360 usd I think, not sure.
ASUS M4A785-M board and an Athlon II X4 620.
I bought a package deal mobo and CPU for $170. Dropped in the W7 Home Premium and a blank drive with 4GB RAM and went through the boring install. First boot to a desktop was completely uneventful. I have never had this experience before, no drivers were needed, all parts supported. IIRC 4 tweaks to the BIOS and a solid 10% overclock with 6MB of L3 cache(2.6 GHz to 2.86 GHz). No problems and good performance.
approx £40 on the motherboard an msi (I forget the exact model)
an amd athalon 2 2.7ghz tri core processor approx £50
an ATI Radion 4870 (I think) procesor approx £70
3gb of ram approx £35
250 gb hard disk approx £40
an old case and 650w power supply I had laying around from when my mother somehow destroyed her old pc
a complete new build for about £250 I am unemployed and wanted a new desktop this spec took me about 4 months of saving all disposable income, the second I get a job I will probably upgrade to a better machine, this is sufficient for my needs but I want better
I have a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R board in my main PC I use for everything. I paid about $120 Feb of last year. But of the components I bought I think I spent the most on the Mobo, which makes since to me. Everything has to run through the Mobo, so if you skimp on it you bottle neck everything else down.
Gigabyte G33-DS3R about US $ 150, 3 years ago. still working
I recently paid $169 for the asus p7p55d-e pro 1156 motherboard. My very first intel board. I love it! It has everything I need and want on it. Nice layout as well.
My asus m3n-ws Amd board is older and cost me around $180. I'm still using them.
My old asus m2n32 deluxe wireless still works as well!
I'm an asus user.
A long long time ago I did pay $300 for 2 different boards.. One was an soyo dragon deluxe premium something.. It came and weighed like a brick.. and lasted 2 months.. lol 939 amd ..
Then I got an msi platinum 939 and that died after 1 year...
I got the m2n32 deluxe wireless and never looked back.. plus they were cheaper and better quality boards.
I did have some good msi .. but only 2 soyo before they stopped making mb.
My epox were total crap.
almost as bad as that skywalker piece of crap back in 1999..
This last weekend I built a new system using:
- Gigabyte x58A-UD3r from Microcenter for 200, after rebate,
- i7 930 from Microcenter for 199
- 6GB OCZ 1333 Gold from Microcenter for 106 after rebate.
$505 for motherboard, memory and processor at this level is fantastic.
In addition I am using:
- Antec 300 case - 50
- CM 500w PS - 29 after rebate
- Radeon 5670 card for 80 after rebate.
I am not real happy with the video card, but I got what I paid for.
Running the I7 930 at 3.3, it shows a 25.47 on the Fritz benchmark and it goes up to about 65 degrees under stress using the stock cooler.
I was running an i7 870 orginally and it scored a 22.07 on the Fritz OOTB.
The i7 930 scored a 22.47 on Fritz OOTB.
I am very happy with the CPU performance and price.
You can get a great motherboard for around 100$-200$. RAMs are sold separately, a 1GB Stick costs around 15$.
My current board cost $300 and out-performs my previous $400 board that died in 6 months. I couldn't claim warranty because I had replaced the stock chipset coolers.
Just $50. Bought Biostar G41 DVI to replace my broken Biostar TP35D2A7.
Somebody paid ME £30 to take it off them...thats why i have an ECS G41T-M5.
Nah..i paid £40 for it...i wish i didn't though.