Additional Comments: I'd like a quiet setup that won't disturb my housemate even when staying up late. I'd really like a USB port for my pen tablet and a flash memory port on the setup as well. The games I've been playing recently are Oblivion and Minecraft, so something that runs those well would be fantastic.
Will be my first time not buying a prebuilt computer... I really don't know what kinds of specs are the average now, my first computer had a 2gb hdd, next one had an 80, then 160, and most I just learned my most recent computer had a 650gb hdd (instead of two 250's like i thought) ... And after searching so hard on advice for fixes/upgrades, and learning that the slimtower acer was near impossible to upgrade, I thought to try building a low cost one to start. Please help since I don't even know what grade of parts to even start with.
Also, I'm not sure if all of these parts are compatible, but if any can be used in the build to lower the cost, that would be great.
This is my old system which I am hoping to upgrade from: Acer ax1700-u3700a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The PSU(220w) may have gone bad, one of the fans has been really loud the past couple months(though restarting the computer right after booting it up once made it run silently again, needed to repeat this process every day)... This morning the computer now locks up after a few minutes (screen freezes/sounds if playing turn into a buzz, computer has to be shut down with power button).
The 3 harddrives I wanted to hookup: 1 Western Digital 650gb HD
Model number: wd6400aaks-22a7b2
This is from the acer above. It seems the hard drive is partitioned into two drives as I remember there being a 250gb C:/ and a 250gb D:/, the rest of the memory must be acer or vista stuff. I hope that won't be a problem with recovering data. 2 HGST Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLAT20 (0A30210) 80GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 3 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160812A 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just hooking them up temporarily to recover data would be fine, all 3 have an OS installed on them I think, though they probably wont work without the orignal motherboards? The last two ran on an old gateway machine with windows XP while the first has vista. If one has to be formatted to run a new setup, I'll be able to live with that too.
Sorry if this turned out to be a wall of text, but I would really appreciate the help. edited for cleaner format and thread title
Thanks shadow. That seems to be a bit too pricey for my budget though especially adding in the OS cost (I might have counted wrong, but only saw $25 in rebates). Also, this is the first suggested build with a CPU cooler added to the suggested list, is such an item required? Not sure if new CPU's come with heat sinks or not. Would like to know if it is possible to reuse the one from my old acer.
I've been looking at other budget builds for ideas and adding in some of shadow's list came up with this... please could someone check if this would work okay or if anything is missing:
Just finished reading the System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $500 Gaming PC. At first I was worried because of all the mentions of overclocking, and wondered if decent specs or the stability might be reliant on it, but hopefully its not since it lists non overclocked stats.
I took out the Harddrive and Optical device from the article build and added the OS. I also selected a different case. Would I be able to fit and power a second or possibly third hard drive in this build? Also, would this perform better than the other build above?