Alrighty so my family has been runnin' off a stock desktop, a Compaq Persario, it runs so slow! It has a AMD Athlon XP2400+ 2GHz CPU, 384 MB of RAM 80 GB hard drive! Haha. So in my opinion I'm in the stone age.
It's on its last limb so me and my dad are going halves on a desktop. I don't have the money to build a custom but I've got about 400 bucks. So I was gunna pick up this: Dell Inspiron 570 Desktop PC with 23" moniter, from Walmart.
I know its not the best out their for its money and a good base. I hear its got intergrated graphics and a 300W PCU. Which is a major hold back. If I bought a nice case and PCU, for example the Cooler Master HAF X and the Corsair 750HX, Then I would follow by getting a beefier mother board and graphics card because I hear the mother board is weirdly setup. Would everything swap over from the stock Dell nicely? Also, would you suggest doing this?
I just think it would be a good idea because he 750W would give me more than enough power for later improvements and the case would provide PLENTY of room for improvements down the road!
Sorry for long post just wanted to let you know the details so there wont be any confusion ya know? Thanks in advance!
If you know how to build a computer-pretty simple-don't buy the Dell.
Buy a cheap case from Rosewill-$30
AMD REGOR x2 cpu-unlocks to 4 cores-$80
Cheap AM3 board-$80
600W OCZ stealth extreme (pletny for one graphics card)-$30
4gb ddr3 1600-$90
Spinpoint f3 1tb-$60
Total-$430 for an awesome quad core with great graphics. Ya you will have to find a monitor yourself but this rig is wayyy better than the dell.
Yeah I know how to build a computer.
Ill look into building one my self.
I think I've just got it in my brain that custom builds HAVE to be expensive.
You jusst proved me wrong. hahah!
Any other opinions?
1. Make sure you get a MB that has atleast 125W TDP supported.
2. If you can afford it get a better case. Antec 300 illusion is pretty nice or find another on sale.
3. Just torrent Win 7 64-bit or buy OEM copy to save cash.
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