Well, it's that time to go building again. I just need to finalize this and make sure there aren't any draw backs that you guys might catch before I order parts (probably tomorrow). I'm making my 'rents a computer, but not a full one. I'm swapping some of the parts from mine into what will be theres and then upgrading some of my components to keep the costs down. Here's what it will be:
Mobo 1 @ $73
Mobo 2 @ $80
Someone help me here. I'd say that either would be fine and the 7 dollar price difference doesn't matter either way..just get the better one...I was leaning toward the EVGA...
CPU - Too lazy to look up on newegg but it'll be the C2D 6420 from my current machine
RAM @ $35
HDD - A couple of 40GB IDE Drives I've got lying around....my parents don't need a lot of storage...it'll mainly be an internet machine
GPU - My old radeon x1950xt GDDR3 256mb...yes overkill for THEIR system, but I want a new one...maybe I'll sell this old one..who knows...probably won't get much out of it.
CASE @ $37
PSU - The old Raidmax 500W from my case and then I'll get a new one...modular of course.
DVD/CD Drives - Already have a gazillion lying around
Ok so the total cost of that build is just $152 since I'll be using some of my old parts and now here's what my system would look like after upgrades:
Mobo - already have
CPU ...here's where I'm debating...do I want the new 45 nm E8400 for $195
or a 65 nm Q6600 for $215? I'm thinking the E8400. I don't do any heavy video or music encoding and only do some photo editing, but not enough to consider..the heaviest thing that I do is play a few games which isn't saying much since that's usually just Assassin's Creed, COD4, or RB6 Vegas 2...i don't even hit 90% on my current 6420....
RAM - Already have 4GB of Patriot DDR2 800
HDD - New Seagate 750GB already on it's way which was planned before this build so I won't include the price.
Case - Owned already..in specs.
DVD/CD Drives - Already have these as well
GPU - I had a thread about this earlier as I was trying to make a decision, but I'll ask again here since build threads attract more attention. I think I'll get an ATI 3870 as it pretty much out performs everything in it's price range that I know of. (~$160 and UNDER) So i'm deciding between these:
Sapphire @ $156
Sapphire 2 @ $167
Diamond @ $158
MSI @ $163
If there's an nVidia card at the ~$160 price range I'm not against that and if there's some magical card at $180 I'd bust my wallet for it but I wouldn't top that. Let me know here. This and the CPU were my big "ifs"
PSU - I was originally just going to keep my 500W but I'm thinking if I get that new cpu and vid card I'd like to have a little head room....so here's the modulars I came up with..I hate clutter so that's my solution...
and if you think that one is crappy my alternative is this apevia (non-modular :-( )
and if you think both of those are piss-poor, this is the best one i could come up with in my price range, though it's not modular..oh well... OCZ
The total costs for upgrading my system then would be anywhere from around $425-$472
The total for both systems being upgrade/built would be $577-$624...not bad for gaining an entirely new computer (well pretty much) and upgrading mine..
I think that about covers it unless I forgot something....kind of confusing, I know, but bear with me....thanks for the help guys! I really do appreciate and I'm glad to be back on the forums since I'm finally done with college classes..