Help Choosing A Motherboard Or PC.

By kimboy
Jan 6, 2008
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  1. Hi, could someone advise me on the motherboard + processor, complete with fan and heat sink, combo I should buy? It should be cheap (preferably between $150-$250). There's this one I found, I've forgotten the name but it has the following: VIA K8M800 Northbridge Chipset, Socket AM2 Connector, 2 DDR DIMM Memory Slots (Upto 2 GB), VIA VT237R Plus SB Chipset, 1 AGP Slot, 3 PCI Slots, NO PCI Express Slots, 1 IDE Header. It comes with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor. It costs $120. Is it any good? I mainly play games. Currently I have a Compaq D510F SFF PC with the following specs: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz, 512 MB SDRAM, Western Digital WD200 20 GB HDD, nVidia GeForce 4 MX 420 64 MB RAM Video Card(It's So pathetic). The motherboard has 3 SDRAM DIMM Memory Slots (it supports only PC133), 1 AGP 4x Slot (1.5 V only), 2 PCI Slots and nothing else. How does it compare to the one above? I'd be thankful if someone advised me on the kind of PC I should buy in case I drop the idea of building my own (around $400). Thanks.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I really think you should ONLY be looking at PCI-Express motherboards

    Regards,
    Kim !
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    The Question I Still Have is: Which X2....?

    There are about a dozen. (Actually Newegg is claiming 28...!)

    Here are a couple a boards for you to check out: This one (an ATI chipset) has onboard SATA RAID, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128079

    This one (an Intel chipset) has dual channel memory, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128079

    For a CPU, one of either of these; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128079

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115031 (in stock and on sale, at the moment)

    The 2 Intel CPUs are supposed to be holy terrors for overclocking.

    Both boards have onboard graphics AND PCI-E.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Build your own, since not only will it give you good experience, you'll also get warranty on each individual component rather than a single warranty for a pre-built one. That being said, here's a recommendation for a possible build:
    GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $74.99 + $6.33 shipping
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $57.99 + free shipping
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $44.99 + free shipping
    VisionTek 900203 Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $169.99 + $5.84 shipping

    Grand Total = $360.13 with shipping. It'll give you an excellent PC that will be way ahead of your current one. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  5. kimboy

    kimboy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 59

    There's this one being sold by TigerDirect. It's a Gateway GT5453E with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2 Ghz(Dual-Core), 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 320 GB SATA II HDD, 20x DVD-RW Dual layer drive and Flash media reader. It comes with Windows Vista Home Premium. Graphics is by an nVidia GeForce 6150 SE chip.It's being sold at $330. Is this system worth buying? It has 4 PCI Express slots on which I can install another video card to replace the crappy 6150 chip. Thanks for your replies.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That's Refurbished, ie Not new.
    Rage_3K_Moiz system is brand new for $30 more
    And I don't think he'll lead you astray
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