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1 year ago#1
So I have been out of the computer parts game for quite a while so I don't really know what's good, bad, and terrible anymore. I'm either going to upgrade a few components or salvage a few parts and start fresh. Here's what I have:

CPU: AMD X2 64 bit 6400+ Windsor (socket AM2)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 2600 Pro video card (512 mb)
RAM: 4GB 6400 800 Mhz (Mobo max ram 8GB)
Mobo: Asus M2N-E

Very good PSU and case. Optical drive is sufficient. HDD is sufficient.

I definitely need a new GPU. So I guess the main question is whether the CPU can still play decent games. I guess my current main ambition would be to play Dark Souls II. If I am buying new mobo/cpu/ram combo, I would want to be able run all modern games. Is it worth trying to salvage any of the parts with the existing mobo, or should I get a new mobo/processor/ram.

If you want, feel free to recommend a mobo/cpu/ram combo. I'd be looking to spend no more than $400 on it.
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1 year ago#2
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1 year ago#3
Keep the drives, psu and case, change everything else.
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1 year ago#4
If you aren't planning on overclocking you can get an i5 4570 and an H87 motherboard for about 280 and then get a 65 dollar set of 2x4GB 1600MHz ram
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1 year ago#5
Definitely gut. You could spend that $400 on a top-tier GPU and get maybe another year of gaming out of that PC but at this point it's best to hang on to that $400, save another $400-600, then build a new rig.
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1 year ago#6
Which PSU and case in particular? If the drives are SATA, take those to a new build. AM2 and DDR2 are deader than dead and I'm pretty sure modern integrated graphics are superior to the 2600.
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