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My grandfather called me today and said my old build for him is getting too slow. It is an Intel E6750, 2GB of DDR2 667, and an Nvidia 8600GT. He does some light gaming, email, internet surfing, pictures. This PC lasted him about 4-5 years before he told me he wanted to upgrade so I'd like to get the same life span if possible.

I'm looking at something like the AMD FX 4100. How are the new AMD processors? My first AMD experience was a build earlier this year with an AMD Phenom II 1075T for my brother. I was pretty satisfied with it so I'm going to look at AMD again.

Any recommendations? Here is the list of things I need. SSD is optional, but it would make the biggest impact. I have not looked at PC components in quite awhile because I have not built anything so I'm not very well versed in what's current. Price limit is $600 or less.
  • Processor
  • DDR3 memory
  • Motherboard
  • Video card
  • SSD

Edited by Greg121986 - 11/10/11 at 5:54pm
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Wow. Surprised that build is too slow for him. Perhaps he's maxing out the RAM? You should check that if you haven't already. And I assume he's running Windows 7. If it's Vista, upgrade that to 7 and add another 2-4GB of RAM. I bet he'll be much more satisfied then.

For a new build, stay away from the FX-4100. Performance/$ is not good. You'd be better off getting an i3-2100 or old Athlon/Phenom II X3/X4 based build.

For RAM, I would just get 2x4GB since it's so darn cheap nowadays. Just get the cheapest name-brand (G.Skill and Mushkin are two favorites) DDR3 1333/1600 you can find. Should be no more than $50.

Mobo: What type of case are you going to use? No need to spend more than $100 on the mobo, whether ATX or microATX. Just be sure it has sufficient cooling and decent VRMs if you're going to OC.

Video card: Totally depends on what games he plays, but I'd say something like an HD5570/HD5670/GT430 would be plenty fast and power efficient.

SSD: I'd get a cheap 64GB Kingston once they go on sale for around $1/GB. They've been at those prices a few times this year already. Check Slickdeals.net daily. smile.gif
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He is actually on Windows XP. The RAM is probably a big issue, as is the HDD he has.

So the new FX processors are a fail like some are saying? I thought $120 was a pretty fair price. There are some good combos on NewEgg as well, with $20 off 2x4GB sets of memory.

Case is a full size, Antec P182 so no problems with space. Cooling isn't the greatest on this case, but the computer is in the basement so it never gets hot.
Edited by Greg121986 - 11/10/11 at 6:37pm
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Ok, are you reusing XP (which is end of life) and migrating to Windows 7 ($100 OEM)?

I would expect an NVidia 8600GT to be bottlenecking gaming, as would 2 GB of RAM. Updating the video card would have serious impact.
HHD prices are high and may get higher, $100-160 figure.

What monitor are you using at what resolution?? What resolution do you plan to want/need/ or choose.

What games is he playing and planning to play?

Is the 6750 overclocked and what motherboard is it on?

At the moment you can get an AMD Phenom II 965 for $115 ($130- $15 ediscount code), Asrock 970 Extreme3 AM3+ $93, Ram G'Skill Sniper 1600 Cas9 $45 2x 4 GB (-$5 ediscount till 11/14. Total $250

An I3 2100 would go $125 (gaming equivalent of the Phenom II 965), Biostart TH67B $80 no overclocking, Gigabyte GA Z68M D2H overcloclkable $105 -10 mir, G'skill Sniper AS ABOVE, $$245 /$270

Video cards Radeon HD 6770 around $110, around $140 HD 6790, AT $160 hd 6850 or GeForce GTX460, at $180 HD 6870 or GeForce gtx560, at $235 HD 6950 or GeForce GTX 560 ti , AND ON

I would probably upgrade the video card on the existing rig, depending on the chipset, and shop for some used memory. Bargains on used Q6600 are rare but if supported might stretch things some.

The Intel build offers the best performance upgrade and existing upgrade path.
Edited by brasslad - 11/10/11 at 7:39pm
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Motherboard is an EVGA 650i I think. No overclocking is planned, and the current processor is not overclocked.

I will be upgrading to Windows 7. The monitor is 1680x1050.
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Yep, while the FX-4100 is priced kind of low, it is outperformed by Phenom II X4 CPUs. The E6750 is actually still a fairly powerful CPU. I'd suggest upgrading rather than building new. An SSD would probably help a lot with speed (Newegg has the Agility 3 60GB on sale for $64.99 after rebate). Then upgrade the GPU to something like an HD6850 or GTX460. Upgrade the RAM to at least 4GB, you might find DDR2 RAM cheap in the for sale section or eBay. Then upgrade the OS to Windows 7 and it should feel like a brand new system.
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