I want to get an old pc back up and running. I havent used it for the past 3 odd years and a friend has told me that the Motherboard and CPU are no good.
Currently I have the following:
Thermaltake Silver case, 400w Thermaltake PSU, 500gb IDE HDD, DVD writer & fans etc.
I am thinking I need a replacement motherboard, CPU and Ram. I would like to use on board graphics at this stage but my idea is that I would like to upgrade bits and pieces as budget permits in future.
Would like to spend as little as possible (definately under $500 and pref around $300-$350) but would at some level like to be able to upgrade in future as above.
Im not expecting a rocket ship, obviously! At a performance level I would like to be able to be up to or above my old
Quad core CPU Q6600 @ 2.4ghz which I paid a bit for a few years ago!
If it has set for 3 years the CD/DVD drive is shot or will die shortly after you boot. The rubber parts will have dry rotted and any lubricated parts will have become sticky. The HDD may fare better, because it is sealed, but it should be replaced also as it is....old and IDE. I wouldn't rely on it. which leaves you with the CASE and PSU. the PSU should be replaced for the above mentioned reasons also. the case itself is reusable, but i would replace the fans, they are fairly inexpensive. That being said I will present you with 2 build options. the first is the best, but require you to upgrade your OS to WIN7 (assuming you currently run XP) the second allows you to use your current OS (XP) with a future upgrade to WIN 7.