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December 13, 2006 10:55:29 PM

Im currently using an old Socket A system I built several years ago. While it was fairly nice in its day, it's definately lagging behind now. Im hoping to keep the total cost around $600 (less would be great, of course).

So much has changed since I built old faithful here, and Im a bit behind the times now. Going by what recent research I've done, I'd like to aim for a Core 2 Duo (probably the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...).

From browsing around Newegg for a while, I was thinking about maybe the following:
Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681... (admittedly, I'm not very savvy when it comes to PSUs, so Im not too sure of the choice here)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... (memory choices seem a bit limited due to the motherboard)
Video: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
I'll also look around for a relatively cheap DVD drive. The total cost, even with a couple mail in rebates, is a little more than I'd like to spend, but might be doable.

I saw a link to a motherboard in another thread on this forum that would support some of my current hardware (RAM, Radeon 9600xt, etc...) and cut down on my initial investment a bit. The poster also listed a C2D processor as a suggestion, but I dont see it listed as being supported by the motherboard on Newegg (the socket is correct, though). I also dont see it listed as having a PCI Express x16 slot, which would really limit video card options, would it not? The motherboard link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I should also mention that heat can be a potential concern for me. Im not particularly looking to do much overclocking, but it can get a bit warm in the room the machine is in during the summer, and like I said, Im into gaming. Any suggestions would be great.

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December 13, 2006 11:08:39 PM

That mobo DOES have a PCI-e 16x slot, so that's fine. Your components are more than your $600. Best bet is to downsize the video card to a 7600GT and the mobo. Then take a look from there. That PSU is dicey, to be honest. If you get the 7600GT and ASRock mobo, then you should have enough money to get this instead, it'll handle your system:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
December 15, 2006 10:03:21 AM

I appreciate the response, and after checking the product page from the manufacturer, I see that you are correct. The board does have a PCI-e 16x slot, *and* supports the Core 2 Duo CPU (though the listing on Newegg doesnt indicate that either is true). Money is a bit tight right now, so I may very well be better off getting that board, and keeping my current RAM. Thanks again.
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December 15, 2006 12:29:34 PM

I agree with Skyguy. I would not recommend that case/PSU combo.

Case/PSU: Now, there's a $50 MIR for the Antec Sonata II, here. Total after shipping & MIR, $66. This will suite your needs perfectly.

CPU: Stick with the E6300 for $181.

Memory: Get a 1GB stick of RAM for now and when you save the money get another 1GB stick. Memory is relatively inexpensive to upgrade. Better to put the money is either a better CPU or GPU. Now, the question is, do you plan on overclocking? If not, DDR2 533 or DDR2 667 will be fine for your needs. Otherwise, get DDR2 800. If you don't plan on OC'ing, I'd get this G. Skill DDR2 533 memory for $95. If you want to spend 20 bucks more, get this PQI Turbo DDR2 667 memory.

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATAII Perpendicular Drive - $95

Video Card: To try and keep in your budget, get this BFG 7600GT for $114 after MIR.

Mobo: Stay away from ECS. I'm not keen on them. Had one mobo from them. Worst one I've ever had. But, who knows, maybe I bought the lemon of the bunch. Anyway, I'd recommend would be to get Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 for $136.13. Since I did see that you were going to get DDR2 800, I'm assuming you will try to overclock. This board will overclock better.

All of this is $687 with the DDR2 533 memory, but you could sell some of your components from your old PC to make up the difference and get better components than what I've listed here.
December 15, 2006 1:12:53 PM

Great advice there Purdue, agree completely......except on one minor thing.

If he can find the Gigabyte 965P-S3 for a fair bit cheaper, get it instead of the DS3. I heard that the S3 prices had gone up a bit, so look around and check. Doesn't really need the DS3, given his intentions. The S3 will bring the cost down and get very close to his budget.

ECS.......*shudder*



Other than that, great find on the Antec case rebate.

Very respectable system on a tight budget.
December 15, 2006 1:36:26 PM

The DS3 is only 5 bucks more at Newegg. That's why I suggested it. If the S3 was around 30 bucks cheaper, then yes, the S3 is the way to go to try and build a more inexpensive PC.

Know any places for a cheap S3?
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December 15, 2006 2:14:55 PM

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I appreciate the response, and after checking the product page from the manufacturer, I see that you are correct. The board does have a PCI-e 16x slot, *and* supports the Core 2 Duo CPU (though the listing on Newegg doesnt indicate that either is true). Money is a bit tight right now, so I may very well be better off getting that board, and keeping my current RAM. Thanks again.


Not entirely correct. The board has a PCI-E Graphics Slot. However, it does not run at x16. Its wired for x4. This is probably why the list of graphics cards that are compatible is limited.

GFx Compatibility list

-Wolf sends
December 15, 2006 3:32:24 PM

Crap, the S3 *was* about $30-$40 cheaper just a few weeks ago. I think the DS3 Rev.2 mobo is being released anytime, which is my guess why the price has dropped. If the DS3 is only a few bucks more, then I say go for that. Dunno where else it's cheaper......besides, I live in Canuckland lol.

I suppose if he goes with the Gigabyte, that makes the PCI-e x16 a moot point, because the DS3 is fine.



ECS.....*shudders again*
December 15, 2006 3:36:31 PM

The S3 was around $117 at mwave. Still less than $20 difference between the 2 right now. Mwave tends to charge more for shipping as well. May as well grab the DS3.
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