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What parts should I keep?

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December 11, 2006 11:30:03 AM

Hi all...long time lurker, first time poster. I would like to put together a new system and try to use some of the parts form the old one. My budget is around $500-$600 and the system is a gaming/general use machine. Here are my specs:

Computer: HP Pavillion Case
CPU: Athlon 64 3700+ 2.2 GHz
Memory: Infineon PC-3200 2x512
Video: XFX 7800GT
Audio: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
PSU: Antec SP-500
Other: Lightscribe DVD R/W, CR-ROM, Card Reader

Questions are: Motherboard, stick with CPU and buy a new Socket939 MoBo or upgrade it all? Will the CD, DVD and HDD from the HP machine fit and work well in a new case? Can I upgrade to C2D and still stick to my budget? Thanks in advance for your help.

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December 11, 2006 11:51:31 AM

keep your audio ( few of us have an ear that sophisitcated to hear the difeerence between x-fi and audigy 2)/

your video, the hdd, the psu, and the dvd-rw

spend your bucks on a core 2 duo, a good motherboard (no LE's of VM's but a deluxe or smth. along those lines from ASUS or Gigabyte).
a new case, and a bigger/faster harddrive.

p.s.: that implies buying new RAM too.
December 11, 2006 12:22:32 PM

your video, the hdd, the psu, and the dvd-rw

agreed, those parts are still pretty good, you can focus most of your money on the cpu, mobo, and ram, are you going to be oc-ing?

heres what i would recommend if you kept those components.

E6400 - $217
Asus P5B Deluxe - $183
G.Skill 2GB DDR2-800 - $210

total - $610

get a case and your set, maybe an aftermarket hsf too if your planning on oc-ing fairly high.