Trying to replace Shot system and looking for advice


Well, my 7 year old family PC finally died (DMA controller failed) and I'm trying to replace it at a reasonable price. I can scavenge a few parts from the old system but would like to keep the whole upgrade under $500 - less would be better. The system is used for little more than internet access and word processing - gaming is NOT a priority which should save on the graphics cost.

I have two ATA 133 HDDs totaling 450GB which I would use on the new system.

I have a case that should be sufficient along with a 400W Antec P/S (PP-412X 400W) that I suspect may not have the correct connectors for a new Mobo but if it does I would re-use it.

I have a DVD drive and floppy that I will re-use.

The ONLY upgrade that I'd like to incorporate would be to USB 3.0 to support a 2TB external HDD.

No plans or desire to overclock. i would like the system to run cool and quiet for years to come.

My current Mobo is and Asrock 939 Dual-VSTA with socket 939 and PC 2700 Ram. I am assuming that this will all get thrown away.

I also have a EVGA GeFroce 7800GS AGP card that I suspect will not be supported on any new Mobo.

I've looked at the latest $500 recommended gaming build and the only thing missing is the USB 3.0, I suspect that the recommended GPU would be overkill for my application. On-board video would probably suffice.

So, I'm looking for the following:
1) Any chance to re-use my current PSU?
2) Mobo, Ram (probably 2GB), Cooler recommendations
3) GPU, or mobo with on-board video, recommendations
4) On-board sound
5) USB 3.0
6) Support for 2 ATA133 drives.

I plan to run Windows 7 on the system.

opinions appreciated,

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  1. Hi Ski,
    Here's what I came up with.

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $115

    Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $105

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W $40

    Ram: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $40

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $55

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $65

    Total is $420.
    Now, you will notice that I did not include a motherboard with ATA 133 compatibility. This is because that is severly outdated, meaning the drives will be very slow. But, there are luckily a plethora of adapters out there.

    The other thing is this build is rather expensive. That is because it's a true quality build, with no compromises made. I can probably bring it down to around $320 or so, but it won't be as good. Let me know if you want me to bring the price down.
  2. Looks like a good solution. I suspect that the need for a new case is driven by the need for increased airflow, correct? Are the intle CPUs still drawing less power, and generating less heat than the equivalent AMD products?

    I don't see any detail on the Newegg site about graphics performance of the mobo but I see an HDMI and DVI graphic output which should be sufficient.

    It's downright scary how cheap HDDs and memory have gotten.

    Thanks for the input.

  3. Intel is currently the top boss with these new Sandy Bridge CPU's. AMD leads the budget division, but this 2100 is pushing AMD out. The reason I suggest this build instead of a cheaper AMD build is that this rig will last a long time and keep trucking.
    The processor acts like a quad, has low power consumption, and a good price. I personally would stick with this build if you want a computer that will last.

    There is no onboard graphics on the motherboard. It's a feature of the new SB series CPU's, they have a light GPU built in (good for HD playback, not much more.)

    Yes the reason for the case was airflow and room to work with (and a little looks ;) ).
    But, we can drop the case down a bit to a Xigmatek ASGARD II for a smaller, cheaper, plainer case.
  4. I see the SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -Bare Drive on a special for $50 ( . Any reason not to go with it over the Spinpoint that you recommended?
  5. Best answer
    The main reason is speed. The f3 is a super fast drive, especially for the price. They consistently outperform WD blacks and Barracuda's. I think you can get it at 59.99 at amazon, but i'm lazy. Thoughts on the case?
  6. A case is a case as far as I'm concerned. As long as it provides decent access and good cooling it could look like a cardboard box. I do like the fact that the case you recommended comes with 4 fans.

  7. No other opinions out there? Or is this just the perfect solution?

  8. Best answer selected by skibumtx.
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