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Revamp an i7-860 build for gaming rig?

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by g725s, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. g725s

    g725s Member

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    I have an older i7-860 home build that has a BioStar
    Socket : 1156
    T5XE CFX-SLI Ver. 5.x
    Here is a link to the motherboard on the BioStar website:
    http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=445
    It only has 8gb of ram but I could upgrade that to 16gb.
    It has a 550w power supply currently.

    It would be for my son. He currently has a Dell 660 i5-3330 300GHz, with a Nvidia GTX-760 with 8gb of ram.

    Could I make the i7-860/BioStar into a decent gaming rig using Crossfire or SLI? Could it be better than the Dell he has?

    I looked up the comparison between the two processors and they are fairly close:
    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-860-vs-Intel-Core-i5-3330

    I have no idea about the maximum level of GPU I could put in the the BioStar. But could putting in more Ram and Crossfired or SLIed graphics cards and maybe an SSD for the Windows 7 OS?

    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    what videocard does the biostar have or is it onboard? depending on the videocard you get, you might have to upgrade the power supply. what games is he running & what are the system requirements?
     

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