The date is important in regards to any quote. Recently I thought of upgrading an old PC used for some younger family members. The old PC was running an Athlon XP of early 2000s vintages. The PC itself has got a mixture of component.
The challenge is to build a PC for less that $300. As shown in the table below, this can be done. The prices are quoted from www.msy.com.au in Australian dollars. The actual components have prices listed in the Price column. The Alt column shows the prices of alternative PC components.
The key components that need upgrading are CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Hard Drive and Case. The cost limit is enough to include a CPU Fan. The main design is to have the budget Celeron CPU which has integrated ATI Radeon graphics. The motherboard is chosen to include some legacy PCI slots to use the existing wireless adapter card. The lack of grunt of the Celeron is made up by the whopping 8GB RAM. The old DVD writer can be reused. A modern PC Case would improve the image of this budget PC.
|$62.00||Motherboard||AsRock B75 Pro3-M||2PCI, USB3, UEFI, Socket 1155, SATA3||http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3-M/?cat=Specifications|
|$60.00||Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V||1PCI, USB3, UEFI, Socket 1155, SATA3||http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4151#sp|
|$44.00||CPU||Intel Celeron 1610||Ivy Bridge, 22nm, 2.6GHz, 55W, DualCore, 2MB L3, 64bit||http://ark.intel.com/products/71072/|
|$67.00||RAM||8G Kit 1600 Patriot-S||DDR3, 2-sticks|
|$69.00||Hard Drive||WD Green EZRX 1TB||3.5" SATA internal|
|$20.00||CPU Fan||Thermaltake Contact 16||2 copper pipes, 100W||http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001805|
|$22.00||CPU Fan||CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 EVO||3 copper pipes||http://www.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hyper-tx3-evo.html|
|$15.00||CPU Fan||DeepCool Gammaxx200||2 copper pipes, 95W||http://www.deepcool-us.com/Product/GAMMAXX200/|
|$43.00||Case and PSU||Generic||ATX|
|$0.00||Wireless Adapter||Use existing PCI wireless adapter|
|$0.00||DVD RW||Use existing|