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System upgrade using some old components

Hi all,

I've not built a system for a while so was hoping for some advice.

I currently (and have been for about 5 years) been running the following;

CPU: Core 2 Quad Q8200.
RAM: 4GB DDR2.
GPU: GeForce 9600GT.
SDD: Samsung 840 Pro (128GB).
HDD: WD 7200RPM (500GB).

I'm looking at buying the following;

CPU: i5-4670K.
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo.
MOBO: Asus H81M-A.
RAM: 4GB Kingston Fury Red Series DDR3-1866.
GPU: GTX 750 Ti 2GB.

My question really is in two parts;

1. Is there any reason the new components wouldn't work with my current case, power supply and solid/hard disks? (The motherboard size is the same as my current case).

2. Would I notice a significant increase in the performance of gaming (Skyrim, DOTA, MMO) such that the £350 price tag for the new components would be justified?

Again, any help or advice would really be appreciated.

Cheers guys.
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  1. Depends on what is your power supply brand and model? How long you used it for? If it has been 4 years, I would probably still replace your power supply for a newer one. The cheapest power supply that has good quailty would be a XFX 550 :http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
    Also if you are getting a 4670k cpu, you should pair it with a Z87 motherboard. Else get another i5. H87 motherboard does offer more feature than H81 but i guess budget is tight.
    And you will notice an improvement in games
  2. Thanks for the quick reply, Suztera.

    Budget actually isn't tight, I just would like to get the best value for money, if that upgrade happened to cost £2k, that wouldn't be the end of the world, it's just that I'm fairly sure the point where you see rapid diminishing returns is nowhere near such a price tag. Honestly, I wanted to see if I could upgrade for around the £350 mark if possible, bearing in mind I think at least my current solid state (samsung 840 pro) would be at home in any modern rig if I was to use it solely for operating systems.

    Are you recommending the H87 mobo over the H81 due to its overclocking facilities?

    Thanks for your help so far.
  3. Xtal said:
    Thanks for the quick reply, Suztera.

    Budget actually isn't tight, I just would like to get the best value for money, if that upgrade happened to cost £2k, that wouldn't be the end of the world, it's just that I'm fairly sure the point where you see rapid diminishing returns is nowhere near such a price tag. Honestly, I wanted to see if I could upgrade for around the £350 mark if possible, bearing in mind I think at least my current solid state (samsung 840 pro) would be at home in any modern rig if I was to use it solely for operating systems.

    Are you recommending the H87 mobo over the H81 due to its overclocking facilities?

    Thanks for your help so far.


    Z87 for overclocking board and to pair it with a i5 4670k cpu.
    If you are getting any other i5 cpu then H87. This is a good H87 motherboard: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h87performance.
    Good Z87 motherboard are Asus normally. If you willing to spend on aesthetics, the ASUS ROG series are good to look at.
    Also increase ram to at least 8GB.

    However, the Z97 motherboard are coming out. If you can wait until May-June these motherboards has the newer chipset.
  4. Best answer
    1. if you want to re-use the case, you'll want to take some measurements and buy parts that will fit in the space. (or if the components are more important, then buy a case that will fit around them).
    PSU - depends if the wattage and connectors are suitable for your new kit but only if it's a quality unit that hasn't had hundreds of hours' use.
    SSD/HDD - (i'm assuming they are SATA? ) yes, they will work, but you'll probably want to backup your data and need to reinstall your OS.

    2. yes. http://www.hwcompare.com/17451/geforce-9600-gt-1gb-vs-geforce-gtx-750-ti/ is just theoretical but real world results will make you happy. it's up to you to decide if it will make you happy enough to throw £350 at it.
  5. Guys, thank you all for the really good replies.
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