So I've been upgrading my computer and selling off old parts to fund building my g/f an updated rig. She's currently using a laptop from 2002 connected to a screen via VGA cable, and she's barely able to play starcraft 1. So I figure if i'm upgrading my system it's time for hers too.
I currently have 6 gigs of ddr2 memory that can go towards the system. I wanna keep this build as cheap as humanly possible while still getting her a considerable upgrade in performance from her Dual core e4400 2gigs ddr2, intergrated mobile graphics, 250gig 5400rpm HDD.
Can someone suggest a build? a cheap/cute/cool case would be nice too.
Also, how do I avoid the cost of the OS... isn't there a way to skip that 100+ dollar nightmare lol.
I got the microcenter combo deal (CPU+ mobo) for $90 total
4GB of DDR3 ram costs $30, you can cover that cost by selling your DDR2 ram
search newegg/microcenter open box for cheap HDD + video card
newegg has been selling win 7 for $80 every now and then otherwise its ubuntu for free
i ended up with this build
rosewill blackbone case - $40 - newegg (already owned one)
Phenom II x2 560 + gigabyte AM3 matx mobo $90 microcenter combo deal
2 x 2GB crucial 1333mhz DDR3 RAM $30 on sale - newegg
Samsung F3 500GB HDD - $35 - open box - microcenter
antec neo-eco 400w PSU - $30 on sale - newegg
ATI 5570 video card - $35 open box - newegg
MS windows 7 - $80 - newegg
This may sound bad but I'm willing to spend more if it benifits me as well. I was thinking maybe I can relinquish my asus p5qc / q6600 and get a mobo that can hold dual gpu and get out of the socket 775 arena. I can give her the asus board and the q6600 and get a replacment for myself.
Think that'd be a good idea actually, unless you guys think theres nothing wrong with my board and cpu.
If you think this is a good idea are there any good deals on an upgrade cpu/mobo combo from the q6600 for cheap?
I assume my gpu/ram/psu/case and all that wouldn't be effected by a switch in cpu/mobo?
No no, I just need you to tell me your opinion on an upgrade from the q6600 / p5qc.
The rest of my equipment is staying put. I have 8gigs ddr3, 630watt psu, nice case, 1tb hdd, etc. I only need to know suggestions on an upgrade for my cpu/mobo so i can give my current cpu/mobo to my g/f.
when it comes to choosing a mobo, it really depends on your personal needs in PCI, PCI-E, internal USB 3, memory slots, etc., so get one that will do the job. I personally prefer gigabyte (followed by MSI & asus) but that does,'t mean biostar, ecs, foxconn, etc., can't do the job also.