So I haven't built a computer in a while and thought it was time to upgrade, but I'm a few hundred dollars away from being able to buy all the parts. So a friend told me that he would buy my PC, since he only uses it for Music, videos, internet, and FSX (Flight Simulator 10). So the main question is how much is my current PC worth and are the parts I chose for my new build compatible, reliable, and better than my current one. I wanted a Lanbox case for one reason. Lan parties! I'm tired of having to carry a kinda huge desktop to my lan parties (it's not even that great of a computer).
My Current Computer (I need a price check):
Antec 900 Mid Tower Case Motherboard:
Nvidia 680i Sli Lt Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2Ghz RAM:
2 x 1 GB Corsair and extra 512 Mb Hard Drive:
500gb Maxtor HDD at 7200 RPM (Sata) Video Card:
8500GT 512Mb Pny CD/DVD Drive:
HP Lightscribe (Sata) DVD+R 22x DVD-RW 6x DVD-RAM 12x PSU:
600 Watt lifetime PSU Operating System:
Windows XP Sp3
My dream PC (Please Criticize, I'm aiming for under $600, I already have an Extra Operating System so that's not a problem):
Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Black Gaming Cube Computer Case - $89.99 Motherboard:
ASUS M3A78-EM Micro ATX AMD - $78.99 Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition - $64.99 RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel - $49.99 Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive - $69.99 Video Card:
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512-P3-N841-AR Video Card - $109.99 CD/DVD Drive:
I don't know yet... which do you think I should get? PSU:
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W Power Supply - $54.99 CPU Cooler:
Thermaltake CL-P0466 80mm CPU Cooler - $59.99
((Okay now this is a problem, I really don't know if this will fit in the case being Micro atx with a 8800GTS in it so please comment some advice))
I'm gonna have to say no to the 7750. It runs hot and doesn't overclock too well so it's really, really not suited for a small gaming lanbox. Go with the Athlon X2 250 or the Phenom II X2 550 instead as they run much cooler than the 7750 would at 3.0GHz and you can use the stock cooler. I don't think that thermaltake cooler would fit anyway .
I agree with the above... i have a 7750 and while it's not a bad CPU, there are better options for around the same or a little more $$. The Phenom 2 550's are really nice (comparatively the 7750 is a Phenom 1 and the 550 is a Phenom 2, run better, cooler, and OC better.)
I can't say im a fan of lanboxes... unless you do actually lan a lot, i don't think i would bother. You can get better cooling from a real tower. a CM690 would be a good alternative in the same price range.
now, i dont know enough about the 8800's to say if this would be better or not.. but i just picked up a BFG tech gts250 1 gig for like 114... now i know a 250 is a 9800 which is really an 8800, so i would assume that the gts250 is "better" so, that might be worth looking into.
Look on e-bay for a similar system, and look at completed auctions. That will give you some idea of worth. Usually, a PC is worth more broken down into parts than it is as a complete pc.
Also, FSX is one of the few very cpu intensive games that is multi core optimized, and your friend would be better advised to look for a quad core system.
If you value his friendship, tell him so.
Heat will be a big issue in a small case.
For your dream system, pay attention to the manufacturing technology of your vga card. The 8800GTS(g92) uses older technology. 40 and 55nm parts are here now, and by the end of the year, there should be some much better cards for you.