I just found an older pc I had in storage, its not ancient, it's about 5 years old maybe a little newer then that. It was crashed so i cleared the computer out and reinstalled windows xp home fresh. I want to make it capable of playing most of the new games, and much faster then it is. Its an HP pavilion 750n the specs can be found here
The main things I want to upgrade are the Motherboard, CPU, The ram, and the graphics card. I think those are the only things I need to change to make my pc good. If theres anything else I should upgrade id love to hear it. I have 2 cd drives, a DVD drive and a CD-R drive. The PC has an 80gb hard drive. The rest im not sure, its all in the above link.
As of now I have an Asus motherboard, a pentium 4 1.6ghz CPU, 512mb RAM and a Nvidia tnt2 M64 graphics card, so basically a horrible setup. I guess the best place to start would be a new motherboard, what would be a good motherboard to buy that doesnt skimp on performance too much but is cheaply priced. I'm not sure what my two cd drivers and my hard drive will be compatible with, but as I said above, that link is to my computers specs. I don't have a prefrence in online stores, and Il buy refurbished hardware as long as its in great working order, warrantys would be nice as well. I would really, really appreciate the help. Thanks !!
Oh and I thought id let everyone know, Im a beginner, this will be my first build so lamens terms would help....I took a tech class a few years back so I can put it together, but I dont know all the technical names for everything an all that so bare with me. Thanks
The time frame I'm looking at would preferably be within the next month maybe two.
I found a motherboard + processor combo sounds good, input would be nice though, its a Intel Pentium 4 531 3.0GHz LGA775 CPU/MB/Fan Combo w/ Biostar P4M900-M7 Motherboard, Audio, Video, LAN, and Fan
has 1 pcie x16 slot and 1 pcie x1 slot...so I can put in a good graphics card, supports up to 4gb memory, Front Side Bus 1066 / 800 MHz, 2 x 240-pin DDR2 Memory Slots, DDR2 667/533 MHz Support, 2 x PCI Slots, 2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s Ports, 1 x VGA Port, 1 x COM Port.
The most important question is will my HD and my CD drives be compatible with this Motherboard. Also, will this mobo be good enough for a decent gaming system, or should I say a system capable of playing new games smoothly.
Pentium 4, gaming...? no thanks...
Look at a e7xxx series CPU at the minimum, and pair it with a p45 chipset board for around 60$~ and get a 4670 or 4770 depending on your PSU, and youll be relativetly set for gaming at medium settings... or go with AMD with a athlon II x3 CPU and 790x chipset board
how about this combo deal on newegg...comes with
1. Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E6500 - Retail
2. ECS BLACK SERIES P45T-A LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Your paying nearly 20$ more on your mobo over your CPU? big no no... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.338824
Theres a much better combo for you.
As for ram, look at something from corsair, gskill, kingstone, adata, ocz, never heard of PQI so i wouldnt recommend them.
As for video card compatability, as long as your mobo has a pcie16x slot, which all mobos of the past 4 or so years have, and you have a good enough PSU to power it you are fine