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December 21, 2007 1:04:23 PM

Looking to build using Abit IP35 Pro and E6750 processor. Also will be buying (2) 1G sticks, which puts me over budget. Still need a graphics card.

System is not used for gaming, only office type work and still photo editing. Currently using onboard video. Need stable and reliable.

Prefer to stay under $50, any suggestions?
December 21, 2007 1:14:48 PM

well for under $50 you will not see much improvment from a videocard fom onboard video however if your useing xp you only need 1 gig of ram vista only 2 gigs if you opeing game and other things that much of system resouces id go with a geforce7500 or somting to that efect.
December 21, 2007 1:31:39 PM

currently have (2) 500M DDR2 sticks, not sure if they will work on the new MB, I'm counting on having to buy new memory. Abit IP35 Board does not have onboard video, so, I have to buy a card of some type.
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December 21, 2007 1:35:42 PM

phecksel said:
Looking to build using Abit IP35 Pro and E6750 processor. Also will be buying (2) 1G sticks, which puts me over budget. Still need a graphics card.

System is not used for gaming, only office type work and still photo editing. Currently using onboard video. Need stable and reliable.

Prefer to stay under $50, any suggestions?

What is your total budget for this system. We can help you define a solid build and using a Abit IP35 pro is overkill for what your going to be doing, IMHO, unless there are options on that board that your needing. Here's what I generally look for in a "non" gaming rig:
CPU
e2160/80 (budget) Under $100
e6550/e6750 (mainstream) Under $200
e6850/q6600 (higher end, but not breaking the bank) Under $300

Mobo
DS3L/Abit IP35-e/Asus P5k-se (for solid OC'ing mobo's that don't require RAID) Usually under $100
DS3R/Abit IP35/Asus P5k (for RAID functions and other basic options) Under $140

GPU
2600xt/8600gt (for basic computing that allows HTPC functions on a budget) Under $100
8600gts/x1950pro (upgrade from 2600xt/8600gt for better gaming experience) Under $130
3850 (good budget gaming rig with more potential than the previous selections) Under $180
8800gt 256mb (generally close or equal to 3850, so not as recommended as well as the 3850, because of price) ~$210
3870/8800gt 512mb (best of both worlds, cheap for the performance that you get) Under $300
Anything above these is just too much for what you pay for, IMHO.

Memory
2 gig's CAS5 DDR2 800mHz (should be the standard right now) Under $50
2 gig's CAS4 DDR2 800mHz (if your going to OC much, this is the sweet spot right now, especially around $50)
4 gig's of DDR2 800mHz (only good if your going to use a 64bit OS i.e. xp64 or vista64)

Case/HD/DVD/Monitor whatever you have or can afford.
December 21, 2007 2:22:16 PM

Get the cheapest Radeon X1000 series or Geforce 6000/7000/8000 series card you can find. Make sure it isn;t a 'hypermemory' or 'turbocache' version.

Overclocking it is a waste if you're not playing games with it.

Should be able to find something under $50 on newegg.
December 21, 2007 2:31:11 PM

8400GS will suit you fine. 8500GT is a bit mroe if you wanted to do a bit of liht gaming.
December 21, 2007 3:09:48 PM

The 8400gs will run you right just over $50 on Newegg...they have an EVGA 8500GT for $54 after rebate right now...

Wait...come to think of it, Dell is offering the same card with the same rebate at the same price, but they are shipping it FREE! (Newegg will charge $5 or so...)
December 21, 2007 4:01:48 PM

The E6750 is likely more than you need.

The E2160 and E4500 are both very powerful and can easily push past 3.0 Ghz.

It will be tough to throw work at them they can't handle.

Why so much on the Mobo? What features does it have that the excellent sub $100 P35 boards do not?


December 21, 2007 4:13:52 PM

I agree, an IP35 Pro is a tad overkill unless you need some features it has that the cheaper boards do not. The Gigabyte DS3L would save you your $50 and then some and it's an excellent board for the money. Ditto on the E6750 being overkill. An E4500 will work just fine for you.

Do that and now your under-budget.
December 21, 2007 6:37:25 PM

Thank you for the great replies. Reason for the IP35/E6750, is I want a system that will last for several years. I'm still using the northwood P4 2.8(?) from almost 4 years ago. Specifically the E6750 for the higher FSB speed for not that much more money.

I covered the Abit discussion in the building subfora. In spite of having three abit failures, Abit seems to have the best reliability. I'm a bit slow like that sometimes :) 

I purchased Antec Earth 500w power supply
Already have an antec sonta II case (and power supply)
several SATA drives
floppy drive
Two DVD writers
two 500M sticks of DDR2 memory, genre unknown.

Original plan was under 300, until I realized I needed a new PS. 2G memory will help with some of my photoshop work. current 1G may work, need to get model #'s.

Thank you for all the great advice!
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December 21, 2007 7:01:11 PM

You could opt for a G33 based MB. It has pretty good integrated graphics, and a PCIe slot to add a graphics card later if needed. For a stock speed system, it would perform just as well as a P35 and is also upgradeable to the next gen 45nm tech.

I am partial to Gigabyte boards, but ASUS and even ECS makes a decent G33. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
December 22, 2007 1:49:06 AM

Thank you for all the great advice. Ended up backing off on the MB and going with a Gigabyte D3 2G 800 ram, and 8400 video card. Still spent more then I wanted to, but this should far exceed my needs for awhile. Stayed with the E6750.

Now comes the fun of sorting through four years of programs and figuring out what I really need.
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