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Trying to get in shape for VR: Upgrade or buy?

Here's my current setup


I was wondering if it made sense to try to replace the mobo and/or processor to end up with a computer fast enough for V/R. I'd hate to see all the other components go to waste.

Secondly, are there places that will do an in-place upgrade w/o charging you and arm and a leg?
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  1. Why do you have a high end PSU and an older gen card with extremely outdated CPU?
    Please tell me you haven't upgraded this yet.
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  2. Chugalug_ said:
    Why do you have a high end PSU and an older gen card with extremely outdated CPU?
    Please tell me you haven't upgraded this yet.
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  3. ?
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  4. The original PSU died a year or two ago & was replaced. The video card died more recently so i figured i'd buy something i might use if i upgraded.

    I haven't upgraded the rig yet. i was just thinking it would be a waste to trash a lot of the good stuff to buy something brand new.
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  5. Okay, so what're your real current specs and budget for upgrade?
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  6. VTC Vive requires at least an i5-4590 equivalent or greater; HDMI 1.3 and 3X USB 3.0 plus 1x USB 2.0, and 8G of ram. i was hoping to get this done for under $1K. Do you think that's possible?
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  7. Yes, easily, but i'm saying if you didn't upgrade the 970 and HX850i, what are your current specs?
    I thought that was what you meant by "I haven't upgraded the rig yet. i was just thinking it would be a waste to trash a lot of the good stuff to buy something brand new."?
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  8. Pls see below
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  9. Chugalug_ said:
    Yes, easily, but i'm saying if you didn't upgrade the 970 and HX850i, what are your current specs?
    I thought that was what you meant by "I haven't upgraded the rig yet. i was just thinking it would be a waste to trash a lot of the good stuff to buy something brand new."?


    Sorry, I wasn't clear there. Here are all the components that make up my current specs:

    M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor 2.80GHz
    Corsair HX850i power supply
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 video card
    Echo coolit ALC
    8G Corsair XMS3 DDR3 memory
    Full size cooler Master case
    SSD and lots of multi-terabyte drives


    Are there companies that will get in there and upgrade the mobo and cpu (and memory if necessary) while using the rest of what I already have? If so, would that cost me more than just buying a whole new computer?
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  10. Best answer
    Just do it yourself?
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($102.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card ($494.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $975.72
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-26 18:09 EDT-0400
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