Budget build motherboards

By zach203
Jan 31, 2008
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  1. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    That Abit is a good board! But what about the processor? Have you budgeted for the 965? Core Duo? Core Extreme?
    That Abit will not work well with cheap memory, so budget for first tier memory, as well.
  2. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    so yes or no? won't be getting it too soon anyways. is it a good starter or is there something better?
  3. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas Newcomer, in training Posts: 718

    I think that you should think about how fast you want your machine. Consider all components that will work together. Ram memory, Cpu (P-4/Core 2 duo/ Quad/) Intel or AMD. Your new power supply. Cooling for your processor. Gaming or non gaming etc. Picking your mobo first is like buying a set of tires then going out to find a car that they will fit.
  4. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    well it's gaming. i am hopefully going to get at least 2GB ram. CPU? that is going to have to wait. Intel probably. I have a case. it is this one

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208019

    fans aren't a problem i have plenty and a basic video card. i have three old old computers that parts can be scrapped from. i have a dvd burner and 160 GB harddrive also. so i could scrap together a working computer and then replace old stuff later in the future.
  5. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    With the qualification about memory, it is a superb board. We rarely see one fail. ASUS has a similar problem with low grade memory, so ABIT is right up there.
    We rate Abit, Gigabyte, and Asus among the top six boards.
  6. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    so yes? you would reccomend getting it?
  7. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    well i got it thanks, know of any cheap cpu's that would work well on it?
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,250   +214

    Depends how cheap. You can run a Celeron D in it, those things are pretty cheap, $45.99 (and not very good for games). Or you could get a cheap Core2Duo which would be much better for gaming, but its $100 more than that Celeron D. Then of course there are the Pentium Ds, but at $119, their performance isn't worth the relatively small price difference below the C2D.
  9. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    i'm thinking celeron d.
    what about ram
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    The Pentium Dual-Core should also be supported by your motherboard, and would be a far better choice compared to a Celeron D.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,250   +214

    Yeh but the Pentium D costs almost 3x as much.

    His motherboard supports Pentium 4, Celeron D, Pentium D, and Core2Duos.

    For the RAM, you can run up to 1066mhz ddr2, so anything that speed or slower would be fine. Most RAM brands now offer a lifetime warranty so you can't go too wrong. Personally I'd recommend Crucial or Mushkin, but everyone has their favorites. The cheapest is probably something like Corsair Value RAM, which isn't bad.
  12. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Posts: 205

     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I wasn't talking about the Pentium D. I was referring to the Pentium Dual-Core line, which is supported by the board. It's cheaper than the Pentium D yet runs cooler and overclocks easily to reach the performance of a more expensive Core 2 Duo part.
    As for the new Celeron, avoid it. It's not a good one for games (Celerons have never been and this one is no exception) so I don't recommend it.
    Lastly, this RAM is of superb quality and is highly recommended.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,250   +214

    My apologies, you are right.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    No worries. You were probably confused by the Pentium moniker. People prefer to call it the Intel Dual-Core these days, to avoid confusion with the Pentium D. Why Intel decided to bring the name back is quite baffling. It just causes more confusion.
  16. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

  17. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy Newcomer, in training Posts: 205

    that's a better choice, but the op is on a budget.
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    That Celeron is a very bad performer in games because of the low cache size, which games are very sensitive to.
  19. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    The Pentium Dual Core line of processors are excellent value products for budget builds. Even for a low-end build, I think one should at least get the E2140.
    The Pentium Dual Core processors are based on the Allendale core, the same core used for the entry-level Core 2 Duo's in the E4xxx series.
    Don't get the Cedar Mill Celeron D, even if it's under $50. The single-core Celeron days are over.
  20. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

  21. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    what kind of psu would you reccomend? would you reccomend getting one with additional ac outputs?
  22. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    There is a very helpful post on this forum about power supplies, although they poor mouth psu's from which we have had excellent luck.
    We use a very large number of power supplies in our repair business. We cannot afford to have any come back, so we shoot for reliability and long life.
    We like the almost unknown FSP Group, Sparkle, CoolMax, Fortron, Hiper, and Seasonic. Then the more expensive PCP&C, OCZ, and Corsair

    But online retailers cannot afford to have their power supplies to come back either. For this reason, we like the www.directron.com because they have a very large variety of power supplies.... some of which are not posted above.

    There is no way to save money by purchase of a cheap power supply.
  23. zach203

    zach203 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    what about graphics card? i have splinter cell double agent, far cry, and prey. splinter cell requires shader version 7.0.
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I believe it is Shader Model 3.0 that is required for Double Agent. The 8600GT will be able to play those games maxed out quite comfortably.
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