Hi, my brother needs a newer system, his computer is getting way too old now, and he doesn't want to spend too much, since he mainly plays console games... I recently built my own too, but all I read up on was the latest hardware, so I'm a bit lost when it comes to older hardware. I will do my own research today, but I wanted to get some quick help too so I can save time in deciding what to buy for him. You guys don't need to link the websites if it takes too much time, I just need some parts recommendations, then I can go look for it on my own.
This is his old computer, for reference: HP a510n
We added an extra 512MB ram for total 1GB and added a video card (nvidia 7600GS)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
BUDGET RANGE: ~400
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, and World of Warcraft @ 1680 x 1050 (the only computer game he plays)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect, newegg, zzf, or any California tax exempt
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference. best bang for the buck, price/performance ratio
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, to squeeze best performance
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is a $400 computer possible? If it needs be, we can reuse HP's power supply or case (micro atx). We can also reuse the DVD writer. It's not too imporant. In that case, all we would need is motherboard, cpu, ram, video, hard drive.
Thanks for the link. Perhaps I can go with the bargain build, but cut out PSU, Case, DVD, and HSF.
You may want to check how big the PSU is on that PC. I looked on HP's website but didn't see anything regarding the PSU. I would go with at least a 400 watt these days, even for a budget build. Also if you plan to overclock, the stock HSF will need to be replaced.
I wouldn't use that old PSU. The older power supplies had the majority of Amps on the 3.3v and 5v rails. You'll need a PSU with a 4-pin CPU power connector, SATA connectors, and a PCI-E connector. An old PSU will not run a 4850. I highly suggest getting the 400CX.