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    Upgrade after 10 years

    Hi guys. I've decided that I finally need an upgrade after all these years.

    Here is a link to my original build for info (really takes me back...):

    http://forums.hexus.net/pc-hardware-...tml#post984231


    Even though I don't game much nowadays I'm thinking of a new 6600 Skylake build and to keep it as Reasonable as possible. Don't need a GPU as someone is giving me his GTX750 Ti and that'll do me for a while. Might get new GPU if I get into a game later.

    I'm think of keeping the case and PSU and get only a MOBO, CPU, RAM and SSD.

    Will my Corsair HX520 cope? I think the power requirements have gone down over the years.

    So around £500 reasonable? Budget not set in stone but the cheaper the better. Interested in what's the best bang for buck.

    What are your recommendations?

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    If it's that old - you're going to need a new case to get the USB3 headers. The PSU is likey aged as well.
    What about an OS ?
    What are the most likely uses ?
    Society's to blame,
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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    Not really fussed about the USB headers. I really like my Akasa Eclipse case and can always get a front panel plate that has USB 3.0 right?

    The PSU makes me wonder but it really has been solid and I think came with a long warranty initially. Thinking I can always get a new one if it becomes an issue.

    The usage would mostly be multimedia and browsing and occasional gaming.

    Currently have Windows 8.1 and will upgrade to 10.

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    Is this bundle from Scan competitive? Would the parts be found cheaper individually elsewhere?

    https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/configura...undle-z170oc10

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    Nice to see someone else with an Eclipse. For those that don't remember it there was a standard expansion port backplate on the front so it can be upgraded to anything you can get one of them for:
    http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/Backplates.html

    Power supplies do age but capacity-wise it should still be fine. A GTX 750ti + i5k system will only pull two hundred and something watts under load (if that). You could check if the voltages are still within spec under load.

    Computers these days are primarily laptops and tablets, so even the entry level desktop stuff is mid-range. A budget Pentium G4500 offers similar performance to a mainstream i5 like a 6200U.

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    I've just been in a similar situation myself. Was 9 years since my last upgrade.

    Ended up with:

    Intel Core i5 6600K
    Gigabyte Z170 K3
    16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz RAM
    NVIDIA GTX 970

    You're gonna be sooooooo chuffed when your new stuff arrives!

    Quote Originally Posted by fisnik View Post
    Is this bundle from Scan competitive? Would the parts be found cheaper individually elsewhere?

    https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/configura...undle-z170oc10
    The only issue I would have with that is that it's only 8GB of RAM. I'd say you probably want to go for 16, at least, for futureproofing. I've already hit 10GB/11GB without trying.

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessWaves View Post
    Nice to see someone else with an Eclipse. For those that don't remember it there was a standard expansion port backplate on the front so it can be upgraded to anything you can get one of them for:
    http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/Backplates.html

    Power supplies do age but capacity-wise it should still be fine. A GTX 750ti + i5k system will only pull two hundred and something watts under load (if that). You could check if the voltages are still within spec under load.

    Computers these days are primarily laptops and tablets, so even the entry level desktop stuff is mid-range. A budget Pentium G4500 offers similar performance to a mainstream i5 like a 6200U.
    That's exactly what I was thinking. Thanks for the link. Not sure how to test the PSU but it's been solid so far.

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    Re: Upgrade after 10 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    I've just been in a similar situation myself. Was 9 years since my last upgrade.

    Ended up with:

    Intel Core i5 6600K
    Gigabyte Z170 K3
    16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz RAM
    NVIDIA GTX 970

    You're gonna be sooooooo chuffed when your new stuff arrives!



    The only issue I would have with that is that it's only 8GB of RAM. I'd say you probably want to go for 16, at least, for futureproofing. I've already hit 10GB/11GB without trying.

    That looks like a nice build. I'm definitely going for 16gb of ram too. Only a few quid more. You can spec for it in the bundle.

    What SSD did you go for? Did you for the M.2 slot? I'm still a bit confused about it. There seem to be quite a few standards.

    What made you go for that motherboard? It's the one thing I can't decide. There's just so many Z170 ones out there. Is there one that is the one to go for in terms of best bang for buck. The price of the gigabyte does seem enticing. I was thinking an Asus but not sure. There's the Z170k Z170A, Z170 pro gaming etc.

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