Hello everyone, just from the start I am 17 and attending school but I do know quite a bit about computers.
So I have a kind of crappy computer that a family member gave me because they thought I could do something better with it and I am seriously thinking about upgrading the motherboard and CPU and probably RAM too.
AMD Athlon ~1.3GHz processor
NVIDIA AWRDACPI Motherboard (Chaintech 7NJL6)
1.5GB of PC3200 RAM
100gb Seagate Barracuda HDD
ATI Radeon 9250 256MB AGP Graphics Card (I have a better one that is PCIe x16, this board doesn't support)
Rosewill LC-B400 ATX 400W Power Supply
3 Case Fans
1 CPU Fan
Basically what I am looking for is a cheap yet efficient method of upgrading my motherboard, cpu, and ram.
I'd also like an motherboard that has a PCIe x16 extension slot.
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For mobo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX $60 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz $109 free shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For ram: Crucial 8GB DDR3 SDRAM $59 w/shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You're looking at about $240 but there are a few concerns here...
Let me first explain my concerns are not issues that will prevent your computer from working so here goes.
The Chaintech mobo you're looking to replace used a 20 pin power connector to the mobo, newer mobos (virtually all) use a 24 pin. Chances are good your PSU only has a 20 pin connector - it will work but you will want to upgrade your PSU - you may want to do that if only to run your video card (note that the mobo does not have vid capabilities on it's own) - that upgrade will probably run ~$75 -it can wait but I wouldn't wait too long - Start a new thread here before purchasing since PSU's aren't always what they say they are and their proper operation is very important. We can help separate hype from fact.
Your OS - If windows OS, it will balk severely at the new hardware and may choose not to run. If a flavor of Linux, you shouldn't have such issues. You may find that you have to purchase a copy of Windows 7 ~$100 if you want to keep using windows. If you are close to the family member who gave you the unit, you can both attempt to call MS (license is for original owner I believe) tell them you simply did a hardware upgrade and they may be able to help you keep your current OS operating (I've never personally dealt with that).
About my choices for your hardware (and options) I chose an AM3+ mobo so the CPU can be upgraded if you choose to later - it does not have a lot of features of a higher end board, you may want to look inot putting a little more money into the mobo to give yourself the best upgrade advantage in the future.
The CPU is the least expensive AM3+ CPU, again, upgrades are possible for future consideration.
Sorry for the long winded answer, just wanted to cover everything I thought of there. Good luck with your upgrade.
Hold off on that PSU, I have not found any reviews of it (the only DiabloTek PSU I found reviewed failed miserably). Give me a few, I'll try to get you something inexpensive but workable - you might look at Corsair, Seasonic, FSP, or Superflower PSU's in the meantime...
I have no problem with the prices and they look good. Thank you so much I appreciate it, it may take a few weeks to get the money to upgrade but once I do, I will report back on here of any problems or if it works thank you so much, I really do appreciate it
Computer cases are a personal taste thing since you are the one who'll be looking at it day in and day out - they range in price from rediculously inexpensive (read cheap - although they do hold the parts) to rediculously expensive and everything in between. Shopping for computer cases is actually rather fun, I'd suggest spending a few hoours at the newegg site comparing what is what. Look for the features you like, don't get sold on the first one you see, they all have advantages, they all have drawbacks.
One more thing, take the newegg reviews as being near worthless...
Alright cool, I was going to ask to suggest a site but you had already done so which I shall thank you for you've been much help and I will definitely have to check it out. Once I build this computer I'll place a reply in here or if I have anymore questions I will do so. Until then, talk to you later. Thank you so much.
So my only question here is that, does it come with the case fans? Because, it discusses it in it's details and shows fan in it during the pictures. Would this be typical for it to? Or is it just showing that it could have one and where it would go?