Super Budget Upgrade

#1 Posted by Th3irdEye (277 posts) -

So my brother has a laptop that's showing it's age. It has a 9800M GTS and an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (3M Cache, 2.53 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB). I have some spare parts around that I plan on using to build him a desktop that will allow him to play games at more than low settings at 10-20fps like he has been getting on newer stuff. I plan on giving him one of the two GTX 560 Ti's from my system until he can afford his own graphics card. All I really need is a Mobo+CPU to put in this little build on the cheap. I was thinking the Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge and a cheap H61 Mobo like the ASRock H61M-DGS (Total: $112.98 on Newegg).

Do you guys think that this will be a considerable boost in performance from his laptop? I know the graphics card will be a huge jump but I'm not sure if the CPU will be too much of a bottleneck for it. Never dealt with a Micro ATX board either. Will it be big enough for the 560 Ti?

Oh, and as a last thought, I have a buddy that is willing to sell his ATI Radeon HD 5770 for $50. Is this a good price and would it be a good enough upgrade for my brother so that I can justify not giving up my second 560 Ti? Also, he will be using a 1366x768 resolution display if that makes any difference to your opinions. Thanks for the help!

#2 Edited by Jazzycola (669 posts) -

Yeah I think the Pentium G630 would be your best bet. I'd go for a the Asus or Gigabyte mobo over the ASRock one just because I don't really trust ASRock. Though, I have no experience with them so take that with a grain of salt. And a 5770 would be quite amazing with that monitor. It's equivalent to the GTX 460.

Edit: Oh and a micro-atx board shouldn't affect the size card you can put into it. PCI-express slots are standardized slots which means manufactuers can't change the size or compatibility. Though, you should make sure the case is micro-atx compatible as that may be a problem. But most cases are compatible to all mobo form factors.

#3 Posted by Th3irdEye (277 posts) -

Yeah, I still have to check that case that I have to make sure that it will take a mico ATX board. I'm pretty sure it will. I didn't know that the 5770 equated to a 460. Gives me a better perspective of that card considering I'm more familiar with nvidia products. I don't know about ASRock either but it had good reviews so I might give it a shot just because it is so cheap. Newegg is great with returns if it doesn't work. And yeah, I just wasnt familiar with non "i" based sandy bridge processors so I didn't know if that one was any good. I guess it's still a sandy bridge at the end of the day though so I should be good for a lower end gameing system. Thanks for the input!

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