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Build Advice PC Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JJC, 29 Jul 2015.

  1. JJC

    JJC Member

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    Hi,

    Just looking at my PC which is just over 7years old and was wondering is it time to upgrade some of the parts? Below is my current spec. Any recommendation is appreciated :thumb:

    Antec P182 Black Case (no PSU)
    Arctic Cool. Freezer7Pro s775
    500G SAMSUNG SATA2 HD501LJ
    640MB BFG 8800GTS PCIE O/CLOCK
    ASUS P5K SE S775 MOBO 55.89
    Corsair DDR2 TWINX 2GB PC6400
    CORSAIR HX 520W MODULAR PSU
    Logitech G5 Laser Mouse PS2/U
    Saitek Eclipse PZ30AVR Red LED
    LiteON 20x DVDRW RAM SATA RETA
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
     
  2. ChArMz

    ChArMz New Member

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    What is your budget and use of the computer?
     
  3. JJC

    JJC Member

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    budget around £300-£500 and using for gaming/video editing
     
  4. davidbrown1988

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    Since you mention video editing you'd benefit from a quad. As such I'd recommend and i5 over the i3 or Pentium chips. You should also get more life out of it. You'll notice a huge benefit coming from a q6600. I did when buying a haswell chip from a q6600.

    Based on your budget I'd have recommended the following:
    New CPU
    New RAM
    New Mobo
    New GPU - R.I.P BFG

    That hard drive is probably archaic as well so you would probably benefit from a new hdd or better still an SSD and keep the hdd for storing data. You won't fit that in the budget though without compromising elsewhere.

    I'd recommend getting the base i5 (unless you plan to OC, more $$$) £142 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-4460-lga-1150-haswell-refresh-quad-core-32ghz-base-34ghz-turbo-1100mhz-gpu-84w-cpu-ret

    Z97 motherboards start at around £62 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z97p-d3-intel-z97-s1150-ddr3-pcie-30-%28x16%29-2-way-crossfirex-hdmi-atx

    Ram wise there are loads of options I'd recommend 8gb. 4gb is minimum 8gb should do most things and leaves you with the ability to upgrade to 16gb later if needed. You can get 2133mhz ram for about £45 or slower stuff for £40 not much really in it.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-pro-series-silver-pc3-17066-%282133%29-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-11-11-1

    GPU wise I'd recommend a 970 or 290x if you can still find one for around £250 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-zotac-gtx-970-7010mhz-gddr5-gpu-1076mhz-boost-1216mhz-1664-cores-dp-dvi-hdmi

    That pretty much puts you on your £500 budget. If you needed to cut that down further I'd only really suggest cutting the GPU back but that will have an impact on gaming, depending on monitor resolution.
     
  5. JJC

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    Thanks for the reply. How future proof do you think this can last?
     
  6. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    I would highly suggest waiting for Skylake, which is due very soon. It is roughly 10-20% faster clock for clock vs Haswell... well worth it.
     
  7. Noob?

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    The question I'd put to you is will it cost the same at launch?
     
  8. JJC

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    When is Skylake out?
     
  9. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    It's meant to be August 5th, but it may be a few weeks after that.

    The cost will be approx. the same as Haswell/Devil's Canyon.
     
  10. JJC

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    Guess I'll wait abit longer. But will the other specs need changing to match the new processor?
     
  11. JJC

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    Skylake is out. Is the MB compatible with it or should I change it?
     
  12. play_boy_2000

    play_boy_2000 It was funny when I was 12

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    You're looking at a total rebuild, rather than a piecemeal upgrade. I'd keep saving until you can afford an i5, 115x mobo, 8GB of ddr 3/4 and SSD (plus windows 7/10, assuming you don't already have a retail copy of 7/8).
     

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