Hey there, I built my own PC about 7 years ago, since then I have not really been doing my research like I did before. Needless to say I am kind of in the dark for new PC parts. My PC still works, no problems at all, had to replace my first hard drive just a week ago, very happy with what I built. I am looking for a new rig though, I can run Satrcraft2 now on low settings, but there is still a little lag, stutters. I use Photoshop as well, I am not a avid gamer though, just play Starcraft2 and Valve games.
I live in Canada. My pc now is.
Thermaltake case - Tsunami Dream
Asus A8n-sli Deluxe MOBO
2 gigs Corsair TwinX
500 gig WD SATA
ATI x850 PCI-E
Logitech Z5500 speakers 5.1
Antec Neo Power 480W
Viewsonic 19inch G90f crt
I dont know if I can salvage anything here, I am guessing not, it's been a while. My speakers are great, I do still love my crt monitor, but I guess I should go with a LCD? The case is fine, but don't know if it will still work with the new MOBO's?
Any help would be great, thank-you very much. Hoping to not spend more then $1200, hopefully less, thanks. 1 more thing, I dont know if I got lucky, but I must say I am very pleased with how my pc is still running, seeing my friends more fancy store bought ( AlienWare )pc's breaking down after 2- 3 years. SO, if you know good reliabilty products, with a good track record, thanks. Take care.
You could salvage the HDD, speakers, optical disk drive (you have one right?) case and monitor, unless you want a newer monitor. If the HDD is quite slow you might want a new one. The Thermaltake Tsunami Dream supports µATX, ATX and EATX motherboards so it should accommodate nearly all motherboards.
I'm thinking of an Intel Core i5 760, Asus P7P55D-E Pro, G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB, GTX 460 system. That alone should cost you around $720 from newegg.com, and allows you to expand to a Core i7, and GTX 460 later on. Also you could expand the memory too. A decent power supply would be the Corsair HX650 and that could power your whole system and leave room for expansion. That's another $120. That's all you really need, for $840. If you're tired of XP then add $100 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM. A decent ~ 22" LCD will cost $150 if you do want one.