I HAVE A OUTDATED 7 YEAR OLD BUILD. (IT WENT CRASH BOOM) I PLAY A LOT OF LARGE FILE GAMES LIKE DRACULA 3 AND THIS PC WILL NOT HANDLE IT. RIGHT NOW I'M USING A DELL DIMENSION 2400 WITH ABOUT 1.2 GIGS OF MEMORY AND A Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller. I WANT TO UPGRADE AND NEED SUGGESTIONS, BUDGET IS 300 TO 500 DOLLARS. ANY SUGGESTIONS? BUY BAREBONE OR INDIVIDUAL PARTS.? I DO NOT BELIEVE I NEED EXTREME GAMING STUFF. PREFER AMD AND ASUS
Case: Raidmax Apex 820B $39.99 shipped plus a $10 rebate.
Power supply: Pc power and cooling 420w $54.99 plus about $9 shipping
Cpu: athlon x2 Regor 245 w/heatsink $64.99 shipped
Motherboard: ECS GF8100-VM $53.99 shipped plus $15 rebate
Memory: Corsair 4gb (2x2gb) pc6400 5-5-5-18 $46.99 shipped
Video card: HIS H467Qss1GP $77.99 shipped plus $10 rebate
My suggestions are reasonable. I wouldn't reuse too many of your dell components. You may even want to get a newer faster hardrive. Definately don't reuse the dell case or power supply, when new ones are priced right. The pc power and cooling is a tier one rated power supply, which means it ain't cheap, and won't die easily under load.