So now I finally have a reason to ditch this 5-year-old computer and get something a bit more modern. I'm going to drag my computing kicking and screaming into this decade, before it runs out.
So, my question in two parts:
Firstly, where should I buy it? Newegg doesn't ship internationally. Is there an equivalent Australian store?
Alternatively, Google found this mob... are they any good?
 A friend has linked me to staticICE, which I'll keep an eye on. [/edit]
If I do buy from Newegg and get it shipped, will I still need to buy the PSU local? Or will the ones from the States handle the voltage/frequency difference? (They typically mention 240V on the pages, and the photos look like they use the same connector, but I figure I'll ask to be safe).
Secondly, the parts list...
Things that can be salvaged from my current computer (the shorter list):
3 IDE hard drives of assorted sizes
1GiB RAM (2x512MiB... if that's worth keeping)
Keyboard and mouse (only just bought them a couple of days ago... previous ones had a dodgy R key and dead wheel, respectively... didn't get to use them before the computer died)
A cheap watercooling system (though the block wouldn't fit on a newer CPU socket, I'd need a new one if I wanted to keep using this)
The case (though I wouldn't say no to a new one)
Um, the speakers work, I guess? Maybe one of the system fans?
Things I want:
More RAM, say up to 4GiB
Monitor of some kind, ideally LCD (my CRT is on its last legs, and is goddamn heavy)
Most of my ideas about what sort of features I want are things that I'm pretty sure are standard by now... I'd be like the guy who goes into the electronics store and asks how much extra it'd be to get a video machine that can read DVDs. I imagine it's hard to get a computer lately that doesn't support things like SATA, PCIe, 64-bit, virtualisation... (well, SATA's a bit of an exaggeration, my old computer supported it... I tried it out when I bought it, but it was still new, and Linux's support for it was spotty and didn't include my controller, so I gave it up and never got around to trying it again).
But still, what requirements I do have:
- Linux must support it, reasonably well.
- I'd like to be able to use all of my existing HDDs... but I gather that motherboards with 4 IDE channels are hard to come by these days. Do they make IDE expansion cards? Any new HDDs I buy will be SATA, because I'm not that insane.
- I'm not an avid PC gamer... though I do play games occasionally, usually I just stick with the consoles. I'd like a reasonable graphics card, but it doesn't have to be top-of-the-line. To give a point of comparison, my current computer sports a second-hand GeForce FX 5500 (bought when my previous card gave up the ghost and I had to chase down a replacement AGP card off an eBay that was already flooded with PCIe), and while I would like something with more grunt, it's not exactly holding me back much. The most graphics intensive games I've played in the last few years were in the Orange Box. I have no problems with turning the graphics levels down to Low should I break with tradition and buy a state-of-the-edge game. Basically, what I'm saying is: not just onboard graphics plz, most anything else OK. Ideally with a second video port, should I look into getting a second monitor in the future.
- CPU speed, though, I'd love to kick up a few notches. It seems I'm always hitting that limit with one thing or another.
- All the boring stuff on the motherboard - audio, Ethernet... unless having them separate is cheaper somehow.
- Have I forgotten anything?
I haven't thought about budget, and I don't really have a feel for how much money will buy... so I'll just throw out "a grand US" (possibly not including the monitor), and work from there.
So... suggestions? And remember, I'm a mod, so any bad advice might get you banned. (Nah, I'm just kidding. Maybe.)