Been toying with the idea of building a new machine for over a year now. It's time. My current windows 7 PC is slowly acting up a little more here and there... freezes once in a while(especially the browser) and blue screens every now and then. Today it went through startup repair as it didn't boot properly the first try. I'm on now and everything SEEMS fine... but somewhere, things aren't fine.
Last year I bought new memory and a new hdd just to upgrade this machine. Chances are installing that hdd and reinstalling windows would be a good fix but, I'm ready to move one. Had this machine for a while.
I appreciate the superior knowledge that many of you possess in the area of building machines... but I do ask that you're patient with me and keep in mind that my needs are not your needs. Last year when I tried talking about upgrading and such, there were some people that were anything but nice in almost bullying me into agreeing that what they said I needed, I actually needed. One guy made fun of me for the hdd I chose. He insisted that I NEEDED WD black. I was a moron to think otherwise right?
I realize that most people that build their own PC want something SUPER powerful to play all sorts of games. I am an average PC user. Email, facebook, facebook games, etc. I'm not a "gamer" and I don't need something that can play the latest and greatest. Ultimately I want something better and newer than I have now... faster, sure. But top of the line is NOT necessary.
My budget is low and my needs are not great. Depending on what ideas are pushed, I will push back or ask questions. Please be prepared for that.
My budget, again, is low. I was recently looking at a deal on amazon(deal is over) for a pc that was definitely better than what I have, for about $400. madmanrb believed I could build something better for the same or less $.
My skill: never built a whole machine but I've replaced MBs, laptop screens, hdds, ram, power supplies, graphics cards, and more. Most of that is simple plug and play and I can follow directions quite well.
Last year I bought a hdd and ram to upgrade my current pc. The hdd never made it in. I was thinking of installing it, reinstalling windows 7, and then trying to sell this machine to recoup the some of the cost of buying new stuff. However, I am also thinking of just using the hdd I have now that I bought last year.
It is >>THIS HDD<< it's the WD Green. I like the idea of a machine that uses LESS power... I know most builders want more power but, a lower electric bill is always good you know.
I also have the memory I bought last year. One stick made it into the machine, the other did not. it's 4x2gb gskill, I'd have to find the package to tell you the speed. wait, just checked speccy and this is what it says :
"DDR3 2GB G.skill pc3-10700 (667 MHz)"
however, I think >>THIS<< is the actual memory I purchased.
So, in purchasing parts for a new build... keeping in mind my cost concerns... what do you think about using that hdd and that memory? It would be a total of 8GB of that memory that I have. Could I get away with using the stuff I bought last year or would it be preferable to simply buy everything new?
With ALL of that info... is anyone up for helping me build a machine? Low cost, low power if possible... something I wont regret buying, something better than what I have now(details in my profile), and something I can afford.
I've messed around using pcpartpicker before and could technically do this on my own. But having people that know what they're doing helping with that process sure wouldn't hurt.
Anyone willing to put up with me in this process?
Oh yeah, I am thinking about windows 10 for the OS... possible duel boot with linux mint... haven't decided on that yet.
I have a hauppauge pci card for watching tv on my computer. The ability to watch tv from my antenna is a must... could use the old pci card or there are a lot of newer options out there so that's not a huge deal.
Let me know if you need any other details and what you think.