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Alright so I'm looking for a bit of help, as of now I have a pretty old pentium system and I"m look to upgrade it to a Q6600 quad.
That would mean I would need a new mobo and ram.
I found a the cpu for around 100$. My budget for the new mobo and ram is ~200$

So my first question is that would it be wise to invest in this upgrade? I really don't do much other than web browsing and play some older games.
My second question is what would be a decent motherboard with decent overclocking on it?
And also I'm considering of downgrading my gpu since I don't thing i need it. So what would be a decent video card for minecraft, Maplestory and maybe skyrim on low settings.
Thanks.
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No not really a wise choice - Go with an 1155 build, grab something such as a ASRock Z68 PRO3 ($110), Core i3 2105 ($134) (as it has the HD3000 GPU) or if you want to go with a true Quad Core, the i5 2310 ($184) and 4 - 8GB of DDR3 1600mhz memory - it would give you a chance to build something that is lower power consumption, and has much better potential now and for future upgrades. I'd keep the 550ti so that you're able to play decent settings, otherwise the integrated GPU with the HD 3000 isn't terrible (only on the 2105).
Edited by appleg33k85 - 1/19/12 at 7:47pm
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Get a GigaByte EP45-UD3P mobo.I have sceen them going for 90.00 on up on the marketplace.I have 3 of them (sold my brand new one to a OCN member).I think working with this board and cpu is a great way to learn "oldschool" type overclocking.Simply changing a multiplyer and adding some voltage just does not take you to the places of understanding that the EP45-UD3P will. The argument about working with sockect 775(or not working with) anymore is a completely different thread.
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No not really a wise choice - Go with an 1155 build, grab something such as a ASRock Z68 PRO3 ($110), Core i3 2105 ($134) (as it has the HD3000 GPU) or if you want to go with a true Quad Core, the i5 2310 ($184) and 4 - 8GB of DDR3 1600mhz memory - it would give you a chance to build something that is lower power consumption, and has much better potential now and for future upgrades. I'd keep the 550ti so that you're able to play decent settings, otherwise the integrated GPU with the HD 3000 isn't terrible (only on the 2105).

QFT.
We're in the year where 775 is phasing out... so it'll be hard to find a 775 socket board. 1155 + 2011 are the current sockets that dominate the market.
RAM is fairly cheap, a 4GB kit would cost you 30 bucks, but an 8GB would cost you 50.
Building a computer now is very flexible, upgrading on older hardware is a bucket of pain ready to be dropped.
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post #5 of 16
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No not really a wise choice - Go with an 1155 build, grab something such as a ASRock Z68 PRO3 ($110), Core i3 2105 ($134) (as it has the HD3000 GPU) or if you want to go with a true Quad Core, the i5 2310 ($184) and 4 - 8GB of DDR3 1600mhz memory - it would give you a chance to build something that is lower power consumption, and has much better potential now and for future upgrades. I'd keep the 550ti so that you're able to play decent settings, otherwise the integrated GPU with the HD 3000 isn't terrible (only on the 2105).

I did give that a though, but it's really squeezing my budget. And i'd rather get some better cooling so that's why I came up with going with a older gen of intel.
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post #6 of 16
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QFT.
We're in the year where 775 is phasing out... so it'll be hard to find a 775 socket board. 1155 + 2011 are the current sockets that dominate the market.
RAM is fairly cheap, a 4GB kit would cost you 30 bucks, but an 8GB would cost you 50.
Building a computer now is very flexible, upgrading on older hardware is a bucket of pain ready to be dropped.

Well I know that 775 is phasing out.. But ive seen them on ebay for decent price. Like I wont be doing any extreme gaming or anything on this rig, just youtube, web and maybe some low powered games.
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i'm trying to do the same thing. hoping to get some parts from guys moving on from 775. i already have a 1155 build and i want something cheap i can use in my design studio.

i think with budget as the limiting factor, this is the most logical idea. its pretty much impossible to build a current gen quad core for $400. i'm reusing some old parts like you too.

For this, I'm not too worried about upgrading, i'll probably end up using it as a HTPC after I graduate. I may be in the minority by saying go for it, but like i said, budget is the biggest limiting factor...
 
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$200 would easily get you an i3 2100 (or variant of it), and an H67 board, with 8GB of DDR3. It would be quite silly to buy upgrades for a Q6600 for $200, when the i3 will eat it alive.
 
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$200 would easily get you an i3 2100 (or variant of it), and an H67 board, with 8GB of DDR3. It would be quite silly to buy upgrades for a Q6600 for $200, when the i3 will eat it alive.


Well if I do that I would need to upgrade my psu.
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$200 would easily get you an i3 2100 (or variant of it), and an H67 board, with 8GB of DDR3. It would be quite silly to buy upgrades for a Q6600 for $200, when the i3 will eat it alive.


Well if I do that I would need to upgrade my psu.

Why? The i3 2100 is a 35w CPU. Your Q6600 is a 140w CPU at stock.
 
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