Hi, first tread so hope it went to the right category!
I just fired up my old gamin computer and thought of makin some cheap upgrades to keep it pretty updated.
Right now I got
CPU: AMD Phenom 8450 3x 2.1ghz
XFX 750a SLI
WCD Green 1tb 5200rpm
I did try some games and they went smooth on ULTRA/HIGH ( games like Mafia 2, Starcraft 2 - HOTS) and when i look at my GPU specs the heat never went higher than 50c and usages is about 30-50%. So I think the 9800 will stay awhile But the CPU is prob the bottleneck is this setup so I looked with some of my friends and found some stuff:
Motherboard: P5Q Se Plus
CPU: intel core 2 quad q9550 2.84GHz
CPU Cooler: Freezer 7 Pro rev.2
What is your current motherboard? Their might be support for an Phenom II chip. That would cause much less hassle and work if it does. No need to reformat, just probably a reactivate of Windows at most.