It was a little under a $1,000 at Best Buy without a monitor and I thought it was my best chance for a 4200 dual-core system. I knew I had to upgrade the onboard video card. I was planning on using my ATI 9600XT AGP card for the time being.
This will be a gaming PC. I am finally moving up from an AMD 2100 XP system that has a bad motherboard or processor. This is a system that I pieced together from Newegg. I am looking to keep that system intact to be fixed for a second PC later.
Well I found out at home that it didn't have the AGP slot needed for my video card. So I was now determined to go ahead and purchase a PCI Express x16 card.
Now I find out that it only has a 300 watt power supply. So with the $300 card I was planning to purchase, I need to add another $80 to $100 for a power supply.
So my question to everyone is should I stick with this system and upgrade or start from scratch. I have no problems with building up a system and have done it several times in the past. I guess I was just hoping that a ready built system would be up and running in no time.
Again I appreciate any help and comments. Thanks, Mike.
100889 - 300-Watt Power Supply
100929 - 300 Watt Bestec Power Supply
103563 - 300-Watt Power Supply
and was able to locate a suitable replacement part bestec atx-300w which shows "DIMENSION: 5.9" (W) x 3.4" (H) x 5.5" (D)" which is standard ATX size. The mobo seems to have a standard 24-pin ATX (since it says so), but it would be nice if the manufacturer link provided some more details like pinout diagrams...
Your best bet is to measure the width if it is close to 6" then you are probably good to go with a plain old ATX unit, you can look at the 24-pin ATX connector and compare to the standard pinouts to see if they match up to be 100% positive.
If so, you are good to go with a new PSU like one of these Antec TP-II series - good quality for the dollar.
I vote for take it back if you can. You will run into other issues along the way. Other components where you got short changed, a crippled bios, etc. Should be able to put together a pretty good build for $1000. Also prices are dropping fast on prebuilts. Dell is about giving systems away and they have 2 more price reductions coming in the next 6-8 weeks (so I was told), because of the new stuff coming out. Conroe etc. Even their so-called gaming systems are about in your price range. Lot's of current generation deals are about here.
Also Gateway doesn't have a real good satisifaction rating -(PCMAG & Consumer reports) so I would pass on them anyway.