1. Do I need to get a new retail copy of XP, or can I use someone elses discs, and enter the license # from the back of the VAIO at the registration? (it's listed as home edition on the sticker.)
2. Can I re-use the drives and burners, case, and PSU I have in it now? I'd love to reduce the cost, but I don't know about the compatability of the drives and burners. I presume the PSU is fine bc I'm not going to run SLI, but I'd like to get some feedback to verify that.
My budget for a whole new rebuild is about $1200 or $1300 depending on which CPU I choose.
Gigabyte 965p-S3 -$110 newegg
C2D either E6400 or E6600 -$225/$317 newegg
OCZ Gold 2GB PC6400- $231 newegg
BFG 7950GTOCE 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 OC vid card- $259- newegg
Thermaltake V5000C case- $90 newegg
Antec SmartPower 2.O 500 W PSU- $70 newegg
Western Dig. WD1600JS 160GB SATA drive- $53 newegg
XP Media Center w upgrade coupon- $110 newegg
Any suggestions on parts? or answers for the above questions?