I have a friend that just bought an old socket 939 computer with an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.5 Ghz that he wants to use to make beats and record music. He got a great deal on it and it has some good parts in it (such as two sata II hdds in raid and a 64gb ssd boot drive), but it's obviously very very old. I know a thing or two about modern pc building, but not so much with the older generations.
My questions are...
1). Can we add a USB 3.0 card to it? (my guess is no, just thought I'd ask.)
2). Will a stock AM3 CPU heatsink fit socket 939?
3). Is there a GPU out there that has HDMI ports on it that would be compatible with this system? (it has a PCI x16 port on it, that's all I know as I don't know the model of the mobo.)
Any insight is appreciated. Keep in mind, however, that the system has already been bought and fallen in love with, so no comments about wasting money on old PCs and the like please. We're not rich and while it may not have been the best choice when looking to the future, he wanted it now and really did get a good price. Thanks!
1) yes, but it may not be as fast as a built in card or one that is in a pcix 1.0 slot.
StarTech.com 2 Port PCI SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter.
something like that should work.
2) depends, if the boards have similar hook ups for the heat sink. but most likely no.
3) just about all modern graphics cards will work in that slot. really depends on the computer case and power supply. Is it a low profile case and whether you have to have extra power connections for the graphics card.
card like that will work just fine in any computer case.
If all he is doing is makin music, this would cheap and easy way of handling graphics.
My only real suggestion is that the ram gets upgraded first. If possible.
That production software can be demanding, and if the cpu is starved of ram, it will not make much difference what gpu you use.