I am currently using a Sony Vaio PCV-RZ24G that I purchased in 2004. Still has the stock NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 and only 1g RAM (I upgraded from 512 about a year and a half ago lol). It is very much past it's prime and I'm hoping to get a replacement as my birthday draws nearer. I still need to keep it in the budget ballpark so I've been perusing these forums picking up some much needed recommendations (I am not very computer literate when it comes to hardware). I will be using my old monitor for now and I'm assuming I can install my Windows XP from my old computer to the new one. I also have no need of a new keyboard or mouse at this time.
This is for gaming, surfing, burning some CDs/DVDs. I'm not a gaming fanatic anymore, mainly just play WoW and am sick of the lag I get with my 1g RAM and ghetto card.
Please critique what I have put together. I know there are cheaper options for some of these items, but want to spend a little more than "bare bones" and be able to upgrade other components in time.
looks like a good build. my only concern is reusing the windows license. you might run into some problems with that since it's most likley an OEM copy, which is usually permanently tied to one specific computer.
I have edited my original post to reflect the need for an OS (and downgrade of PSU). Thoughts on the OCZ versus the Corsair?
Regarding AMD, I have looked at both and read quite a few threads here and I think I feel more comfortable going with Intel. Of course, this may be due to my lack of knowledge and experience on the subject. Is there anything particularly wrong with the mobo and cpu I chose? Shortcomings, etc?
OCZ is not as high a quality as Corsair, but still good quality. The StealthStream series features fewer connectors, but from the description of your system you won't need that many. A review of the OCZ 600w http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/451
Nothing wrong with the E5200/P45, but you'd need to overclock the E5200 to get better performance from it and i didn't see a cooler as part of your build or mention of overclocking. The Phenomll x3 710 would give better performance in both gaming and burning at stock clocks.
+1 for Dirtmountain...Unless u overclock the E5200 , i really dont think the P45 and the E5200 are a gud combo...
If u are not overclocking, then may be u shuld get a cheaper Mbbo like the Gigabyte G31 EG31M-S2L ...they go very well wit the E5200 and the mobo gives so many Bios options for overclocking the CPU...
Else upgrade the CPU atleast to E7300 or E7400...
If u are nt planning to add one more GFX card, then u could settle wit the Corsair 400W saving cash for the CPU...Am sure for tis setup, the corsair 400W is suffice...
Well y do u have to go wit XP home, get tis... Vista home premium...jus $10 more..
Well i don say vista is better than the XP though but when Win 7 comes out, u can easily upgrade to win 7 frm vista...
And am sure u can easily overclock the E5200 to 3GHz on tat Mobo and CPU cooler without any harm to the components...but as u r gonna try it first time, before doin it b sure to google around for proper procedures and correct options to change...sure there are many guides for overclocking but u would have to learn a bit abt the BIOS options before doin it...
..... my only concern is reusing the windows license. you might run into some problems with that since it's most likley an OEM copy, which is usually permanently tied to one specific computer.
I have used the key from my old hp over and over on my systems. The first time it popped up with a validation number request. I called MS and told them i wanted to reuse the copy from my HP on my new build and they said ok. Then gave me a new validation number, this is different than the key/license.
When you buy a whole computer you buy everything on it. All licenses, etc. You have the right to reuse any license.
I have since put that license on my last 3 builds and never had a problem. After that first validation, i never had to do it again. I get all my updates and downloads without issue.
The old pc should have a MS windows sticker with the key on it somewhere. Use that number.
Hell, i even used a install cd from another build. I jsut put in that number.