I have messed around with hardware on and off for the past couple years, but have just started really getting into it, and a friend asked me to upgrade his outdated computer. I am happy to report that I have negotiated a price ($50 and some computer parts) to replace his 1.6Ghz cpu with a 2.4Ghz and upgrade ram from 512mb to 1gb. All upgrade parts were free to me (handed out $10 as a thank you gesture) and I get a parts tower out of the deal. Just really excited to be started in a field that I have much interest in
Also, with the leftover parts I was able to bring my parents dinosaur from 64Mb ram to 192Mb (and maybe up to mobo max of 512Mb by the time i'm finished with it all) I know these are all entry level upgrades, but tis a start for me.
Next step is to turn my <1yr old computer into a beast. future plans are:
pc power and cooling 750w silencer single rail
4x 2gb corsair ddr2 800Mhz dual channel (or 2x 2gb dual and 2x1gb dual)
AMD Phenom x4 940 Black 3.0Ghz
[decent gpu not sure which, but that will be later mod]
probably in that order, then start all over again
but more or less im just excited bout all this.