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02-28-2013, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Saskatoon View Post
Hey all,

Was going to reformat my computer and install windows 7 (have XP) and do a slight upgrade but now I am pondering starting from scratch.

Is there anything from my current system that is worth keeping? Aiming for a mid-to-high gaming computer and any advice would be appreciated!

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GZ
RAM: 4GB single channel DDR2 OCZ Ram (two sticks room for two more)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512GB (obviously want to change this)
Motherboard: ASUSTek P5E Deluxe (SLI capable)
Well, you could give yourself a big boost with a new video card as you mentioned. A 7850 1gb or a 660 GTX would be a great drop in upgrade and make that system pretty usable. A few CPU limited games will give you some trouble. If you are willing to get a cooler and overclock that CPU to like 3.5 GHZ it would help too.

For a full upgrade though, everything else basically has to go. It's DDR2 so the RAM is now obsolete, you'll need to go either LGA 1155 or Socket AM3+ on the motherboard. What kind of power supply do you have?

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