This is an awesome site, and wished I had found it much earlier. I have never built my own rig, and need help trying to decide to upgrade or start fresh. I have always purchased best buy systems, because i'm affraid to piece parts together and have compatibility issues (Either it doesnt fit the slot, or one component is not strong enough for the other).
The only thing I do on this computer is play WOW. I use to do media stuff, but i've upgraded my TV system and dont need it anymore.
This is my current system with only 2 upgrades more ram and extra HD (the HD was transfered from older system):
HP Media Center m370n:
HP P4 2.8ghz
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8X 128m DDR
40G WDC WD4003b-00cpf0 HD
160g Maxtor 6y160po HD
200w Power Supply
Here is the data if I were to build a new system:
Approximate Purchase Date: within the Month
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 500-600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WOW/Diablo
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: I don't know how to.
SLI or Crossfire: ?????
Monitor Resolution: I dont remember right now.
Additional Comments: If I build a new system, do I need to purchase Win 7 seperately?
Your old parts are still usable, just for something else other than gaming or upgrading. I mean you could use your old computer for a spare internet surfing machine or file server or something. Or if nothing else, just keep the hard drives just in case you need it for anything later and scrap the rest. For gaming though, definitely build a completely new system.
You're in good hands already with the advice from AlderonnX and Pezcore27, I'm just here to give their advice my support lol.
Again this is my first build. I have added ram, and gpu before, but never a full build. When I get all the components, is it simply plug everything in, and turn it on? Is there anything that the pros take for granted, that I need to know about? Hard to come up with examples, but maybe a cable that can plug in to a slot that really shouldnt? Stupid questions I know, but I am truley a noob. (At least I can admit it )
Forgot to add, how does this compare to a complete unit off the shelf, like Best Buy? $100 cheaper? $500?
I wish mfg's would get rid of their stock of H model motherboards for the 1155 socket.
Of the 16 H model MB's I found on Newegg, all have only 2 RAM slots up to DDR1333, no possibility to SLI or X-Fire and usually lacking a USB 3.0 connection. It leaves no room for upgrades on these parts unless you get a new MB as well. I can understand wanting to save $30-$50 on a new build but think that an H model MB is shortsighted.
BTW, I have a Gigabyte H MB and an I5-2400. Still have them but built another computer for an I5-2500K and a Z MB w/ 8GB RAM. Had I known at the time I couldn't o/c an H model, I probably would only have gotten a 2500K and saved my $$ on buying a new MB.
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