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77. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 18, 2012, 10:19 Ceribaen
 
Verno wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 09:39:
So I fired up the old desktop and took a look at what I actually had in it... Might be in better shape than I thought, though I think an SSD might be desireable after all the talk here and dealing with a lot of HD chugging as it was going through all the windows updates

Motherboard is a Gigabyte EX58-UD3R. So PCIe 2.0 for graphics, LGA1366 for CPU.
CPU is an i7 920, so I think it's actually in reasonable shape still.
Graphics is a Radeon HD 4850(pretty sure it's a 50 off memory... definitely was a relatively powerful card at time of purchase).
Have 6GB RAM, though not sure if it's 1066 or 1333 though. Looks like I still can upgrade here if I'd like.
HD is a 1TB drive, but pretty sure that it was a Caviar Green.

So I guess my main area to upgrade is the HD. Do SSD use a different controller than the standard IDE or SATA ports I have?

I would upgrade the videocard and the hard drive to an SSD, running Windows 7 on a 5400 RPM drive must be...interesting Everything else you can probably hold over until Haswell or whatever it's called.

I was going off memory, it may have been a Caviar Black... Pretty sure I would have grabbed a 7200rpm at a minimum, vaguely remember looking at 10k drives at the time I was building it.

Is actually running Vista Business 64-bit on that machine currently.

Not sure what I could get for an upgrade though on a PCIe 2.0 bus? For some reason I think that was also when AMD especially was starting to redo its card numbering convention again and there were a couple generations of HD 4xxx cards?

Freed up 200GB on the drive last night deleting a bunch of Steam games I don't play currently, going to install something more recent (BL2, Dishonored, or Skyrim) to see how it fares.
 
 
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