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To give my old PC a new lease of life?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Smudge, 26 Sep 2009.

  1. Smudge


    Joined: 21 Oct 2004

    Posts: 772

    Location: Kent, UK

    Hi all,

    I fancy giving my PC a bit of an upgrade but wanted to ask the fine folk of OCUK for some advice. My current setup is Asus P5Q DH Deluxe (rev 1.xx I got it when they first came out), Q6600 at 2.9ghz, 4gb corsair value ram, 8800GTX, oldskool raptor boot drive and oldskool raptor storage drive.

    I was thinking of slapping the following in:

    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    Crucial M225 64GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive
    OCZ Blade Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-9200C5 Low Voltage Dual Channel

    and trying to bump the cpu clock up a little.

    Which comes to £385

    BUT... would I be better spending my money on something else? I5 maybe? I'm trying to get a noticeable upgrade without breaking the bank.

    Thanks for any replies.
  2. Drake22


    Joined: 8 Jun 2009

    Posts: 507

    Location: Hull, UK

    oc your q6600 to 3.5 and get decent cooler for it. (titan fenrir for example is cheap now)
    and get 5850. (or even 5870)

    That will do.
    no need in ssd and that dodgy ram.

    The next step will be i9 when it comes out next year. No point doing i5 or i7 over q6600
    Last edited: 26 Sep 2009
  3. Zenduri


    Joined: 17 Mar 2009

    Posts: 5,229

    Location: Nottingham

    realsitically who will be able to afford £400+ i9...... Bar the people already minted or paying through work.
    The i5 is mainstream yes but its a upgrade path thats easier on the wallet
    Last edited: 26 Sep 2009
  4. Zenduri


    Joined: 17 Mar 2009

    Posts: 5,229

    Location: Nottingham

    Personally I would do this:

    1)Buy 5850
    2) Slap the dual platter samsung f3 1TB as your storage drive, im hearing it has a very nice read write speed.
    3) Slap the corsair h50 on your q6600 and use some mx5, drop the CPU temps and overclock as high as you can safely go.