[QUOTE=Kerry56;2659648]Well, Asrock is one of the better manufacturers these days for budget minded folks. Your current motherboard is a MicroATX board. Is your case large enough for a full ATX board, or are you limited to MicroATX? I’ve just been looking at the Z77 chipset boards, but there are four or five available from Asrock, MSI and Gigabyte in a low price range and MicroATX form factor.
To find out information on your power supply, you’ll have to open the case and look at the sticker on its side. This should tell you the manufacturer, model number and the watts that it is rated.
Since you aren’t going to overclock, I see no reason to spend a lot of money on ram. Plain old DDR3 1600 should be fine. I’ve been using G.Skill and Corsair on my computers for some time now, with good results.[/QUOTE]
I have a normal size case, so any form of board should be fine. Unless I go with a new case, then I will probably look at a mid size.
I will find my power supply details tonight.
[QUOTE=alchav21;2659650]Since you are replacing the MB, Processor, Memory, and Graphics Card, this means a new computer. So I would suggest getting a new Case and PSU. Then you can take your time, and there is no down time on your existing System. Like Kerry said going with a good MB and an Intel Processor are the way to go. [/QUOTE]
Cheers. I will have a think about that when I get a total cost on the internals and see how I go.
[QUOTE=ChristineBCW;2659672]In the BARGAIN BASEMENT section, there’s a discussion about 4Tb Drives and their yo-yo’ing prices. The last several comments have concerned retailer tactics for the upcoming Black Friday sales - in about 30 days. These are enough to make me save up my spare change for this event. wink wink, nudge nudge…
For the Intel “1155” motherboards, they’ll likely offer built-in video, cooperating with the built-in video in most of the i3 or i5 chips. Some people use that arrangement initially and then add a separate video-card if a favorite game doesn’t play properly.
Motherboards… ASUS usually gets credit for having the best ‘auto-overclocking’ utility. Gigabyte often has more ‘features’ built onto a motherboard (2 more SATA3 ports, for example). ASROCK offers a lot of features, too, and if you need a Floppy connector, they’re the ‘only game in town’. They are often the least expensive of these top three. MSI’s offerings can be mysteriously higher priced for some feature sets, and then much lower, too - kind of ‘all over the place’. BIOSTAR has a “T” series that is excellent but their “A” series are merely inexpensive - and still not the cheapest.
I select ASUS boards when it’s in a “set it and forget it” location. I select ASROCK when I think I’m going to add stuff to it - especially hard-drives because ASROCK will generally offer more higher-speed SATA3 connectors (4 or even 6, compared to the Intel standard ‘2’).
Prices are often within $40, regardless of all the competing models or brands - not very substantial, and then it comes down to “which offers the most features I will use”.[/QUOTE]
Thank you for all of that
I might look at a small internal SSD for my OS and documents, another larger internal for game data, and keep my external drives for all the other necessities (music, movies etc).
I might have a look at Asrock, assuming I can find them in Australia.
Is built-in video going to play my Sims games and expansions without trouble? If I know it might have trouble, I’d rather look at separate parts straight up.
Thank you all for your help everyone, I’ve never ‘built’ a PC before, getting the right bits for what I’m using them for can be really confusing.