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Where to post for advice on upgrading 2 year old system?

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July 30, 2010 1:41:35 AM

Hello,I'm way out of latest gear knowledge. I've got some desktop systems I'd like to replace but not sure what to look for in $200-$300 range (media/3D/web).
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July 30, 2010 1:43:32 AM

Well what are your current specs, what do you use it for, and what part of its performance is lacking that is making you feel the need to upgrade it?

For $300 you cant do a whole new right but you can probably do a decent upgrade to your existing system.
July 30, 2010 2:42:53 AM

First, thanks for any advice!!!
Well. I'm way out of touch with new systems, but I mostly need to part/replace/sell. I only need one good home server, a Rendering system (no monitor usually, so GPU isn't critical) and I'd like one media/game desktop, for those random times I might have time to try out a new FPS that won't play on my older (gf7950gtx) laptop GPU's at playable frames...

I'm not sure what to keep or sell, or sell it all and get some new Phenom rig or i5/i7 thing.
Biggest issues is SILENCE (I need quiet systems!!!) and HEAT- I prefer cooler as we don't have much AC in the summers here!!! (so those ATI 4750's are no go).
Thanks for any advice!

System #1
USE: Workhorse. Rendering
OS: CrunchBang/Debian + WinXPpro
Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Q6600
HSF: Hyper 212+ HSF
RAM: 4gb Corsair 800
PSU: =??? <-----------------------------------------------------------------
GPU: Gf 8600 GT silent
HD: 500gb 7.2k
Extras: Possibly 4-5 other HD's and some 120mm fans. Possibly home server if the older systems go bye bye

ISSUES: Need CPU, PSU and GPU's possibly-or sell the what I have for something light but quick for games?
USE: 3D content creation, FPS gaming and testing, light rendering
OS:D B = WinXPpro & Unbuntu derivitive
Mobo: GA-P31-S3G
CPU: E...? 2200-6400+ (need VT possibly, will OC) <<<-----------------------------------------------------
HSF: Scythe Mugen 2 RevB HSF
RAM: 2-4gb Corsair 800?
PSU: Antec TRUE 550w EPS12 (like 5+ years old)
GPU: ??? <------------------------------------------------------------------------
HD: 500gb whatever 7.2k
Extras:Rarely turn this one one. Might use it for gaming or music making. Prefer as silent as possible. It won't be on much.

USE: Home Server
OS:D B = WinXPpro+CrunchBang
Mobo: SuperMicro 370DLE
CPU:2x PIIIeb 1.0gHz's
HSF: Custom 120mm rig
RAM:4gb pc-133 ECC
GPU: Matrox II PCI
PSU: huh?Something there that still works
HD: 5-or-6 IDE things, almost 2TB of space.
Extras: Some PCI cards.. it's all kinda slow now...

USE: Old single core AMD non-used
OS:D B = WinXPpro + CrunchBang
Mobo: Epox ep-8K9A3+
CPU: Barton 333-400fsb thing- 2.4ghz?
HSF: Custom 120mm rig
RAM:2-3gb 400
GPU: Radeon 9800 pro
PSU: huh?Something there that still works
HD: something that works (80gb 7.2k?)
Extras: I'm only keeping it because the motherboard was really cool once. I turn it on 6 times a year now.

USE: Older Gaming Rig
OS: WinXPpro
Mobo: DFI LP Nf4 SLi
CPU: Opteron 165? Non-OC'd
HSF: Tuniq Tower 120 w PWM
RAM: 2gb 400 (!)
GPU: Pulled out
PSU: Something loud @ 550wbut works
HD: 80gb SATA
Extras:Had this one sitting around for AGES waiting to get an Opty for it. Put it together 2months ago and discovered my 2 year oldlaptops were faster at gaming and shelved it- it's had about 2 hours of being turned on.