Question on a new build - deciding on a few parts

So my last mobo crapped out on me and I'm forced to rebuild. Its going to half-arsed since I can't afford to do it all.

But so far, here is what I've tentatively decided on:

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131013

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103759

I also will need the following but haven't decided on which ones to get: video card (moderately priced but good enough for most gaming), small sata HD (will use purely for OS and will use my current SATA for everything else), 2 gigs of RAM.

Curious as to anyone's experiences with the mobo and AMD I picked out. Good, bad, whatever. And any suggestions on the other needs would be great.
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  1. I'd get Intel, Core 2 Duo or Quad.


    Video Card: BFG Nvidia 8800GT

    HDD: Western Digital Raptor 150Gb, 10K RPM, 16MB cache (really fast)
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/246557-31-4000-budget-gaming-help

    NeoxBlu1: cant decide what he wants... and now hes trying to give you advise?


    Cutter: What sort of budget are we one here? and what games or what else do you use machine for? and then i can help you a bit more
  3. chookman said:

    Cutter: What sort of budget are we one here? and what games or what else do you use machine for? and then i can help you a bit more



    Well, I'd like to keep it under $500 for the parts I listed above if possible. Around $400 would even be better.
    I use it mostly for gaming and some work (but my work is doesn't eat up much resource).

    Basically I'm building off my old system which crapped out on me. (you can see my old specs in my profile) If I can get Oblivion to run better than on my old system I know I've at least improved.
    But seriously, if cutting back on the mobo/processor and putting more into the vid card would be a better idea I'm all for it. I'm just lost on what to go for.
  4. HD3850 $179
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161211

    e2180 $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

    Asus p5K vanilla $126
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131180

    total $395

    1gb of ram could be upgraded and we also need to be mindful of PSU as i dont know what you have there.
  5. chookman said:


    1gb of ram could be upgraded and we also need to be mindful of PSU as i dont know what you have there.


    No worries with the PSU. when my las mobo died I thought it could be the psu so I ordered a new one quickly. I got this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817194003

    Thanks for the links. Definitely a lot to consider.
  6. Ya, thats a decent enough PSU.
  7. Gigabyte P35 DS3L - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059 = ~$90
    E2180 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052 = ~$90
    2gb Crucial Ballistix(CAS3) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146567 = ~$30 after rebate
    WD HD 160gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075 = ~$50

    $260 after rebates. I would see how the current vid card performs before upgrading.
  8. Very interesting. Seems like most here opt for Intel over AMD. Do most think Intel is a better buy? Better for gaming? Less hassle?

    I was going to go with the mobo/cpu I posted at the top but now am reconsidering.
  9. Considering the Intel can be overclocked easily to 3ghz or more with the stock cooler and the above MB, to me that would make it the better buy. It would easily rival the performance of the AMD chip, and the above MB is upgradeable to the newer 45nm Penryn tech.

    My current Intel machines are the first I've owned since my 286 in the early 90's. It was all AMD for years. However, I go with the best tech available at the time I need it, and right now that is Intel.
  10. Interesting. Man, I'm having a tough time deciding. Looks like I might edge towards the mobo and processor you listed tlmck.

    Perhaps I'm just swayed by an old article on cnet from 2005 that pitted amd and intel against each other and amd won outright in every category....
  11. Are you gonna overclock? If so you might consider the amd 64x2 5000 black edition. It's a nice cheap overclockable cpu.
  12. I would like to overclock. My last one (athlon xp 3200) was easily overclocked in the bios. Is it hard to overclock the black edition?
  13. cutter said:
    Interesting. Man, I'm having a tough time deciding. Looks like I might edge towards the mobo and processor you listed tlmck.

    Perhaps I'm just swayed by an old article on cnet from 2005 that pitted amd and intel against each other and amd won outright in every category....

    2005 was light years ago in computer time. Do a Google search of more recent, AMD vs. Intel articles.

    Don't get me wrong, I am rooting for AMD, but right now they are just inferior IMO. Here is an interesting article on overclocking even lower end chips than the E2180. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/pentium-e2160.html

    Tom's also has an various OC guides, not to mention the forums. Plus, the above MB manual is very clear and concise. Seriously, if I can OC, anybody can. Although I have been using PC's since 1980, I have not overclocked seriously until now. Just never really had an interest or need. Been running this one since April, and hasn't caught fire yet!

    The next project is going to be to OC the Celeron 420 in my Linux box until it screams, or flames out. Hey, it was only $39 and the MB was free.
  14. tlmck said:


    The next project is going to be to OC the Celeron 420 in my Linux box until it screams, or flames out. Hey, it was only $39 and the MB was free.


    Ha. Always nice to have test subjects. Good luck! Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  15. cutter said:
    I would like to overclock. My last one (athlon xp 3200) was easily overclocked in the bios. Is it hard to overclock the black edition?


    No, in fact its quite good at overclocking b/c it has an unlocked multiplier which means you dont have to deal with the fsb settings and change up ram timings or anything like that. Tom's has an article on it which explains why its good. It will easily overclock to 3.2+ghz.
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