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Upgrade or build a new computer?

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#1 fish0


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:07 PM

So my current computer is this:


Processor: Pentium e5400 (dual core @ 2.7GHz, socket 775)


Graphics: GTS 450

Windows XP SP3 32-bit


I use it for gaming.  If I could increase the speed of this computer by a moderate amount without spending too much money, that would be ideal.  I recently bought a GTX 570 because it was on sale for $120 at the local computer store, and I figured even if I don't use it I could sell it on Amazon or something, since it's worth alot more than that.


I was considering replacing the 450 with the 570, but I wonder if it will make much difference since the processor/RAM is probably the bottleneck anyway.  Perhaps I could overclock the processor or buy a faster core 2 cpu.  Would this be worth it?  I would rather put off spending $800 for a new i5 computer if I can get a decent speed increase by modifying this one, but if the difference is negligible I don't want to waste my money. 

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:57 AM

G'day, you are right about the processor bottlenecking the 570 and there would be a increase in FPS for your games, so you may as well pop it in but be mindful about the power requirements. Overclocking your processor will require aftermarket cooling and some luck but i wouldn't bother and purchasing a Core 2 Duo isn't really cost effective, a i3 processor would be better choice. 

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#3 DJBPace07


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:06 AM

I say wait to build a new PC.  If you're gaming, you will need more CPU power and a more modern operating system to use DirectX 10 and above, which many games use.



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:16 PM

Your rig is a little outdated, I would recomend in looking to invest in a new build.The Intel Ivy-Bridge i5 CPU's are outstanding CPU's, when not overclocked they run really cool and honestly, there really is no need to overclock them at the moment if you feel no need to, but if you do decide to overclock the cpu you want to look into Intels Tuning Plan. The plan allows you to Overclock without voiding the warrenty of your CPU :).


Hope this helped,


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:31 PM

Agree with a new build at this point.  Anything you put into your current system is a dead end (memory/CPU/etc).


New Haswells are about here.  10 or so days to release.  You will have a lot of new choices out there for a fresh build.  You can likely get a midrange Haswell, motherboard and 8gigs of memory for well under $800.  For $800, you can go 4770K, good mid range mobo and memory. 

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