Can we rebuild her? Do we have the technology? AKA: StormTrooper needs some love
My main rig (StormTrooper) has been down for a couple weeks now. I missed quite a bit of the TF2 GunMettle event and have had 2 games gifted to me in the mean time that I'm fiending to play.
The hard drive started failing and I don't want it to crash so I have stopped booting off of it. This brings up Upgrade 1, I need a new hard drive.
Along with that I want to upgrade my RAM. I've already maxed the current mobo in there to a whopping 4GB. So Upgrade #2 is a motherboard that handles more RAM (I presume processor along with that? Should that be assumed?).
The StormTrooper started out as an Inspiron 530 and has been upgraded over time. The Power Supply is an nzxt 500w and I won the video card (Sapphire Radeon HD 6850) at Expo a few years back so I am sure those two components will hold up.
Are motherboard sizes standardized to the point I would be able to use the same case?
Hard drive and motherboard recommendations would be super helpful
Do I need to take anything else into consideration based on the above?
If I am missing key pieces of info, just let me know. I'll do my best to get it.
Budget: Couple to a few hundred bucks if at all possible. Will be on the tab of a soon to come bonus.