I don't have an exact cost in my head, but I was hoping to keep it under the $700 or amount...but I need a system that will be decent for a few years, so I'll just have to see where I end up cost wise.
Anyway, my current computer will be dismantled and I'm thinking about using a few of the parts out of it to keep costs down (hard drive and case), but I don't know if I'll be able to. I'm also hoping that I can use the same copy of Windows XP. I figure that since the hard drive is going to stay with the computer (at least thats the plan), that I will be able to reregister my current copy since it will only be running on one machine.
The hard drive I currently have is a Western Digital 250GB 7200rpm drive that does not have SATA capability. I don't know if thats a critical thing for computers to be used to run games, hopefully its not. I also hope that doesn't affect by ability to find a motherboard. So, please advise me on that. Also, the case I have was one of those package deals that came with a power supply. I would like to change out the power supply and use the same case, so hopefully the power supply it has (which I have no idea what it is) is the standard ATX size.
OK, so that was a lot. Here are the parts that I quickly selected as a preliminary sketch for this build. Please look at these and see if there are any suggestions. Also, please offer any suggestions that you might have to help make it more of a budget friendly project or get more for my dollar.
I don't know if this motherboard is a good choice. Please advise me on that, also will this work with my hard drive which does not have SATA capibility?
Video Card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130318
I'm not sure if either of these cards are a better choice. From what I have seen the 8800GT is a better card and for $20 I thought it was the better of the two. But, I'm not sure.
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371016
I have always been terrible about selecting a power supply. I just don't understand how to figure the power needs. This looks like a good one, but I don't know if its too big or too small.
My old speakers are absolute junk and I need something to replace them.
I don't think I have missed anything critical, I plan on putting a DVD-RW in it, but I'll just grab one of those. Not too much to that.
Like I said, I want to use my non-SATA (can't remember what the old connectors are called) hard drive if possible. I picked this hard drive out: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148294 if I can't use it. But, thats a savings of $100 if I can. I also chose this case if I can't use my current one (which, as long as the power supply fits...it shouldn't be a problem): http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119077
How can I test if my current tower will fit a normal power supply? I have no reason to think that my current one is odd, but I have been told that those case/power supply combos can sometimes have odd supplies in them.
Again, any suggestions you can make in this process would be very helpful. Thanks!!!