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June 16, 2013 4:47:30 AM

Hello

I bought this pc just under 4 years ago:

Intel Core i7 950 3.0Ghz 4.8GT QPI 8MB Cache LGA1366CPU
ASUS P6T Intel i7 LGA 1366 x58 6xDDR3, FSB1600(OC), RAID,
6GBDDDR3 Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 PC-10600
500GB Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar SATAII 3GB/s 7200RPM 32MB Cache

What is the weakness currently in this set up?

Im a gamer and thinking about getting a new graphics card. Will the CPU and motherboard be able to handle the newer graphic cards in the market?

Im also wondering if it will be worth it to get a new HDD as my main. Could it improve performance of the system? Would my mother board be compatible with the newer HDD?

June 16, 2013 4:52:14 AM

The CPU and Mobo are fine, the weakness is the lack of a GPU. What PSU do you have?

Your mobo should handle all current GPU's so don't worry about that.

And a SSD will improve bootup and loading times so yeah it will give you a little performance boost.
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June 16, 2013 5:07:53 AM

its a 750w antec power supply.

If I do not get a SSD, is there still a difference in performance between my current HDD and the new ones currently out?

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June 16, 2013 5:10:09 AM

Egrim said:
its a 750w antec power supply.

If I do not get a SSD, is there still a difference in performance between my current HDD and the new ones currently out?


Ok, that's more than sufficient.

I would say yes, because your old drive is probably a bit worn but it was a pretty good drive still. You might achieve more performance by reformatting if that's what you're looking for, as drives get slower when they get fuller.
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June 16, 2013 5:51:23 AM

I've also got a 1tb (WD) and a 2tb hdd (seagate) added later on. and more recently i've done a reformat on the original 500GB (WD). Does multiple hdds slow down systems?
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June 16, 2013 6:46:19 AM

Egrim said:
I've also got a 1tb (WD) and a 2tb hdd (seagate) added later on. and more recently i've done a reformat on the original 500GB (WD). Does multiple hdds slow down systems?


No, it doesn't. Well maybe a little on boot to recognize the drives but that's it. You should be fine than and i would hold off changing a HDD until you can afford a SSD ;) .
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June 16, 2013 6:53:23 AM

ok. thank you so much! Appreciate the help!
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June 16, 2013 7:07:43 AM

No problem, and you could pick a solution to thank me :D 
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