6 months ago i successfully built my first computer with the help of the guys (and gals?) from tomshardware. Well i'm back to put one together for my in-laws.
I'm planning on saving some parts from the existing computer, and combining them with new to greatly improve performance. Their current computer is a pre-built Compaq Presario SR1222NX. You can see the specs here.
Use: The computer is used mostly for internet, some excel work, as well as some other light program work. Nothing strenuous. But the current comp is more than 6 years old, loaded with spyware, and they don't have any of the discs to restore windows with. So instead of spending countless hours fighting the POS, they've agreed to pay some more money so they can abuse a new computer (they are both clueless about computers). I'd like to keep the spending under $425. Anything more, and it'd be better to just buy a new one pre-built.
Budget: $425. The lower the better. So if we can save on one component, the savings don't need to be added to another.
I want to save the existing:
HDD (80 gigs, will be used for storage)
Disc Drive - there are two installed already
Case - micro ATX
The new parts i'm planning on buying new are:
HDD - boot drive and storage
Windows7, since their current XP OS is OEM.
No new video card. Will use integrated graphics on motherboard. The most video watching they do is watch youtube.