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Posted 14 April 2020 - 12:28 PM

Hi,

 

I'm looking for advice on upgrading the motherboard and cpu of my very old PC.  I may also replace the case with something smaller and newer.

 

Existing parts are:

 

AMD Phenom II X 955

Gigabyte motherboard

Coolermaster RS-600-PCAR-E3 PSU

Gigabyte GTX1060 GPU

Cooler Master Seidon 240P Watercooling kit

8GB RAM

1TB Seagate HDD

128GB Transcend SSD

500GB Crucial SSD

All in a really old tower case.

 

 

Budget Range:  somewhere around $500

System Usage - Most to Least Important: music production and video editing, some casual gaming.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Preferences: open to any suggestions

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Would like it to be fairly quiet

 

Thanks!

Andrew.



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Posted 14 April 2020 - 02:38 PM

In my opinion AMD Ryzen 5 3600X with any am4 socket motherboard (eg ASUS PRIME B450M-A) would probably suffice for what you want/need.
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Posted 14 April 2020 - 02:59 PM

In my opinion AMD Ryzen 5 3600X with any am4 socket motherboard (eg ASUS PRIME B450M-A) would probably suffice for what you want/need.

The 3600x on it's own is $400 and he only wants to spend $500, so not much left for mobo and RAM.

 

I would suggest:

 

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - $230

https://classic.pric...t.php?p=4714714

 

Motherboard

Asus Prime B450M-A - $150

https://classic.pric...t.php?p=4866074

 

RAM

Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 3000MHz 2x8GB (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15) - $160

https://classic.pric...t.php?p=3281463

 

Total $540

 

If you can stretch your budget, go for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 for an extra $100 as it is a more modern and efficient product.

 

EDIT: you will also need an adapter plate for your CPU cooler

https://landing.cool...-compatability/


Edited by djotter, 14 April 2020 - 03:00 PM.

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 10:41 AM

How well does the existing build manage? In other words, do you need a large upgrade, maxing out the budget on just the CPU, mobo and RAM? Or are you OK with something slower so that you can replace some other bits?

 

How firm is the budget? Because quite simply, $500 is pretty tight for a decent upgrade:

  • CPU (hex core), $230 – $400
  • Mobo, $120 – $180
  • RAM (16 GB), $130 – $170
  • Ideally replacing that PSU, roughly $80 – $150
  • Cases start at about $60

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 12:22 AM

Thanks for the replies.

 

So it looks like I might need to relax my $500 budget a bit! I'll have to have a chat with my wife about that ;)

 

I hadn't considered needing to upgrade the PSU. Is the concern that the low rating of my current one might cause system instability? What would be a suitable replacement?



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 08:20 PM

The thing with the PSU is more that the Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus units are not particularly good quality. And that one should really only be labelled as a 450 W supply (https://www.hardware...upply-review/7/ – 12 V rails went outside their voltage limits at 480 W, and it failed immediately at 600 W). Furthermore, it's getting older, and due to the cheap capacitors won't be managing ripple anywhere near as well as when it was new. I'd probably suggest something like https://classic.pric...t.php?p=5098864 – but the cheaper end of the power supply market is hard to judge, because there aren't many reviews.


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