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Old 06-27-2010, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I can take a computer apart.. but.. I can't put it back together.. and I'm decent when it comes to computers in general but the one I'm using now is a piece of crap. I'd rather not spend like, an arm and a leg to get a new computer so I was just gonna buy some parts for it. Probably gonna have someone put it all together, but I don't know what parts are compatible with my computer. Could anybody tell me what I should be looking for?

Right now, I have 100gb. I made another partition with 10gigs for my music which is already full, I've got 75.38gigs left on my C:\ from movies and what not.
1.10Ghz, 768Mb RAM, AMD Athlon Processor.
MAXTOR STM3120814A Harddrive.
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 display, Creative Sound Blaster PCI audio.
Compaq computer.
It's pretty **** old. =/
Windows XP 2002 with SP3.

I wanted to get atleast a 320gb-500gb harddrive.
3 or 4 gigs of ram, 2.2+ghz with windows 7.
and a new sound card and whatnot.
oh, and a new fan possibly.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What's your budget, mate?

Upgrading that rig would be pointless. Heck, it's worse than my wife's... she at least has a 1.6GHz Athlon 2000+. Unless I am mistaken you have a Thunderbird socket A, circa. 2000. It wouldn't take much to outperform that. Even today's lowest end stuff would do it easily.
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Eh. I mean, I've looked at buying a computer fully put together as compared to assembling one yourself. I found assembling one is just a tad bit pricier, but has better parts [since you're choosing them yourself]. I'd rather not go over probably.. $500-$600.
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Check out this link. It will help you with the re-assembly

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Newegg.com - Antec Two Hundred(v2) Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$45

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX240OCGQBOX

$132 w/$10 MIR card

Newegg.com - A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH
$93

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$75

Newegg.com - XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
$90

Newegg.com - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$60

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$100

Total = $595 + shipping on graphics card, motherboard, and CPU
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Thanks a ton. Once I get all the parts and throw it together I'll let ya know how it runs =].
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