I have a computer that I built in 2003 using an asus P4T533-C mother board (windows xp) and want to upgrade it for my son for high school use. Will that case fit a new mother board that will run windows 7?
Also does any one have a suggestion on components to use for a mid range cost & speed (usable for 3 yrs) upgrade, use is primarily for High school and maybe some gaming.
What case? Regardless, the board is an ATX board, which is the current standard, so it's most likely that the case will fit anything that's current.
As for a build, what are you looking to spend? Take a look at the guidelines from the link in my signature for the information we need to really give a good recommendation. You can get off the ground with under $500, but $600 is the price where builds become future proof. Those prices include a case, but not an OS. If you don't need the case, but need the OS, you're looking at $550 to start and $650 to get something really good.
thanks big time for your suggestion, in regards to budget under $700
I don't have the operating system yet, but have the case, it has a 300w power supply will that be enough power?
In regards to a Mobo, I really like and have had great sucess with ASUS, any suggestions with asus?
The ones above. With a single 5770 (good enough for gaming at high details and 1600x resolutions), a quality 400W would be enough. For future proofing with the option to Crossfire (add a second video card) later, a 650W would be needed.
For quality, stick to Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, SeaSonic and PC Power & Cooling. OCZ is decent for it's price, but always get a bigger one than you think is necessary.