Rebuild or buy new

ben sony

May 10, 2009
I assembled my PC in end 2003. Build was 865 GBF motherboard, P-4 , 2.66 Ghz HT, Geforce 6600 (AGP), 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD. A year back i upgraded it to 3 GB RAM and 250 GB HDD.

It lasted me till last Nov and then the motherboard and CPU stopped working.

I use my PC for mostly playing RPG's like Gothic, Fable and now want to assemble / rebuild the PC which will let me play latest RPG's at a decent frame rate and medium details (1076 x 768 resolution monitor)

Should i rebuild my PC or get a new one. If yes what motherboard and CPU should i choose. Dont want to spend much and want to utilise my existing RAM, GPU, HDD, Monitor(17" Samsung).


Jul 26, 2008
You get a new motherboard and you need a new CPU. The new CPU/mobo could need different RAM, AGP is out and PCIe is the new standard, time for a new GPU. You see where this is going right?

Old parts can carry a premium, so you're at the point where you need to make a choice. If you can find a replacement CPU/mobo for around $100 or so then it might be worth while if you can't afford a new PC now. Any more than that then you better buy a new PC. Even a $300 build could run games at 1024x768 and medium details.

This is my really lazy build assuming your PSU could handle the load and you would re-use the case, DVD, keyboard, monitor, HD, etc. Cheap and would be better than sinking $200 into old parts.