Right now ive got a hand-me-down compaq presario 5000. im not sure on the exact model number, but Im guessing its just the 5000US. 400Mhz processor, 64MB ram and somewhere around 6-9GB Hard drive.
The plastic front of the case is broken and the side where it opens is gone, so basically its just a bare metal case. its been a good computer for all the abuse its taken. only thing thats ever been wrong with it was a bad drive or something I disabled with msconfig.
If I keep the old I want to fab up a plexi window and do something with the front. at the very least I'd buy some more RAM. Im not real familiar with the hardware aspect of computers. What would you guys recommend getting for that computer.
If I build a computer I want to get something thats at least 1000Mhz, 512MB RAM, 30GB Hard drive, burner, Decent Vid card (I don't know anything about those) and a decent sound card. (are there any with RCA Pre-amps?).
keep in mind I have a very tight budget and I'll have to save up and buy one thing at a time unless I find a second job any time soon.
well sorry for typing such a long post, but I'd appreciate any good advice