Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the near future. Budget Range: around $400 before rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet Parts Not Required: don't need peripherals (monitor, mouse, etc.), power supply, hard drive, dvd drive Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Geeks.com also tends to have cool cases, Amazon Country of Origin: U.S. Parts Preferences: none really Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Not in the near future Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 Additional Comments: would like it to be as quiet as possible. also, will a 500W PSU be enough?
This build is for my brother, who's looking to upgrade his old setup. I'm trying to help him scrounge up parts for a new computer because his old one's always blue screening and glitching and we can't figure out what's wrong. His old GPU is a piece of crap and I think something's wrong with his motherboard. There's nothing all that wrong with his processor (at least as far as we can tell), but he wants a more powerful GPU and figures he should update his CPU to fit.
1) CPU: His current processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo E7 200. Is this adequate these days or should he get a new one? Suggestions? (He doesn't do much processor-intensive, but he'll be gaming and runs basic applications). Also a CPU cooler suggestions are welcome.
2) RAM: He currently has 2x1GB of DDR2 RAM. We're trying to be cost effective here (he's 14 years old so he doesn't have all that much saved up), so will he see a big difference going to 4GB of DDR3, or will he be fine getting 2 more 1GB sticks of DDR2? He's not a huge multitasker like me (I currently have 24 tabs open in this window, which isn't that much for me), but we don't want slow/outdated RAM bottlenecking his computer.
3) MOBO: He currently has this little microATX MOBO that has worked fine for his needs but might be the one glitching up his computer... But he'll have to replace it anyway if he's getting a new CPU and/or DDR3 RAM. Suggestions? Again, we're going for as cheap as possible for the performance.. He'll probably try to OC it eventually, but it's not a huge priority, and while stuff like USB 3.0 and SATA 3 would be nice, they're not high on his must-have list, if they're even realistically attainable as far as he's concerned.
4) GPU: He currently has a Radeon HD 4670 that was making these grinding sounds that were painful for me to even hear... Painful like hearing your brain new car getting keyed painful. Anyway he wants a drastically better GPU at this point, though unfortunately he won't have all that much to spend on it since he decided to start almost from scratch. He was hoping to get one around the $150 price range though, maybe even a bit more expensive, if the whole build can still stay under $400.
5) Case: He doesn't want a case that's too expensive, but 1. it needs to fit the mobo, obviously, 2. ventilation and fans/room for fans is a plus, 3. some sort of quality is preferred, and 4. it doesn't need to fit a bajillion drives. He might have 2 3.5" HDDs, whatever GPU you suggest, a cooler if suggested, and 2 DVD drives (1 regular, 1 blueray). I have my beast of a HAF 922. That is NOT what he wants.
OS will probably be Windows 7 x64 Home Premium.
"If you're willing to spend a bit more..." suggestions are welcome (to an extent) because he's so desperate to have a computer that actually works that he might be willing to spend a bit more.
I sort of have an idea of what to suggest to him, but people on here have a habit of suggesting parts I've completely overlooked, so I figured I'd humbly ask advice of TH's infinite wisdom. ^_^
^ Any specific numbers on that PSU ? He wont need a 750W PSU for a single GTX 460, a 500-550W HIGH QQUALITY PSU would do,... And I dont think Apevia will be in that list,...
How old is the PSU and try to get the model number,...
If going with new PSU, then this
OCZ Fatality 550W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lol I remember the Destroyer and the Challenger back from when I was still building my computer...
Alright, alright, I'll talk to him about the GPU, since you guys like your nVidia so much. Lol. I'm sure he would very well enjoy not having to go through all the little inconsistencies with ATI though..