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Anyway to salvage my 5 year old baby ?

I got my computer roughly a week after the 9800 gtx dropped and i've been using it ever since so give or take 5 years

I was just wondering if there was anyway to salvage this beast to keep up the more modern games i'm not looking for dropkick your face in kind of graphics just high setting at a nice 40ish fps would be fine ! on high in wow i get about 12

My system as it stands is:

Motherboard : ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5N-D 1.XX

GPU : NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+

Processor :2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad --- Multi-core (4 total)

6 gigs of ram

Any other information you guys need? i'm an amd fan but idk if you can just change things like that

Also no need for op system or keyboard and mouse i have all that and the monitor i'm running is a syncmaster b2330 1920x1080 60 hz

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated , i got about 500 to spend and i like newegg or tigerdirect if that means anything for where parts come from !
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  1. That cpu is really decent, either you just upgrade the gpu or buy a new cpu+motherboard+ram(the one you have won't be compatible)+gpu.
    You can salvage the hdd, optical drive, the case, for the second option.
    Also one of the most important things, is to specify the psu model and brand, if it's a decent one within 500-600W, you don't need to buy a new one too.
  2. djangoringo said:
    That cpu is really decent, either you just upgrade the gpu or buy a new cpu+motherboard+ram(the one you have won't be compatible)+gpu.
    You can salvage the hdd, optical drive, the case, for the second option.
    Also one of the most important things, is to specify the psu model and brand, if it's a decent one within 500-600W, you don't need to buy a new one too.


    Can you still buy 775 motherboards? If you're going to do that you might as well buy a new motherboard and CPU. You can definitely reuse your case and any optical and HD drives you have.
  3. Trying to find a new processor the the motherboard and am getting astronomical prices lol like thousands =[ , am i missing something?

    Is there a nice next step up kind of deal i can do ? like a motherboard processor and a low level nvidia card?
  4. Malicemk said:
    Trying to find a new processor the the motherboard and am getting astronomical prices lol like thousands =[ , am i missing something?

    Is there a nice next step up kind of deal i can do ? like a motherboard processor and a low level nvidia card?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Base Total:$532.76
    Mail-in Rebates:-$30.00
    Total:$502.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 17:58 EST-0500)
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Can you still buy 775 motherboards? If you're going to do that you might as well buy a new motherboard and CPU. You can definitely reuse your case and any optical and HD drives you have.


    I said either upgrade the gpu(discrete graphics card) or buy a new cpu and motherboard, obviously it won't be a lga 775, it will be in mind a lga 1155 board and cpu...

    @op either just get a new card, like the 650 ti, 660 gtx from nvidia side, or 7850,7870 from amd side, if you have a decent psu within 450W-550W range, it will do, if not you must buy a new psu as well, either with just the gpu upgrade or a new whole cpu+all the stuff described above.
  6. Are 1155 going to last awhile like this last rig motherboard wise ?

    And do you have any idea what's the biggest card i can throw at a q6600 wihtout it bottlenecking?
  7. LGA 1155 is finished, no more cpus coming for it, there will be the haswell cpus coming in June and a new socket for it(lga 1150), so if you want to wait for it or not it's up to you.
    As for the card, it depends on the psu you have, you didn't mention what it was, the brand and model, it's crucial.
    But if you have a decent psu within 500W, a 7850 2GB or the 660 gtx is a good option.
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  9. Malicemk said:

    something told me when seeing your "old skool gaming set up" that you didn't have a dioblotek flaming brick!
    :lol:
    (psssst that nforce 750 SLI mobo was the budget gaming board of choice back then)
  10. Anonymous said:
    something told me when seeing your "old skool gaming set up" that you didn't have a dioblotek flaming brick!
    :lol:
    (psssst that nforce 750 SLI mobo was the budget gaming board of choice back then)


    I had an Ultra flaming brick... the thing crashed repeatedly and never recovered. I replaced it with a Corsair TX750, worked fine ever since!
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