It's been many moons since I have done anything more than changed out a video card. I am thinking about upgrading my current machine. Really all my machine is used for is web surfing, flash game playing (kids), bit torrenting, watching avi/mp4 files and World of Warcraft.
Here is my current setup with Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit:
Memory Installed 3 GB (2x1GB, 2x512MB)
Maximum allowed 4 GB (4 x 1 GB) (32-bit OS)
Speed supported PC2-5300 MB/sec
Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM
Slot type Quantity
PCI Two (One available)
PCI Express x16 One (used)
PCI Express x1 One (One available)
I think my biggest bang for the buck is to upgrade my video card. However, I don't think I can do that without upgrading the PSU. The PSU I have does not have the connectors needed for the newer cards, nor does it have the power.
Looking around NewEgg I picked a OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V for the power and a PNY VCGGTS4501XPB GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 for video.
What I don't know is if the GTS 450 will work with my chipset or if there are issues with a PCIe 2.0 card working in a PCIe x16 slot.
I could spend 600-800 on a new computer (with some major wife begging), but, the only way that kind of money will be an upgrade, imo, is if I build my own. I have not done that since the pentium II days and am feeling a bit lost at the prospects. However, if I can upgrade and improve my graphics significantly, I'm good with that too.
I like the PSU you list. With the current rebate pricing its $30 after rebate, and that is hard to beat. you probably could get away with the Antec Earthwatts Green 380w instead at $44.99, which is less up front, but doesn't have the rebate.
I have a Samsung SyncMaster 220WM Widescreen LCD Monitor, max res is 1680 x 1050, which is what I run now. I am building a house that I prewired to run HDMI from my theater (which is where this computer will live) to the Media hub for the house. So, yes, I will be able to run this to my HDTV. I think I'll need to add a sound card though, unless that mobo can push sound into the HDMI out on the card...
Do I have to show something to order that OEM copy of Windows? Or can I just order it and "sell" the system to my wife? <g>
I think I'm set. That hdd you included in your spec needed to be part of a combo to get that price, so I found a combo with Win7 professional OEM (couldn't find one with home). My total after rebates and shipping comes in at 630.91. Wow.
I can't wait to get this all delivered so I can put it all together. I'm also pretty jazzed about having a computer without all that crap that the HPs of the world include in their systems. (just having all that crap not running would probably give me a nice performance boost...)