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April 15, 2014 7:34:51 AM

I currently have this from a long time ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Besides more memory, what should I upgrade for better gaming performance. Is it even worth upgrading?

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April 15, 2014 7:38:46 AM

nope not worth wasting money on it
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April 15, 2014 7:42:46 AM

Honestly I don't think it is worth it, as much as that sucks to hear. Looks like it's a PCI-e 1.0, which will bottleneck any modern GPU you put in it, RAM is about the only thing you can do to it, but yeah. Not worth it.
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April 15, 2014 7:46:47 AM

The motherboard doesn't support any decent CPUs, the RAM is outdated, and the PSU wouldn't support gaming upgrades. Not worth upgrading.

The PCI-e 1.0 slot will not bottleneck any GPU.
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April 15, 2014 7:47:16 AM

Is there anything I can salvage from it or is it totally obsolete?
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April 15, 2014 7:48:41 AM

If the HDD is SATA you can keep it. Other than that no, the parts aren't compatible with any newer models (eg., AM3+ socket, DDR3 RAM).
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April 15, 2014 7:51:07 AM

DDR ram, nope. HDD that old, I wouldn't even use it for backup. the only thing might be keyboard and mouse. but they are cheap, get a new one.
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April 15, 2014 7:53:53 AM

Alright thanks for your responses everyone. Is it possible to build anything decent for midrange gaming for around $500? If so, can someone point me in the right direction?
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April 15, 2014 8:02:57 AM

Your PC is completely obsolete and Windows XP is dead. There's not much you can do with $500 unless you just want to play mid-range games at 720p on an AMD A10-6800k build with integrated graphics only.
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April 15, 2014 8:10:49 AM

It's not going to break any records but here's a build for $578. It doesn't include any peripherals like mouse/keyboard, or a monitor, and you'd need an OS, but it's a decent start for the money.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s9Vg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s9Vg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s9Vg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.10 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $577.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 11:09 EDT-0400)
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April 15, 2014 11:17:35 AM

I originally built mine for $300, already having a HDD and PSU. Was a piece of dirt but got the work done. Now parts are cheaper for the bang you get out of them and you can get a decent budget build for 500-600 if you have a monitor and peripherals.

This is a very quick build, you could fine tune it but it should look something similar to this:
CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.59 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Aerocool Strike-X One ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.47 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $522.01

In general for that budget you want an FX-4300 or 6300 (~$100). There are a few GPU options. The 660 runs the newest games at medium-high on 1080p and only costs $170. This is the part you can downgrade if you need to reduce costs. You only need 4GB of RAM.
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