I wan't to buy or build a computer that will last me another 5 or more years without constant upgrading or replacing stuff. The computer i had, all i had to do over the years was upgrade the ram once, and the video card went bac about a year and a half ago, but now something went wrong again. i guess i could figure out what the problem is but i don't think it's worth it to put the money into this machine any more.
here is what i currently have.
generic aluminum case
atx power supply 430 watts
i'm not sure about the mother board
4 rear usb ports, and two up front
i can't remember what specific processor but it was an AMD and it was 1.8ghz
msi nx6200ax video card w/ 256md ddr2 w/ tv and dvi output
it came with 512mb ram, and i upgraded it to 1gb, and i know it was time to upgrade to 2
3 1/2 in floppy dive
cd drive, i can't remember if it is a rw drive(shows how often i used it for that, haha)
a seagate 80g hard drive
and i was running windows xp home
i'd like to re use anything that i can if i go the route of building a new computer.
here is what i figure i can use
the power supply(but probably not)
the extra usb's
the floppy drive
the cd drive
i'd really like to use xp, but as far as i under stand is, if i want to use more than 3g of ram, i need a 64 bit OS, so i will probably have to buy a new OS like vista 64 bit
I'm on a budget here, i'd like to only spend 400, but i could go up to 600
and it's probably going to limit me alot if i have to purchase a new os
I've seen plenty of pc's in the stores that seemed like they would do me well for about 600, but ones that i would like to buy run about 900 and up.
so here is the stuff that i figure i need to buy, but i don't know too much about the different options i would have.
cd/dvd rw drive
now to let you know what i use the computer for...
i like to stream movies from the computer onto the tv, all the shows from abc, fox, nbc that are free online...
i dabble in some graphic work and photo editing, and used to do some video editing
i play some browser based games that are not big deal, but randomly pick up a multi player pc game here and there
i store alot of music and pictures
other than that just a lot of internet browsing.
so if you guys can throw out your opinions or ideas on what might suit me that would help me a ton so i feel like i'm not just taking a stab in the dark. I don't know everything about computers, but i'm pretty comfortable doing most stuff and if i can't do it alone, i'm doing it by instruction from someone who knows what they are doing.
well i just keep babbling how so i'll go ahead and leave it at this
tty guys later
thanks in advance
Edited by dempseyjosh, 11 April 2009 - 09:41 PM.