I want to make as cheap and stable a system as possible. Replacing parts on an old computer. Performance is not an issue. Only that it is a solid system that won't cost much. I'm looking at these parts so far:
Also, if I'm upgrading an old computer for a parent, is upgrading a better choice? Or buying a cheap comp from dell/hp as good of a deal? There are several parts I probably won't need to replace on the system, like case/psu/monitor, but the rest is pretty old.
For something like this, that I assume will just be used for basic surfing, ect...I would suggest buying a used system off ebay. You can get one that will fit your needs for around $150 or so. If you already have a good case, memory, power supply, optical drive, HDD, ect, you could just get a MB/CPU combo, but it will probably be less of an overall upgrade than just buying a whole system from ebay if its that old.
What parts do you already have and what will the system be used for? I would suggest getting 4 GB of 1066MHz ram, everything will perform better.
I have a 420w ps and ah... a case. I'm planning on a mb that has video/audio on board. The hd is EIDE, so unless I get a mb that has EIDE support, I'll probably need a EIDE hard drive. So I'll need mb, cpu, ram, and a hd.