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AMD Value Low-Cost Configurations - Revised

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August 24, 2006 8:18:14 PM

I've been looking to put together some VALUE based low cost computers with upgradability recently for no more than about $500 or so. Here are 2 Socket 939 and 2 Socket AM2 AMD Solutions (Single and Dual Core)
that i've come up with after the replies to my last post for suggestions last month. I've since included a motherboard with a better on-board video solution and a larger hard drive among other things. This only
includes the Case and Keyboard/Mouse. Any relevant S/H or Tax is included in the price.

The intended use of this machine in general does not include hard core gaming or video encoding and therefore doesn't "initially" require a high end processor, alot of memory or a high end graphics GPU. I
have included a fair amount of upgradability with the selected components used. It was a challenge to keep these configurations around or under $500 without using the absolute cheapest parts. Any further input would be appreciated. Thanks!

-- MaSoP


Motherboard

1 Abit NF-95 GeForce 6100 Athlon 64(FX)/64 X2 Dual-Core/Sempron Skt939 DDR M-ATX Motherboard Retail, $63 ZipZoomFly

2 Biostar GEFORCE 6100 AM2 GeForce 6100 Athlon 64(X2) SktAM2 DDR2 M-ATX Motherboard Retail, $70 ZipZoomFly


Processor

1 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Processor (Venice) Socket 939 Retail, $66 ZipZoomFly
1A AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor Socket 939 Retail, $155 ZipZoomFly

2 AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ Socket AM2 (62W) Retail, $74 ZipZoomFly
2A AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 3800+ Socket AM2 (89W) Retail, $148 ZipZoomFly


Memory

1/1A Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512 512MB DDR400 PC3200 CL3 DIMM 3-3-3 Memory Retail, $51 ZipZoomFly

2/2A Crucial Technology / Rendition RM6464AA53E 512MB DDR2-533 PC2-4200 Memory Retail, $44 ZipZoomFly


Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JS 120GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer, $63 ZipZoomFly


Optical Drive

Sony DW-Q120A Internal Double Layer DVD±RW Drive (Black), $36 ZipZoomFly


Floppy Drive
NEC 1.44MB 3.5in Internal Floppy Disk Drive (Black), $13 ZipZoomFly


Network
On-Board LAN


Audio
On-Board AUDIO


Video
On-Board VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 6100


Case and Power Supply
V-Tech 3688 Mid Tower Aluminum Case with 400 Watt PS (Black) Retail, $41 Local Store


Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech Internet Pro Keyboard & Optical Mouse Combo (Black), $20 ZipZoomFly


Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Full Version) Single-Pack OEM, $90 ZipZoomFly




TOTALS:

1 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939 Single Core Solution, $443
1A AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Socket 939 Dual Core Solution, $532

2 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket AM2 Single Core Solution, $451
2A AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Socket AM2 Dual Core Solution, $525
August 24, 2006 10:37:16 PM

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I have included a fair amount of upgradability with the selected components used.


for your AM2 yes....dont bother with the 939 yer just givin yerself a deadend
August 25, 2006 2:45:26 AM

This is true, however one advantage of 939 in an upgrade standpoint is the fact that 939 is based on DDR400 and therefore can use DDR400 from those who have Socket A based boards which want to go to 939 w/o the added cost of buying DDR2 memory. Certainly for a new build, AM2 would be the better choice. Thanks for the input.

-- MaSoP

Quote:


I have included a fair amount of upgradability with the selected components used.


for your AM2 yes....dont bother with the 939 yer just givin yerself a deadend
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