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Swapping parts between 2 PC's - What's the best option?

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June 1, 2014 9:09:22 AM

Hello friends :) 

Would you mind helping me out? I have the following two PC's and I would like to know if it is worth merging them or swapping parts to make one as good as possible and the other just a standard performance PC.

PC #1:

I bought this from a friend for $200. I think it's about 5 years old. It runs super quiet when the GFx card is idle.

PSU: Corsair TX650
Mainboard: Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-750 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
RAM: 2x 2GB KVR1333D3N9/2G + 2x 2GB KVR1333D3S8N9/2G
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570
HDD: Does it matter? One Seagate Barracuda 500GB + older Samsung 160GB drive.

PC #2

I bought this myself from parts, assembled it myself. The case has a very very noisy fan that I might put a switch on to be able to turn it off.

PSU: ITtek 600ATX (Knockoff brand, has worked well for 3 years almost. Very loud though.
Mainboard: GigaByte GA-H61M-S1 (rev. 3.0)
CPU: Intel® Pentium® Processor G2030 (3M Cache, 3.00 GHz)
RAM: 1x 4GB KVR13N9S8/4
GPU: (Integrated)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB + Hitachi Deskstar 320 GB

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- I might be able to trade my 2GB RAM sticks for a larger capacity one.
- I would like to keep the good PC for myself and perhaps sell the other one. I am aware that I might need to purchase a graphics adapter for the Intel motherboard if I switch the card to the other PC.
- I use a HP 20" LCD monitor, model HP LP2065 shared for both PC's (dual input)
- My solution for this problem would be to swap only GPU and PSU - keep the rest in place. But I'm unsure if the 1st gen i5 is a better option than the G2030 or not... I'm open to suggestions...

Again, if you could help me with your experience and knowledge, I would appreciate it very much!

Thank you :) 

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June 1, 2014 9:48:32 AM

I think your #1 is superior in every way.
1. The i5-750 has a passmark rating of 3743, the G2030 is 2953.
2. dual channel ram is a faster setup than single channel.
3. Discrete graphics of the GTX570 is stronger than any integrated graphics.
4. The corsair TX750 has to be a better quality unit.

I would not put money into either, they are both somewhat old technology.
Possibly buy a ssd for the "C" drive, it will make everything feel so much quicker.
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June 3, 2014 8:08:15 PM

geofelt said:
I think your #1 is superior in every way.
1. The i5-750 has a passmark rating of 3743, the G2030 is 2953.
2. dual channel ram is a faster setup than single channel.
3. Discrete graphics of the GTX570 is stronger than any integrated graphics.
4. The corsair TX750 has to be a better quality unit.

I would not put money into either, they are both somewhat old technology.
Possibly buy a ssd for the "C" drive, it will make everything feel so much quicker.


Thanks for the reply! I decided do to as you said, the only change I did was to swap cases on them two PC's, now the one with the video card has much better airflow for cooling.

I'll keep both PC's for now. I have to find a way to use them both, if I don't succed at that I will have to sell one of them.

Thanks again for your help!
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