I was recently given a 3 year old gaming pc by my Uncle and have decided to completely upgrade it. I am a college student so the budget is a little tight. I'm not the most experienced, but with a bit of time and a lot of patience I can do it.
These are the current specs:
1x Asus P5N32e-SLI Mobo 1x Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad Processor 2.4ghz 1x Geforce 8800GTX 2x 7200rpm HDD (256 + 512) 4x 2gb ddr2 PNY ram 1x 750Watt PSU (80Plus)
I have saved up some money and now have enough for parts. Here is what I am thinking to upgrade it to:
1x ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo 1x Intel i5 2500k (Sandybridge) 3.3ghz 1x GTX 560 TI GFX Card 2x 7200rpm HDD (256 + 512) + 120GB SSD 2x 4gb G-Skill Ripjaw DDR3 RAM 1x 750Watt PSU (80Plus) 1x Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Heatsink
Do you guys think this is a worthy upgrade? And what would you change (in the same price range)?
There is no reason to buy a new psu since you have a 80 plus one. Its a solid build. The i5 2500k can overclocked by a baby. The 560 is a solid card.
answered Dec 07 '11 at 11:12
You won't need a 750W PSU, a 500-550W PSU should be fine. I have a 500W which runs the 2500K and a 6870 just fine.
I would also suggest getting just one bigger HDD and an SSD unless you have a specific reason for two smaller HDDs. Other than that you have a pretty good setup.
answered Dec 06 '11 at 22:50
seems like a whole new build rather than an upgrade!
if i was on a budget i'd get a better CPU cooler for the q6600 and overclock it to 3Ghz
Get rid of the 8800GTX and get the GTX 560 TI GFX
if the PSU is an off brand in the machine you have been given, get a good brand one that will be more reliable.
an SSD would improve things if added to the setup but really isn't needed if your on a budget, it would only have minimal difference in game performance.
remember when you change the motherboard you will need to get a new licence for windows.