[Need Advice] Trying to build a system with some older parts...HELP!!!

Hello All! I just purchased a new PC due to the fact that a capacitor on my older HP desktop's motherboard went bad and did not want to put any $$$ into. I also wanted a nice new gaming rig (which I did end up buying myself)! Anyways, I'm thinking of piecing together a decent gaming system using some of the parts from my old HP PC for my brother. I did upgrade some of the existing parts in it. Here is the original PC I purchased from Best Buy...


System:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01312600&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3644705&lang=en


I upgraded the PSU and GPU. Here are the parts that I have upgraded and that I think I can put into this new sytem build...


Video card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133241&cm_re=pny_8800gt-_-14-133-241-_-Product

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103226&Tpk=amd%20phenom%209500

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817702010&cm_re=bfg_550w-_-17-702-010-_-Product



Now I still have the 16x DVD/CD writer/player also. The system came with 3GB of DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300 MB/sec). I'm not sure if I should still use that. The parts I know I'll need are a new chassis, motherboard, HDD and possible RAM and oh yeah an OS right? I guess I'd like to upgrade that system to 4 or 6GB of RAM if possible. Now keep in mind I don't want this thing to be a beast or anything close to it. I want to keep the costs down and see if it is worth spending a few bucks and putting together a decent gaming system for my brother with some parts that I have and probably will not ever use again. Keep in mind that I've also never put a system together but am sooo excited to try. I have been doing a ton of research since I've bought my new rig and feel like I am more than capable of putting one together now. I consider myself to be an average to above average PC user with ambition!

I do like the practicality of this chassis...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&Tpk=nzxt%20gamma

I'll probably also need to buy a few fans for it too.

Remember the cheaper the better but I'd still like a good solid build to put together.

I am new to this community but have seen how helpful you all have been. I look forward to hearing back from you and looking at any suggestions you might have.

I'm sure I've missed a few important steps too so don't be afraid to remind me!

Thanks for your time!!!

- manooly
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  1. You can reuse that memory PC2-5300 if you get a motherboard with DDR2 compatibility. Most use DDR3 now.
    If you get DDR3, get DDR3-1066 or better.
  2. This is a good board. Uses DDR2. Not sure if it fits your budget.

    ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    $178.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131361
  3. Please tell us your total budget.
    If you want another micro ATX motherboard, you may be able to use the old case.
    I think it's best to get a new ATX case.
  4. Not sure about the budget. How is $300 or $400? Don't be afraid to go a little over. I'd like to consider a few options.

    Thanks so much!

    - manooly
  5. evongugg said:
    Please tell us your total budget.
    If you want another micro ATX motherboard, you may be able to use the old case.
    I think it's best to get a new ATX case.


    Yeah, I'd like to buy a new/affordable case for this build.
  6. This is a nice case on sale now.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    $79.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf-922-_-11-119-197-_-Product

    You can resuse the hard drive and optical drive. If you're a student you can get a better price on this.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    $104.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116752&cm_re=windows_7_oem-_-32-116-752-_-Product
  7. I've seen nothing but great reviews for this NZXT case...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&Tpk=nzxt%20gamma

    ... and the price...WOW!!!
  8. evongugg said:


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    $104.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116752&cm_re=windows_7_oem-_-32-116-752-_-Product


    Can I get the 64 bit version for the same price?
  9. Other options:

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

    If you go to LAN parties, this has a handle:

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $89.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    $109.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product

    You can choose any ATX computer case you like from Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com, Buy.com, etc.
    If you decide to go with the micro ATX board, you can choose a micro ATX case.
  10. manooly said:
    Can I get the 64 bit version for the same price?


    Sorry, my mistake.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_64-bit-_-32-116-754-_-Product
  11. manooly said:
    I've seen nothing but great reviews for this NZXT case...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&Tpk=nzxt%20gamma

    ... and the price...WOW!!!


    That's okay if you want it.
  12. evongugg said:
    Other options:

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394



    The AMD Phenom 9500 processor will fit/run in this board ok right?

    How about some decent 4 or 6 GB of DDR2 RAM?
  13. manooly said:
    The AMD Phenom 9500 processor will fit/run in this board ok right?

    How about some decent 4 or 6 GB of DDR2 RAM?


    It is supported since bios version F1.

    You are better off buying DDR3 and a DDR3 motherboard if you want to buy new memory.
  14. Any recommendations for a DDR3 board that has quality for a reasonable price? How about some cheap/decent DDR3 RAM then? Thanks!
  15. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL - Retail $94.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274&cm_re=g._skill_ripjaws-_-20-231-274-_-Product

    ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    $178.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $69.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
  16. The 790 FX motherboards make sense if you want to go Crossfire some time.
  17. The 790 FX motherboards support dual monitors also, if you want to go that way.
  18. There will never be Crossfire. Should I go with cheaper board then?
  19. If you want dual monitors, go with the 790FX, otherwise go with the cheaper board.
  20. evongugg said:
    If you want dual monitors, go with the 790FX, otherwise go with the cheaper board.


    Nope, no dual monitors either. My brother would just be doing some basic gaming and usual PC stuff on it.

    Anything else I'm missing?
  21. How about a cheap/decent processor cooler for that board?
  22. You have:

    processor
    video card
    power supply
    HDD
    optical drive

    You need:

    motherboard
    memory
    case
    OS
  23. I usually buy this afterwards, so I can measure the space accurately.

    Top 5 heatsinks:

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    Top 5 Low Profile Heatsinks on Frostytech

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5_lowprofile_heatsinks.cfm
  24. If you don't overclock you don't need a cooler, other than the standard cooler.
    With your memory PC2-5300, you won't be able to overclock well.
    If you get DDR3-1333, you will have better chances of overclocking.
  25. evongugg said:
    You have:

    processor
    video card
    power supply
    HDD
    optical drive

    You need:

    motherboard
    memory
    case
    OS


    I think I'll need a decent 500GB HDD too.....sorry!!!
  26. evongugg said:
    If you don't overclock you don't need a cooler, other than the standard cooler.
    With your memory PC2-5300, you won't be able to overclock well.
    If you get DDR3-1333, you will have better chances of overclocking.


    Does the board come with a standard cooler?
  27. No, you may be able to use the HP cooler.
    The processor usually comes with a cooler.
  28. Gotcha, it did come with a fan now that I think about it.

    By the way, we will not be doing any overclocking. Not exactly sure how to do it myself.
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