So now that I finally have my main system right where I want it as far as specs (the one in my signature) I'm considering upgrading my secondary/HTPC.
Here's what I have now:
Pentium 820D 2.8Ghz
Cheap Intel Motherboard
Seagate 320GB Sata 3.0Gb/s
My son uses this for gaming and I use it for watching TV, movies, music, pictures DVR etc. It runs very well right now with Vista Ultimate 32bit despite the crappy CPU. Honestly it doesn't need an upgrade but with a new CPU/Motherboard I could use the old ones to build another system which I 'm sure I could find something to do with (already have extra case, PSU, ROM, HDD, video card). So here's what I'm thinking:
$99 AMD 5000 BE
I would use 2GB of the RAM that I have and the other 1GB for the extra system. So would this be worth it? If the drop in ram would be too much I would use all 3GB. Also any opinions on cheap motherboards that can overclock well?
Looks like the average overclock for the 5000BE and the e2140 are both 3.0. You get 400MHZ out of the 5000 and 1400 out of the e2140.
A crappy board for $50.00 might not net you any Overclock. The P35s are known OC champions. I would rather have a better chip that one with a unlocked multiplier. The e4700 is due out March 12 and it has a 13x multiplier if multipliers are your thing. MFSR $113.00
I think you're missing the point on the unlocked multiplier. With an unlocked multiplier the CPU can be overclocked without changing the FSB, which can make it easier and less dependent on a good motherboard or memory. But I'm definetly going to look into both options.