After much thought I have decided that I need to purchase a new computer. My 2.5 year old 1.3 Ghz AMD is not sufficient for my gaming needs, and lately it’s been making strange sounds and having odd slowdowns in the middle of mundane windows tasks. Because of the current problems I don’t want to upgrade the system, I might be wasting my money if it all crashes and burns in six months anyway, but I think I can save some money by re-using some old components. I would like some recommendations.
What I’m thinking of keeping from the old system:
Hard Drives, I have two, one three months old 120 Gb, and one a year old that’s 80 GB. Possibly I’ll retire the older drive and buy a new one, I do need the extra storage space
Monitor. My old 19" is fully functional.
CD-RW/DVD-Rom. I can keep these, but a DVD-RW +/-/whatever is tempting and could replace them both.
Now here are a couple of things I need some help with.
Processor: I’m looking for a 2,8GHz/2800xp or better. I’ve generally been steering clear of Intel due to their premium pricing, but now I’m wondering if their Hyperthreading is worth it.
Motherboard: I have no clue what’s good/bad when it comes to these babies. I’m thinking of just picking a reliable brand and going with it. The one thing I have considered is the emergence of SATA. The move to SATA has made me think about possibly buying a SATA HDD as a way to ensure future compatability for my data storage, so a motherboard able to do both SATA and IDE is a plus. The downside as far as I can tell from the motherboards I have looked at is that I’ll only have one IDE cable to go along with the SATA cable. This means I can only connect one IDE HDD and one CD/DVD, so that means a DVD-RW is almost a must since I need to have one old HDD and I can’t pick between the CDRW/DVD I already have. This is all speculation on my part, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
Graphics cards: I’m looking for a decent card around the 150$ pricepoint. If I really need to lower the price I can re-use my old Geforce Ti4200 64 MB.
Anything else I should keep in mind, let me know. Right now it looks like I’ll be purchasing the computer sometime in March, depending on when I can get the money.