1. So a mate upgraded his Hdd's a couple of months ago and since i have over 2TB in external space, he gave me his 80gb's will these work with my current setup or are they to old(he said they were about 5 or 6 years old) ?
2. Same friend upgraded to twin 6850's in crossfire and cant praise them enough. Is this the best option for GPU in the price range ? or can n e one recommend a better GPU setup for $300 to $400
3. The Case comes with a 500W PSU will this be enough to run the 2 GPU's, 2 HDD's, SDD, MoBo/CPU and all the other requirements ?
4. Is it worth the extra $80 to upgrade 7 home to 7 ultimate ?
5. Is it that hard to put together a computer from parts ? should i set aside some money in the budget and get someone to put it together for me, or can i do it myself ?
1. I wouldn't use those old hard drives. They are probably IDE which means you'd need an IDE to SATA adapter as your motherboard won't have the hook ups for it. Plus 80GB is nothing.
2. 2x 6850 is great if you can squeeze it to 400 and grab 6870s all the better
3. Don't use the psu that comes with the case. They are terrible and 500W isn't enough for 6850s. You'd want at least 650W and that's from a reputable psu from antec, seasonic, corsair, xfx
5. I'd say it's not hard. It's intimidating to do it for the first time and some things are more of a pain than others like all those little pin pieces (power, reset, speaker, led, etc), cpu+heatsink, and then there is the problem of troubleshooting if the build doesn't work when everything is put together. I'd recommend a friend to help you out if you've never done it and want to ensure you do it right.
The Hdd's are SATA 1, i plan on getting a 1TB internal eventually but with the thai floods, Hdd have gone up in price, so figured i could try get away with the 160gb internal and my 2 TB worth of externals for the time being.
yeah ive been browsing through other builds and it kept coming up so i figured ill give it a shot if its that good at that price. Also changed the case and PSU over to Corsair TX-650 ATX and Thermaltake Dokker just falls over the $1400 i was aiming for but i guess i can spare a dollar
One (hopefully last) more question: will i need anything else to put it all together, like cables or special tools etc ?
The only tool you'd need would be a mini screw driver. All cables/screws/stands/etc come with the hardware. Some also recommend an anti static wristband to prevent a potential short, but I've never had a static issue even building a computer on carpet >.>