I was looking to upgrade my desktop. It's a fairly new machine (bought from HP July 2007), but the fans seem to be bogging down and I don't think I can replace fans on a stock HP machine, so I want to pull as much as I can out of this machine and put it in a new one.
System: HP MediaCenter PC m8120n
Processor: C2Q Q6600
RAM: 3 GB (PC5300 (DDR2?) 2 x 1 GB, 2 x 512 GB)
Graphics Card: I upgraded this to a GeForce 8500 GT
Hard Drives: 1 original 320 GB HDD, 1 upgraded 1 TB HDD
Also, I'm wondering if it's even worth keeping these parts or should I just start new?
I basically just use the PC as a production PC. I do some (light) gaming, I don't need the best of the best as far as that is concerned.
I do video transcoding and media streaming as well.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of the year
BUDGET RANGE: $750 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media server, video transcoding, gaming, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Possibly: Processor (currently C2Q Q6600), RAM (DDR2 PC5300 2x1 GB, 2x512 MB), Video Card (nVidia 8500 GT)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia, mid-tower case
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need to have a PC that can be easily cleaned (very dusty where I live and we also have a cat upstairs), also if I can get everything into a smaller case than a mid-tower, I'd like that, I'd also like to get a few more HDDs in my machine.
If it's better for me to start new with my machine, then I can do that too, but not until early February with a budget of about $1500 after rebates.