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Old September 30, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Well I have been out of the scene for a few years. This build is from 2009 which has been pretty much been mothballed for a couple years since I moved away for work and I was wondering if the gpus are worth upgrading or should I start from scratch? Looking to play newer games on a 1920x1200 with out having to turn down the eye candy too much. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Old October 1, 2013, 12:05 AM
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Not very much wrong with it... you may want to double the ram, maybe add an SSD but a mid of the high level cards should be fine for that.
Especially if you OC the processor.

That said I would try it out with whatever you want to play and see if it cuts it before dropping coin on it.
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Old October 1, 2013, 01:06 AM
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Even for P55, that GPU is outdated. Best option is HD 7970 under $300. It is overkill but there isn't a better bang for your buck right now. Equally begging for an upgrade is your storage. 120GB SSDs for $100 would do your rig wonders. As for RAM, use your rig and make your own judgement. I would not add more RAM, especially if I'm playing games and using standard Apps/office/browsing in Windows 7.

That being said, Haswell, the new GPU war coming up this month, The new 802.11ac wireless standard (must be in both PC & router) are all reasons to build a new.

Haswell-E with DDR4 RAM is what you get if you upgrade for now and wait another year to build.
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Old October 1, 2013, 03:18 AM
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He has got SLI so the performance should be just about usable, though obviously he's not going to be troubling any max detail settings.

try before you buy IMO... play what you want and if your actually back into it then get yourself a GPU & SSD.
As mentioned above, new GPU's from AMD this month so I'd be looking there, R9 270x would be my pick for your rig just from a price - fire-strike score (AMD included them but there is no context) but obviously you'll want to read reviews and see what the story is yourself.

As for RAM, see what you use and get more if you want it. It's not very expensive still but no point if your not using it.
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If it was my rig I would get an aftermarket cooler and OC the CPU, grab some more ram, put a new video card in, and call it a day. I would hold out for the graphics card to see what happens to pricing with amd's new cards coming out.
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Check This Out!

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX47854

128GB SSD for only $50! Sure, the V4 is probably one of the slowest SSD's out there, but it will still blow away any mechanical storage in existence. Plus, you're limited by SATA 3Gb/s anyway, so you probably wouldn't benefit much from one of the high end fast SSD's.

If you plan on keeping your motherboard a little longer, then definitely look at that SSD.

If you can find a used Core i7 860 or 870 for cheap (they should go for less than $60 these days..) I would probably look at one of those, too. More RAM wouldn't hurt, and upgrading the GPU to something current (bang for buck the 7970 for <$300 is your best choice) is probably the way for you.
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Good call on the SATA standards! Would it be SATA II or III?
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An SSD would be an excellent upgrade, even if it's only a SATAII motherboard. One certainly gave a boost to my circa 2007 Q6600 that I was running up until a few weeks ago.
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Old October 1, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Good call on the SATA standards! Would it be SATA II or III?
That motherboard has SATAII
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These GPUs are too old if you don't want to turn down much stuff... You could get a mid range GPU like the 760 or something even better like the 770. And just forget SLI...

The problem is that i'm afraid you would have to play on medium in some games with 2x 275

Also add an extra 4gb ram.
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