I have a HP Slimline S3300F that has always satisfied my requirements as a backup computer. However, the motherboard is now failing so I have some questions.
I was thinking about dumping the Slimline case (always hated it) and getting a new mini tower case to replace it. The Slimline could never be updated due to its size and lack of expansion slots. Also, I will purchase a new power supply, an upgraded motherboard, and of course a new OS. I am hoping to find a motherboard that is compatible with my existing CPU which is currently an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+.
I am not a gamer so I am not terribly concerned about graphics; however, I do want the following:
SATA 6 controller.
USB 3 capabilities.
PCIe 3.0 slots (or better).
I can salvage from the HP 4 gig of ram (2X2), the 500 gig hard drive, the cd/dvd burner, and other miscellaneous parts.
So, my budget is $300.00 - $400.00 (US) not including the OS. Is what I am asking possible? If yes, your suggestions as what motherboard to purchase would be great. If the CPU is an issue, maybe some other suggestions?
I am sure to have dozens of other questions as this will be my first upgrade/build, so please bear with my ignorance.