One of the system fans is dying, and I'm starting to have disk errors on startup. I've recently pre-ordered SW:TOR and found out during beta testing that this rig is at the bare minimum for system requirements, and it shows- the game is so frustrating to play I've given up on the beta test.
The system is dated, but stable so long as the hard drive is working. Does it make sense to bother upgrading this one, or build one from scratch? I'm not keen on going the pre-built route again, since there's always things that get cheaped out on. One thought was to scratch-build a gaming-capable rig, and only replace what's needed with this one to turn it into a HTPC.
Up until now, I don't use the computer much for gaming, but when I do, it's gotta work. I have Microsoft FSX, and The Old Republic is on the way- which I definitely want to play. I'll set up separate posts to list the components I'm looking at for a new build- I'd considered robbing some of the components from this one such as the optical drive, etc. but that's not necessarily hard and fast if I'm going to salvage this one for home theatre use.