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Upgrading old gaming computer or build a new?


Sep 4, 2010
Hi Folks,

I bought myself a D65U Vizio 4K TV last year because it was the best 4K TV for gaming due to it's low input lag and price point. I was hoping I would be playing the next gen console gaming this year, but both Sony and Microsoft both announced at E3 that they'll be waiting until next year... That being said, I've resorted back to my old gaming PC and playing games. I've tried playing some newer games at like Overwatch and Fallout 4 but it starts to lags on medium/low quality so I've resorted to playing indie games like INSIDE, and Firewatch.

I've began researching graphic cards, and I've noticed this talk about 4K 60hz at 4:4:4. So I checked my TV and it only supports 4k 60hz at 4:2:0 or 4k 30hz at 4:2:2 which I'm okay with. This picture HERE shows the differences from 4:4:4 and 4:2:0 and apart from a few irregularities when red and blues cross over (like the flag against the blue sky), I don't think I'll notice too much of a difference.

Here is my current setup:

Operating System: Windows 10 pro 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Deneb 45nm technology)
RAM: 12 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard: ASUSTek M4A785TD-V EVO (AM3)
Graphics: 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone (MSI)
Storage: 1 Terabyte SATA
I would like suggestions for a new graphics card, a new CPU (since that is also a bottleneck), and possibly an SSD that are compatible with my current motherboard/RAM.

Here are few options I'm looking at:

CPU: i3, i5, or i7
Graphics: GTX 1060 or 1070
Storage: SSD
My budget for upgrades is $300-500 and I'm open to any suggestions!

Reply from @escrow4 from another posts

"You need new everything minus the HDD which you can re-use and maybe the PSU:

- i5 6500
- Asrock H170 Performance
- 16GB DDR4

For a base build, that is already close to $400, should double the budget for a new build. This thread also is more General Hardware."



Elite Member
Dec 8, 2010
Since your board does not accept FX processors, your only real option is to replace the motherboard as well, as escrow4 suggested. Ideally you'll want an i5 so that you'll get a proper boost in performance compared to the X4 955. i3 6100 is definitely faster, but not massively so. I also agree with the 16GB DDR4 recommendation, 8GB would be a downgrade from what you have now and no one buys 12GB.

Your budget is nowhere near high enough for a GTX 1070. I would recommend buying a used graphics card like R9 280X, R9 290, GTX 780 Ti, GTX 970.

What PSU do you have?


Diamond Member
Jul 24, 2016
Yep you are due for a new system if you want to game at 4K with playable framerates, and you will need at least the 1070 for that as well.


Diamond Member
Oct 15, 2001
You seem to keep systems a long time, so I'd shoot for an i7 6700K + 1070 based build. Budget a good $1,100.00 for a complete overhaul.