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Hey guys so I'm building for the first time my own computer, been searching through the internet on how to and found a lot of good info, but in all of them they say to have special attention when picking the pieces but they never especificate, so I wanna make sure I buy a compatible Motherboard to all of the other specs I need.
I don't need a top gaming computer, just a good one that can run some games.
btw do you think I can do something with my old computer pieces? I had a 1GB graphic card which wasn't bad, and also about 3gb of ram.
Below I'll leave some pics about my old PC specs and of the specs of the kind of game I usually play. So I think a 1GB graphic card should be enough (not certain) and something like an Intel 5 dual core.
My local store has this two motherboards for about 80€ (My budget is about 700€-about 1000$)
MB GIGABYTE F2A75M-HD2
MBOARD INTEL BLK2700DC
And also some ASROCK for the same price but I couldn't memorize the full name

So my question is guys, what motherboard should I go for tending what I need, and what should I do with my old pieces?´

Would appreciate if you guys could give me an hand!

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Edited by beerzy, 18 July 2013 - 08:18 AM.

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Hello beerzy

In which country will you be purchasing the new parts.

So my question is guys, what motherboard should I go for tending what I need,

Your present hardware is dated technology so you will not be able to reuse the CPU or Ram with a new MB, if the video card is the PCI-E X16 type you could reuse that but it will bottleneck the CPU and Ram performance.

Items that you may be able to reuse as long as they are both compatible, suitable and in the case of the OS disk a full retail version of XP that you will be able to transfer your Microsoft licence agreement to the new MB/build.

Case, what type of case do you have as in full tower, mid tower or small form factor, is it a brand name case or a generic white box type, this is important for us to know so we can check the types of MB that will fit.

HDD, is the hard drive a SATA or IDE type device.

CD/DVD, same as the HDD, is it a SATA or IDE type device.

PSU, what is the brand and model name or number of the power supply unit, this is the one item of hardware that we cannot help you find out if you don`t know the details already - let us know if you need help obtaining the PSU details.

and what should I do with my old pieces?´

Use them as a HTPC http://mymediaexperi...dia-experience/
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Hey phill thank you for your answer :happy: !!

I'm in Portugal.

I'm not sure about the size, but I think it's medium (I really tried to search for the post-it's that there were on the case but there was only 2 (one Asus and 1 TOPIS computer systems which I can't find any model number on the case or any info on the internet, weird..) but if it helps there are 7 openings in the back (for the graphic card, etc.).

As for the power supply it's an FSP FSP300-60THN-P (http://microdream.co...ml#.UegirqzqrN4)
As for the systems I'm thinking of installing W8 on the new one, but still searching for opinions on the web!

Oh and btw that HTPC idea is pretty answome, I already have a pretty good cinema set at home but I'll still give it a look !

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Edited by beerzy, 18 July 2013 - 11:23 AM.

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You are welcome and thanks for the update beerzy :thumbsup:

Do amazon ship to Portugal as it will help with your options.

The case does look like a mid tower but if you run Speccy and post the url for us we will be able to get information on your MB that will help us http://www.piriform....file-to-the-web

FSP is a reputable brand of PSU but most quality video cards require more than a PSU with a 300W output.

I have W8 on the notebook that I am using now + the desktop that I use for work and I like it - I kept XP on another desktop as I feel it still has a lot to offer.

PSU info http://www.10stripe....d/psu/brand.php
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http://speccy.pirifo...2ZDA5yRaDbiKkhO
Here it is, so it's medium right? Do you think it will do the job or a full will be better?Cause one problem I always have with computers it's the cooling system, my computer usually overheats.
As you recommended I've been looking for psu's on Amazon (they do ship to Portugal) and found a bunch of the recommended brands, 600W 1 rail in the price range of 50$-70$, but I'll guess that will depend on what I'm looking for right?

Once again thank you for the support phill and geekstogo team ;)
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Thanks for the update beerzy :thumbsup:

Your MB is the smaller uATX type so if possible you should open your case to ensure that it will accept an ATX sized MB as you will have more upgrade options with the larger size MB, your present MB http://www.asus.com/...#specifications you should also check to see if you can fit additional cooling fans in the case, if you cannot fit more fans a new case should be considered.

I will put a list of parts together for you to look over but please keep in mind that the need to purchase an OS disk and a new case will impact the quality of the hardware you will be able to purchase.

No case or OS disk included http://de.pcpartpick...wer2/saved/1Pa5

Edited by phillpower2, 18 July 2013 - 03:21 PM.
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Hey phill, been doing some measures and according to some info I got from the internet my tower in boarder line mini-mid, so I guess it would be a good ideia to buy a good one, so I've been searching for some with good cooling systems and found this one's but still making my mind and searching for ratings, opinions..

http://de.pcpartpick...ase-rc922xmkkn1
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811322017
http://pcpartpicker....ll-case-thorv2w
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811147023
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811147161
http://de.pcpartpick...-case-caph410b1


Btw this is sick and thank you really much for you help and putting up the list :thumbsup: :happy: , and if you wouldn't mind giving an opinion about the case I would appreciate it.
Only piece I would maybe have a different suggestion would be the PSU as I found http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371044 this one with good reviews but either way they are both simillar and good!
As for the OS disk I can easily find an W8 disk, but I'm still not sure if I'm upgrading or staying with XP

Edited by beerzy, 19 July 2013 - 10:43 AM.

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Of your selection of case I like the Rosewill R5 gaming case as it has great cooling and tidy looks, my choice of case would be http://www.amazon.co...C/?tag=pcp0f-21

The Antec PSU that you have looked at only has a 3 year warranty and does not come with a power cord included, this is the green element of the PSU as Antec are trying to encourage people to recycle their old power cord (allegedly) this is fine if you have an old power cord to use but not very helpful if you do not, the OCZ PSU that I suggested is all that you need but if you want a better alternative here you go http://de.pcpartpick...-s12ii620bronze 5 year warranty, 87% efficiency rating and complete with a power cord.

You are welcome BTW :thumbsup:
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