So I got this new PC for free, specifications are low end and most parts are generic. Its also really old so I decided to upgrade it. Its only meant as something to mess around with, and play some games. Still the specs are as follows:
Case: I have no idea, no fans, PSU bolted on and it was made by a blind walrus seriously the front USB headers are put on upside down!
CPU: Athlon 64 the power be immense, yo
GPU: nVidia GeForce gt240. Apparently the old GPU blew up and he needed to get a new one. But he wasn't willing to pay more than $80
RAM: 2gb of, DDR yep its true the Motherboard doesn't support anything else
Motherboard: Infinity Lanparty, probably not too bad back in the day but now its awful
HDD: 160gb sata mechanical. I actually don't mind this bit, sure its small but this won't be my main PC. I'll probably install games to an external HDD and play them from there. It will be upgraded but I can live with it
DVD Drive: Liteon 32x. It still works his old one blew up so he picked up a cheap CD/DVD burner. I don't usually use disc drives anyway. Usually just to install OS and disc based games. This won't be upgraded
Anyway it will be a fun budget project, I don't really have that much money after I bought my laptop so I'm going to try and see what I get with a slow upgrade process build. Going to work it in the following stages:
Stage 1: Case, important to me, the current one is one of the old generic bundled with Psu jobs that were so popular years ago. Sigh, at least they sell good cases that at least offer good ventilation for $150.
Stage 2: Power Supply, this one is for old rigs only! If your power supply is under 500 watts and doesn't have at least 2 PCI-E 6 pin power connectors then its time to upgrade! Luckily 550 watts is ample for a budget system, make sure to go modular though. It makes life a lot easier. And yes, mine was bolted to the case, way too low wattage and quality for me. Plus the only connectors were what was required to run the motherboard and a couple Molex.
Stage 3: Motherboard and CPU, If you are running an older single core design then this will be a big impactor on system responsiveness. Also all of the new standards since the days of yore will mean that you can get the most out of the rest of your components. Of course, this is the most expensive stage. There is no point buying a new motherboard without getting a new CPU and vice versa. But seriously if you don't have a somewhat decent Mobo and CPU then go this before the graphics card
Stage 5: RAM, I'll admit it I'm still running DDR ram. But there is really no point splurging on new RAM until you have enough to upgrade the motherboard. Sadly thePC is very old doesn't support DDR3 ram, so guess I'm waiting to upgrade motherboard.
Stage 4: Graphics Card, yea self definately needed but I can't actually get one until the PSU is upgraded and it makes sense to get the Motherboard and CPU first. Still this will probably be the most expensive item, if I do end up gaming on it then I don't want to have to upgrade the card again.
Stage 6: Closed loop water cooling kit, seems pointless doesn't it? And if you don't have the money it is! But I'm looking to overclock my cheap processor or at least keep it cool. They are also incredibly cheap right now so its actually not too bad picking one up looking at the temp, noise difference. $60 models are already available that run rings around any stock cooler.
SSD's and all that are good if you can afford them and if your mechanical HDD is large enough. These decrease loading times but the money is better spent getting a better graphics card or CPU. Thats my take.
So like I said, this was originally a troll post but I've decided to actually give this a bash. I might use this thing as a test for overclocking.
Edited by Daragh, 11 April 2012 - 06:44 PM.