The rest is not important as it can all be transplanted....
But basically the gfx card died for the THIRD time today... and she does not really want another card exactly the same as it will be the fourth card and it just will not be trusted... so what we are thinking is whatever card they send us, we will flog it on ebay and then put the dosh towards a more modern system. The motherboard is a definate on the replacement list as it has a few niggles...
So basically what can i ideally replace and what with? The motherboard must have 2 IDE channels as her current setup has 2 IDE HD's and 2 optical drives. PCI-e is a must obviously.
So assume I have a suitable PSU and everything else not mentioned in the list above, what do you think i shoudl get for a max of £400? And £400 is the absolute max as money is tight right now!
i dont know of any sites in the uk so im just going to use newegg.
so 400 pounds is about $750 USD right now (where did the dollars value go?). and you have to replace the mobo, ram, gpu, and cpu? easy. what kind of psu do you have btw? just want to make sure it'll support the system.
alright, the budget has gone from $750-ish to about $900! im still looking for another mobo with 2 IDE connections. how big are those drives btw? you might be able to get a sata to replace them, then just copy the data off the old drives. you would have to downgrade the gpaphics though, but the 1950pro was overkill if all she's doing is playing WoW.
atm there is a 200GB and a 250GB drive. Gfx have to be decent enough as she uses 2 screens and she likes playing wow on all max settings. Right nwo she is stealing my computer as she cant play wow as the temp gfx card we have in is absolutely poo. I think its a geforce mx400 or something stupid like that.
I may have a quick mooch around for a suitable mobo as my boss has nipped out...
hmm, didnt see any mention of processor support in the tech specs so i went to a different site. when i went there agian though i clicked the special features "tab" i found it. i guess i stand (or sit) corrected then. you might want to do a little more looking though, ive never heard of that chipset before.
Right, I have scrimped around and finally dug up something of a semi decent suggestion...
This is bearing in mind I am going to transplant the RAM from the old system to save some money. Reliability and longivity is prefered to performance and snazziness (although my gf is looking at having a seperate fund for a new case featuring dragon motifs....)
So... what do you make of this little lot?
All prices from scan.co.uk inclusive of VAT. Once i have an idea of what i will definately go for, I will hunt around for better prices.
Either a 530W tagan Easy con (£68.73) or the 480W model (£64.63). I am certain that my current PSU is one of these.
Cheapest Option: £352.12
Most Expensive Option: £416.65
It is clear that the CPU is what will provide most of the difference. Can anyone suggest which of the options is best (aside from the CPU as that will just come down to how much dosh is available), or perhaps suggest alternatives? Such as boards that arent on scan... I wouldnt call myself an nvidia fan boy but I do tend to lean more towards them...
edit: had to click submit as the boss's wife turned up. But as i was saying, I lean more towards nvidia, but I wouldnt turn down an ATI solution if the price/performance was right