dual-Core (1.40 - 3.33 GHz) Intel Core 2 Duo (1.60 - 3.33 GHz) Intel Core 2 Extreme (2.66 - 3.20 GHz) Intel Core 2 Quad (2.33 - 3.00 GHz) Intel Xeon (1.86-3.40 GHz) Intel Celeron (1.60 - 2.40 GHz) 6GB also seems like a weird amount of ram, perhaps it's trichannel. That HDD MAY be good, but if it's from 2009 like the rest of your stuff, I'd go on the safe side, and get a new one, as they have a life span, and if your data is valuable, then you should get a new one. The GPU also looks fairly outdated... As far as the OS goes, you could recycle it, or get Windows 8, I personally like Windows 8, but you might dislike metro, because it is fair shit... Overall, better off getting a new PC IMO...
Save for a rebuild. Any upgrades wouldn't be worth it at this point.
Yeah don't bother upgrading a 775 build, just save up for a new build entirely.
It depends on how much you want to spend. For around $150, you could throw a used q6600 and something like a 7770 in there and run Crysis and GTA just fine.
On the HDD: My last one gave out, and I got a new one 1-2 years ago, not exactly sure of the time. I'll start saving for a new build then, is there any place you guys know of that I can sell it or some of the parts, and if so about how much would it fetch?
[QUOTE=loophole;39660362]It depends on how much you want to spend. For around $150, you could throw a used q6600 and something like a 7770 in there and run Crysis and GTA just fine.[/QUOTE] Dont invest in old crap.
[QUOTE=taipan;39672875]Dont invest in old crap.[/QUOTE] 7770 is new, and a used q6600 would run you ~$40 Not a particularly large investment.
[QUOTE=loophole;39674278]7770 is new, and a used q6600 would run you ~$40 Not a particularly large investment.[/QUOTE] Ebay for me shows them around $90. People are willing to pay it because when they can't get a new mobo and it's the best upgrade for "cheap", people who sell them do it for a tidy sum.
[QUOTE=ash47;39652376]That CPU is a LGA775, IMO, upgrade for sure, you will only find old CPUs for that slot, from wikipedia: Intel Pentium 4 (2.60 - 3.80 GHz) Intel Celeron D (2.53 - 3.60 GHz ) Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (3.20 - 3.73 GHz) Intel Pentium D (2.66 - 3.60 GHz) Pentium Extreme Edition (3.20 - 3.73 GHz) Pentium Dual-Core (1.40 - 3.33 GHz) Intel Core 2 Duo (1.60 - 3.33 GHz) Intel Core 2 Extreme (2.66 - 3.20 GHz) Intel Core 2 Quad (2.33 - 3.00 GHz) Intel Xeon (1.86-3.40 GHz) Intel Celeron (1.60 - 2.40 GHz)[/QUOTE] Just because those processors existed on LGA775, doesn't mean that every LGA775 motherboard supports them. Core 2 based parts only started being supported starting from the i945 chipset, and Intel completely dropped all support for Netburst CPUs from the P35 chipset and onwards. [QUOTE=loophole;39660362]It depends on how much you want to spend. For around $150, you could throw a used q6600 and something like a 7770 in there and run Crysis and GTA just fine.[/QUOTE] The only problem with the Q6600 is that you never know if they were overclocked to the moon that severely reduced their life and could die at any moment. I would try going for a newer Wolfdale part that was less popular with overclocking, like the E7600. It has half the cache of an E8x00 part, but only has a 10-15% performance reduction on applications that heavily use cache. You can pick up an E7600 new off Ebay for $50: [url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-2-Duo-E7600-3-06-GHz-Dual-Core-SLGTD-Processor-/370750249160?pt=CPUs&hash=item56526fd8c8[/url] An E7600 with a better GPU should be able to handle more modern games (besides GTA4 since its problem is shit optimization) at medium settings fairly well. It would be a lot cheaper than buying an all new system if you don't have a lot of spare cash on hand.
Honestly I just used them as an example, I don't play them often and they were the most computer-intensive I could think of. I'd like one that can last me a while, for example 2-3 years or so
[QUOTE=Derposaurus;39681583]Honestly I just used them as an example, I don't play them often and they were the most computer-intensive I could think of. I'd like one that can last me a while, for example 2-3 years or so[/QUOTE] Go new then. I could keep my q6600 and 6770 for 2-3 more years, but I won't. I can run things like Crysis 3 on all low except textures on med and get 40-50 fps. It works for me for the moment.
Yeah, i'd just build a new PC.
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