(Original post by Sephiroth)
I am looking to do some PC upgrades because my 4 year old upgraded Dell runs like a piece of **** due to the horrible CPU and low RAM. I was going to wait until Windows 8 so I can have the latest version but after seeing how bad it looks I think I'll just get 7 so I can upgrade now.
My current spec is:
Core 2 Duo 2.66ghz E8200
3gb DDR2 RAM
Radeon 5830 graphics card
2x 750gb (7200RPM) SATA HDDs
OCZ Stealth Xstream II 600W PSU
I am hoping I can salvage the PSU, the hard disks, the graphics card and build upon that. I do want to leave it open to upgrades as I will want to replace that graphics card when the 78xx series cards are closer to £100. I'm not a big PC gamer which is why I'm not concerned about spending more upgrade it now.
Will that PSU be strong enough to handle a modern PC? That component is less than 2 years old, and was installed with my GPU. It seems power efficency is a big thing with modern components so I reckon it will.
I am looking to make a PC that will last ~5 years. Used for some gaming and lots of multi tasking (I'm a developer) etc.
I've come up with the following spec:
Radeon HD 5830 graphics card.
2x 750gb (7200RPM) SATA HDDs
(Guessing it's SATA? Not sure)
OCZ Stealth Xstream II 600W PSU - Link to spec: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...962&CatId=1483
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 (£79.99)
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB (£168.52)
After looking on here I've seen an Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB mentioned on Amazon for £173. Might be worth the extra £5.
Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz (£64.53)
16gb might sound overkill, but it's cheap, future proof and 3 years down the line I'd probably regret it if I just get 8, kinda like how I regret just getting 3 on my current system. I'd have been happy with 12 but the motherboard has 4 slots, may as well quad channel. Plus developers are getting lazier as higher RAM becomes the norm and programs start eating up more. Browser use is a good example.
Crucial M4 128GB SSD (£77.99)
If you can help me with a case and cooling that would be great. Obviously I want a case without a PSU to get more value for money, thinking £50 max total for case and cooling. I've seen some cases for £10 but I imagine they suck.
I saw this http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/c...5-08300-3.html
mentioned on here and sounds like it could be nice. No extra cooling needed?
Tempted to get a DVD-RW drive but I ask myself if I need one. Got by 4 years so far without. Funny part is I have one, it just wouldn't connect to my current PC and I never got round to buying a converter.
Thinking about putting one of the HDDs in an enclosure and using it as an external backup device. What do you think? Been using one of them as a backup disk already but I'm taking a risk using an internal disk for backups, both could fail together. I'd probably swap them round, IE the rarely used disk would become the main data disk in the new machine with SSD for Windows/programs and the current main disk reformatted for backups. Alternative is I buy a new 1TB external disk and use that for backups, but really I've no use for 1.5TB of internal space and never have.