Another bang for the buck?

My main usage is no longer gaming since I don't have the time. What I find myself doing mostly is using SolidWorks o9 + or PhotoShop + web surfing on a second monitor while listing to music or streaming NPR. I also have my HDtv connected to watch hd MX races that currently play in slow motion.

My current rig is;
athlon xp 2500 - Asus A78N delux - 2gb ram - All in Wonder Radeon 9800 - Klipsch 5.1. its been around for quite a while, and still working great except for laggy video and skippy music when multitasking. When I say I get my moneys worth, well you get the idea.

Anyways since my dads computer just died (not worth fixing) I figured I would just give him this one and build another. My goal is to spend the least $ and still be able to multi-task and not have laggy music. and watch the latest video. Thanks for your help!
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  1. Do you keep the case, PSU, DVD, HDD ?
  2. I will be giving my old box to my dad and I don't think the PSU and case will update since they are so old anyways...

    since the hdds are iede I don't think I can reuse them? I do have a 500gb iede. :( Or is it possible to mix iede and sata? I would like to get a sdd for the os If its worth it for this budget system?

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD-burner keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,


    PARTS PREFERENCES: I kind of prefer AMD but not that important

    OVERCLOCKING: No - unless its really easy and worthwhile.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: I will be going to 20+" monitors and connected to 52" 1080p TV

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: as Quiet as possible?!?
  3. I guess some of the questions I have are, do I need quad core processing or will dual core fit the bill for what I'm doing? Is DDR3 that much better then DDR2? and where I really need help is matching the best Mobo to the processor. I'm hoping since this isn't the latest greatest build some of you should have the bugs already worked out?

    here is my current rig
  4. here is what I came up with!?!

    AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX $99.99

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $79.99

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ $109.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $55

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $22.oo

    re-use old case/psu

    Grand Total:* $505.oo
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