Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss
Parts I would need:
Possibly CPU heat sink and fan, (Have new Arctic cooler freezer 64 sink/fan)
Mobo 110 (Intel brand if not overclocking); add maybe 40 if you will
RAM 4 GB 25
HD 100, without knowing size needed.
That's 260 to 300, excluding CPU.
If you can go to $500, the logical choices are Intel 2500 if not overclocking (210) or the 2500K if you are (230).
Non-overclocking total 260 plus Intel 2500 = 470
Overclocking total 300 plus Intel 2500K = 530.
You can make minor adjustments on that--8 GB RAM, stepping down slightly to Intel 2400, etc.
Anything seriously wrong with that?
Motherboard brands if overclocking: Asus or Gigabyte. Choose the one with the features you need. No need to go hog wild.
RAM: G Skill, Crucial, or Corsair: 1.5 volt, 240 pin ordinary stuff.
Hard drive: WD, Seagate but not the 7200.11 series, Samsung; whatever your budget allows.
DVD: commodities; shouldn't matter. I use Samsung.
Cooler: stock Intel unless you are significantly overclocking. The Freezer 64 has a good rep if it will fit.
You'd have to confirm that your existing power supply has correct connectors. If it is from the last 3 or 4 years, it should.