A week ago, our family desktop died. Specifically, the hard drives failed. The computer repair store confirmed this. It was a Dell, and quite frankly, I don't feel like throwing money into keeping the Dell "alive".
So we have a media PC that is an AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz. It has 16 GB ram. I transplanted my old video card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745) into the media PC. While this video card is not top of the line, it works just fine, and has given me years of ESO enjoyment. However, with this AMD media PC, the ESO game crashes. The crash occurs after I sign in, and before the character select screen appears. I get the ESO crash reporter window that says "We're sorry. The Elder Scrolls Online has quit unexpectedly". I reported this to ESO tech support, and for the last 7 days, we have gone back and forth on a daily basis, asking me try this, then try that. But nothing is working. I am convinced that it is time to look for a new computer.
I'd like to build a new computer. I tend to build one about every 10 years. I think its time to build a new one. I'm leaning towards getting a - bang-for-buck - i5-7500 processor, and running it on a B250 LGA1151 motherboard. I intend to use my existing video card, and I plan on buying DDR4 ram (8Gb X 2). I was hoping for feedback if this would be a good setup for running ESO?
I am in a position to spend around $1000, but if I can spend less then the better. I'd like to get something that will last a long while.
Question #1: Does anyone recommend a better setup? Should I go with an i7 instead? I don't seem to have much luck with AMD, so I want to stay clear of Ryzen. I also do not wish to overclock. A stock processor is just fine for me.
Question #2: What case should I get? I seriously have wasted more time this week looking at cases. Now they seem to come with a glass door and LED lights. I don't need fancy or beautiful. I need a case with good airflow that functions well. Was thinking of getting a mid sized case, and not a full tower. I don't think I will be using any 5.25" bays. I'm done with CD/DVD. The case will need to support my Corsair cx750 power supply (it's one i picked up about 2 years ago when I thought my Dell's PS was failing). This corsair 80 plus bronze is brand new. I realize it is more watts than is needed, but I'd like to use what i have. The case will also need to have room for 2 hard drives; a SSD and a larger hard drive.
Question #3: Where's the best place to get Windows 10? I'll need it on a USB drive so I can install it on a new SSD.
I appreciate any feedback. Our family misses playing ESO. :)