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$300 budget build (recycling GPU /mobo/CPU/RAM/PSU)

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My Windows XP Professional 32-bit install hard drive is kicking the bucket ("Setup has determined that drive C: is corrupted and cannot be repaired. Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3" when I try to repair Windows XP from the install disc). All the fans on my Antec 900 case, apart from the top big fan, aren't spinning anymore. My USB device drivers are failing to recognize my printer and flash drives. I've been running it almost 24/7 since 2007.

So with that said, I need to put a PC together with $300. I want to do a RAID array with one SSD for booting Windows (and a few games too), and one storage drive for music, movies, documents, applications (at least 1 TB or above, I ran out of space on my old 500GB fast)

I need:
  • A storage drive
  • An SSD
  • A case

UnIess replacing these parts means I won't exceed my budget, I think I will be reusing my PSU, GPU, Motherboard, Processor and RAM from my old rig as they appear to continue to be functional. They are as follows:
  • PSU: Seasonic M12 700W
  • GPU: eVGA 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
  • RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600

It's been 6 years since I priced/built a PC so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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No hard feeling, You rather put 300$ more and build a 600$ budged system.. or spend 700-1000 that will last you another 6-7 years
post #3 of 3
I'd go:
120 GB SSD ~ $100
1 or 2 TB HDD ~ $100
cheapest case ~ $40
if you can skip the case, go for Win 7 Pro - 64-bit if your CPU can do it (i think it can)... try some student pricing stuff... or go Linux - ubuntu would be easiest and free.
More RAM would be great for Win7, even used. Linux is ok on 4GB RAM
PSU, even if it's Seasonic, is 7 years old... at least take it for a check up for a few bucks.

I would also change the thermal paste on CPU.
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Core i7 950 Asus Rampage lll Formula EVGA GTX980Ti ACX2.0 12 GB G-Skill 
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Intel 320 x 3 RAID 0 Seagate ST31000524NS x 2 Intel 520 Memorex 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H70 Win7U 64-bit Planar PX2611W Planar PX2611W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alps Wave Seasonic Platinum 1000W CM Cosmos S Logitech M510 
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Rampage 3 Formula
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 950 Asus Rampage lll Formula EVGA GTX980Ti ACX2.0 12 GB G-Skill 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 320 x 3 RAID 0 Seagate ST31000524NS x 2 Intel 520 Memorex 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H70 Win7U 64-bit Planar PX2611W Planar PX2611W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alps Wave Seasonic Platinum 1000W CM Cosmos S Logitech M510 
AudioAudioAudio
SoundBblaster X-FI Titanium HD Sennheiser PC350 Swan M-200 
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