I built this system back in 2008, until the past year i haven't had any problems. I am constantly short on memory (4gb loaded but not all recognized) and need to upgrade or start from scratch. What are my options?
I would sell off your system's individual parts and start over. You might salvage the case or power supply and optical drives. I would also add a small ssd to your new build. Need a firm budget for more advice.
My budget is very flexible. I spent about 900 on the original build and added new optical drives and hds over time. I'm really just looking for the best bang for the buck so to speak. Not cutting edge but something that will keep up for the next five or so years.
I should've went with 64bit when i built this and i wouldn't have this memory problem. Is there anything else on the horizon that i should take into account when starting this new build?
How much you spend on the case and drives is up to you. I use seagate just for their cloning software. I like buying retail box hardrives for the extra protection they get when shipping, but they can be hard to find. Good luck.