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I am going to upgrade my nephew's rig for his...~13 birthday. I built it originally a couple years ago. For starters, his current setup is as follows:

Asus P5k Deluxe
Q6600 with slight OC with Zalman low profile cooler
2x2Gb DDR2 800
HD7570 with slight OC
Antec Neo ECO 400
SSD 120Gb
HDD 1Tb
Corsair C70

The options I have are somewhat limited, as I don't want to replace CPU/MOBO/RAM unless it's really needed. I can replace the 7570 with a 6970, and I can swap out the PSU with a OCZ 700w Stealthstream(my backup PSU) for the extra power draw. My main question is, should I pair the Q6600 and the HD6970?? Would the CPU severely bottleneck the GPU?? He mainly plays games like Minecraft and such, but thats probably because this can't handle modern high fidelity games. If it's not logical to do so, I can always slap some LEDs on there and make him just as happy. I got an RGB LED strip with controller I can use to make it nice and flashy.

Side note:
I have 2 HD6970s that have waterblocks on them. I have the original coolers, but not sure if I have all the screws and things to remount them(I know I need thermal pads). I bought them 2nd hand as a combo, with the blocks already installed. I have never taken off, or mounted a cooler or block on a GPU. I also have no clue what size/thickness thermal pads to buy. Any advice on what to look for so I know I don't miss anything??

Thanks for anything.
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Originally Posted by goodtobeking View Post

The options I have are somewhat limited, as I don't want to replace CPU/MOBO/RAM unless it's really needed. I can replace the 7570 with a 6970, and I can swap out the PSU with a OCZ 700w Stealthstream(my backup PSU) for the extra power draw. My main question is, should I pair the Q6600 and the HD6970?? Would the CPU severely bottleneck the GPU?? He mainly plays games like Minecraft and such, but thats probably because this can't handle modern high fidelity games. If it's not logical to do so, I can always slap some LEDs on there and make him just as happy. I got an RGB LED strip with controller I can use to make it nice and flashy.

What's your goal?
Also, how much do you love your nephew? biggrin.gif

Frankly the processor is pretty slow, 4GB of ram will only take you so far, and the graphics card is in need of a refresh.

As I have no idea how much you're looking to spend or what your goal is to achieve, I'll just throw an idea out there. I was doing a budget competition among some roommates and the processors that showed up to party were:

Core i3-2120
Athlon x4 645
Xeon x5650

Now, I got the Core i3-2120, a motherboard, case, powersupply and 4GB of RAM for $60.


If you fixed up one of your 6970's and upgrade the CPU/Motherboard/RAM, to a more modern chipset, that would at least give the benefit of a decent upgrade path in the future.
For instance, you can go up to an i5-2500k from an i3-2120 and then you get overclocking and pretty good single thread speeds.
The 2500k will have no problems feeding most modern GPU's.

So really, my input comes down to this. I think the best solution is giving the system an upgrade path that won't run you broke right now, but still has viable upgrades for later.
Edited by Skyl3r - 5/2/17 at 11:29am
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I had that, lol

I found a cheap qx6800 on the bay for more performance,

I would keep an eye out for a qx9650 or a qx9770.
I had to update the bios to the latest for it to run the 45nm cpu, that ha have in my server (the dog)
I needed to swap the core 2 extreme out for the q6600 then to an e7600, due to heat and wasted processing power.

Best thing you can do is get another 4gbs of ram, I had a 7750 and it was able to play crisis on full with the q6600
     
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