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June 11, 2007 3:35:09 AM

I have been searching and learning for 3 weeks now. I guess I am just having trouble making up my mind. Here is a start for 2 systems, and I not sure which one to go with.

- BIOSTAR TFORCE 550
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane
- A-DATA Extreme Edition DDR2(800) 2GB (2 x 1GB)
- Antec Performance One P150 White Steel ATX Mini Tower
with Antec Neo HE430 430 watt PSU

OR

- BIOSTAR TForce TF7025-M2
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane
- A-DATA Extreme Edition DDR2(800) 2GB (2 x 1GB)
- Antec Performance One P150 White Steel ATX Mini Tower
with Antec Neo HE430 430 watt PSU

I am leaning toward the TF7025 MB, since it is a newer chipset, has integrated video, and is reported to be a very good OCer.. But it has been a very short while since it's release. I am pretty sure the TForce 550 is very solid and a very good OCer. I am also not to sure about the quality of this memory. If I go with TForce 550 I will want just a minimal GPU card, since I am not a heavy Gamer. I am also considering going with an OEM processor and getting an after market fan.

Anyone with experience with the TF 7025 and/or TF 550 please give me a comment/suggestion or two. The reviews I've seen on the TF 7025 are mostly good, but I noticed a few problems seemingly because it is the 1st BIOS release. Any suggestions for after market fans, memory, and GPU under $80 would be helpful. I can't believe that BioStar does not list tested Processors and tested Memory for each board. Hopefully they will eventually respond to my emails....

Thanks alot,
Old Newbie.....kenr77
June 11, 2007 3:43:53 AM

Why not Core2Duo?
June 11, 2007 3:44:40 AM

bump a data get g.skill much better and 2 dollars cheaper!~

as for the motherboard why not biostar tforce 570 (pretty good at ocing too)
they are the same price on newegg
and i have it! it rocks!
139 for antec p150 + antec neo he 430?! no way jose
get the centurion 5 ~ 45$ and antec trio 550 or FSP Ax-500 Bluestorm II 80$
total = 125 + ship much cheaper!

good aftermarket heat sink and fan is the scythe ninja which is 39.99 on newegg and a decent graphic card that will make most games playable is the x1650pro or the 7600gs
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June 11, 2007 4:32:28 AM

Thanks Jdm240sx

This is going to be a Low Budget system and may cut back in a few places, like amount of SDRAM and GPU.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions on memory, case, PSU, GPU. I will surely check them out...

THX, kenr77
June 12, 2007 10:41:16 PM

How low a budget exactly? Because E6420 beats AMD anyday.
June 13, 2007 3:29:46 AM

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How low a budget exactly? Because E6420 beats AMD anyday.


I figure under a $1000. for MB, case, PSU, CPU, 2X1g matched pair DDR2-800, integrated video or GPU card, ~80G to a 120G SATA HDD, DVD/CD r/w drive, 1.44m floppy or LS120 drive, 19" to 22" LCD monitor, and a Licensed XP Pro 32bit OS. Although I may try running an Old Windows 2000 Pro I have.

I don't know if this is possible without buying just plain trash or not. But I am trying to get the most I can for the least amount of money. I may want an after market CPU fan for OCing.


THX for more replies.... kenr77
June 13, 2007 4:06:12 AM

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I don't know if this is possible without buying just plain trash or not. But I am trying to get the most I can for the least amount of money.


Of course its possible!!

We all do it. You'd be surprised what you can get for a small amount of money.

Overclocking is a great way to beat good performance out of little cash.
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