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Worth it to fix up a Phenom II?

ChpByr 803 92 November 28, 2015 at 07:53 PM in Question
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Friend would like me to fix up an older computer he has for light gaming. The system is running a Phenom II 840 cpu, 4gb ddr3, a radeon 4870 and a 500gb hd. The gpu seems to have burned out, and the HD appears to be on its deathbed. Not sure if it's worth swapping in new components but he's on a low budget. I can swap in a ~$100 gpu and a ~$40 hard drive, but not sure if I should just tell him save up for a new pc.

Any thoughts? I imagine he would like to play things along the lines of Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, maybe a shooter of some sort.

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Friend would like me to fix up an older computer he has for light gaming. The system is running a Phenom II 840 cpu, 4gb ddr3, a radeon 4870 and a 500gb hd. The gpu seems to have burned out, and the HD appears to be on its deathbed. Not sure if it's worth swapping in new components but he's on a low budget. I can swap in a ~$100 gpu and a ~$40 hard drive, but not sure if I should just tell him save up for a new pc.

Any thoughts? I imagine he would like to play things along the lines of Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, maybe a shooter of some sort.
You'll need a GPU and hard drive either way, so why not buy those now to get started?
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You'll need a GPU and hard drive either way, so why not buy those now to get started?
That's.....that's a good point.......

I guess taking that into consideration my only concern would be that he's going to skimp on the gpu, but i guess he is on a budget so it doesn't make much difference. laugh out loud
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That's.....that's a good point.......

I guess taking that into consideration my only concern would be that he's going to skimp on the gpu, but i guess he is on a budget so it doesn't make much difference. laugh out loud
"Low on budget" means different things to different people. My "low budget" build is different that the next guy - get that sorted first then go from there. But ask more questions if you've got them.
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You'd better give it up.
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really depends om ore on the motherboard and what specs it can handle. there isn't really much of a cpu upgrade you could do, if it only supports AM3. would benefit from more ram too and a new gpu. also really depends what games he has and what the needs are.
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