Originally Posted by Skater1405
Thanks for the reply. Now that I think about it, I may very well be able to keep it around $100 budget wise. My parents got a new iMac recently so their old HP computer is just sitting around untouched. I could easily use parts from there, only getting probably more ram, a new processor, fan most likely, and maybe a new hard drive with a higher capacity.
Are all computer parts compatible with others or do you need specific ones so they're able to work together?
RAM, HDDs, DVD or BR drives, PCI cards are probably OK. If you try to do anything with the power supply or motherboard, be REALLY careful. Most of the big PC manufacturers have their own OEM designs for the MB & PS. They may look the same, but check carefully first. At one time, I had a Dell and the MB was getting flakey. I decided to reuse the chassis and PS and replace the MB with a newer one. Took a look at the PS connectors and decided what type of MB would match. Then I decided that maybe I should do a little more research before investing in the MB. It is a good thing that I did, because the Dell PS & MB used a proprietary connector. The connector shell was a standard ATX style connector but the pinout was custom. If I had plugged it into my new MB, it would have toasted the MB and maybe the PS as well. I ended up reusing the chassis but replacing both MB & PS.
Good luck with your project. It is fun putting one together and seeing it work.