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Hello,

As many folks come to ask, "What is optimal hardware for my particular use." I am yet one of those type of people. Before I state what I am upgrading, here is my current dinosaur rig:

Win 7 32 bit pro oem
2.0gb DDR1 400 RAM
ASUS A8N_SLI Premium Mobo w/ cpu socket 939
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (2.44ish actual clock speed stock) CPU
E-geforce 512 8800gts video card
250 GB Western Digital 7200RPM 6.0gb/s 8mb cache internal hdd
700W PSU with dual fan, dual 12+v rail w/ 36amps
and an old sony 16x dvd RW dual layer burner Cd/dvd

Would it be better to get a new cpu, ram, and mobo to upgrade this rig? Can i still salvage my old hard drive (probably format it again cuz it is oem), video card, psu, case, and dvd burner?

I wanted to get something along these lines for an upgrade:
Phenom II X4 965 Quad Core & ASUS M4N68T-M
2-4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

Would I bottle neck myself with my old hdd? Am I overkilling for just low end gaming? I only play World of Warcraft as of right now. Is my system clearly unbalanced if I go with my planned idea? My budget for hardware is no more than 500$, and I know how to build desktops generally speaking. Could I get a recommendation please?
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    pocketdexter said:
    Hello,

    As many folks come to ask, "What is optimal hardware for my particular use." I am yet one of those type of people. Before I state what I am upgrading, here is my current dinosaur rig:

    Win 7 32 bit pro oem
    2.0gb DDR1 400 RAM
    ASUS A8N_SLI Premium Mobo w/ cpu socket 939
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (2.44ish actual clock speed stock) CPU
    E-geforce 512 8800gts video card
    250 GB Western Digital 7200RPM 6.0gb/s 8mb cache internal hdd
    700W PSU with dual fan, dual 12+v rail w/ 36amps
    and an old sony 16x dvd RW dual layer burner Cd/dvd

    Would it be better to get a new cpu, ram, and mobo to upgrade this rig? Can i still salvage my old hard drive (probably format it again cuz it is oem), video card, psu, case, and dvd burner?

    I wanted to get something along these lines for an upgrade:
    Phenom II X4 965 Quad Core & ASUS M4N68T-M
    2-4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

    Would I bottle neck myself with my old hdd? Am I overkilling for just low end gaming? I only play World of Warcraft as of right now. Is my system clearly unbalanced if I go with my planned idea? My budget for hardware is no more than 500$, and I know how to build desktops generally speaking. Could I get a recommendation please?


    well lets look at what you can keep
    the PSU is working and powers the 8800GTS 512mb although 36a on the 12v for a 700w unit is rather low.
    the 8800GTS 512mb, in it's day it was a great card and still capable of running most games. A good card for WoW
    HDD - 250GB is small but as long as it's working fine. Plus you can always add a second HDD later on.
    DVD drive - as long as it works it's fine.

    what you may need to upgrade
    case -if it's not propitiatory then it's fine
    OS- using an OEM OS may cause issue with a mobo upgrade. you may need to purchase new OS and install it.

    what needs to go
    mobo
    ram
    cpu
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