Hey, I'm a new forum user so please let me know if I'm doing anything wrong.
I am looking to upgrade my current system to a more current one, but at a tight budget of up to $700. I have little experience with computer hardware beyond properly connecting them and building. So, I am looking for advice from the experienced forum users 8) . I have no brandname preferences, but I'd like to stay with well-known brands to ensure reliability. My main purpose for this system will be gaming, so I would like decent, playable performance on newer games, but it doesn't need to be extremely fast on them. I do not know how to properly overclock, and I am not looking to overclock anything, unless it is easy and safe. I would like this computer to last 2-3 years.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle 2.0GHz Socket 754 Processor Model ADA3000AXBOX
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS1GBKIT400
MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X VIVO Video Card
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2014N 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive
Thermaltake Silent PurePower W0009R ATX12V 420W Power Supply
After browsing the General Homebuilt section and looking at a few other builds, this is what I'm looking to upgrade to. I have seen that many people recommend the GA-965P-DS3, so I chose that one. Is there a cheaper memory kit that I could use with comparable performance for my system, other than the one I listed? My limited hardware experience also prevents me from gauging what kind of PSU I would need, so advice there would be appreciated. I prefer retail parts, merely because they have guaranteed warranty. If the OEM price is much cheaper and has an available warranty plan, I wouldn't mind using it. Also, when I upgrade, will I still be able to use the CoolerMaster case?
EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
PSU - ???
The total so far without the PSU is ~ $535 without shipping (from NewEgg). I know there are cheaper places, so once I can finalize my build, I will use PriceWatch to search for my finalized items. Plus, I think I would only buy something from NewEgg or cheaper so they're sort of my standard.
If you haven't done so, check out this recent article as well as the CPU chart. Right now AMD looks like the best bet on a tight budget given the mobo seem to be a bit less. One of the things that this article shows is that if your gaming, the video card can make a big difference. There was a recent thread on PSUs that included some comparisons, unfortunately, not sure where it is but you could probably find it doing a search for PSU in the forum. There was a 500w Antic for about $110 or so that looked really good.