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Should I save for a new computer? or just upgrade parts?

#1Ivany2008Posted 11/10/2013 9:27:45 AM
Right now I'm running a 3 year old computer which has

Phenom 9650 Quad-Core Processor
GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Chip
4 Gigs of Ram
and about 590 gigs of hard-drive space

Would it be cheaper to upgrade specific parts? or just go brand new at this point?

If you need more information just ask, not really a tech savy person, so I may need a bit of instruction to get additional info
#2FaycelessPosted 11/10/2013 9:30:27 AM
Here's a question to ask:

What OS are you using? Is it 64 or 32 bit?
#3PhilOnDezPosted 11/10/2013 9:39:46 AM
Provided your PSU can handle it there wouldn't be any harm in buying a GPU now, even if it's bottlenecked by your CPU like hell.

That CPU/mobo only supports up to DDR2 right? You'd have to replace your CPU, mobo, and ram all at once, throw in a GPU and a case and that's practically an entire new build. If you have an OEM PSU I'd replace it as well, but I don't really know what you're working with.
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#4Ivany2008(Topic Creator)Posted 11/10/2013 9:41:00 AM
64 bit Operating System atm
#5AllHailTheDead6Posted 11/10/2013 10:02:58 AM
computer is 3 years old from when you bought it.....

but how old is that first gen phenom processor?

I think your better off just saving and getting a nice up to date computer
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#6DragnfyrPosted 11/10/2013 10:03:53 AM
You need to get a new CPU, motherboard, GPU, and RAm (if you don't have DDR3). Also that system looks more than 3 years old. I have a 5 year old desktop built at the same time those parts were available.
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#7arleasPosted 11/10/2013 10:39:24 AM
I'd suggest building a whole new computer rather than upgrading the one you've got. I'm kinda in the same boat... DDR2 is expensive as hell, there's not much "upgrading" you can do for the motherboard and CPU, so you can keep upgrading the GPU until it's 'bottlenecked' or you can build a whole new computer.

You could buy a nice GPU and then save up for the rest and that'd give you some improvement while you wait.
#8gikosPosted 11/10/2013 10:45:59 AM
speaking of rams guys what the hell happened to the prices
god is expensive as hell here what happened they weren't this expensive last year
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#9arleasPosted 11/10/2013 10:47:16 AM
From: gikos | #008
what the hell happened to the prices
#10gikosPosted 11/10/2013 10:52:56 AM
thanks man but damn....oh well i got an 8gb ddr3 so i am cool
good thing i bought this one like a year ago and kept it around when my old one died that was close XD
also bought a 1tb hdd too and i still didn't install it cuz my old one is still kicking
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