Could we get a moderator to move this to the correct sub-forum?
As for specs...
RAM- 3GB DDR2 SDRAM
Video Card - Nvidia 7300 GT or GTX not sure
HDD - 400 GB SATA 3G 7200 rpm
Processor - Athlon 64 x 2 (B) 5000+ 2.6 Ghz
Motherboard - MCP61PM-HM
I would like to see it be faster in general, but I really want to see some nicer fps while gaming. I'm looking into partitioning the HDD better. 20-25 GB for OS and software, and maybe just divide the rest in half, not sure on that yet.
As for budget, I have a Dodge, that means I'm steadily broke fixing it. It depends on the month whether or not I will have money to throw at the PC. But say $75/month isnt unreasonable. Could be upwards or $150 if the truck is ok.
This is a bit of a project, and I have a decent Laptop that I can use if the PC has to be down indefinately. Even if I ended up building a really decent PC over the next few months piece by piece.
Finally, that HDD of yours *might* be filling up. I don't know. But the fuller the harddrive, the slower your system performs. Now that doesn't mean you'll take a hit every time you put something on it. But typically past 70% full is when you start get slower as more data gets slapped on it. I wouldn't replace it right now, as prices are incredibly high right now. Wait about 6 months if you can. If not, then let me know and I'll try to find a good one for you.
Now, you did say if you had to end up building a really decent PC over the next few months piece by piece... dude, I recommend that totally. And I can help you with it. I've built very fast budget systems for people before.
Haha, well hey it works right? My previous monitor was a 19" LG and that did me good until I broke down and got my current monitor.
Price range, it can vary from 500 to 700. It depends on what you want. I don't think you'll need anything mind blowing or insanely fast. Just something the snappy and responsive, and gives good frame rates in games at medium to high settings. Right?
Also, partitioning a HDD to put just the OS on isn't going to work. Laptop people do that, its horrible. IF you want to get performance, you need a stand-alone boot drive. Got to make sure its big enough for any programs and games you'll need to install. Minimum I would recommend is 80 GB, but that is also just me. Some games now a-days take 7 to 20 GB each.
I'll hop back in here to get you started with the build in a bit. Actually, I'll probably do this via PM with you.
PM sounds good. I was going to use 75 GB for Vista and games, 200 for videos, music, documents etc, 40 for downloads (until installed or moved to appropriate drive), 60 for Norton Ghost images for a backup and maybe spread the remaining 75 around to the other or use it for a games only drive.
Stand alone boot drive is new to me. What exactly do you mean by this?
Partitioning is a waste of time other than to organize but what's the point if you can just organize it in a folder. Having a hdd boot drive and a hdd storage drive is not a noticeable improvement, if you want a snappiness improvement, you'll want a ssd. A 64gb is all you need for a boot drive. 80gb if you want all your games but it only affects load times.
But I would only suggest a psu+graphics card upgrade then save up for a new rig and reuse these 2 parts. There's no point in upgrading and dumping more money in such an old rig. A gt 430 is a horrible buy when a 5670 can be found for $70 and is better performance but similar power consumption. If you upgrade the psu, I would suggest going up to a 460 or 6850.