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I decided to go ahead with the hardware upgrade because reasons. So I went to Microcenter and bought a few things.

Intel Core i3 4340 -- $129.99
ASUS H81M-Plus -- $39.99

Seemed a reasonable price for the CPU and I got $30 off the motherboard. Plus it gave me something to do today. smile.gif

I'll order these parts from NCIX US tomorrow

Crucial M500 120GB -- $69.99
G Skill Ripjaws X 2x2GB DDR3 1600 -- $39.99
Windows 8.1 OEM 64 Bit -- $89.88
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I just setup my own i3 setup today. My NAS. smile.gif

Enjoy the upgrade. It really wasn't needed, but it will be a very very snappy little setup, quiet, and energy efficient.
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Energy efficiency is the key here. I'm sick of the stupid Nvidia 9600GSO. rolleyes.gif It has a modified BIOS as well from the previous owner who used it for folding. The GPU is at 100% fan so I had to install Rivatuner to bring the fan down to a reasonable level after boot. In the BIOS, though, the thing was screaming and it always annoyed the crap out of me. My mom never complained but I knew it was happening and It's been bothering me for 7 years. wheee.gif Can't wait to throw that thing in the trash.

Also, I'm adding a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. So much for budgets.
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Energy efficiency is the key here. I'm sick of the stupid Nvidia 9600GSO. rolleyes.gif It has a modified BIOS as well from the previous owner who used it for folding. The GPU is at 100% fan so I had to install Rivatuner to bring the fan down to a reasonable level after boot. In the BIOS, though, the thing was screaming and it always annoyed the crap out of me. My mom never complained but I knew it was happening and It's been bothering me for 7 years. wheee.gif Can't wait to throw that thing in the trash.

Also, I'm adding a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. So much for budgets.

You won't need the 212+. The stock cooler will work fine. If you have a stock cooler off an i5 or i7, that'll work even better as it'll be a copper core.

Don't throw that card away! Offer it up as a freebie or something at the least. If it still works, it's still a good card to use. I've got a couple rigs that could really use something like that myself, lol.
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I do have the stock cooler from my 4770k. I never thought of using that!
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I do have the stock cooler from my 4770k. I never thought of using that!

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I used the stock cooler off my i7 2600k on my i3 in my NAS. That i3 sits at 32*C idle, and loads up at 52*C with 1400 RPM on the fan. So its not noisy at all. No reason to spend money if its not needed. biggrin.gif
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The C2D E8500 should be good enough. I wouldn't worry about replacing that if you just want to do regular stuff.
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That hardware is all just fine as it is. I don't understand the concern for power efficiency when it likely won't reduce your power bill enough to justify the price of the hardware. The 9600GSO has more performance than Intel video would, at the cost of a few watts yes, but so what? you already own that hardware.

I say upgrade to 8.1 and be done with it. We have an old Athlon 3800+ machine with crappy Nvidia 6150 SE onboard graphics and 1GB of DDR1, running Windows 7 in our house and it honestly doesn't perform that badly. The majority of our other computers in the house are similar to what you have- Core2Duo or Core2Quad machines with 9600GSO's or 9600GT's. I see no reason at all to replace them yet, they still work just fine.
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Energy efficiency is the key here. I'm sick of the stupid Nvidia 9600GSO. rolleyes.gif It has a modified BIOS as well from the previous owner who used it for folding. The GPU is at 100% fan so I had to install Rivatuner to bring the fan down to a reasonable level after boot. In the BIOS, though, the thing was screaming and it always annoyed the crap out of me. My mom never complained but I knew it was happening and It's been bothering me for 7 years. wheee.gif Can't wait to throw that thing in the trash.
so grab a stock bios and flash it back? I don't understand why you'd want to trash it just because of that.

If energy efficiency is really so important, forget Intel or a GT210 and grab one of those new AM1 APUs with the 25W TDP and feel free to send the 9600GSO to me.
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