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What parts can I reuse from old gaming build to new build?

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March 15, 2012 12:00:35 AM

Can I reuse the case, power supply, hard drive, cpu cooler, and dvd burner in my current build from summer of 2007 in my new gaming build? Even if I can reuse some of them can you tell me if it would be better to upgrade and buy something newer anyway?


Current build parts:

COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AeroCool ZERODBA S620 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital RE2 WD5000YS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


New build:

- Mobo: undecided
- Core i7 2700k processor
- 1- Ati Radeon HD 7970 (plan to buy another later on for a crossfire setup)
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB (will be used as primary HDD, want to also install old drive mentioned above)
- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
March 15, 2012 6:11:32 AM

For gaming i5 2500k is more than enough and perform in some games better than i7 2600k wich is the same like 2700k.
Motherboard , i like these two :
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 130$
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$
Your power supply is good for a single video card setup , but you will need something powerfull if you plan to Crossfire CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Your CPU cooler is outdated and you will need something compatible with socket 1155 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 15, 2012 4:17:48 PM

You can most definitely reuse your case, PSU, DVD burner, and hard drive.

Do not spend money on the 2700K or a 240GB SSD - go with the 2500K and a 128GB SSD and invest that difference in getting a dual Radeon 7950 as your primary GPU - you will not regret that purchase.
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March 15, 2012 4:27:29 PM

I would't reuse your PSU if it is from '07. A PSU gets worse over time so I wouldgo with the PSU sosofm suggested.
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March 15, 2012 5:07:59 PM

You will be able to use your case, PSU, and HDD.

You won't be able to use your optical drive: motherboards have no natiev support for IDE anymore.

If you're gaming: i5-2500k is the hands down best processor for gaming.
If you're doing CAD/Programming/F@H (why CPU workloads?)/Video editing/Rendering among others, an i7 would be useful for you, and you should consider getting an i7-2600k if you're ready to pay for the extra hyperthreading feature.

+1 for CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler
(add Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste)

Consider the ASUS P8Z68-V LX if you're using your old case (no USB3 internal headers won't really make a difference to you for now, otherwise P8Z68-V/GEN3 has more features), it's a solid board.

Consider the AMD Radeon HD7850 coming out very, very soon.

EDIT: forgot to mention: keep the PSU you're using, because 620w should me more than enough for your build anyway. Check your voltages when under load and if they're abnormal, change your PSU.

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe and Corsair RAM are also good. :) 
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March 15, 2012 5:13:07 PM

Actually, he can use his IDE hard drive: just buy an IDE to SATA adapter.
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March 15, 2012 5:24:18 PM

azeem40 said:
Actually, he can use his IDE hard drive: just buy an IDE to SATA adapter.


That's why I said no native support.
That's always an option.
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March 15, 2012 5:30:21 PM

But you also said "you won't be able to use your optical drive". :p 
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March 15, 2012 5:57:04 PM

azeem40 said:
But you also said "you won't be able to use your optical drive". :p 


And I would be correct, there's no SATA2IDE adaptor in his new parts list :kaola:  :whistle: 
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March 15, 2012 6:11:50 PM

Yoyoman2000 said:
I would't reuse your PSU if it is from '07. A PSU gets worse over time so I wouldgo with the PSU sosofm suggested.


That's debatable - I've had a couple of Ultra PSUs, that while far prone to failure over the Corsair TX750 they were replaced with still work for the most part and they're several years old.
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March 15, 2012 6:13:10 PM

It's a nice modular PSU from a reliable brand.

It's a big PSU, though... If it fits in your case, go for it!

EDIT: Same here g-unit1111, I have 2, 2006 and 2007 Ultra PSUs and they're both still solid! X3 X-Finity 1000w modular and X2 600w. :) 
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