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Looking to Upgrade older build

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November 27, 2010 11:49:36 PM


I have an older gaming PC that I built about four and half years ago. I'm looking to upgrade my old rig with newer parts, for a reasonable price. I'm asking for recommendations about components to prioritize upgrading and other that I could probably keep.

Here's my old build:

RAIDMAX Scoprio 668WBP Black 1mm Brushed Aluminum Gaming Case Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply
Graphics Card
EVGA 256-P2-N386-AX GeForce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS1GBKIT400
Power Supply
Ultra X-Finity 500-Watt ATX 120mm Fan SATA-Ready SLI-Ready Black Power Supply (ULT31845)
CD/DVD Burner
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner with Replaceable White Front Panel Black ATAPI/E-IDE Model SHW-160P6S-04
BIOSTAR TForce4SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939 Dual-Core Processor ADA3800BVBOX
Western Digital Caviar WD400BB 40GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

For my upgraded build, I'm looking at something that can handle most of today's games, last for a few years, and be flexible enough to upgrade in the future without costing an arm and a leg.
I'm pretty set on getting a new case, probably the Rosewill Challenger, and want to change my CPU to an Intel one (which would mean changing the motherboard as well).
I'm probably looking at a price range of around $500 - $1000 (max), but if you can get it under $500 more power to you.
Any suggestions on builds would be appreciated. Thanks for taking a look.

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November 28, 2010 1:25:52 AM

I would suggest selling ur old system and start from scratch as u have to buy almost all newer parts for it so there is no point in upgrading it.

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 4:21:02 AM

There really is nothing to keep there.
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November 28, 2010 4:28:20 AM

Either add a Video Card and RAM or go with a new system. Ram will be prohibitively expensive unless you know someone getting rid of some old DDR400. If you can't find something on craigslist, or know someone, a new system will be your best bet.
November 28, 2010 6:02:15 AM

It's looking to me more and more like I may need to start from scratch. What would be my best options for selling the system? I'm just not very familiar with this process or know who would possible want to buy older parts.
February 4, 2011 4:34:26 AM

Best answer selected by Nightstinger9km.