I know this post will seem amazingly lazy, but I imagine some of you here will be able to answer this question somewhat quickly.
I can't tell you the guiding interests of this build, but in theory it is supposed to be cheap and just run windows. (Internet surfing). The truth is, I may steal it (that is use it for myself and give my old rig to my grandmother) as a temporary stop before getting a modern computer.
I would like to order the parts immediately. I am in New Jersey, USA.
As it stands now, I have a AMD 64 3000+ with an AGP Radeon x850 or something like that. I would like to know if what I am pricing out would actually be a major improvement on what I have now.
I like quiet and energy efficient computers, but I can give a bit on those. (Loud would not be acceptable)
Do you have any recommendations for where I could cut back and still get similar performance? In some ways, I am hoping to use the new motherboard as a jumping off platform for a better chip and PCI-Express card in the future, but I need it to be funcitonal now without a videocard. I need neither optical drives nor an OS.
I am looking at this system which totals for about $358 (parts include MB w/ video & audio, AMD Processor w/ cooling, memory 2gb, case, 430W power supply, HD, and Wireless Card):
I want a system that can run modern games well enough but that doesn't cost too much more than the budget I have from my father to build my grandmother's computer. If for $100 I can get a system that blows my old system away and puts me in a good place to upgrade my system in a year or so, I'd like to do that.
Does that change your answer at all?
The only game I own right now that I play on occasion is WoW. My current setup will not let me do much more than have minimal graphics with some increase in range of vision of horizon and objects.
The PSU is crap in that case, and should not be used if you value your hardware. It's impossible to tell who actually made the PSU as the UL number is unreadable, but given the various ratings for the rails I can tell you it's a very poor design, whatever it is.
Thanks for the advice. I went essentially with the system described but changed out the PSU as recommended and got the combo on the Mobo/CPU.
With taxes and shipping it was over $400 which is really irritating, but whatever. At least I'll be able to upgrade to whatever is out for the AM3 platform in a year or so. I really hope that they don't abandon the format before I can justify the transitional upgrade.