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#1 freakyfriday

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 00:53

http://h10010.www1.h...8856.html?dnr=1



this is my PC

but a few things I have upgraded on it over time.

OS is Windows 8 consumer preview 64 bit

i have 2 external hard drives.

Iomega- 1TB
clickfree- 2TB

Video card- sonic GF 9600gt 512mb PCI-X

Acer V193 17" lcd monitor


i'm trying to get back to computer games,


#2 Vice

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 00:55

When you say upgrade I'm guessing you mean keep the motherboard and perhaps upgrade the Memory and Graphics?

Based on the specifications listed on that page I would say this is using hardware from around late 2005 to early 2006. That was 6 years ago and I'd not recommend upgrading it. You would probably do yourself better buying a new system.

However if you really just want to upgrade then perhaps a GTX 560 would be appropriate. It would definitely be faster than the 9600GT you currently have but I'm not really sure how much of an improvement it would make with that processor. The latest games are more CPU demanding than that processor can muster.

#3 Hell-In-A-Handbasket

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 00:55

any significant upgrades would require a mobo swap and that more then likely wouldnt be compatable with the case you have ( front harness). would prolly be cheaper to just get a new one.

#4 OP freakyfriday

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 00:57

ok to its cheaper to get a new system?

#5 Vice

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 00:59

Well if you were going to upgrade the motherboard then I'd say just start over with a new system. If you want to keep costs low go for a low-end Core i5 Quad Core and 4 or 8GB of DDR3 Memory. Pair that with a GTX 560 Ti or a HD 7950 and you'll be back in to gaming.

#6 muratoner

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:04

i would get amd 6850 or 5770 for that system if you're an occasional gamer like me.But if you're a hardcore gamer then you would have to upgrade cpu-mobo-ram all together.Probably something like i5 or i7 series with amd 7950 or nvidia equivalent and throwing an ssd drive would be the cream on top

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:06

It would cost more to upgrade than it's worth to. Sorry mate. :(

#8 tomasarson

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:39

It would cost more to upgrade than it's worth to. Sorry mate. :(


agreed.

you could do some upgrades but i don't think they would really be worth it at this point.

you could spend $150-3 hundred on upgrades or get a brand new pre-built oem pc for around 500 or less. but everything in it would be dramatically faster than any upgrade you could make to your old computer.

if you don't want to build your own get a cheap oem pc, then clean install windows with the key on the side of your new pc. also try and get something that is upgrade friendly. (as much as it can for an oem)

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:03

Here's what you do. Buy a Geforce GTX 560Ti and put it in your current system and see if it runs to your liking. There's a good chance that it will because you only have a 17" monitor.

If you find your CPU isn't up to the task, then you go ahead and buy a cheap prebuilt i5 system and use the 560Ti to upgrade from the onboard graphics, then you'll most certainly be set.

#10 tomasarson

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:07

Here's what you do. Buy a Geforce GTX 560Ti and put it in your current system and see if it runs to your liking. There's a good chance that it will because you only have a 17" monitor.

If you find your CPU isn't up to the task, then you go ahead and buy a cheap prebuilt i5 system and use the 560Ti to upgrade from the onboard graphics, then you'll most certainly be set.


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#11 tsupersonic

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:02

Here's what you do. Buy a Geforce GTX 560Ti and put it in your current system and see if it runs to your liking. There's a good chance that it will because you only have a 17" monitor.

If you find your CPU isn't up to the task, then you go ahead and buy a cheap prebuilt i5 system and use the 560Ti to upgrade from the onboard graphics, then you'll most certainly be set.

Wouldn't recommend that as pre-built systems tend to come with restrictive power supplies. I would just build a straight down new computer, if you want to run the latest and greatest games at the highest quality possible. Otherise your computer should be ok, if you play games at lower quality and lower resolutions.

#12 OP freakyfriday

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:18

hello all I would like to keep the 9600gt but get new ram, cpu, motherboard

and I prefer amd then intel.

#13 Ambroos

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:40

hello all I would like to keep the 9600gt but get new ram, cpu, motherboard

and I prefer amd then intel.


You're making all the bad choices for gaming.

1: More RAM, a better CPU and a better motherboard really won't increase your gaming performance quite a lot. And if you want to do that, you will have to get a new case too. And you really wouldn't get a big performance increase at all, your graphics card is limiting you in this case.

2: And why would you prefer AMD? Intel processors perform so much better right now, even when you take price into account Intel still is a much better deal in almost any case in my opinion.

#14 Wakers

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:55

Intel processor and AMD graphics are the best way to go.

Nothing beats a 6850 in terms of value for money at the moment, if you have a budget. Nothing comes close.

i5-2400
Cheapish H67 Motherboard
8Gb DDR3 Ram
HD 6850
400 - 500W 80+ PSU

Save the drives from your current system for now. Maybe get a larger internal hard drive, if you need one.

#15 TEX4S

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:37

hello all I would like to keep the 9600gt but get new ram, cpu, motherboard

and I prefer amd then intel.


As Yoda said, "you must unlearn, what you have learned" -

9600gt - is not a gamer card not even 5 years ago, AMD was better than intel .... 10 years ago.

BUT if you want to get AMD - then their new stuff would be a quantum leap compared the the junk you have now, yes its junk.

As mentioned, go get a cheap, Core i5 for $350, get a $150 video card, and a good PSU - you have a modern gaming machine - enjoy.

as fas as wakers comments about the HDD - if they are half as old as the rest of that dinosaur - then you're already on borrowed time - and the act of installing an OS could very well push an HDD over the edge - then what have you got ?
If you realize this, and are trying to spread out the $$ - then keep the drive - but always knowing in the back of your mind that it can and will go out @ any minute ... you decide.

The HDD is one of the few pieces with moving parts - therefore it wears out. Avg. life is 4 years on a drive - buy a new one.



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