I'm getting frustrated with my old (circa 2003) socket 478-based system. It's based off a HP DC530 motherboard (which is some kind of ASUS P4SD). Key particulars:
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (SL6WJ) with stock CPU fan
2GB RAM (4x 512 modules)
Radeon 9250 AGP card
BENQ 4:3 monitor has both DVI-D and DSub
1x SATA DVD-RW
1x SATA HD
1x PATA HD
PS/2 Keyboard, USB Mouse, USB printer/scanner, USB wifi adapter
Windows 7 Ultimate
Antec BP350 powers supply
Antec SLK3700AMB case
This system is primarily a used as a home file server, some Office use and websurfing.
I'm looking for advice on the best way to upgrade. A friend's offered me an Intel E7400 chip (socket 775) without a fan/heatsink and 2GB RAM, so that'd be a start. My budget is rather limited at < $200. Shipping'd be to Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I'd like to reuse as much as possible. I'm really only targeting the guts (mobo/cpu) and not a complete new build.
I'm thinking the best bet is finding a socket 775 motherboard - and does the community have any suggestions on a solid, cheap option? I'd want a minumum 4x SATA connectors and some connectors for case fans (something my current motherboard lacks).
Or is it going to be more cost efficient to jump right to a newer motherboard/cpu combination, even for something that's not a gaming system?
Or would I get a better cost-to-performance improvement by upgrading components like the disk to an SSD?
You can re-use your Case, drives, PSU, and peripherals. The Case itself isn't bad, though I never did like the door, even though it lacks some of the features of a more modern case. So basically you just need a motherboard like this one
I say you go with the G41 board and overclock the CPU. A good cooler and a mild overclock can give you a good bit of extra performance. Either way it's a great upgrade from what you have. By the way, I have a similar G41 board with an overclocked E2200.
Don't forget he has a AGP Video card.
775 upgrade will require a Replacement video card. And video card would have to be a LOW powered one as His PSU is ONLY 350 Watts
For home server (no gaming) the IGP incorporated in the SB I3 would be OK.
For AMD build would have to go with MB that has On-board video, or also purchase a Video card. And insure that PSU is adequate.
Personally, I'd go with the I3 and reuse what he can (Cost = CPU + MB + Ram)
The PSU is OK until adding a GPU
^ I thought that was what I said - "For home server (no gaming) the IGP incorporated in the SB I3 would be OK"
My reference to needing a Video card was to thoes that recommended MB and / or CPU and did NOT includ a video card, or a MB with on board IGP. (SB haqs IGP inside CPU).
If OP gets the free CPU and buys a 775 MB, he will also need a GPU (775 uses a PCI card, not a AGP card and that needs to be factored into cost, Although it's not a high value item (Non-gaming system) - probably $50