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Rebuilding a Computer?? Total Newbie!

by Aliceandria / February 5, 2013 1:24 AM PST

Hi there!

I've recently gotten interested in rebuilding a computer.. (For gaming....) I have an old PC, but want to rebuild since there is something wrong with the hard drive, or memory, I'm not sure which..

I've never built my own computer before, but love doing things like this.

What do I do?! Where is a good place too start? Can I reuse parts from my old computer? I absolutely loved the monitor.. I just don't know how to tweak the tower? (I'm so new to this I don't even know what to ask!)

Here is the info for my old computer:
Compaq Presario PC
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 4800 dual core processor
Memory: 3 GB
Hard Drive: 320 GB
Optical Drive: DVD/CD burner with LightScribe Technology
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics

WINDOWS VISTA

And then I just have a staples LCD monitor...

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You can salvage these parts
by wpgwpg / February 5, 2013 1:35 AM PST

The hard drive, DVD burner, and monitor are salvageable. For the rest I'd visit Tomshardware.com for a recommended configuration. You'll need a new case, power supply, motherboard, CPU, video card, and RAM. Be careful not to skimp on the power supply.

Good luck.

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Thanks. Anything else?
by Aliceandria / February 5, 2013 5:02 AM PST

Thank you! Is there anything else? Is it possible to save the original tower, and swap out parts? Or is that not even an option?

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You might be able to save the tower
by wpgwpg / February 5, 2013 5:09 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks. Anything else?

If you get a compatible mobo, you might be able to save the tower, but I'd sure want to put in a new power supply. The reason I say MIGHT be able to save it is that sometimes manufacturers use towers customized so that some other mobos won't fit. I ran into that with a Gateway desktop once. Bare towers aren't that expensive, I think I paid $40 for one a couple of years ago, so it's not too expensive if you have to buy one.

Good luck.

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Be carefull
by DerekRose81 / February 10, 2013 5:46 PM PST

My friend have started this challenge but the result it hasn't been positive because it has been very expensive and the installation of hardware is getting wrong. Be carefull.

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If you change the motherboard
by James Denison / February 10, 2013 6:54 PM PST

You may not be able to reload the Vista system on it from scratch if the need arises. Also need to check if it's a BTX instead of an ATX case if you want to put a new motherboard into the same case. BTX is a reverse board from the ATX. Some OEM's like to use BTX case and motherboard since it's NOT industry standard and keeps customers coming to them for a new motherboard.

You can search for memtest or another test program for the RAM. I'd open the case up and make sure the RAM is fully seated still, it might have come loose.


If you run DEFRAG set to check for bad spots you can check the drive. Also drive manufacturers have testing programs on their sites you can download to test the drive.

How much could you upgrade that system anyway? From an x2 to an x4? Maybe add another 1GB of RAM? Cruise the computer and networking section of EBay to get ideas of what you really want to do, and if maybe you are better off sticking with what you have and solve whatever problem you currently have with it.

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Helpful website
by mikem001 / February 21, 2013 9:29 PM PST
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