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Considering upgrade of my 6 years old desktop. Any advise will be very appreciated.

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October 30, 2013 1:57:49 PM

I have 6 years old Q6600. 3 years ago hd went down, so i got new one and at same time replaced windows to 7 64bit, then shortly 8800gtx went down, so changed vid card to 450gts and maxed ram to 8gig 800mhz ddr2.
Motherboard is Asus p5n-e-sli with stock Q6600. No overclocking was attempted, since, it was built originally by Mesh computers. Not even sure, if I could.
A week ago current hd went down (must be my luck), but truly my fault for buying wd caviar green 3 years ago without checking info first. I'm waiting for new hd now(in the post, got 120gb ssd) and toying with idea for whole system update, or maybe partial upgrade (mobo, cpu, ram, cooler, vid card).
I would like to save few £ and keep my old tower, psu (550wat hec550td-pte), dvd drive and 2 case fans, if possible, or makes sense. If not, will get new case :p 
PC is mainly used for everyday tasks + some old mmo cpu intensive gaming (EQ2). I'm looking at 2 options at the moment: amd fx 8350 with sabertooth and aftermarket cooler + 8 gig of 1600 ram
or intel i5 4760k with mobo(not sure yet). Vid card gtx660ti, or amd equivalent. Is it worth waiting for prices o come down a little more?
Or my other option(a lot cheaper) try to upgrade cpu on p5n-e-sli mobo? maybe hunting for QX cpu, or see if I can overclock current Q6600 and just upgrade cooling.
I read many threads in this forum and still haven't decided, so please, throw some info, or your personal thoughts. Thanks in advance :) 
October 30, 2013 2:06:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£79.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.15 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.87 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£133.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £338.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 21:05 GMT+0000)

This would be my suggestion. It would extend your PC's life by a few years.

However, with all of these upgrades, I would suggest just to build a new PC. You have an SSD that can be moved to the new PC and a new hard drive coming in, so you're only really replacing a few parts.
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October 30, 2013 2:11:37 PM

Upgrading your computer at this stage is a waste of money, you should just get a new system. I'd recommend going with Intel processors but if you are on a budget, go with AMD. Intel's processors are more definetly more powerfull, but AMD has most of it's processors unlocked for overclocking. If you want power for multitasking and gaming go for the i3/i5/i7, if you want a semi-powerfull CPU with 8 cores go for AMD. Both brands are OK, but I like Intel beacuse of the extra power.
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October 30, 2013 2:43:13 PM

Caspr said:
Upgrading your computer at this stage is a waste of money, you should just get a new system. I'd recommend going with Intel processors but if you are on a budget, go with AMD. Intel's processors are more definetly more powerfull, but AMD has most of it's processors unlocked for overclocking. If you want power for multitasking and gaming go for the i3/i5/i7, if you want a semi-powerfull CPU with 8 cores go for AMD. Both brands are OK, but I like Intel beacuse of the extra power.


The OP plays CPU intensive games? If so, are they using 1 or 2 cores or does it do a good job of spreading the workload across many more, for example 8? At the moment, the FX-8350 is able to squeak out more FPS in Crysis 3 than a new i7. Check it out Here.

I agree though, that trying to upgrade the current system is a huge waste of money.

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October 30, 2013 4:09:10 PM

The AMD FX - 8350 8 - core processor has a con over an i3/i5/i7 since it has more cores it can do more multitasking but the power is lower since it has more cores as it's split. Rather go for an i3/i5/i7.
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October 31, 2013 8:24:07 AM

Thank you all for advice. I'm calculating costs between amd and intel and perfomance vs value. Also the fact, that current MMO I'm playing only supports 2 cores and is heavy on cpu, but at same time would like to be ready for Everquest Next, in 2014, which could be completely different story. So far, I'm tempted more towards latest i5.
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