I have convinced my parents to upgrade our family PC, the thing has a single core celeron 1.7GHz, an FX5200, and 1.5GB of DDR ram and locks up if you try to print something.
I've got about $200 to spend and should be ordering sometime next week.
For the upgrade I am going to need a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and video card. We already have a decent PSU, it's a 500 watt antec basiq PSU so it should be able to handle a low end dual core set up.
Here is what I have come up with for about $200:
CPU: Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Heatsink: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
I also have some questions about the build I have:
1) Will the CPU work with the motherboard right out of the box? We don't own any AM2 CPU's that we could use to flash the BIOS
2) Does micro ATX fit in an ATX case? This is the case we have: Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Scorpio ATX-868WSP Silver 0.8mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply - Computer Cases
3) Will that Heatsink fit in the case above? I'm pretty sure it will but I just want to make sure.
Is it worth it to buy an aftermarket Heatsink for this CPU? I will try to overclock but I have heard that AMD CPU's don't OC as well as intel ones. If it's not worth getting the heatsink would it be worth it to go for a triple core CPU or even the 9600 ( I have heard works fine in 32 bit OS's, but does not work in 64 bit OS)
This is my first AMD build I'm unfamiliar with AMD (I really want to try out there products though) is there anything I should know about when buying AMD?
If there is anything better I can get for about the same cost don't hesitate to recommend, I will buy what is best bang/buck.