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June 24, 2014 9:47:07 PM

Could anyone give me advice on what I could do with this pc? Someone gave me a sony VGC-RC310G and I was wondering if I could upgrade it enough to play some decent games. I'm looking for the budget to be somewhere around 300 dollars. Here's what it has in it:

Intel Pentium D 940 processor 3.20Ghz
Intel prague AAD12395-206 motherboard
Intel 945G chipset
400w PSU
4-memory slots, all taken (2GB PC2-4200, DDR2)
Nvidia 7600 GT

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June 24, 2014 9:55:21 PM

And what do you mean by decent games?

You'll need to start a new build as there is nothing worth upgrading in your current pc.
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June 24, 2014 10:06:10 PM

Here's my suggestion for $300. Unfortunately it doesn't involve anything you already have other than maybe the harddrive. If you re-used yours you'd be sitting at $318 minus $35 in rebates not shown.
https://i.imgur.com/YL1D0M8.png

You could just grab a decent power supply at about $40 and the 260x for $100 and then upgrade the rest later if you needed to do it in pieces.
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June 24, 2014 10:08:11 PM

I was looking to play games like Amnesia: a machine for pigs and Outlast. So it isn't really worth it to salvage anything from that computer?
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June 24, 2014 10:08:45 PM

bccorrupt said:
Here's my suggestion for $300. Unfortunately it doesn't involve anything you already have other than maybe the harddrive. If you re-used yours you'd be sitting at $318 minus $35 in rebates not shown.
https://i.imgur.com/YL1D0M8.png

You could just grab a decent power supply at about $40 and the 260x for $100 and then upgrade the rest later if you needed to do it in pieces.


That's the build I would go with, except I would use a different case and a better PSU.

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June 24, 2014 10:11:20 PM

codyc1991 said:
I was looking to play games like Amnesia: a machine for pigs and Outlast. So it isn't really worth it to salvage anything from that computer?


Not really, your parts are about 8 years old, they're past the point of being upgraded, but like I said you can buy a decent power supply and video card and use it like that with a pretty decent improvement over your current setup and then replace the CPU/MB/ram later on if you need to.

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June 24, 2014 10:11:55 PM

codyc1991 said:
I was looking to play games like Amnesia: a machine for pigs and Outlast. So it isn't really worth it to salvage anything from that computer?


Unless you have a SATA hard drive, there's really nothing to salvage.

If you're tight on cash you could gut the case and use that, but the cable management would be nonexistent.
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June 24, 2014 10:13:22 PM

RazerZ said:
codyc1991 said:
I was looking to play games like Amnesia: a machine for pigs and Outlast. So it isn't really worth it to salvage anything from that computer?


Unless you have a SATA hard drive, there's really nothing to salvage.

If you're tight on cash you could gut the case and use that, but the cable management would be nonexistent.


Good catch, I didn't even think about it being that old, may not even have a SATA hard drive.
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