I am just after some advice for a build I am doing for my parents, I do not want to go as cheap as possible but nothing expensive. They have a pc already but it is really slowing down and I would like to upgrade it rather than keeping it going.
My main concern is motherboard. They do not play games so I am going for a decent M/B with onboard graphics rather than getting cheap m/b and graphics. I would like to use the Intel E5200 so looking for an Intel M/B, is this processor overkill for general use?
I am torn between the G45 and nforce 730i chipsets. Looking at the reviews, the G45 looks slightly faster for most office tasks with the 730i a lot faster for 3D graphics. Is this a correct assumption?
I also don't know if I should go for 2 pci slots or 1 pci slot. At the moment, there are no PCI cards in the pc but occasionally their broadband internet goes down so I have a backup pci dial up modem which would mean that there are no PCI slots spare
There are some decent boards by ASUS and Gigabyte for around £90 in the UK. I particuallry like the ASUS P5Q-VM / EM (G45) or the P5N7A-VM (730i). Does anyone have experience with these boards?
Thanks for the replys guys. Had a quick look at the board and am a little concerned with only 2 ram slots. Also had a look at the P5QL-EM aswell, can't see a huge amount of difference except the EM variant has 4 ram slots.
If using Vista with onboard graphics, would it be best to go for more than 2 GB of ram as the graphics will use some of the ram?
I would pick up 2x2gb sticks (4gb's in total). That should be plenty for your needs and desires. I think you'll be fine with just the 2 ram slots. Filling a motherboard with 4 ram sticks is hard on it anyways. Has a hard time maintaining the voltages to each of the sticks in a lot of cases.