Been out of the loop, need help finding new parts for my computer **HELP!**

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  1. MawcDrums

    MawcDrums Active Member

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    I posted this in the main forum as well, but I'm hoping for some serious responses here....:x:

    I currently have a machine I built back in 2005, the power supply, case, sound card and mobo are all crapping out slowly.

    Basically I want to buy a new mobo, processor, power supply, sound card, and case.

    My Current Specs:

    Thermaltake Tsunami Dream case (which is dirty, loud, and beat up from 3 years of being moved around)
    MSI K8N Neo 4 Platinum nforce something motherboard.. socket 939.
    AMD Clawhammer 3500+ 64 Processor (Single core)
    Coolcrap or something cheap-o 350 watt power supply
    2gb Geil Ram
    ATI Radeon X800XL video card PCI-Xpress 16x
    Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZX gamer edition

    my motherboard is having problems detecting the hard drive to boot from, and I have to enter the boot menu every time I start the computer.

    Also when things get plugged into the USB ports, the computer BSOD's and turns off. When things plugged into the USB ports power on, the comp BSOD's and turns off. Sometimes certain USB ports don't work, and certain components dont work in certain ports.

    My case is falling apart, and is extremely loud because old fans are rubbing / full of dust.

    My Processor is old school.

    My Power Supply was $17 dollars.

    My sound cards mic input is busted

    Cliffs: My computer is old and some parts are breaking, what should I get to replace the case, processor, mother board, sound card and power supply?

    I'll have a budget of around $400-$500 to do this.. Let me know if you guys can help!
     
  2. MawcDrums

    MawcDrums Active Member

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    Here's what I've put together on Newegg... Just as a preliminary thing.. I have no idea if these are decent parts or what.. I've been out of the loop for over 3 years...


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    RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX-612WEB SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Item #: N82E16811156078 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $79.99
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail Item #: N82E16819103211 Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.992 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99 $99.99 [​IMG][​IMG]

    -$15.00 Instant
    -$30.00 Combo
    $294.98
     
  3. MawcDrums

    MawcDrums Active Member

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    that case is hideous, but its cheap and tool-less.. If anyone has a better suggestion let me know :)
     
  4. dissonance

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    First off, don't bother with AMD now. Intel is the way to go these days.

    I would recommend getting a new hard drive as well while your at it. Maybe also a new DVD burner since they are so cheap now. Also, are you planning on re-using your old video card? You are also going to want new RAM.

    Component options:
    CPU: Intel E8400 - $200
    Mobo: Abit AB0 Pro - $89.99, $49.99 after MIR
    RAM: G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2-800Mhz - $34.99
    Case: Lian Li PC-A59B - $89.99
    PSU: Corsair 450VX - $69.99, $59.99 after MIR
    GPU: eVGA 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 - $89.99, $59.99 after MIR
    Total: $574.95, $494.95 after MIR

    That's if you find a E8400 that isn't overpriced. If not, then just get an Intel E6750.

    EDIT: oops, just noticed I put in the wrong video card. Get this instead of what I have above:
    GPU: eVGA 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 - $89.99, $59.99 after MIR
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You should try to stay away from cases with 80mm buzz fans. Too loud, and too little cooling.

    If you don't mind dealing with rebates, this Thermaltake is pretty decent and it's only $40 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133013

    Retail motherboards come with a year or longer warranty, so it's not usually cost effective to buy extended warranties.

    I definitely don't have any problem with that Silverstone psu, though.
    But again, that psu carries a 3 year warranty. Save the money for the extended warranty.


    Meanwhile, what's the purpose of getting the SLI motherboard?
    Are you planning on doing SLI? If so, don't.
    Put all the money for the two cards into the best single card you can afford.
     
  6. MawcDrums

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    after some discussions in the main forum, here's my revised list..


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    Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Item #: N82E16811133058 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $84.99
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    SILVERSTONE ST50EF-SC ATX 12V 2.2 500W Power Supply - Retail Item #: N82E16817256027 Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.992 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99 -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate $99.99 $89.99
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    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail Item #: N82E16820227139 Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy -$7.00 Instant
    $35.00 Mail-in Rebate $71.99 $64.99
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    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail Item #: N82E16813128059 Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.992 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99 -$10.00 Instant
    $99.99 $89.99
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    Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180 - Retail Item #: N82E16819116052 Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.992 Year Extended Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99 $79.99 Subtotal:$409.95Calculate Shipping

    Zip Code: FedEx Express Saver -- $68.74FedEx 2Day -- $120.15FedEx Standard Overnight -- $147.71UPS Guaranteed 3 Day Service -- $25.86UPS 2nd Day -- $63.65UPS Next Day Saver -- $81.46 GO
    Shipping:$25.86
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    The E8400's look intriguing.. I may bump up to that..
     
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    DaveyD Fuck Ohio State, son

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    you could have just google it dude
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    I know, but I'm at work and can't google stuff because my manager sits right behind me.. I only get a couple of times a day where she's not right there lol..
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    thanks for all of your help though guys :)
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    it takes time to do research and stuff, but offtopic is quick, I just come in, read, post, and close the window :rofl:

    Tool-less cases are nice because its easier to install stuff, I love not having to find a screw driver every time I want to take my video card or sound card out, or change a hard drive / cd drive
     
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    very convenient if you swap/change hw often
     

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