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Looking to build gaming rig using old pentium 4 Compaq tower

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November 2, 2013 12:35:46 PM

So I obtained an old Compaq tower and I was wondering if I would be able to upgrade and/or replace some of its components to build a gaming tower. Anything I should know before I dive into it?
a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2013 12:42:08 PM

what games u wanna play??
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November 2, 2013 12:48:10 PM

The games I have are dead space 1,2,3 civ 5 terreria and othe indie games. So I'm looking for something that could support a pretty graphic heavy game. I don't mind replacing the mother board or anything, I just want to keep the case and anything else I can use. I am planning on replacing the hard drive and I wont need the disc or floppy drive. It would be nice If i could keep the power source though. Thanks for helping.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2013 12:51:43 PM

Those old towers(even newer OEM towers) usually have very poor air flow which makes it a bad idea to reuse. Its also very unlikely you will be able to reuse the PSU aswell. Whats your budget for the system?
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November 2, 2013 12:55:19 PM

I have about 500-1000 dollars for this. I do have an old Antec tower as well, would that be better?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2013 12:56:39 PM

new build said:
I have about 500-1000 dollars for this. I do have an old Antec tower as well, would that be better?

Most likely it would be. I would need models numbers for a definite answer.
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November 2, 2013 1:03:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Wrkz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Wrkz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Wrkz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $958.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 16:02 EDT-0400)
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