I've currently got a nice computer with a Core i7 as my main PC. However, I also have a second PC that I use quite frequently actually and it's in need of a serious upgrade. The Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 2800+ 1.8GHz CPU
Gigabyte K8VM800M Micro ATX Socket 754 Motherboard
1x512MB DDR400 RAM, 64MB to the onboard video.
As such, I was considering an upgrade. It's for general use only, the most important things being application loading time and minor gaming video performance.
I'm willing to spend to get the job done right, but let's try to keep it at or around $500. The OS doesn't count since I will be cloning my old HDD over to the new one, and disposing of the old HDD and parts. Here are the new parts I was considering: (reusing the case; it's mATX)
I'll be reusing the old HDD (Samsung 80GB) and I don't really need one anyway since I won't be storing anything on here.
Oh and I just said minor gaming, because it'll be at 1024x768, and just stuff like Wizard 101 and Runescape and some games from 1999 This PC will be for my little brother.
Are there any cheaper SSDs that still perform well?
For that low of a budget, you will get more utility and efficiency out of other components (cpu, gpu, ram, mobo) than an SSD. Your system would underutilize the SSD, and at the outrageous prices of SSDs right now per GB, it is simply not worth it. Additionally, if the computer is only running web browsers and older (smaller) games like Wizard 101, then the SSD won't benefit them 90% of the time. As a matter of fact, the SSD wouldn't help run RuneScape at all, as not much data is actually loaded onto your drive.
Biostar. The only MBs I've ever had have been Gigabyte. How are they quality wise?
Ive not used Biostar. I think they have a reputation like ASRock. Some models are great values, some are trash. Id want to see a professional review or two recommending it before I bought. ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI and EVGA seem to have more consistent quality from model to model. I believe last time I said that Batchuka posted a couple links to reviews.
But the Samsung HD502HJ is too isn't it? said:
But the Samsung HD502HJ is too isn't it?
Yes, both samsung F3 models and the seagate 7200.12 500GB and 1TB models have 500GB platters.