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Upgrading Question (old PC)

I currently have this from a long time ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883114033

Besides more memory, what should I upgrade for better gaming performance. Is it even worth upgrading?
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  1. nope not worth wasting money on it
  2. 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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    The motherboard doesn't support any decent CPUs, the RAM is outdated, and the PSU wouldn't support gaming upgrades.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.
  4. Is there anything I can salvage from it or is it totally obsolete?
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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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