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refreshing my 5 year old gaming pc - is it worth ? or buy new? help please

post #1 of 20
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Hi,
After moving out i didnt even unpack my 5year old gaming pc for more than year.
Got to using old laptop, but it starts to fail, so now im about to unpack my old pc.
As far as i remember psu was failing - blue screens and too loud while playing games (seems like fan might blow biggrin.gif)
I dont want to burn it so looking for a psu first before turning it on. Any recommendations what to buy?

specs:

Gigabyte GA-946-S3 or Gigabyte GA-946-DS3 motherboard
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
4gb of ram
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or GTS dont remember which for 100% but its with greenish nvidia logo on it and 512mb
dont remember if there was anything else to mention

was hoping if i buy a new psu then wont be needing to get a new laptop and save some money.
im not that much into games lately, but if it could run something nice to play at decent graphics.. might get me back to play thumb.gif would it be capable to run some new game with new psu ?

could you please recommend me what to do:
buy psu and keep it
or
buy psu and sell it on ebay (dont want to sell with old psu as it wouldnt be fair to list as fully working - wonder what it could be worth these days)

the con is that PC takes so much space and i wouldnt mind to get a new decent laptop for playing. how much you think i had to spend on a laptop to play all games ?

thanks for answers
post #2 of 20
you want a new laptop instead of a new desktop?

I think an upgrade would be worth it

Edit: Welcome to OCN biggrin.gif
Edited by The Lurking Ninja - 10/30/12 at 3:05pm
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post #3 of 20
Honestly thats a pretty nice gaming rig!!! I would get a decent psu and maybe upgrade your gpu to a midrange card if your doing single monitor and your GOLDEN!

The core 2 quad shouldn't have any issues with today software and games.
post #4 of 20
Laptops don't play games very well and you will have to spend some serious money to get something with good gaming performance. I' would recommend not doing it. I speak form experience.

Assuming the rig is in full working order aside from the PSU then you could potentially revive it as an half decent gaming rig. The Q6600 is old but if you give it a bump in the clock speed and swap out that 8800 for a GTX 460 or similar then it could run recent games relatively well.

As for what PSU to buy. A quality 550W should do it. Antec, seasonic, corsair all very good brands to name a few.
    
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Where are you located, where willyou be buying from, what budget?

USA Corsair CX500 $50 before $20 MIR ( $10 off code EMCJNGN22 ends 11/5) 38 Amp on 12 volt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103012-_-EMC-103012-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17139027-L0C

You could try replacing fan on original power supply, though this is usually more trouble than it is worth. (135mm fans mostly)
A cleaning and visual inspection could be helpful.
What Brand and Model, when purchased with what warranty? At five years it may well be out of warranty, but check before voiding tag.

Q6600 without overclock vs I3 3220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103012-_-EMC-103012-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17139027-L0C

I5 3470
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/702
post #6 of 20
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I paid around 1000$ for my pc those days - good to hear that it still could run some games. I live in uk now, budget doesn't sound too good as I invested almost 1500gbp last month into my car. Well anyways I want to try out diablo 3, so under 60 gbp would I find any good psu? Is it worth to buy 700w instead 500w? Would it run more silent while under load or etc?
post #7 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brasslad View Post

Where are you located, where willyou be buying from, what budget?
USA Corsair CX500 $50 before $20 MIR ( $10 off code EMCJNGN22 ends 11/5) 38 Amp on 12 volt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103012-_-EMC-103012-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17139027-L0C
You could try replacing fan on original power supply, though this is usually more trouble than it is worth. (135mm fans mostly)
A cleaning and visual inspection could be helpful.
What Brand and Model, when purchased with what warranty? At five years it may well be out of warranty, but check before voiding tag.
Q6600 without overclock vs I3 3220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103012-_-EMC-103012-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17139027-L0C
I5 3470
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/702
Repairing is not my thing - I prefer to buy new one as its easier and would take less time what is most important: )
post #8 of 20
Check out this thread before buying any PSU:
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

And this PSU should fit your budget and future needs for single high end cards (or 2 med range):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/550w-Power-Supply-Unit-Edition/dp/B005TDTV0S/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1351673763&sr=8-5

I would recommend switching on your system (after checking all cable connections) and see if it powers on or not.
and then assessing the PSU (what is it?). If all is looking good, get a cheap nvidia 650GTX or AMD 7750 (which dont require any power connections) and have it keep you going until the new 1150 chipset comes out and the AMD 8000 series , and then upgrade.
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Originally Posted by eXXon View Post

If all is looking good, get a cheap nvidia 650GTX or AMD 7750 (which dont require any power connections) and have it keep you going until the new 1150 chipset comes out and the AMD 8000 series , and then upgrade.

Ya that. At this point in the product cycle (1/2-2/3) unless you're in dire need just wait.
Or if you're mainly looking at giving Diablo 3 a whirl an entry level card should do the trick. Assuming that your 5 year old computer has a 5 year old monitor and you not playing on three 1080p+ monitors etc.
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Thats still pretty decent system, especially if you are not into heavy gaming. So just grabbing some 80+ rating PSU at 450W or above should last you for a while and, perhaps, if you happen to have spare funds then a bit larger GFX card, say, a 5770 or 6770 from AMD should be possible to get for as low as 75 euros, perhaps even 6790 or 7750, which should be sitting at around 100 euro mark. If not then your current card will still run most stuff out there on medium settings.
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