System Upgrade


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.

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  1. 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)


    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia, mid-tower case



    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.
  2. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail

    SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail

    Sunbeam CR-CCTF

    thats bout $615 before rebates
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