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Old 03-08-2006, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm lookin for a very very cheap computer ($300 budget already have the cd-drive and an 8GB hd but might want a new HD if its in the budget) I was hopin for a socket 939 and start off with a cheap athlon but i would like to eventually upgrade to an X2 or something. I have the RAM picked out:
G.Skill 512MB RAM

also onboard video would be nice but with either an AGP or PCI-E x16 slot (like i said, i eventually want to upgrade it and as u can see in my sig. i have a P4 system). i will only use the computer about 3 times a week and thats y i was lookin at socket 754 but... theres no upgradin in there inless i get the ASRock K8Upgrade-VM800 (which, if u look at the site, u can buy a card that goes into the yellow slot to upgrade to a 939 socket but i couldnt find it newhere to buy).

if i do upgrade the AMD system.. i would switch it with the P4 system and use it more

So post wut u think i should do

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8gb HD is unrealistic given the OS alone will take like 2 or 3 gigs, and the programs you're gonna have to install... you definitely need a new hard drive.

do you need a new monitor as well?

it'll be hard to stay within the $300 budget.. but i shall do my best.
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antec case+psu $75 (i looked for cheaper, but power supplies tend to be really crappy if you go lower..)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129148

msi mobo w/ integrated video (pci-express lane available) $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130520

venice 3000+ $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

your ram $32.63
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231026

hard drive (won't fit in your budget..) $50
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...sp?submit=view

total WITHOUT hard drive:$321.62
total WITH hard drive: $371.62

if you can't go over budget, then looks like you'll have to go socket 754.. which i don't recommend.
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Well in my opinion that p4 2.8 prescott is a good performer with that 1 gig ram, and the 6600gt. So why again do you want an other computer? If $300 is your budget i say get a socket 754 sempron 64, because for $300 you can only get a cpu and mobo for like $220. and then the ram you said for $32. That leaves $48 left for a new hard drive. This still doesn't include case/psu/and other stuff.
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Well if you want a god mobo wiht integrated video get this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130041
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I'd get this mobo instead of that MSI that aliasaid suggested: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138264

I have it right now, and its great, even the onboard video was pretty **** good for onboard, got 100fps in cs 1.6, but i have a vid card now though.
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ok well i got a PSU so i'm good on that. I dont need a moniter either. I like the MSI board aliasaid suggested so i'll look into that. Has anyone ever seen anything like that ASRock K8Upgrade-VM800? i thought it was pretty cool (and some of their 939 ones have it to upgrade to 940)
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i wouldnt, i hear those daughterboards can be really crappy, i recomend socket 754 as you are on that budget
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daughterboards?

i was lookin at socket 754 then i realized wut if i want ot upgrade but then i realized, if i would upgrade, i'd want a better mobo so i'll probably go with the 754
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Socket 939 motherboard + CPU yields at least $200, if not $250. You can either disregaurd Socket 939 and go 754 or go with Dell ...

I hate to reccomend Dell, but if your budget is $600 or less and you have no previous components then it's really the only realistic way out.

But really, stick with your Intel build for now, AMD isn't so much better than Intel that it's worth a suicidal budget. It is Socket T (LGA 775) right?
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