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June 29, 2012 5:14:12 PM

hi all. please can any one help me i have a old pc that can just about run newish games(low-med) the system spec is asusp5n-esli mobo. core2 e6600 oc to 2.9hhz, 2gig ram nivida 8800gts oc. domino alc w.cooler. what i want to know is where to spend the cash on, i do not have much cash at the mo.

1. but i am thinking a new cpu (q6600) £45 on ebay or is there any thing els that will give me a good boost, plus i oc it.

2. the memory,i have 2 gig on it. thinking of 2 more or 4 to make 6 gig total will this help or is 6gig over kill on a old system. p.s. do you put the big ones if first?

3. will another 8800gpu help in sli (£30)mode?

4. i have just got my hands on a p5k deluxe wifi ed. mobo. looks the same but just more cooling stuff. is it worth using? i only want to use it if i get a speed boost. not worred about the wifi.

as i said i do not have cash for a new p.c.so i will have to just make do. thanks for your help.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2012 6:04:35 PM

First thing I'd do is up the RAM. 4GB total should be enough. Going to 6GB or even 8GB wouldn't hurt except in the pocket book. Again, if you can find it cheap, go for it.

If you can snag a Q6600/Q6700 cheap, that would be the next upgrade.

Another 8800 GPU (which one is it, GT, GTS-320, GTS-640, or GTS-512?), would be my last upgrade.

-Wolf sends
June 29, 2012 6:12:59 PM

When it comes to ram, do not mix and match, if you have two, one gigabyte sticks of ram. Buy two more one gigabyte sticks of ram of the EXACT same specs. I also personally wouldn't put the money in for SLI on a machine that is so old. The money could be easily saved and put towards a new i5 machine, they aren't all that expensive.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2012 6:26:54 PM

I agree with upping the RAM with another 2GB stick, that way it'll run in dual channel. Also yes, if you can get a quad for pretty cheap, it might be worth it. If it's somewhat expensive, it kind of dips into the not being worth it area.

However, if you get another 8800gts, that gets into possibly needing a new PSU. Therefore, I would suggest something you can get two of in the future, but where a single one will suffice for now. Something like a 550ti or an HD 6770. Just some food for thought.

P.S. High five on upgrading rather than re-doing your system entirely, it's like fixing up an old car, it's more rewarding than buying a new one somehow.
June 29, 2012 6:50:55 PM

Wolfshadw said:
First thing I'd do is up the RAM. 4GB total should be enough. Going to 6GB or even 8GB wouldn't hurt except in the pocket book. Again, if you can find it cheap, go for it.

If you can snag a Q6600/Q6700 cheap, that would be the next upgrade.

Another 8800 GPU (which one is it, GT, GTS-320, GTS-640, or GTS-512?), would be my last upgrade.

-Wolf sends

update. the gpu is a 8800gts 640mb. oc to 8800ultra spec.or so. the memory is 2 x 1gig sticks. thay are sam.pc2-6400 . can i just get 2 x 2gigs pc2-6400(4gigs) or is it best to to stay the same.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2012 7:01:05 PM

don't go over 4 GB. your PC can only see 3.25GB of RAM if you are running Windows XP, so no point going higher.

I would suggest a mild upgrade to your video card rather than a second 8800. HD6770 or GTX 560SE is probly as high as I'd go with that CPU.
June 29, 2012 7:16:18 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
don't go over 4 GB. your PC can only see 3.25GB of RAM if you are running Windows XP, so no point going higher.

I would suggest a mild upgrade to your video card rather than a second 8800. HD6770 or GTX 560SE is probly as high as I'd go with that CPU.

hi if i go for one of thoughs gpus will that be as fast as two 8800gts? and do you know the price of them, i can get an 8800 for £30, power is not a problem as i have a 900w psu. thx
a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2012 8:59:12 PM

I am still running a 775 asus p5n-d. My first upgrade would be to get up to 4 gigs of ram then the video card. Many games now are more GPU bound than CPU bound. What kind of budget do you have?

The HD 6850 can be had for around$130 and is twice as fast as your 8800gts.

Buying old ddr2 ram or a new 775 chip is sort of a waist right now. The increase in performance will be very small compared to a new board and i3-i5-i7. At least if you get a gpu you will get an immediate lift and you can move it to a new board in a few months or year.
June 29, 2012 10:04:30 PM

bucknutty said:
I am still running a 775 asus p5n-d. My first upgrade would be to get up to 4 gigs of ram then the video card. Many games now are more GPU bound than CPU bound. What kind of budget do you have?

The HD 6850 can be had for around$130 and is twice as fast as your 8800gts.

Buying old ddr2 ram or a new 775 chip is sort of a waist right now. The increase in performance will be very small compared to a new board and i3-i5-i7. At least if you get a gpu you will get an immediate lift and you can move it to a new board in a few months or year.


hi thx for the info but am not upgrading to a new pc just yet.but the hd6850 gpu is out of my price range. all the parts will be all s.h. of ebay. £13 for ram,£45cpu,£30gpu
is that cpu your using oc? and will it fit my mobo.? and what price are thay going for? thx
a b B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2012 1:32:07 AM

In order to get a decent upgrade for a 775 board you would have to spend a small fortune. My chip was $280 like 3 years ago when i got it... Its funny they still sell for around $300 on ebay. The q9650 is a quad core 3.0. I got it oc to 3.6 or 3.8 when gaming.

Your going to have trouble finding a gpu better than a 8800gts for 30-45 GBP.
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