Reusing components from an old PC is an economical, and responsible, thing to do. I did have some issues looking up the case so I cannot tell if it is any good. Reusing cases from OEM's can be problematic since some don't adhere to standards. If the case is a mid or full ATX tower, you may be alright. You might also want to consider getting SATA drives as IDE drives are slow and are quickly becoming obsolete and, if they are several years old, they can fail. Most hard drives last for about five years. Also, you may need to purchase Windows again if you do not own a retail copy. Thankfully, the Windows 7 RC
is free and still going on so you will be able to put off buying an operating system for at least a little while. The only real problem I can see is the older PATA (IDE) drives. Most new motherboards only come with one or two connections for those. You can purchase an add-on card or an adapter if you want to reuse those drives on a new motherboard.
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel
- You may not need this if your old case is a mid tower and follows the ATX standard. $50
Motherboard: ECS BLACK SERIES A790GXM-AD3 AM3
- This motherboard supports the latest AMD processors and DDR3 memory. Its got a newer chipset with two PCI-express X16 slots since you are a gamer. It can also handle 4 PATA (IDE) devices before you have to get an IDE to SATA adapter. $109 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
- This is a triple core processor meaning it has more power than a dual but less than a quad. This is also a Black Edition processor meaning it has an unlocked multiplier making overclocking very easy. However, if you really want to go quad, the Phenom II X4 810
is about $30 more but runs at a slower speed per core. The AMD Phenom II X4 945
runs at 3GHz and is quad core also, but is about $100 more than the 720. $139
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
- This board uses DDR3 memory and this will do. Your PC can handle up to 32GB, but the manufacturer has tested it up to 8GB. You must have a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of memory. $65
If you don't need a new case, or simply want a better graphics card, you can get the SAPPHIRE 100256L Radeon HD 4670 1GB
for about $80. Make sure you have at least a 400W power supply, though I suggest 500W or more to have a bit more room to work with. If your old power supply isn't good enough (few budget OEM PC's are) the OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W
Edited by DJBPace07, 19 June 2009 - 09:19 PM.