Hey, A few months ago, I updated my server to an AMD Athalon 64 X2 5200+ board/cpu combo. Specs in sig under the name Nexus. (except it now has 2GB RAM)
Have Ubuntu Desktop on it. Streams movies and shares 2 other drives over the network.
So now, we come to July. I am running my MC server on it, and it takes a lot of ram, leaving me little room for me to fiddle with it. So, ho-hum, go looking for DDR2 RAM. As my board has only 2 memory slots, I'd need 2 x 2GB. The cheapest? $50?!
So I go look at DDR3. $35?!
Geez, they're trying to sell out DDR2.
So a few days ago, I saw a promo code for $10 off a 2 x 2GB set of G.Skill Rip Jaw X DDR3 1600. And free shipping. Would have been $45. So a good deal. Bought.
So since my board can't accept DDR3, I need a new Mobo and CPU. Combo or not, I want to keep this cheap. I see several combos on newegg, but I looked around and found some better boards.
What I wanted, is a Micro-ATX, but with 4 RAM slots. Saw this one right away: Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Now, I saw that the Phenom II 555 was $88.
Together that is $157 shipped. The 555/mobo combo would be 164 shipped.
But, really, do I need a Phenom II, just to lower the price a little bit?
I want to stay around $150. I can reuse my Rosewill heatsink, I think. Or, just get something better.