SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: used entirely for internet, email and MSoffice suite, maybe watching some video, looking at pictures
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, cd drive
Has a 250W PSU but may need to be upgraded
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: no overclocking, no sli
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 hanns-G
Im going to try and reuse PSU and case which is a midtower.
There will be no gaming on this computer.
Im doing a very low cost build for my dad. I dont know much about the computer he has now but I do know it is out of date. This is all the information my mom could send me.
2.4 GHZ Socket 478/533 CPU
512 MB PC-133 Memory
60/GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
56K v.92 Modem
Windows 98SE/XP Operating System
Not very much to go off of but do your best. I want it to be able to run windows7 32bit and do basic office things. No games will be played I just know he wants something a bit faster. I have access to all software so do not factor that in to the price. I started looking at AMD and found this AM3 processor.
as long as it will fit in his case and I will have to wait to find out if the HDD he has is IDE or SATA but right now Im just looking for a starting point so I dont buy anything more than I need to. Any information will help greatly.
PSU - I would highly recommend trying to fit a new PSU into the budget...it would be a shame to see a new build go to waste after the magic smoke was released from an older psu...now if that older PSU is a quality one...then less worries
Intel usually is better in non gaming systems,and gaming systems also..he he. The board has an integrated HDMI, DVI and 'VGA' port. I placed there 2 Gb of DDR 3 and a good PSU from corsair.
All of that should excel in any way except gaming.
Also you can connect any kind of HDD to that motherboard.
Also if you want you change the RAM i chose with yours for a very small difference.
Also if you want, you can overclock that CPU with ease but i don;t think it will be necessary.
All of this should fit inside the case .
This system is based on intel new chips and it is a little more expensive then the one posted above.
Also the motherboard is more reliable. You can still use your old HDD but it will affect the speed of everything.
If you want to go AMD then the system above is ok .