I have an old 5011CL Compaq computer with a 1.2 (1200) AMD Athlon CPU and 256 RAM, and the case has the USB connects in the front. (this belongs to a friend, I am using this puter until can rebuild another one…My three year old ECS MoBo crashed, so I don’t know if it would be worth (trusting) another ECS and go to a Asus, or Abit MoBo the next time.
I would like to buy a new (ATX, I think because this Compaq tower is small ) tower with the USB in the front again. Internal Fans and a heat sink, because it’s a hot room where the computer is hooked up at.
For a point of reference on how I would build it, I have noted a system MoBo/CPU Combo below from a local Electronics Store Ad.
**AMD Athlon 64 Cpu 3500 & ABIT NF-M2S Motherboard
**NVidia NF 405 Chipset,
**Onboard GeForce 6100, …(would this be sufficient or do I buy another PCI or Express AGP faster than this?)
**DDR2 800 …(would something like DDR2 PC-6400 work as long as it’s 800 MHz?..
**7.1 Audio (I would not use a SB Audigy soundcard with this?)
When I buy a Mobo with onboard sound, do I really need another sound card?
** Sata 3G RAID ???
I want to do Video editing with my old Analog Camcorder tapes, So I would probably need a good AGP and a sound card, or maybe the one onboard is good enough…you see, I don’t know, but I really don’t want to spend $1,000 either. I know you get what you pay for but financially, I am not wealthy by any means,but would like to update…maybe even to a 4.2 CPU, if that matters much.
I have my old 350 Power supply,two optical drives,floppy,and will need a case with two fans onboard.
I also use memory hungry Photoshop, and do a lot of music editing, so I’m guessing a bigger than 80 Gig HD I already have would more be like a 200, 250, or 500 HD.
I have not yet rebuilt a new system with a Bios, or Hard drive before, and wondered how hard it would be and the sequence of hardware to install.
Thank you for reading this, and f you can recommend any self-build, walk me throuh this sites, I’d appreciate it.
Thank You for any or all the info you may have, and I apologize for the many questions, but I’d hate for this one to crash too.
Have a nice day!