Description

After recently upgrading from an EVGA Geforce GTX 980 Hybrid to a GTX 1080 Ti FE (to be upgraded to a hybrid once those damn upgrade kits are in stock), I thought of things to do with my 980. So I went with one of the more questionable choices and put it into my almost 9 year old rig! I like to think of it like those shows where they take older cars and pimp em out!

The computer in question got a few upgrades over the years including going from 4GB of DDR2 to 8GB of DDR3 (not a typo, I thought it was a good idea to choose a motherboard that had both! Jokes on me on that one)! Going from a Geforce 8800GT to a GTX 560ti and finally before today's upgrade a GTX 950! It also got a nice speed boost going from a mechanical drive exclusively to having a Samsung 830 Boot SSD.

The original specs of the PC were as follow:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.5GHz

  • ZEROtherm FZ120 Zen CPU Fan

  • MSI X48C Platinum Motherboard

  • OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800

  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB HDD

  • XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB

  • Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case

  • Corsair 620HX 620W ATX Modular Power Supply

So today's upgrades include changing the GTX 950 to a AiO cooled GTX 980 as well as a step up from a Q9300 to Q9650 and improved CPU cooling from a Tower Cooler to a AiO cooler.

The computer was also due for a DEEP cleaning, pics are self-explanatory.

I learned a lot today, like how mid towers (especially older ones) are a pain in the as to work in. And If I ever think finding space for two 120mm radiators (one being in push pull nonetheless!) is a good idea, I will smack myself in the face. It certainly was not a good idea and was not easy.

As far as performance in concerned, I haven't OCed the CPU yet and my GPU isn't the best at OCing (although I might give it a shot again), games that this computer never dreamed of playing can now be played respectably. If you're curious, just look up the many random Youtube videos of Q9650 rigs running modern games and tack on an extra 5ish FPS due to the 980 being a better card than the ones in the videos.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

A Yorkfield CPU, now there's something you don't see on PCPP everyday now. Great to see an LGA 775 PC still alive and kicking. +1 :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

You know its old when theres an XFX NVIDIA card

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

In old man's voice

Back in my day! XFX didn't make AMD cards, they made NVIDIA cards!

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

ok boomer

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

In old man's voice

Back in my day, we didn't need alarm clocks! We had the Geforce FX 5800 Ultra to wake us up!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hurray for Yorkfield goodness! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

That PC should still KICK A$$!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So far it's really impressed me! A bit of overclocking on the CPU, maybe a nice 3.5GHz or 4GHz if I'm lucky, and it should be gold!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

That dust, man...! Also, long live Yorkfield ♥

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm where you think i can get the mobo that you have currently?

I running a QX6800 here with 8GB DDR2 800

and i feel my OC is limited

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't want this motherboard, it was flaky as hell in the years that I used it and was really picky about the RAM I used in it.

I'm sure you can find some X48 DDR3 based motherboards on eBay.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah thanks for the heads up. I did find x48 boards but they are only DDR2 and those fancy ASUS board cost as much as a new Z270 boards.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

THE BOTTLENECK

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

What's your camera ? Your picture are amazing :o

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing special a Nikon D5100. What makes the pictures kick *** is the lens. The 50mm f1.4 is the ******* baws!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Nice build! I am also upgrading to a Q9650 and if the 980 doesn't bottleneck, surely the 970 won't! Is 980 bottlenecked by that Q9650?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly it is bottlenecked quite a bit.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I think the 970 will have less bottleneck, hey can we do private message?

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

a bit too early for easter but ahahaha

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, remember that they are pretty compressed in the final picture so this was a small child's handful worth of dust bunnies.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Now my problem is how much time you have to come up with these.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right!? The amount of dust in there was astonishing. Not to mention I finally figured out why one of the front intake fans was super finicky, there was a cat's hairball worth of hair tangled in the motor. =\

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