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Upgrade LGA775 mobo or don't bother?

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!
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  1. I think your motherboard would take any of the 775 Core 2 Duo's or Core 2 Quad CPUs
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=1802
  2. What resolution monitor is he using?
  3. 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??
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. http://www.pricewatch.com/cpu/ is saying that C2Q 9650s are still going for $315
  7. 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.
  8. 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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    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
  10. Best answer selected by vatech1.
  11. Change out that Radeon HD 4650 for a HD 5770 or GTS 450 and you're just nudging up just above $500.
  12. Got it.....I guess patching a four year old mobo will never beat a new budget build. Thanks all!
  13. Come back with your shopping list and ask to have it looked over again.
  14. Will do....thanks for stopping me from throwing good money into an upgrade!
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