So my current PC is a Socket 939 Athlon X2 3800+ with 2gb of DDR RAM, but at present the machine is struggling to keep up with the various development tools I've had to throw at it (including virtual machines.) So for starters, I need to move to a processor with virtualization support as well as more RAM.
The problem is - I'm a college student and I just can't money toward this despite necessity. I'm trying to stay under $400 if at all possible.
Then I finally need to settle on a motherboard. I'd like a motherboard with an Intel chipset, but otherwise I'm just looking for something under $100 if possible. Overclocking would be nice, but in general, I'm just looking for something inexpensive but as high quality as possible. Any recommendations?
I would love to go toward an i7, but with the DDR3 RAM, the cost increase is tremendous. Remember that I'm more concerned with power in the $400ish range (given that the RAM could be as inexpensive as $50 total and I'm not looking for an excessively-high featured motherboard) than going much under that.
Ha, something like that. Thank you very much for your help, Slomo. The motherboard looks like a good fit, and with all the rebates and using the second rebated ram, It'd be just shy of $400. I obviously figured I'd have to add the expense of the thermal grease and a better cooler as well. Got any recommendations for an inexpensive cooler also?