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Overhaul or Scrap it and buy new?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by mlee49, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. mlee49


    Dec 27, 2007
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    So my parents desktop is aging faster than they are, which is surprising. Here's what they have right now:

    Intel 775 E8200 Quad core cpu
    2 GB of ddr2 800MHz ram
    Asus P45 mATX mainboard(mid-low level)
    320 GB Blue WD HDD
    500W ATX PSU
    DVD/CD burner
    15" 1280x768 LCD
    10 year old Keyboard and mouse(still PS2)
    even older set of speakers that randomly cracks and looks disgusting
    Old school Wireless G WiFi router

    and worst of all.... Vista...

    I've suggested they let me freshen up their computer with a few upgrades, but after running the numbers I'm thinking a completely new system might be a better option.

    My upgrade suggestions:
    120 GB SSD and keep the 320GB for storage. They dont really use that much HDD space. $100
    GeForce 610 w/HDMI $40
    Asus 20" 1080p monitor with integrated speakers, plus an HDMI cord $140
    A fresh copy of Window 7 Home Premium $99
    and a new wireless Keyboard and mouse $40
    I'll gift them my old DLink Wireless N router and an HDMI cable $0

    This totals up to be around $420 from Newegg. At that price, should I just scrap the PC and suggest a new build? I built this for them about 3 years ago and tried to keep it under $600 at the time. They both have laptops now which are about a year old, but still not very fast.

    So I'm torn between upgrading a dinosaur and buying another low end system.
  2. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Scrap the core internals and go AMD 6800K with 4GB DDR3 and a SSD. This would eliminate the need for a discrete card
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    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. RCoon

    RCoon Gaming Moderator Staff Member

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    ^ +1/ Or go for a A8 instead for cost savings, not like theyre going to be gaming or anything.

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