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Best Mobo/CPU/RAM upgrade for an old PC?

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by largeruk, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. largeruk


    Joined: Feb 1, 2012

    Posts: 7

    I have a fairly quiet PC setup in my living room. It is now pretty old and I'm looking to upgrade the components while keeping the case.
    • Case: Antec Sonata Solo Quiet Mini Tower
    • MB: Abit IX38 QuadGT
    • CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz w Noctua cooler
    • RAM: 2 x 2gb of Corsair XMS2-8500 1066MHz 5-5-5-15 (CM2X2048-8500C5D)
    • PSU: Antec NeoPower 550
    • GPU: GeForce GT9600
    • HDDs: Samsung 840 Evo Pro 512gb SSD + 3 SATA HDDs (various)
    I can't afford to upgrade the whole setup in one go, so am looking at upgrading the mobo/CPU/RAM first and the PSU/GPU/HDDs when funds allow.

    Ideally I'd prefer a full sized ATX socket 1151 mobo, intel i5 series7 CPU and 16gb DDR4 RAM as a minimum. However, I'm not exactly flush with funds and recognise that compromises will have to be made! I'd happily buy secondhand and am very open to suggestions.

    I'd really appreciate whatever advice, ideas and views all you knowledgeable people out there have. :)
  2. Plec


    Joined: Apr 19, 2003

    Posts: 12,868

    If you can - and if it coincides with funds - wait until July, when Ryzen 2 is released.
  3. orbitalwalsh


    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 16,966

    That are anything currently on the market for £200 all I. Would beat the core stuff hehe :p

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £357.42 (includes shipping: £10.50) ​

    Or opposite air for Ryzen 300 in July but cheaper B550 boards are Q4
  4. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 7,262

    Location: Finland

    While almost everything currently on sale would be better than that old Kentsfield, Zen2 Ryzens likely bring major improvement to bang per buck.
    That would be important if you intend to keep same parts for long time.
  5. orbitalwalsh


    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 16,966

    Even 1st Gen Ryzen 1200 4 core 4 threads or Althon would be faster for £50 a chip :)

    Could even go Ryzen 2400G with on board iGPU and would be quicker then your current GPU . Kill two birds with one stone, 4 modern cores with 8 threads and can add in a GPU at a much later date