APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a month or more depending on what's on sale, just seeking advice first.
BUDGET RANGE: $200 or less, if possible, to keep the bride from blowing a gasket since I just dumped some coin on my first build two weeks ago (this stuff can get addictive if you don't watch out).
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet usage, general use, no graphics-hungry gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drives, psu (have a new cheap one that I didn't use - 350w)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any
X-fire/SLI: N0 - would be fine with acceptable onboard graphics
I want to know if it is possible to gut my 10yr. old Dell Dimension 2350 and rebuild it?
Can I use the Windows XP OS from the current HDD so I don't have to purchase another OS with the understanding that I'd probably get another HDD since storage is already an issue on the current drive. (Linux probably not an option for the kids' computer).
Essentially only seeking new Mobo, CPU, RAM, HDD if this will work.
I'm obviously not looking for any speed demon, just seeing if I can rehash some of what I've got to keep the budget at a near bare minimum to get the kid's computer a new(er) lease on life for another 5 years or so for its intended general computing use.
If it eating your friend, you don't need to run very fast. It's busy eating.
$200 is a pretty tight budget. I'm afraid I agree with Rogue. At that price point, I think that you would be better off going to one (or several) of the big box stores and looking at really inexpensive systems.