I have finally managed to convince my mother to let me build her a pc to replace that poc pc that has been driving me up the wall for the last 3 years that she has. Cursed thing crashes or locks up if you look at it wrong.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as we get the parts locked down, this week preferably
Budget Range: $500-$600USD ($625-$750NZD)Max, the cheaper the better as I'm paying for it.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: MS Office, Photoshop elements 9, Surfing the net, watching movies, listening to music and my nephew would like if if he could play CoD4, and/or CodWaW when he stays with his gran.
Are you buying a monitor: No, keyboard, mouse, and speakers are also not needed.
Parts to Upgrade:
GPU:? (Nephews request is DEFINATELY secondary, but obviously one would help with ps elements I think)
HDD:? I have an old(ish) 250GB sata2 that I can reformat and reuse if acceptable, or a Hitachi 1TB Deskstar (sata 2 I think) that I bought 9 months ago, but haven't used yet.
Optical drive: Current one is an old pata (will have to confirm this when I'm next there), and will re-use that if it's compatible, but opticals are pretty cheap these days.
Case:? Will probably re-use the old generic foxconn case that she has, looking to save $ where Ican
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, will be getting W7 Home basic OEM. Unsure if 64bit version is needed though.
Parts Preferences: I'm partial to Asus, but don't really care.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900?
Additional Comments: Her current pc specs and no, I didn't build it. (don't blame me if you fall off your chair and hurt yourself while laughing )
Mobo: Asus M2N-MX SE+
CPU: AMD 64 X2 Dual core @ 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 1GB of some unknown brand
PSU: Superpower 300W
OS: Windows XP 32bit SP3
HDD: 80GB Pata Unknown brand
My first reaction was to just put more ram in it. It didn't work, and from what I could find out, that asus mobo is very finicky with it's ram and compatible ram modules are no longer available in NZ (at least as far as I could find)
Anyhow, that's about it. Thanks for taking the time to read through all this, looking forward to your replies.
I didn't list a case because you said you would probably re-use it.
The HD6670 should allow gaming on med/low settings at 1600x900, but the below GPU would make your nephew very happy and he could play on high settings. If you re-use one of the HDD's you mentioned it will fit in the budget (replacing the HD 6670)
HD 7770 http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=VGASAP7770&name...