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April 27, 2012 2:33:58 PM

Hello,
Here is my current gaming set up

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775
GeForce GTX 260
8GB Ram

-I run on a 21' 1080 monitor.

Needless to say, I'm a bit behind for gaming and I need some new stuff! Would it be cheaper to upgrade, or start new? Thank you SO much!

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April 27, 2012 2:37:12 PM

start new because the newer parts wont be compatible with your old parts
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April 27, 2012 2:38:56 PM

cdiscoll2012 said:
start new because the newer parts wont be compatible with your old parts


That's what I was afraid of, thanks. :cry: 
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April 27, 2012 3:02:25 PM

I'm in almost the exact same boat, not much to upgrade there: Socket 775 and DDR2 are obsolete so the only sensible upgrade path for CPU/RAM is a complete platform upgrade. The PSU is the only part listed worth carrying over and if you are on a budget, you could also reuse your video card for the time being.

I have a C2D-E8200, 8GB RAM and I'm thinking about upgrading to i5-3470 with 16GB RAM. I plan to reuse both my Radeon 5770 which is still more than sufficient for what little gaming I do and my 650W EarthWatt PSU. I haven't decided between reusing my Antec 300 case (I like my cases as gimmick-free as possible) or getting something newer with USB3 front ports. Since the 5770 is the only add-in board in my current PC, I might go mini-tower/mATX.
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April 27, 2012 9:40:15 PM

I would not recommended reusing the PSU if it is three years or older.
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April 27, 2012 10:02:19 PM

slomo4sho said:
I would not recommended reusing the PSU if it is three years or older.

Some of my PSUs are 10-12 years old and still going, though I think I replaced output caps in all of my 5+ years old ones.

Most generic PSUs work surprisingly well once their cheap caps are replaced with high-performance ones.
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April 30, 2012 2:36:03 PM

InvalidError said:
Some of my PSUs are 10-12 years old and still going, though I think I replaced output caps in all of my 5+ years old ones.

Most generic PSUs work surprisingly well once their cheap caps are replaced with high-performance ones.

thats all well and great but you are going to want to get a newer power supply just in case
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