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Upgrade LGA775 mobo or don't bother?

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February 20, 2011 4:59:43 PM

Hi All,
I'm looking to upgrade the following legacy gaming system:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro (LGA 775 with 915 chipset)
CPU: 3.4G P4
GPU: Radeon HD 4650
Mem: 2G DDR2

I'm looking at a GTX-460 (1024MB) vidoe card but wonder if this is a waste due to the processor limits. Is it silly to put a PCIe 2.0 card into a PCIe x16 slot?

I could upgrade the processor from 3.4 to 3.8 but I'm pretty sure a single core is the best I can do on this mobo.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

More details: I would like to keep the upgrade ~$200 but would be willing to go ~$500 for a cheap homebuilt. This is a system for one of my sons and he will be using it for games, internet and MS Word. We get into some pretty wild LAN games and I don't want him complaing about system lag as an excuse for me wiping him out ; )

Thanks for your time!
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 5:19:45 PM

What resolution monitor is he using?
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February 20, 2011 5:30:44 PM

Hey WR2, thanks for the help.......Native is 1680 x 1050 (LG Flatron L222WT).

For the CPU.......is that list saying I can plug a Core 2 Quad Q9650 into this mobo and it would work??
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 5:39:33 PM

That's how I read that. I was thinking more along the lines of C2D E7500 2.93Ghz CPU.
And for 1680x1050 I think a GTS 450 would be just about perfect (and only $100).

What's the PSU in that system?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 5:40:42 PM

No... The Q9650 has a N/A under BIOS, which means it isn't supported by the motherboard.

I would save additional money and make the full jump to either an AM3 or LGA 1155 platform build (Look for AM3+ Bulldozer in coming months, as well). Upgrade the whole system.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 5:42:37 PM

tecmo34 said:
No... The Q9550 has a N/A under BIOS, which means it isn't supported by the motherboard.
Yup, I see that now. Good catch.
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February 20, 2011 5:47:54 PM

tecmo34.....gracias you just save me a headache (thanks for your help too WR2)....I was looking at a Q8300 plus the GTX-460......now thinking about punting to a budget build.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 5:55:28 PM

The guys in the forums keep a couple build lists in different price ranges so you can get an idea what your money gets you these days:
Recommended Builds by Usage
Example:
Bargain: $466.92
* CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
* MOBO: MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
* HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
* HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
* DVD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
* Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Something like that can be massaged with the current best available deals
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February 20, 2011 6:02:03 PM

Best answer selected by vatech1.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 6:02:53 PM

Change out that Radeon HD 4650 for a HD 5770 or GTS 450 and you're just nudging up just above $500.
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February 20, 2011 6:03:17 PM

Got it.....I guess patching a four year old mobo will never beat a new budget build. Thanks all!
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2011 6:04:19 PM

Come back with your shopping list and ask to have it looked over again.
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February 20, 2011 6:09:05 PM

Will do....thanks for stopping me from throwing good money into an upgrade!
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