Upgrade Or Build?

I am debating between upgrading my PC (2007) to make it run better, or building a custom PC.

(2007) PC Specs

- Operating System : Windows Vista ™ Home Premium

- Manufacturer : MDG Computers

- Processor : Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz

- Memory (RAM): 1.00 GB

- System Type : 32-bit operating system


Is there any way I could upgrade this computer and make it better, or is it complete trash and uselesss? If so please let me know a PC I could build.


Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing, Uploading Videos to Youtube, Surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe In Future

Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Additional Comments: All around good gaming pc, with space to store my gaming videos, able to upload to youtube fast with high quality, aswell capability to run Editing Software Programs.


What is do-able for this?
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  1. Definitely new computer. Check out my $650 build in my signature and just replace the GTX 560 Ti with a 6870 to reduce the price to $600.
  2. Well there aren't many upgrade options for a computer of the type that you have, considering its age, and specs. However, your budget restricts you. You will not be able t build a high end gaming pc for that amount of money. You could build something capable that will get the job done on medium settings approx. which would look the same as consoles essentially. For another $150 you could build something pretty nice though.
  3. samuelspark said:
    Definitely new computer. Check out my $650 build in my signature and just replace the GTX 560 Ti with a 6870 to reduce the price to $600.


    +1
  4. I have a 6870 and it runs everything on highest settings with liveable performance. Battlefield runs at a steady 45+ on max settings, if you turn off anti-aliasing differed. It is an amazing card for the money. Very good idea.
  5. If I wanted to meet all my needs, what would my budget need to be?
  6. Something like a thousand if you don't want to compromise.
  7. Well mainly the computer will be used for minecraft. I will be uploading to youtube constantly, aswell as using editing software + recording programs.

    I'm basically saying I don't want to buy a computer that's amazing for gaming but crap for running other programs.
  8. Only about another $150. So $750, maximum. I built my computer for about that much, and it is wonderful. I have a phenom II 965 BE overclocked to 3.8 Ghz, and it runs very smoothly. As well as an xfx Radeon HD 6870, which plays all of my games perfectly. If you are on a tight budget, AMD is the way to go. You could build a pc for $600 though. I could try to help.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    or
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103893

    MOBO (depending on cpu choice)
    If choose AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647
    If choose Intel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 (also comes in blue or red)

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    I have a few of these same components and they work great. Let me know what you think.
  9. Those a re suggestions. How ever i think it is way out of budget. I did not see that you will mostly be doing thins=gs such as minecraft. In that case I would say amd is the way to go, and just go ahead and settle for something like a 6850.
  10. jrwizbang said:
    Only about another $150. So $750, maximum. I built my computer for about that much, and it is wonderful. I have a phenom II 965 BE overclocked to 3.8 Ghz, and it runs very smoothly. As well as an xfx Radeon HD 6870, which plays all of my games perfectly. If you are on a tight budget, AMD is the way to go. You could build a pc for $600 though. I could try to help.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    or
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103893

    MOBO (depending on cpu choice)
    If choose AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647
    If choose Intel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 (also comes in blue or red)

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    I have a few of these same components and they work great. Let me know what you think.


    From what I've heard Intel is better compared to AMD. I could find a cheaper power supply under samuelspark's $650 gaming setup, which could bring my budget down.
  11. Yeah it is not worth upgrading if you have money...however if you can snatch E8400 for $120 and at least 4GB of new DDR2 (~$45) along with new graphic card let's say 6870 ($170)

    This will definitively last for another two years.

    Do you know if your motherboard has pcx x16 slot? What resolution is your monitor?
  12. Just checked ebay and you can get E8500 for ~$80 USD I would definitively upgrade
    just make sure your motherboard supports this processor and/or video card
  13. 80+45+170= $295 USD
    you will get a fresh breath of air into your old system

    in few years you can buy another 6870 for CF and get a new MB and CPU.. recycle what you can
  14. maxinexus said:
    Just checked ebay and you can get E8500 for ~$80 USD I would definitively upgrade
    just make sure your motherboard supports this processor and/or video card


    Well you see the hard-drive in this current computer is complete trash, and it could last for 3 weeks, or 3 years, so that would be another issue upgrading. Think i've decided my best bet is building a PC from ground up, thanks for the great advice though!
  15. maxinexus said:
    80+45+170= $295 USD
    you will get a fresh breath of air into your old system

    in few years you can buy another 6870 for CF and get a new MB and CPU.. recycle what you can


    So If I was to upgrade the hard-drive aswell, could you post all the links I would need to get products and the final cost?
  16. jrwizbang said:
    Only about another $150. So $750, maximum. I built my computer for about that much, and it is wonderful. I have a phenom II 965 BE overclocked to 3.8 Ghz, and it runs very smoothly. As well as an xfx Radeon HD 6870, which plays all of my games perfectly. If you are on a tight budget, AMD is the way to go. You could build a pc for $600 though. I could try to help.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    or
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103893

    MOBO (depending on cpu choice)
    If choose AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647
    If choose Intel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 (also comes in blue or red)

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    I have a few of these same components and they work great. Let me know what you think.


    AMD is a buncha crap right now. I used to be an AMD fan but I realized Intel is soooooo much better and faster.
  17. maxinexus said:
    Yeah it is not worth upgrading if you have money...however if you can snatch E8400 for $120 and at least 4GB of new DDR2 (~$45) along with new graphic card let's say 6870 ($170)

    This will definitively last for another two years.

    Do you know if your motherboard has pcx x16 slot? What resolution is your monitor?

    What?! You're crazy! Core 2 Duo is crap and overpriced.
  18. Yeah the point is though that he is on a budget and needs to save money, therefor amd is a good choice.
  19. jrwizbang said:
    Yeah the point is though that he is on a budget and needs to save money, therefor amd is a good choice.


    Nope AMD CPU's are not recommended at all by Tom's Hardware anymore.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html
  20. Is your current psu beefy enough to just overclock your Cpu, and do you have cooling? If so, just add more ram and maybe 2 6870's in Crossfire and that'll definately perk up your system for a good while.
  21. samuelspark said:
    Nope AMD CPU's are not recommended at all by Tom's Hardware anymore.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html


    Except for the fact that there is an amd processor in that list.......
  22. jrwizbang said:
    Except for the fact that there is an amd processor in that list.......


    One AMD CPU and we all know it's the one that sucks not to mention the fact that it's a HONARABLE mention.
  23. Well I actually just had another computer repaired. I plan to salvage parts off the computer, I will post the specs to that sometime tommorow so you can check it out.
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