I have a mostly custom built desktop, and want to replace it with adequately current hardware, but no real plans for gaming.
- The IDE Hard Drives are going out.
- On the existing desktop:
- Windows 2000 is installed, but I rarely boot to it.
- Ubuntu 9.04 is installed.
- I have a SATA 250 GB drive that works perfectly fine, but which I have from another system which I upgraded to 2 x 500 GB.
- The Antec case is a fairly nice, but dated, mid-tower ATX case.
- I think the power supply handles SATA power.
- The existing motherboard only supports IDE, up to a 3.06 Northwood core processor.
- I currently do not have *any* Windows 7 installs.
I also have a Dell Desktop which is our main desktop in the home:
- Windows XP
- 3 GB of RAM
- 2 x 500 GB SATA hard drives
- 2.16 GHz [E6400?] Core 2 Duo processor
- iTunes, media, and photos are on this box.
- Windows 7 64-bit would be nice to play around with.
- Would still like to end up with a Ubuntu install somewhere.
Some options that I’ve thought of:
- Upgrade the custom build (that’s a mobo/processor and ram minimally, even if integrated video)
- Get a recent refurb desktop, replace the Dell with it, and replace the custom build with a Dell
- Buy a Mac desktop, move the Dell downstairs.