I read: 1 SATA and 1 IDE connection. IDE allows 2 drives (master and slaves), so that makes 3 in total. That's not enough for 3 disks + 2 DVD-drives. If that is critical, as you say, forget about the whole operation and buy a totally new machine.
Waiting with the other answers until you decided on the above remark.
I have an eMachines t3604 that I have never used, and am in need of it now because my last pc just crashed on me. The problem is that it doesn't have the features I need/want in a pc, performance wise. I can do the work of installing new parts, but when it comes to the technical stuff like compatibility of said parts, I am a total moron. I would appreciate it if somone could verify for me what I can and cannot install.
The specs for this pc can be found here: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/emachines-t3604/4507-3118_7-32329692.html
Here's what I would like to do:
Replace current RAM (512 mb) with max. amount of RAM Possible (2gb)
Which RAM should I get? I know I need 2x 1gb modules. Will this RAM from crucial.com work?
Module Size: 2GB kit (1GBx2)
Package: 240-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR2 PC2-5300
Specs: DDR2 PC2-5300 ? CL=5 ? Unbuffered ? NON-ECC ? DDR2-667 ? 1.8V ? 128Meg x 64 ?
Next, I would like to upgrade the hard drive. First, Will I be able to replace the one already in there with a 500gb HD? If not, I believe that there are extra bays for additional HDDs. Is it possible to place 2 additional 500gb HDDs in there? If so, what type can I use? IDE? SATA? I would like to place as much storage memory in there as possible. Ideally, I would like to have 3x 500gb or more HDDs in there.
Next, I would like to remove what I believe is the modem card, and use the slot that would free up to install an 2x eSata/ 2SATA VIA6421 pci card. Will I be able to do this?
Next, I would like to install a WiFi adapter to get wireless internet. Could I do this through one of the USB ports, or would I have to get a pci card for that too?
Finally, I would also like to install an extra combo USB/ 1394 Firewire card as well. Will I be able to do this also?
I also want to install 2 Dual Layer DVD burners, but I will assume that that part should be pretty simple to accomplish. However, if not I would definitely want to know that also.
I think that's all that I would like to do to the machine to bring it up to speed with what I would like to do with it. Everything els I can add will be external, but as I already have three external peripherals, I would like to make all these changes (especially the HDD) internal. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.