So I am finally upgrading my first homebuilt PC that has lasted 7 years with some minor upgrades throughout that period. I am on a budget for this upgrade and would appreciate any comments or feedback.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some audio and video editing, surfing the internet.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, case and fans, Powersupply (currently have a 500w foxconn, don't have the model number at the moment. Will add when I get it.)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Amd CPU and GPU
Overclocking: Maybe ( definitely unlocking the cores)
not a fan of "recertified" HDD's especially a small one. they usually have to map out bad sectors or blocks reducing the size of the HDD. I would just get a bigger HDD, a WD Black, Seagate or Samsung. At 74 GB unformatted you are not getting a lot of games on is before its full. I think some of the newer 7200RPM drives are as fast as the old 75G raptors(see below link as proof) Tom's 2009 HDD performance charts: I didn't see a 74BG Raptor so I used the 150GB one which is faster than the even older 74gb version. As you can see the the older smaller Raptor doesn't perform well against the bigger lower cost drives: http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...