a few months ago my computer got infected with a virus and would no longer function. it was a win 98 p2/celeron 333 128 mb ram and a gforce 2 mx400 video card. 8 years ago it was a sweet system lol. but it worked for me. i only used my computer for music internet and designing speaker boxes ( using a program called sketch up)
so i bought a new computer for $399
mobo : asrock k7vm3 (only supports a 4x gpu card)
cpu : sempron 2400+ socket a 462
ram : 256 mb
power : 450 watt max
thinking that was all i was going to need. it ran all my box programs and stuff good but when i upgraded to the newest version of sketchup things ran a bit choppy so bought a stick of 512 ram and bought a radion 9800pro video card. now everthing ram smooth and sweet. so i decided to try out a few newer games (quake 4 halo ) everything runs smooth as long as the quality setting are on low. but now im addicted to the games and want things to run better .
i think my next logical upgrade would be a new mobo and processor
my budget is $120 + shipping and taxes. for the mobo only. my goal is to have something that will be easily upgraded as i will buy a new video card and faster processor down the road
If you get a DFI though, you'll have to wait until you buy a new GPU and CPU before you can use it, since your CPU is the wrong socket. Just save up enough for the mobo, cpu, and gpu, then buy them all at the same time.
yeah it looks like im going to have to do that. but i deffenaly cant afford that right now.
i plan on selling my current stuff on ebay i figure i can get $100 for my mobo and processor. and then 75 for my video card plus the 120 i have leaves me with about $225 not near enough. might have to wait a few months