Budget build motherboards

By zach203
Jan 31, 2008
  1. zach203

    zach203 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do you think that the ram and cpu on the emachine would work on the abit motherboard for the time being until i replace it?

    what is the 4 most molexs that you can have on a psu?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397


    infinite. new psus will have less because they are going more for sata devices which use different power connector. But there are splitters for molex connections, so in theory you could have as many as you want. Just look at the pictures on newegg if you need to know how many a certain PSU has.
  3. kunjikaly

    kunjikaly TS Rookie

    E2140 one of the best overclockable board
  4. zach203

    zach203 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    would you reccomend modular cabling for a windowed case?
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Absolutely. It makes it look neat plus helps airflow, so it's a good thing for any case. You might have to pay a small price premium for it though, but it's definitely worth it. Corsair's HX520 is a superb modular unit, as is the Enermax ELT400AWT.
  6. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Posts: 37

    zach what u haven chosen is what i wud gor for personally as raybay said abit roxx they are reliable and good for well everything tbh. And as for the cpu Rage has worked that out nicely lol
  7. zach203

    zach203 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Either will be fine. Be sure you have some strong plastic cable ties to cinch up the extra cable after install. Otherwise, you have some air flow blockage with either power supply.
    Once installed, you will never see or think about the power supply again, so don't get too excited about the lights and fancy stuff.
    You can get buy with a less expenisive power supply. But the rebate makes them worth it. Be sure you have downloaded and printed the rebate form before the order arrives so you are ready to immediately send in the rebate paperwork EXACTLY as they want it done. Any variation and no rebate. Also, the rebate can take months.
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    This is a much better PSU choice.
  10. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I'll second that motion. Lower price. Better PSU. Easier install. More flexible cables.
  11. zach203

    zach203 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yeah those are good ones for starting out. I'd recommend spending more on the RAM though, since it'd be better to buy a cheap 2GB kit like this one rather than having to buy another 1GB stick for $15. You'd be spending more on slower RAM in that case, since the two 667MHz sticks will cost you $15 (rebate inclusive) separately, while the 2GB kit will cost you $28 (rebate inclusive). It might sound like nitpicking, but you'd get faster RAM for a lower price overall.
  13. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Good components.
    I agree with Rage_3K_Moiz. Memory is cheap. It will not remain so, once they shut down the plants to move to the newer memory designs. There are many online sites where you can get matched memory modules so cheaply that it is simply amazing due to this temporary overstock.
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