[SOLVED] Reviving old PC - question about compatibility of the components.

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Hello

I have couple questions regarding reviving my old PC.

I got it in 2009 and it contains following specs:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-2SH
RAM: 2 x 2GB Kingston DDR2 (forgot the clocks)
GPU: Gainward GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB
PSU: I-BOX 400W
HDD: Samsung 1TB SATA2 (5400rpm i think)

About a year ago when I turned it on there was nothing being displayed on the monitor however the sound of windows 7 booting up was there.
I disconnected the GPU and plugged monitor into D-SUB on the motherboard to use integrated gpu and everything was ok.
Since this integrated GPU won't run almost anything i was thinking about buying new dedicated one.

I was also thinking that the problem may be this generic cheap PSU (that was probably being bundled with the case since its the same brand).
Would it be possible that the gpu is not working because PSU has been worn out through the years but everything else is being powered? - GPU uses a 6 pin connector
Don't know if it means anything but when (this possibly broken) GPU is plugged in PC is running very very loud.

Anyways my choice regarding new GPU would be Sapphire Radeon RX 550 Pulse G5 4GB GDDR5, and for the PSU Chieftec ECO 500W.
My question is will i run into any compatibility problems with the new gpu/psu and the rest of the hardware that old.
I know the bottleneck will probably be huge but i just want to know if its going to work as a temporary solution until i decide to upgrade rest of the hardware.
I only hope it is not PCI Express port that broke.

Link to current Motherboard - https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-MA74GM-S2H-rev-1x#ov (i think its rev. 1 based on the looks)
Link to new GPU - https://www.sapphiretech.com/en/consumer/pulse-rx-550-4g-g5
Link to new PSU - https://www.chieftec.eu/en/psus/ps-2/eco-series/gpe-500s.html
 

clutchc

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Before you assume the GPU is dead, you should try it on another machine. It would be a shame to invest money in upgrades to the rest of the system if the board is bad.

Yes, those components should be fine even with that old motherboard. I still have an old AMD board and CPU from that same era. Every GPU and PSU I've used it works fine.
 
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clutchc

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Before you assume the GPU is dead, you should try it on another machine. It would be a shame to invest money in upgrades to the rest of the system if the board is bad.

Yes, those components should be fine even with that old motherboard. I still have an old AMD board and CPU from that same era. Every GPU and PSU I've used it works fine.
 
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