Blew up my mobo on a Dell I have. It's a couple years old but I think def still has some parts worth using. For some ridiculous reason it would cost $340 just to replace a mobo, so I decided to spend about that much money to build a new computer. Here's what I've come up with, let me know what you think. Any help is appreciated, as I am new to this.
I have a question whether I can use my old RAM or not for now, or whether I even want to. I have 2x1GB Samsung 1gb 2Rx8 PC2-4200U-444-12-E3
if I remember correctly it's 667MHz DDR SDRAM
I have a Radeon x1300 pro graphics card from my dell. I think I should be able to use it, looks like it's a PCIe16
My HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB. I shouldn't have any problems with my hard drive or disk drive or anything, should I?
I should probably buy a heatsink for my CPU too, yeah? I couldn't find one for AM3 that I didn't read a bad review about it fitting. Any ideas here?
Thanks a lot for reading this, any help is appreciated
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December 4, 2009 5:52:43 PM
I don't plan on doing any serious overclocking, and I may play a game or two, but honestly my computer is 90% used for music, internet, typing papers and that kind of work (workin on my masters), and videos sometimes. I don't know if it helps knowing what I'm doing with it. Main point is I want it to run and pretty well.
I wouldn't try to use anything from your old computer. A lot of prebuild computers use proprietary parts that don't work well with others. Also, it sounds if the computer was really old.
What's your budget? Might want to refer to the stickied thread "How to ask for new build advice".
The CPU and mobo are good.
I recommend the Antec 300 Illusion instead of the case you have. It's the same price, and is one of the best cases in that price range.
You cannot use the old RAM with the new board. The AM3 means it uses DDR3 RAM. Buy some 1333mhz CAS Latency 7 2x2 GB. It should run about $100.
Buy a new graphics card if you plan on gaming. ATI just released a bunch of new cards (the 5xxx series) that support DirectX11. The lower end choices are the 5750 for $145 or 5770 for $170. These are pretty powerful cards for the price, and will remain current for a while.
For an HDD, look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 (500 GB for $55 or 1 TB for $85). These are very fast and have an excellent price.
You don't need to get a heatsink/fan for the CPU unless you plan on overclocking.
Re-using the HDD will still require a fresh install of an operating system. Your old HDD will also be slower than a new 500GB Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12.
I agree about the antec 300 illusion. Such a low price to get 4 fans and great airflow.
If you are not going to overclock, the stock CPU fan is fine in a good case. For overclocking, the least expensive high performance cooler is the Coolermaster Hyper 212. If you read the newegg reviews you will see that around 10% are people that should probably have not been assembling their own PCs. Dont take the newegg reviews too seriously.
December 4, 2009 10:22:22 PM
Do you think there would be a problem with either that case or the power supply it comes with? The Antec is a little more expensive and doesn't come with a PSU. It plus a new PSU is a lot more and the power supply in my Dell is a little 280w that I don't think could power all these parts. Also would I be able to at least use my HDD in the new build, because it has all my important stuff on it? Thanks again for the advice it's been a big help already.
December 4, 2009 10:26:56 PM
So I guess I'll get a new HDD, but then will I be able to easily transfer stuff from my old hard drive? Or will I still need to install a new OS?
You'll need a new OS any way. You're replacing the board, which to OEM versions (like the one given you by Dell) its a new computer. Just install the OS to the new drive and install the old one to copy files.
You will need a different PSU. 280W won't cut it. I typically don't recommend buying a case with a PSU install. You're not going to get something quality, and the PSU is the thing that makes the whole machine go.
A Few more questions: Does the HDD come with a SATA cable? Do I need to buy thermal glue? Anything I could save a lot of money by changing without sacrificing much performance? Or, anything I could make a lot better with a little money?