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Hello ocn, been a looooong time since ive posted on here!

Basically my sig rig is starting to feel a little old and its getting time for a change.
The cpu is solid as a rock and delivers more than enough power for my needs.
HOWEVER, its a LGA1366 socket and is no longer supported so upgrading the mobo and ram is out.
I could slam in a new graphics card as my ageing GTX 580 is really starting to struggle with some newer games, but again the mobo only supports PCI-E Rev 2.0 so that limits potential upgrade possibilities.

My rig is highly modified with koolance res/pumps etc water cooling for the cpu and gfx so upgrading the card will require a new water block.

So should I just sell my rig as a whole and put the money towards a new project, or do I upgrade everything and stick with my existing case??

The machine itself is in fantastic condition, ive looked after and cared for the old girl and would probably serve someone for many years to come.

Obviously i do have a budget and money constraints to take into consideration, otherwise I would just buy 20k's worth of components and build it!!



Any thoughts or suggestions from the big old ocn megabrains??
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post #2 of 5
Just upgrade the graphics card. It doesn't matter if your PCI-E is only 2.0.
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Maybe just get a gtx980 or 780ti and a 27" monitor for now. If your still not happy, then consider a whole new build.
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post #4 of 5
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Cheers guys,
I already have a Dell U2913WM 29" as my primary and a U2410 24" in portrait as my secondary.
Like i said, the CPU is an absoulute beast 6 cores with 6 threads, everything is lightning quick!!
I was under the impression that a PCI-E Rev3 card wouldnt work in a Rev2 or lower spec board.
My psu can more than handle it, ive been looking at the GTX 980 as a possible gfx upgrade.
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post #5 of 5
The pcie ports are backwards compatible.Any pcie works on every port 1,1.1,2,2.1,or 3...


Now a 970GTX sli or a r9 290 would be 20-30% better(the amd being 50-70usd less,the 970 would be 100usd over) but.worth it if you need 120fps. If you dont have 120hz.then a single 970gtx would be fine
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