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need advice CPU/MOBO/RAM

By drizzo01 · 9 replies
Mar 17, 2007
  1. Hey everybody Im not to good with computer hard ware and whats hot or not, maybe you guys can give me some advice on what to buy here, im upgrading my computer that I have now, I am looking to buy a motherboard, processor, and ram. I dont want to spend any more than $400-450.00, thanks for your help, much apprechiated.



  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Your motherboard link sends me to the same page as the memory link. Are you looking for a motherboard with PCI-e, AGP or integrated video ?
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Welcome to Techspot drizzo01 :wave: ! I can tell you from experience that Corsair XMS2 Memory in quite good is my opinion...never had a problem with it. I am currently running 2x512MB DDR2 675 in Dual-Channel. Good luck :grinthumb !
  4. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    This what I'd reccomend.

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138026

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103036

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145590

    Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835101004

    If you look closley at the page of the Motheboard. There is a combo deal with it and that CPU I reccomended.

    I choose that motherboard because its inexpensive, its feature rich and it comes with as a combo deal with the CPU I recommended.

    I choose that CPU because its better than you first choice. And cheaper. Its also better at overclocking.

    That RAM is a choice because of its rebate and its great performance.

    I had to throw in a CPU Cooler because the CPU is OEM and doesn't come with a cooler of its own.
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    www.zipzoomfly.com and www.directron.com are good locations to save a lot of money on quality memory. We recommend Kingston, Crucial, or Corsair for the best prices... watch out for OCZ and Geil, and avoid any "value" or super low priced memory. Www.zipzoomfly.com has free shipping... Both have good deals on other components... that beat Newegg.
  6. foozy

    foozy TS Rookie Posts: 139

  7. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    Why would he get that CPU its only 90nm. He should go witht he cheaper and better one I recommended that comes with a great O/Cing motherboard from Biostar. Its a better CPU for a lower price.
  8. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    First you need to make sure that drizzo01 is planning to overclock at all, because he admits in the opening post that he's not too good with computer hardware. If not overclocking, then it would be a better choice to get something that has a stock speed of at least 2.0GHz.

    beef_jerky4104, that link to the CPU cooler is the same as the link to the RAM you suggested. Might wanna fix that. :)

    Also, with drizzo01's budget of $400-$450, the CPU choice can quite possibly be pushed to one of the high end models, while still having a good Mobo/RAM, and staying within his intended budget.
  9. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    My point was that the Windsor core is 90nm, while the Brisbane is a 65nm core. The smaller core the better. So even though the 3600+ Brisbane is clocked slower than the 3800+ Windsor its faster. You are also correct we could push the CPU up higher, but it should remain a Brisbane. Perhaps we could even go Core 2 Duo? Any way its just preference I would go with what I recommended, wither way his new rig would be so fast compared to his old that its not even funny.
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    First, we need to make sure all of the parts that he picks are compatible, if any changes shall occur. We're here drizzo01, so don't worry :wave: ! Also, may I suggest a Vista upgrade just to get it out of the way, and not have to buy Xp, and then in a few years, upgrade up to Vista.
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