Im interested in building a new desktop for my dad. He had a crappy dell, and its motherboard fried. He called up Dell and they said the mobo on his computer was recalled, but the recall expired in January.
Sooo...Im looking at building him a new system for around $500. Its primarliy for MS word, excel, quickbooks, web browsing, but im going to pack a little bit of gaming potential in it. I picked out some parts, and If you know of a part thats as good but costs less, please tell. If one of the parts I selected is bottlenecking another part, please tell.
Also, Im looking for a good aftermarket heatsink/fan for the processor, as I dont feel like using the crappy one that comes with the processor. I wont be OCing it, but Im looking for something small, easy to install, effective, and will fit in this case/mobo.
Also, There was valuable data on the hardrive, would I be able to just use his old hard drive on this system? I did that once before with an old compaq, and used the same used HD with a new mobo/processor/video card and it worked.
Thanks. What about a good, small, cheap after market cpu cooler? I dont want to deal with installing the stock intel one. Im not sure about getting the quad core simply because he'll be using windows xp, so I dont think there will be much of a performance difference.
Btw if u havnt had experience building a computer before make sure to google "How to build a PC" and make sure ur familiar with all the steps before you do it. Make sure you static discharge ureself before u touch the processor and less is more when it comes to adding thermal paste.