Personally I feel that for such minimal improvements that you would be better to sort out the present cooling fan issue and keep saving until you can get better quality upgrades that will last you for a few years, the 4 components at your PCPartpicker list do not offer you this although the CPU and Ram are an improvement over the present.
You have said in your OP that you intend using your present 32-bit XP disk, what type of disk is it a full retail or OEM type that was supplied with a computer.
Let us know if we can help with the cooling fan issue and if so let us know the present PSU details, brand and model name or number please.
The link to my psu is in my first post
And i thought it would be easier if i replaced the mobo cpu and ram as the mobo cpu and ram are 6 years old. And i am concerned about replacing the cpu heat sink as it has not been removed in 6 years. The gpu i bought less then 6 months ago was to fix my on board gpu (that was on the mobo) as it was getting hot and causing the monitor to randomly go black then back to normal (found out that that chip set of my mobo was getting hot then causing the black out then coming back).
And my case fans as well as psu and all other components are almost 6 years old at the moment. With exception to a new optical drive i bought about 8 months ago and my hdd i bought about 4-5 years ago. My windows xp is oem and yes i know that microsoft have changed their policies over the oem version of their windows that it is not only anti diy but also is now linked to the mobo. Except in cases where the mobo dies. And in my case i can not replace my old mobo do to it being discontinued. And in some cases they will reactivate your windows in these cases. But there is always a chance they won't. But i'll probably have to take that risk sadly as i do not have the funds to buy new windows right now (and i would not touch windows 8 with a 30 mile long pole).
And the main reason for the upgrade is that my pc is dying sadly. I could probably replace the cpu fan easy enough and probably the psu as well. But then if the mobo decides to die i'll be stuck without a pc at all. I suspect its either the psu or the cpu fan that is dying but it could also be the mobo. But with my on board graphics of my mobo going black randomly last year i suspect the mobo is not far behind them in either case. Now to be brutally honest i'm on very low fixed income. So need to do things as cheaply and effectively as possible to be honest.
Which is why i was considering replacing the ram cpu and mobo then later replace the psu and case fans then as i can afford it replace individual parts. I was concerned that if i replaced the cpu heat sink and it was the mobo i'd be out money. But it could also be my psu as well. I could replace my cpu fan and psu but was concerned about the cpu maybe being fused with it (my old cpu heat sink) or the mobo dying. My cpu came with a first generation coolermaster cpu fan when i got it.
All my pc's details minus the exact optical drive and my hdd are in my first post really. If you can find me a cheap safe route to solving the problem awesome. Please keep in mind that all my parts will be ordered via amazon as there are no pc part shops near me at all and i do not own a credit card. But can purchase online thanks to the amazon gift cards. i have my pc set to shut off at 70c at the moment just to be safe. And right now it idles at or around 32-42 (depending on the room temp) these are from the fan conditioner utility that came with my mobo from biostar.http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20
Found that cpu cooler (i like the fan blowing it at the side of my case as i have 1 120mm side case fan to help move it out of my case) it says it supports a 939 socket which my cpu and mobo both are. As far as power supply? I have no clue never messed with them hardly and my last build was 6 years ago lol.
Edited by Zolton33, 23 September 2012 - 01:01 PM.