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getting another year or two from q6600? worth putting $ into?

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I built this rig in 08 or 09.

Asus p5bse, q6600 , 4gb ram, 9600gt, raidmax case and sold it to a buddy last year.

I just built a new gaming rig for him and for helping , he gave me my old stuff back.
Problem is... he said someone told him the p5bse was fried and so got an asrock 4core1333 glan mobo and also noticed theres different ram in it.... noname 1066 2x2gb.

So I have from him...

Asus P5bse mobo (not sure if its bad or not)
Asrock 4core1333 glan mobo with the q6600 instaled
9600gt vid card

I needed a case so ordered a cheap diablotek atx mid with 550 psu and it just came in today.


I planned to just throw this pc together n use it for downloading/watching movies on my tv.
But got to thinking about overclocking it and getting a newer vid card. I want a pc that will be able to play elder scrolls online max settings when it comes out and dont know if I should throw some money into this build or just start a new sandybridge build.

I was thinking of finding a secondhand gigabyte ep45 ud3p mobo since I dont think either of these 775 socket mobos are oc friendly and the known working asrock mobo only supports 4gb ram.

A ga ep45 ud3p mobo oc'ed to 3-3.6, along with a nice cpu cooler, 8gb ram, and a newer used vid card is what I was thinking but this would run me around $250

Would it be worth it to throw $ in an aging setup like this or should I just keep the q6600 as is and throw the $250 towards a new case and mobo for future sandy build?
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Save the headache and build a new system. My upgrade from the q6700 to the 2700k was a world of difference for me thumb.gif
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on the upside a new gpu and ram would transfer to a new setup.

On the downside decent 775 boards still arent cheap that I can find.

$315 for NEW would get you a decent ivy setup. You could do better used.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar B75MU3+ Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $318.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 18:41 EDT-0400)


Or Am3+

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $317.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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You can keep the old rig for nostalgia sure, and it would be cheaper. Im sure it would even game fine, depending on what kind of deal you can find for the GPU.


Your probably better off selling the used parts and getting a more current rig
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I have to agree with bob .. i had my E7400 w/ 9800gt upgraded to my i5 3570k and there's a huge difference
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Not to mention the upgrade to DDR3 ram is also a huge improvement. Cheap too!
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I had both an Q6700 rig with a 6950 and a i5 2500k rig with an 6850. Needless to say, in overall usage the i5 system was superior. However, in games the q6700 beat it because the faster GPU. I'd say the q6600 should be fine, especially if it's a G0 and you OC it a bit.
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If you are going to use a diablotek case... please, for the love of god, DO NOT USE THE POWER SUPPLY! Those things are the biggest amounts of trash...

The Q66 is a great chip if you can get it overclocked to around 3.6. I had mine for a long time and still wish I had it. It chomps pretty much any game these days.
 
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Ya....
My buddy got this am3 combo...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5643744&tab=7&SRCCODE=WEBLET03ORDER&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-WEBLET03ORDER-

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard,
AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Six Core AM3+ Unlocked Processor,
and 2x ADATA Premier SRS 4GB Memory
For $275 and a $40 rebate.

Then he nabbed a gtx660 cheap on ebay

Hes happy with it

I just always had bigger plans for the q6600 and thought it would be
Cheaper now to do it but $90 for the ud3p mobo used is a little crazy for outdated architecture.

Guess I need to let it go lol.


I have till the end of the year to build me new rig and want to keep it under $1000
Ill be dropping a couple hundred each month in it.

Im wanting to do this build right with a good mobo that has nice oc bios.

Been out of the hardware research loop for a couple years now, I just know sandy and ivy is where its at.

Would u guys start with purchasing case, psu, mobo?

Or should I wait till later to get mobo incase pricess drop or better revisions come out?

Thanks all!
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wait till haswell series and the next gen gfx (gtx700 and HD8000) cards are released
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I agree with Xeb, that's the first thing I was going to say, find a tall building and throw the power supply off of it. Not even worth messing with that fire/explosion hazard.

Otherwise you are probably better off building a new system than putting money into the old. even the lowest end Ivy i5 will be a pretty big difference from your current processor.
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