Have a few parts -- worth building around them?

I've got a new Intel BOXDG965WHMKR LGA 775 G965 Express ATX Motherboard (actually a 2nd replacement for the 1st two lemons I tried working with). I haven't tested it, but think I'd finally figured out how to get this board to work with XP (royal PIA just to get it to boot) -- but didn't want to go to the trouble at the time and just decided to give up and use something else. I've also got a FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply.

My sister plays WoW and has an old Pentium III (I think) and a laptop -- neither of which can really play without struggling. I'd like to help her out but don't have much money to spend on this -- and am wondering if it's worth the effort to buy the rest of the parts to go with these two pieces. Even though the mb has onboard graphics, I'd assume I would need to buy a video card (I've got a nVidia 7600GT on my PC that she's really impressed with -- maybe there's a comparable but cheaper one that would work?). I've cannibalized most of my other parts already, so I'd need a processor, case (hers is a Dell and I don't know if it could contain this MB), and memory at the very least -- might be able to work with her current HD and could use her CD drive.

This motherboard is very picky with memory -- which is one reason I'm not sure it's worth the effort or expense -- there are probably more stable boards out there that would take cheaper memory.

Thanks. I'd appreciate any advice. mcaren
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  1. First, here is the Intel page for that MB in case you had not already found it. Some interesting support info. http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg965wh/index.htm

    Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

    This memory is compatible. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146569

    The 7600gt is fine for WOW. Here is a good one in case you want to keep yours. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150185

    Here is a nice case that will not break the bank. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133048

    Your power supply will work fine.
  2. What is your budget for this build? I'd go with Corsair/Kingston/Crucial memory. They seem be very friendly to most mobo's.
    Here's some compatable ram (using neweggs memory finder):
    $47 shipped. Probably the cheapest out of your pocket initially. There are better, but you'd have to wait for the MIR to get a similar price, which I don't know if you want to do that or not.
    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    CPU - $74 shipped Plenty of power for your projected system and can OC like He** if need be (about 2.8 ghz on stock cooler, maybe 3 gig)
    Intel Dual-Core E2140 Allendale 1.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    GPU - $81 shipped - $10 MIR = $71 You can get cheaper like a 7300gt, but this will smoke it and is only about $10-20 more.
    HIS Hightech H260PRF256EDDN-R Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

    If you look at the link below, you can see why I recommend this one. If you don't have the budget for it, than a 7300gt model would work also for around $60.
  3. Thank you both for your replies. The Intel product info was interesting -- I went through a nightmare trying to get this MB to work for my 2nd build, and at the time couldn't find much of any information other than posts from people in the same boat (what appeared to be a dead mb). The board I have now is a replacement from Intel (2nd replacement), and I had already purchased another type altogether before I received it. Was going to try and sell it, but will probably not get around to it before it becomes unsellable...

    Budget? Unfortunately, pretty much nothing! (am scanning through Craigslist & eBay...) I was actually hoping I could find a good used video card, and then see if I could swing the $ for the other things -- do you it would be likely that I could find a good used video card that would fit the bill? If I take it slow I can probably afford the items in the range that you both suggested, but if I do it in the next month or so I'll need to buy used...

    [basically I shouldn't even be contemplating building another computer; my husband is probably ready to pull his hair out as it is (we have many projects that deserve a higher priority) -- but it's hard to have parts just sitting around gathering dust... :) ]

    Thanks again for your information. And, if one of you (or anyone else) can recommend a video card that is old enough to be sold used, but would still provide adequate graphics quality for WoW I'd appreciate it. mcaren

    Thanks again.
  4. You should be able to find a used 7600gt, although I am going to hang onto mine until it dies. After its usefulness in Windows eventually goes away, it can always be moved over to my Linux box.

    There are also cheaper brands of new 7600gt's, but I only have experience with EVGA(noisy fan, but excellent performance), and XFX(just excellent all around).

    Forgot to mention, if you are running Windows XP, you can get by with 1gb of ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146524
  5. I agree with getting an Intel E2000 series processor, a 2600Pro, a gig of cheap DDR2 667 or even 553.
  6. I would go with an OEM 2180 for $77:

    And a better than stock Arctic Cooler 7 Pro for $18:

    Overclock to 3.0ghz and you'd have crazy fast performance for $95.
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