Any life left in the old machine?

  MarkDunstan 20:34 28 Feb 2015

I've had a dell XPS 710 since 2007, and have only upgraded the graphics card from the old 8800GTX to the (old now I guess) 560 GTX. It's handled everything I've thrown at it for years at quite good settings (high mostly), but now I see it can no longer keep up with modern gaming.

These are my pc specs:

Core 2 Quad Core Processor Q6600 (2.4GHz, 1066FSB, 8MB cache) Memory Dual-channel 4096MB (667MHz DDR2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 32-bit operating system (vista)

I was wondering if there was any chance I could upgrade a few things bit by bit and over time to give it some extra life and hopefully play something like the Witcher 3 without embarrassing itself... Or should I just start from scratch and buy a new pc? I'd like to know stuff like whether a new motherboard and i5 processor would fit in the case? If so, what would you recommend?

Thanks for your time and any help you can offer. I know I should be looking at changing all the above, but what would work together, fit in the case etc? My budget is pretty bad, and was hoping I could find some upgrades for quite cheap (maybe around 300-400 altogether). I'm a family man on low wage so unfortunately getting a spanking new pc is no longer possible! This is certainly not my field, and I'm hoping someone here can help me. Much appreciated and thanks for your time!

  lotvic 10:33 01 Mar 2015

Have a look at the barebones bundles on Novatech ClickHere and the motherboard bundles to get an idea of costs.

  Jollyjohn 15:40 01 Mar 2015

Have a look here click here and look for upgrade bundles. An upgrade bundle is a good route as the motherboard, RAM & CPU will definitely work together. Fitting the stuff in the old case is not difficult. Just make notes / take pictures as you dismantle the old PC.

Budget for a copy of Windows7 as you will not really get the benefit of the upgrades staying with Vista.

Have a look at this click here A new desktop PC from PC world £230 running W8 - Just for comparison to upgrading.

  MarkDunstan 18:52 01 Mar 2015

Thanks for the suggestions :)

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