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.