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Upgrading a 6-year old custom built PC


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#1 Liten

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:45 PM

First time poster on the site, hoping to get some advice on whether or not my desktop can be upgraded. It was custom built for me 6 years ago and in the past year I've been noticing that it is having trouble running games like Overwatch and it feels slower overall. Otherwise, it still works pretty well and I'm hoping it can just be upgraded. I'm sure the CPU and graphics card need replaced, but I'm worried the motherboard needs replaced, too, and at that point would it be better just to get a new rig?

It has 8GB of RAM and is running Windows 10.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

CPU:
AMD FX-4100
Socket AM3+
Quad-core
95W

 

Motherboard:

Biostar TA990FXE
AMD 990FX + SB950

 

Graphics:

ASUS/NVIDIA GeForce GT 440

 



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Posted 23 November 2017 - 07:55 AM

Motherboard is OK. You could put CPU like FX-8320/FX-8320E/FX-8350/FX-8370 whatever is cheapest.

Also virtually any new video card also fits. Depending on case and PSU of course. You also could put SSD drive to speed up everyday usage.

So I see no real need to switch motherboard.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 09:58 AM

I personally would not bother with the CPU, the FX line is a dead end now and prices are still high on them.

I would up the GPU and perhaps get a SSD, I would not bother with much else as you would need more than just a new motherboard.

DDR4 is rthe newer memory standard and new processors will demand it


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 01:14 PM

Motherboard is OK. You could put CPU like FX-8320/FX-8320E/FX-8350/FX-8370 whatever is cheapest.

Also virtually any new video card also fits. Depending on case and PSU of course. You also could put SSD drive to speed up everyday usage.

So I see no real need to switch motherboard.

 

 

I personally would not bother with the CPU, the FX line is a dead end now and prices are still high on them.

I would up the GPU and perhaps get a SSD, I would not bother with much else as you would need more than just a new motherboard.

DDR4 is rthe newer memory standard and new processors will demand it

 

So it sounds like my motherboard is fine for sure, my CPU is probably also fine, I definitely need a new GPU, and a SSD might help relieve some of the slowness I've been experiencing.

 

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 01:17 PM

Your welcome, definately a SSD for speed as its like adding in warp drive to your system.


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 04:36 PM

My 2 cents!  Get an SSD first the boost in performance will make you smile, then if you do decide to move up the SSD can be part of the new system.  Prices are quite low now and well worth the investment.


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