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Upgrade 9 year old PC.


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#1 Newb101

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 10:52 AM

Hi have an older HTPC that I'd like to upgrade. Main purpose for the upgrade is to better play games. Currently all games being played are on minimum settings, and it's struggling for that. I don't need top notch graphics or anything. We watch a lot of movies with it with no issues.

 

Current specs.

Asus P5K-VM Socket 775

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

8800GT Nvidia - 512MB

Antec Fusion Case, 430W

OCZ DDR-2  PC2-8500 1066mhz - 2x1024

Vista Home 32 Bit

 

From Ebay, I'd get.

Intel Xeon E5450 Quad-Core(3.0Ghz/12M/1333) mod to socket 775

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM PCI Express x16

 

1)     What else do I need to upgrade?

2)     Do I need to upgrade the Ram

3)     Will the power supply be ok. It’s borderline I think

4)     How much of an improvement will I see? Worth the $75?

5)     Better options?

 

I’m not very experienced at all this, so bear with me. I don’t really have a budget, so if an extra amount adds a significant improvement, I’d be ok with that.

 

Thanks in advance for all the input.



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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 11:03 AM

1. Depends on what you want. Probably not anything else.

2. 2 GB is quite low amount, double to 4 GB would be OK, even you have 32-bit OS

3. Should be OK, GTX460 takes quite lot power though.

4. I think that's worth $75

5. How tight is budget?



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 11:13 AM

I would say the budget is say, around $300. I could go even higher without any issues. But the increase would need to be justified by significant performance increase. 

 

At one point, I was contemplating buying an entirely new setup. But I couldn't justify that large of an investment just for the family to play games.

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 01:29 PM

For about $150 you should be able to find used computer that is much better than current one. That's another choice but finding suitable used machines may take some time.






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