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Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by David Thomason, Jan 14, 2020 at 2:59 PM.

  1. David Thomason


    Joined: Tuesday

    Posts: 1

    Gaming PC Specs:
    Case: X11 Advanced X-Station
    CPU: FX 8350
    Cooler: Artic Freezer 7 Pro
    GPU: Zotac Mini 1060 6GB GDDR5
    RAM: 2x 8GB HyperX Fury DDR3 1866MHz
    SSD: Sandisk PLUS 480GB (Boot Drive)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB
    PSU: 650W Corsair VS650

    So my Chromecast is starting to give out and I'm debating whether or not to replace it with another one or to go back to using a computer. However rather going back to a laptop, I feel inclined to go with an old tower and plug it in the TV since it's cheaper, avoids HDMI cables to trip over and won't melt my bed.

    Thing is that a lot of the towers I'm looking at come with i5s. i5s that appear to be better than the FX in my gaming PC. You can probably see where I'm going with this, problem is that I have no idea how compatible any of the stuff above is with old Intel hardware.

    So is this a worthwhile endeavour or just silly and I should buy a replacement Chromecast?
  2. Grimley


    Joined: Nov 18, 2007

    Posts: 6,204

    Location: Deepest Darkest Essex!!

    That's your choice. Out of the parts you listed, the case (the cooler if you still have the intel part for it) the ram (up to 5th generation intel core CPU's, codenamed broadwell) PSU, Graphics card, The SSD & HDD. Swap the board & CPU (you'd need a board with a H97 of Z97 chipset) the latter chipset do hold their value due to being able to overclock 4th Generation CPU's on them. Put all back together again, reinstall windows, Job done.

    Though I doubt you be able to the above for the same cost or less than a new chromecast. The latter would be less work too.
  3. hominid

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 22, 2002

    Posts: 2,060

    Location: South UK

    That FX8350 is getting a bit old now but it still holds it's own against the older i5's from Intel. Your AMD machine will be fine for a while yet, the 1060 is not a card that will be bottle-necked much.

    It all depends on what games you play, if the AMD is struggling then it's time to upgrade but you can use some of the parts from teh AMD machine to offset the cost of a totally new machine.
  4. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 6,446

    Location: Finland

    With lacking number of cores/threads most i5s are actually handicapped in CPU demanding games as well.
    While in older games made to utilize only couple cores heavily those i5s beat "Faildozers", situation has evened in high core count demanding games.