Approximate Purchase Date: Next 10 Days for a 7/9 Birthday
Budget Range: $350
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Older Games, Surfing Youtube
Parts Not Required: See details
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: No preference, smaller footprint the better.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900
Additional Comments: Low Power Use
I have an Acer Aspire 1700x that used to belong to my wife. About 2 years ago, it stopped powering on. I replace it with a laptop as a graduation present for my wife. About a year ago, I broke it out, determined it had a bad hard disk and replaced it. My son has been using it since then as a gaming PC. It currently has:
Intel Core 2 Duo E2220 CPU
4GB GDDR2-800 Ram
Geforce G100 GPU (Pce-e 2x16 Low Profile card)
Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Disk
(One note, this is a very small form factor, I think it's called mini-ATX. I know it uses a special low profile video card and a power supply that's not normal size.)
Okay, well, last week, it stopped powering on. I'm fairly certain it's the power supply based on the tests I've done and conversations I've had with some tech friends. Here's my dilemna. The PSUs for these Aspires are expensive. The PC was outdated graphically even when it was working. My son could not run even older games at low settings. So this computer was on it's last legs unless I was able to upgrade it.
I see my options as this:
1. Fix Existing and find upgrade video card in this small form factor. $80 for PSU, ???? for Video Card.
2. Build from scratch using existing hard drive (has Vista Home Premium installed), DVD Drive.
3. Buy a cheap new/refurbished PC and upgrade graphics/memory.
I don't really have a good idea for which is the easier, cheapest, or best solution or if there maybe is another option I've not considered
Finally, laptops are so cheap now compared to desktops. Might I be better off going that route? Is something like this going to be good enough for most games like Left for Dead, Team Fortress 2, Portal, WoW?
you can reuse the drive but you will not be able to use the OS(vista). a reinstall would be required on the new board, and anyway its an OEM license tied to the Acer and will deactivate if you try to move it to another machine