I'm finally doing it!
I have long dreamt of this moment,and I have thought about it constantly. I'm finally going to build my own computer,none of that customize is online and have them build it for you stuff I was originally going with earlier. I'm building a super budget PC,with room for upgrade in the near future. I'm using my old desktop as a salvage for mostly RAM and it's 500 GB HD. These are the main questions I have.
1)Will I have to buy a new windows even though I'm using my old HD? If so, I heard there was a $50 version of windows for newly built computers,is this true?
2)Will my RAM be compatible? I cant find the specs to my old PC but it game with 4GBs of 1GB RAM,this is important because it lowers the cost quite a bit.
3)HD on my old HP's HD is surrounded by this metal BOX,i'm not sure what to unscrew for I fear that I might unscrew something off the actual HD.I will post pictures as soon as I can find my camera. For now,heres an old one.
Harf Frive TOP LEFT
PARTS I PLAN ON USING(Typing this Off hte top of my head,I have the real specs somewhere):
AMD x6000 3.0h\GHZ
450 watt PSU
(cant remember MOBO,get back to you on that)
500 GB HD
4GBS DDR2 RAM SAMSUNG
To add (with little knowledge I have )
Those cheap windows versions are all OEM's meaning for system builders (one time use) this is to cheapen the cost for those manufacturers like dell etc.
So when installing your cheap OS (read OEM) you'll link that windows product key with your motherboard meaning you switch your MB you have to buy a new Windows version.
Seeing as you have had a pre built machine my guess is that the windows version installed on that hdd is an oem version making it useless on a new system.
Other than that go with what wiinippongamer has advised you it will save you headaches and allot of incompatibility errors. I would also advise reading as much about the parts as possible before making your own system, it will avoid you the same troubles I had (regardless of how much I learned some things are too expensive to break).
Also try looking up some tutorials it might help if you run into anything.
The mobo I listed is m-ATX, so it will fit your current case, but you should really at least buy a decent case for your new rig, I've skimped on the case several times before and it's one of the worst things I could have done, specially because of ventilation, the phenom ii 955 and 5670 will produce alot more heat than your current setup.
It'll fit into the case. The HDD with windows installed SHOULD be useable in the new system. Also, the box the HDD is in should be able to be separated. It's hard to unscrew the actual HDD. The screws holding it in the box should all be on the sides.
One last thing. Get either a GTX 460, or HD 5770. Whichever you can find for cheaper.