Wanting to upgrade my system

Hey guys, I've been wanting to upgrade my old pc and need some help on figuring out what parts I should get. Here is my system

-Thermaltake Armor JR. Tower Case Black ATX 5X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT No PS W/ Window
-ASUS P5N32-E SLI Nforce 680I SLI LGA775 Conroe ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 RAID Motherboard
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB
-G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive
-LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT SATA OEM DVD
-Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT 600MHZ 256MB 1.9GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card x2
-Antec Neopower 650 650W ATX EPS12V Triple 12V 24PIN Modular Power Supply 80MM Fan
-Antec TriCool 120MM Blue LED Case Fan 3PIN 4PIN W/ 3 Speed Switch
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  1. Here's my generalized suggestion, swap out the CPU/Mobo/Ram and graphics, add an SSD for OS/Boot. Do you have a partiality to Intel? What's your budget for upgrade?
  2. Two things:

    1) The 8800 GT is a pretty dated card at this time. I can't quite tell if you are using two of them in an SLI, but regardless upgrading it would be a big boost in perfromance. A single GPU card is sufficient. It just depends on your budget.

    2) A solid state drive would also be a huge improvement.

    Now, your CPU and RAM are dated. So dated, that upgrading them pretty much means buying a new motherboard as well. We are rapidly approaching "just buy a new system altogether territory."
  3. I don't have a budget, but I don't want to go to crazy on the price however. I'm also really open to any suggestions on parts. This is a really old system I got back in 2008 I believe for 2300, and have been wanting to do an upgrade for awhile.
  4. Yeh, I kind of figured I needed a whole new computer. I was hoping maybe I could save the case and possibly use the video cards, or just upgrade it all completely
  5. Things you could probably reuse: Case, PSU, fans, maybe Windows. And the hard drive. I think the hard drive is also salvageable, especially if used as a "storage" drive while Windows is installed on an SSD.

    Also, things outside the case like the monitor, mouse, etc. should be good for a new system as well.

    Beyond that, I think you will need to replace it if you go with a new build. Still, its a great time to buy desktop hardware. The technology is really powerful and competition has done a ton to keep prices VERY consumer friendly. I will say roughly $1,000 (maybe a bit more) is the most any American could spend on a PC without facing rapidly diminishing visual/performance returns on your money.

    Edit: This figure would be lower for you, since you could save some parts.
  6. @Dustinf: what is the system for? Gaming? And what is your MAX budget? What is the most that you are willing to spend?
  7. This will be strictly for gaming, and if I were to put a budget on it I would have to say around $1000. Any suggestions on specific parts i can start to price out? Appreciate everyone's replies.
  8. Dustinf said:
    This will be strictly for gaming, and if I were to put a budget on it I would have to say around $1000. Any suggestions on specific parts i can start to price out? Appreciate everyone's replies.


    If you are interested in overclocking (it has gotten a lot easier lately)...

    CPU Intel i5 3570K ~$220
    8 gigs of 1600 DD3 RAM ~$70
    Z77 chipset motherboard $100-$200.
    256 gig solid state drive ~$200
    AMD HD 7870 (~$250)
    CPU Cooler: ~$30

    Adds up to $890, though the prices are off the top of my head. the 7870 should be more than enough GPU power for games on "high" settings depending on your monitor. If you are mostly interested in first person shooters and nothing likely to be CPU intensive, then you can save some money by going for a non-overclock system.
  9. Replaced most of your equipment. The only thing I'm not sure about is if the Video Card will fit. How much room do you have inside the case for a GPU? Can you measure it? SSD would be nice but not required.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $906.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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