It finally happened. My cheap, old power supply failed, taking the Motherboard and/or CPU with it.
I have a good, all steel, case, and have long since replaced the drives and everything EXCEPT the mobo, CPU and power supply.
My profile: I'm a teacher, use the machine constantly to surf the web (can we call it "research"?), do e-mail. and burn CDs. No heavy gaming.
Option 1: Buy a low end PC. I can't find one with XP, so would have to use some brand of Vista, probably Vista home. The attractive part is it would run out of the box. The unattractive part is that it would be, well, extremely low end, and Vista.
Option 2: Buy a mobo, CPU and memory and install in the old case (I already bought a new 430 watt Thermaltake power supply). I'm looking at the same Gigabyte G31M-ES2L mobo and Pentium dual-core 2.2 Ghz "Allendale" that we built a machine for my son with last Summer. They're economical, quick enough, and apparently bulletproof. With a new 500 GB hard drive (my old one was about full anyhow), 4 GB RAM, and a new XP Pro disk, I'm looking at about $300.
This SOUNDS too easy when I write it, or think about it. Am I missing something? Thoughts, anyone? Any reason I should buy, say, a brand new low end Systemax instead of making the $300 update?
Yes, I'm in Guam, where unfortunately Newegg refuses to ship, but Tiger Direct has been good to us. My old ECS lasted six years before the power supply burned it out, so that would be OK, but will stick with the Gigabyte just because we know and like it. I really don't need to overclock, as I'm not a power user, just constantly on-line.