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Question about an older motherboard, trying to see if it'll work

#1JohnnyShred612Posted 11/9/2013 7:23:54 PM
Helping my friend build a PC, he's wondering if this old one can just be upgraded. Is his motherboard useable? If so, what do we need to upgrade for him to run Blizzard games on max settings?

Motherboard: ASUS P5L-VM 1394
PSU: Orion HP400D (400 watts)
RAM: 4GB
Processor: Seems to be integrated. Can we but him a new one?
GPU: I have a Radeon 5770 I can give him if it fits with the mobo

Anything else? Ideally we buy him a processor and pop in the 5770 and he's good to go.
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#2JohnnyShred612(Topic Creator)Posted 11/9/2013 7:34:14 PM
So we're realizing that the motherboard is pretty damn outdated. Assuming we need to buy a new one, what's the minimum he could get for running those Blizz games on nice settings? Preferably, though, it's something that will still last a while in terms of being upgradable so he doesn't have to pick a new one up in a year.

Essentially, if the mobo won't work, we'll just be trying to build a cheap-ish model (with help from my graphics card) but something that is still reasonably future-proof. Any advice on a motherboard?
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#3PhilOnDezPosted 11/9/2013 7:37:59 PM(edited)
Looking at the spec sheet it's compatible with socket 775 Pentium 4s, core 2 duos, and core 2 extremes. Unless he has a pentium I doubt you'll find an upgrade worth the money.

E: if you're looking for a new mobo there was a great deal on newegg, an H81 board for $27 after rebate. That plus a $60 Haswell pentium would be a great start.
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#4JohnnyShred612(Topic Creator)Posted 11/9/2013 7:39:09 PM(edited)
PhilOnDez posted...
Looking at the spec sheet it's compatible with socket 775 Pentium 4s, core 2 duos, and core 2 extremes. Unless he has a pentium I doubt you'll find an upgrade worth the money.


So you're saying the motherboard would work with my GPU (5770)? Also, what would you recommend for a CPU, since he doesn't have one?

I've built my own PC, but I'm not a total wizard when it comes to what works with what and the different generations of technology, so any feedback is appreciated!
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