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Upgrading an old school computer to gaming


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#1 Majis

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 09:33 AM

Hello everybody, I'm a student from Finland and just registered to your site.

 

My cousin have dreamed of a computer of his own but because he is young (14-years old), he doesn't have the required funds to buy an expensive gaming computer. I wanted to help him with his problem and came up with an idea. I have an old school computer which i have gotten free, my ex-GPU and ex-power core.

Here is the current build:
 

Asus M2N MX SE PLUS

 

CHIEFTEC Power Source max output 450W
http://www.pc-specs.com/psu/Chieftec/Chieftec_GPA-450S8_450W/73

2G RAM Kingston KVR
http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/?partid=kvr667d2n5/2g

2G RAM Kingston KVR
http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/?partid=kvr667d2n5/2g

The Hard disk is only 80gt and the computer doesn't have fans in it so he have to buy them. I have now succeed in playing Age of empires 3 and CS GO okay but today the processor went up to 90 Celsius and shut down. So I wonder that is The Athlon processor capable enough to keep up with my GPU, and is the motherboard okay. If the Processor is ok, could i solve the heating problem just by buying the fans?

My cousin loves Aoe3, CS, Battle Field, skyrim and Total War games.

 

Edited by Majis, 12 August 2015 - 09:52 AM.


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#2 YeahBleeping

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 09:58 AM

The fans will probably help but if it is the stock AM2 cooler on the Processor you may want to get an aftermarket heatsink that will cool the cpu better.  And replace the thermal compound.  The GPU is okay but if  you want to upgrade to a better performer a GTX 750Ti would be a noticeable upgrade.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 10:33 AM

+1 on the GTX 750 Ti. It's a great GPU that is cheap, powerful, and is powered solely by the PCIe port. :)


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#4 Majis

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 10:34 AM

That sounds really good : ) replacing the cooler shouldn't be too expensive so if the CPU can keep up with the GPU everything should be fine. The computer seemed to be capable to run games smoothly apart from shutting down time to time.

And I can tell my cousin about the GTX 750Ti too, because after he gets his first summer job I bet he is going to upgrade his computer to whole new level. Thanks for your advices!

 

 

+1 on the GTX 750 Ti. It's a great GPU that is cheap, powerful, and is powered solely by the PCIe port.  :)

 
You are right. It looked really cheap : O But can that processor handle 750Ti? I think he doesn't have the funds to upgrade both of them.

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 02:18 PM

It would but it may bottleneck unless you upgrade the CPU.


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:19 AM

It would but it may bottleneck unless you upgrade the CPU.

 I thought the same... But thanks for your advices. They have really helped a lot.



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:06 AM

That machine cannot handle battle field series, you need a minimum of 4 cores, if you can get a used am3/+  motherboard, cpu plus ram from ebay






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