So.. my neighbor was throwing out three old computers that had fried mobo's, I grabbed them, took all the parts I could salvage, and put the best of parts into the eMachines T6410
I kept the DVD Drive from the T6410, as long was the power supply, and the standard USB ports in the front/Card Readers.
There is no motherboard or hard drive.
As for unused parts; I have an old 754 socket AMD Athlon 64 3200+
, a 512 and 256 MB stick of 184 Pin RAM, and well... thats it, besides the cpu fan/heatsink and the fans that came in the case.
Obviously I need a hard drive, but after that I have a few options;
I can spend $50 for an old 754 socket motherboard to put the CPU in, as well as the ram, and have a working computer as soon as I get the hard drive as well.
Or I can spend.. $120? For a new Micro ATX AM2 socket motherboard and a new dual core AM2 socket CPU, resulting in the need to buy more RAM (I'd buy 4gb for ~$50) as well as possibly a new power supply? I'm not sure on the new power supply, right now whats in there is 300w... would I need a new one? and if so how many watts do you think I would need? Should I even attempt to use the old parts I have (CD drive, usb ports, case/etc), or just scrap it all?
I'm basically wondering if anyone has any thoughts or advice on this, and if you could tell me if the second option would work, because thats what I really want to do. I want to buy a new AM2 mobo/cpu, new ram, and a new hard drive and put it into the old T6410 case, along with the old dvd drive, front usb ports/card reader, and possibly the old power supply. So should I do this, or just buy an old 754 mobo and use the old cpu/ram, or just do nothing and forget it all?
Also if anyone could help me with any compatibility issues you think I would run into that would be great. Any AM2 mobo/cpu's you see that you think would go well in this system for a decent price would be nice (here is the combo I saw and want to get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...t=Combo.144001)
Thanks, just really hoping this can all work ;3.
BTW here is the power supply I have atm: http://www.affordablesurplus.com/hipro-hp-...ower-supply.asp
Thanks in advance for the help!