I built a system a few years ago and am looking to upgrade, even back then it was not top of the line. So I have lost touch with the latest trends in hardware. However, I would like to use as much of the old parts as I can. I am not a gamer so my requirements are pretty minimal, but I do a lot of multitasking.
What I am looking for is an upgrade in my CPU/Motherboard and graphics card(s), I would like to run 3 monitors (17 LCDs).
I think my ram is DDR2, 3 1 gig sticks, my Hard Drive is IDE and I use Windows XP pro. I would still like to use these components but would like to upgrade my OS in the future, maybe windows 7.
Well for alot of multi-tasking the Quads seem to be the ones to get. The C2D's are good too, but it all depends on your budget and requirements.
* What is your current setup?
* What is your budget?
* What parts do you want to buy new?
* Are you going to be using an existing PSU (hopefully not unless it's a good one)?
* Are you planning on using your existing Case? if so, what case is it?
I can't remember the PSU I think it is 450 watt, I know it was pretty expensive and heavy and yes I would like use it.
as stated in my original post I am looking to buy a video card, mother board and CPU.
I also gave specs on the existing components I would like to use like DDR ram, IDE hard drive etc. The case is pretty nice too, it holds an ATX sized motherboard.
My budget would be about $300 for the three basic parts I mentioned. I guess I could be more spec by tearing apart my case and looking at everything I installed a few years ago.
I just figured asking about multitasking processors, motherboards that supported IDE hard drives and DDR2 RAM and a video card(s) that could support 3 monitors would be sufficient information.
If not I can also ways ask a local builder. I thought the internet would be faster and easier.
Sorry, your given specs are not really enough to tell if there is anything you can save.
As an educated guess, I do not believe you can reuse your existing RAM.
It sounds to me like you have 3 sticks of standard DDR.
With what information is available and assuming your PSU is a high quality unit, this is what I would suggest for you.
At just a bit over your budget, this will give you a powerful Intel based platform with 4 DVI outputs and plenty of RAM.
Also, as the E5200 is highly overclockable, you can give your self quite a boost in performance if you deem it necessary.
You will be able to reuse two EIDE devices, ie. your current hard drive and DVD/RW, but you will have to reinstall Xp after changing your hardware so be sure to back up any important data.
All components will be compatible with a newer operating system like Vista of Vista SE (Win 7).