Aug 21, 2019
Hello everyone! I am trying to get an idea of what I could do with $300 to $350 based on using as much as I can from my current build. I already have some ideas, but here we go!

What is the build, well it was built in Feb 2011 and consists of:

Case: Antec 300 w/ modified side panel and extra fans
MB: ASUS Sabertooth X58 MB
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W (OC @ 4.0 Ghz)
FAN: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) DirectX 11 NE5X5800F10CB 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
SSD: PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" SATA III
HDD: Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
BRB: LG Black 10x Blu-ray Burner
PSU: CORSAIR CX-M Series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-modular Power Supply

What do I do with it? I like to play WoW BFA @ Ultra (or close to it), I also do a lot of retro gaming (up to and including PS2/Wii/ etc.). I do some website and Photoshop work on the side, and I really like to multi-task. Lots of Chrome tabs open, I run a home media server and also dabble in some WoW Private Server development and 3D Modeling, among many other things. I use two displays, both support HDMI and DVI but no Display Port (adapters are easy to get!).

What am I wanting? Just to breathe some life back into it. It's still very fast, I don't feel laggy, WoW performance seems good, but I am wanting more and on a small budget.

I was gifted a Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 that has an i5-4570 (non-K so not unlocked and no overclock) that I could possibly re-purpose with a new motherboard like an ASUS H87 chipset, likely be finding one used on e-Bay for $60-$100 and hoping that it works well. Not sure how much performance this will net me.

For just a sheer GPU replacement, I could grab a MSI GTX 1660 TI Gaming X 6G for $299. I am afraid that the i7 950 might bottleneck, plus the X58 board only x16 version 2.0 -- I've heard this may not make much of a difference.

Was also looking at Ryzen specs. Thought about getting the following combo:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler - YD260XBCAFBOX
MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 D-SUB DVI HDMI Crossfire ATX Motherboard (B450-A PRO)
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)

for about $310. But I don't know if that will net me any good gains. If I did this one, I would plan to eventually replace the GPU down the line, just not right now.

So, should I try and upgrade the system using i5 4750 (which is locked and cannot be overlocked) w/ new MB from e-Bay or somewhere (i.e. not the Lenovo one)... or replace the GPU with GTX 1660 ti and keep the i7 950 (OC @ 4.0 Ghz)... or try the Ryzen 2600x w/ 16 GB DDR4 and the MSI motherboard?

Are there other suggestions for $300-$350? What do you guys think?

I haven't built a computer since I built this one, so please if you give advice explain your reasoning so that I might understand it. There has been so many changes to how things work that feel very behind and I have been doing alot of reading to try and keep up!

Thanks for reading!
I upgraded something similar a while back.
It had an i7-920.
I went to an i7-980.
You can get those for under $100 on EBay.
You can get an i7-990X for about $160 on EBay....that will get you a little more but I'm not sure it's worth the $60.

If you go with either of those you can run a GTX 1080 which is what I'm running.