Asking for complete upgrade advice - what in this build is salvageable?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Ma-dazz, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Ma-dazz

    Ma-dazz Member

    I've got a PC of which the PSU, case, fans, GPU and HDD are over 6 years old (at least). Motherboard, CPU and RAM are fairly new (2 years old), since the old ones (also over 6 years old) were replaced after the motherboard they were on stopped working due to an electric spike (got a motherboard with a new socket).

    I want to upgrade this PC and would like to do it with the lowest possible amount, preferably over a prolonged time. What would be a decent small budget? Is any of the components here worth keeping on the PC after all upgrades and additions have been made?

    My focuses are: gaming (almost always NOT cutting-edge 2018 titles), internet browsing (10-35 tabs open) and storage (I frequently search and browse through thousands of unsorted text, image, PDF and video files in a single folder, which is a big nuisance for my dual-boot system, both in W7 and Ubuntu 14.04).

    Specs are in the attached pic.

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  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

    Most likely what is hurting is the fact that you only have a dual core processor and only 4gb of ram. Should have a quad core with at least 8 gb of ram. Without having to change out motherboard for a newer socket, pretty limited to what you can do. Look for either an I5-4670 or an I5-4690 cpu on ebay or similar. You would also need to buy an 8gb(2x4) kit of memory so you have matching sticks. And then of course get a new video card.
  3. Cisco001

    Cisco001 Well-Known Member

    Second hand 4th gen i5 or i7, 8gb RAM
    gtx 1050, cheap 240gb ssd, decent 400w psu
  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

    It's hard since you would have to buy most of the components to bring that up. 8G also might be a little tight with 35 tabs.

    Cheapest play would be a i5-4xxx series CPU, another 4g stick of ram to match and a better video card. My roommate rolled a 9600GT in 2007..

    I personally would start doing a data backup/redundancy scheme if you haven't already as that drive is also pretty old.

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