In short, do I build a new machine or get a new case, or just save a little more until I can do a really powerful build?
Here are the details...
I have an HP Pavillion m9300t Entertainment PC and I'm considering an upgrade. Here are my specs:
- CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz
- RAM - 8GB Dual Channel DDR2 PC2-6400
- PSU - 350W , not sure anything else except that it's the same one that came with the machine.
- GPU - 256MB nVidia GeForce 9300 G(?)<- Not sure, I see different ones all over
- Motherboard - The motherboard is an Asus model which was since purchaed by HP and no longer available from Asus. As far as the Asus website is confirmed, they never manufactured that model. According to HP's website it's the "Benecia" motherboard.
- Hard Drive - Came with a 640GB Raid 0, I took out on of the media drive bays and added a 1TB WD Caviar Black in place of it.
I would like to upgrade but I am having a few issues.
The PSU is small, limiting my ability to add a better Graphics Card and more hard drives.
Additionally, the form factor of this case is narrow, making it impossible for me to utilize the remaining onboard SATA ports, because I have nowhere to put the hard drives. I also have no room for cooling, which would be required in the event that I do upgrade the GPU?
Finally, I am maxed out at 8GB of RAM. Something tells me I may be at an advantage with more memory since this is primarily a video editing system.
Would a new case/PSU suffice to solve my space/power issues, or am I better off with an i7 build at this point? Also, how would the ports on the motherboard work in regards to the case and the backplate?
How would you upgrade this system? Price is a consideration.
I could theoretically do a fresh build, in which case I would spend not more than $2000 but I'd really like to make use of what I have already.