Hi, long time member returning from long idle looking at upgrading my desktop.
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
CPU: AMD Athlon 7750 Black Edition
RAM: 3.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 334MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N68-AM Plus (AM2)
Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (ASYUStek Computer Inc)
Hard Drive 1: 112 GB Intel SS DSA2CW120G3 SCSI Disk Drive (SSD)
Hard Drive 2: 298GB Western Digital WDC WD32 00AAKS-00VYA SCSI Disk Device (SATA)
Optical Drive: A DVD and DVD-RW drive
Network: Wireless D-Link WDA-1320 Desktop Adapter
School Work (I.E. Microsoft Office)
Web Browsing, YouTube type stuff
Running older XP Software for various simulations (Not resource intensive)
What I would like to do but can't:
Run X-Plane at medium settings
Run very large Excel spreadsheets with minimal lag (many calculations to load with about 500 rows by 20 columns worth of data)
Have Youtube run a video on High Resolution while working on SketchUp with limited lag
My Planned Shopping Cart:
Memory: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70136&vpn=KHX1600C9D3B1K2%2F8GX&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1145 or http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=78420&vpn=KHX16C10B1BK2%2F16X&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1145
Wireless Card: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=78803&promoid=1448
Operating System: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=45271
A Few questions I have.
Am I missing anything on the compatibility of any of these parts to work together?
Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional? (XP Mode only runs on Pro and above but does anyone else know a way to run XP Mode on home premium?)
Is 8GB of Ram enough or would you recommend more?
I believe I have a 450W power supply currently, something I'll obviously check prior to ordering but what wattage would you recommend to run this system?
Currently brings me to a sub-total of 675$, I would like to keep it there or maybe bring that down to $500 if some parts are overkill.
I'll probably keep the current video card and use it to run a third monitor.
Anything not listed in the shopping cart that is required will be salvaged from the current desktop.
Edited by Klinkaroo, 24 October 2013 - 05:21 PM.