My HDD is dying. Is the rest of my computer worth upgrading?
Intel core 2 quad CPU Q600 @ 2.4 GHz
RAM 3.00 GB
GeForce GT 220
PSU: 300 watt max (unbranded? HP brand?)
Mobo: It's got a single video card slot (PCIe 16 I guess?) and a bunch of USB and stuff.
A mysterious card that has coaxial tv input and outputs.
HDD: the kind that will be broken soon.
(and a bunch of other stuff, case, keyboard, wifi, mouse etc.)
Anyway I'm trying to figure out if my computer is worth saving or not. Here's my thinking so far:
The first thing to do is buy a SSD. Since this computer only does DDO I'll just grab something small and cheap. Estimated cost $60. This would be the same enjoyable power and quality as before, but with less loading screens. I've never done this before but it seems to have two cables SATA and power. Easy enough to do with the help of the internet.
I could upgrade to a low-power video card. For example a GeForce GT 630. The whole thing draws ~350 watts which is the same as the load I have now (according to newegg) with the GT 220. Technically that's 50 watts over budget, but it's been stable for years. Estimated cost: $70.
Beyond that I could upgrade the PSU and get an even better video card, but I don't know what numbers to aim for. (help?)
Ram: How the heck did I get THREE GB? I don't know what cards or slots I've got. If this is a promising area for an upgrade tell me how to get the info.
Skyrim: If it was possible, I'd like to give Skyrim a try. I also own an XBOX, so that's the benchmark I'm aiming for: better than Xbox.
If I don't keep the computer, I'll donate it to my parents. Then I'll need to buy all new components (including the case). I understand that $500 is a sensible amount to spend on a new DDO PC.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing about some options.