Hey guys, thanks in advance for taking the time to read this post. I know a lot of you by now and you are all incredibly nice and smart! THAT, my fine sirs, is why I come here to ask these questions
Ok I'm gonna make a long crazy story super short... I had a decent custom system, bought a graphics card, broke CPU (Long sad story), graphics card get's sent back and I get a new computer for close to $400. Let me start by showing you the specs thus far...
My now old decent system:
Windows 7 64-bit
6GB of ram (I was going to ask for an upgrade to 8GB until I thought about the card)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3Ghz (Socket AM2+) (Now broken a replaced with an old Phenom)
MB: MSI model: MS-7374 nForce 750a SLI (I'm actually not sure, but I think I might be PCI Express 16x)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6850
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX-550
Note: After just recently tinkering around with this system, I can't get it to start for longer than 2 seconds no matter what I try. So something other than the cpu could now be broken and not used if I build a computer. Hopefully not though!
My New Merry Christmas system:
The CyperpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2204 (GU2204) (Click for specs)
So the plan was to take my GPU, the HD 6850, and put it in this new computer. It's not going to fit. Actually any upgrading whatsoever looks to be near impossible. I also notice it didn't come with slots for a dvd-rom or anything. So after using this machine I see a guy online in a similar situation and someone shows him a link to a list of great looking parts and the idea of building it himself. Check out this link and you'll see the guy ANSWERING the question posts two examples of computers. The first one being withing my $400 budget. I can't go over that at all really. So here I am asking you guys for your opinion. Should I go that rout? Have any suggestions? There are a few things I/we/you must take into consideration..
1. I haven't built a computer in 10 years. (Think there are videos that help though)
2. I should consider using any parts from my custom pc to drive the price down. (Positive thought there)
My case for example could be used, but I HATE it. It's the CyberPower Gaming Development case with a front door etc. I can get a link for it later, I gotta get to bed. Oh all the fans would need to be replaced too. How about my PSU though? I have a drd-writer and rom so I don't need those.
3. I JUST found my old copy if Windows 7 I bought for my old computer! So that saves $100 right there!
4. Keeping in mind that the graphics card is really important to me
5. And as I said, budget max. of $400.
Alrighty, so there ya have it Gents! What is the smart play here? I wont be running into any extra money unfortunately because of health issues. So I have to make due with what I choose. I'd also have to be careful building this thing (If it's even financially possible). I'm probably forgetting to put a lot more of things here but I must get SOME sleep tonight. So I'll sign off now. I want to thank you in advance for any ideas or help. You guys rock!
Edited by Slave2Society7, 30 December 2014 - 12:54 PM.