My 50-year old ATI 9600xt finally decided to die on me last night for the first time since I bought it new long ago. Instead of getting another AGP video card and sticking with my P4 i want to go pci-e and get a dual-core. I already have the case, psu, hard drives, and optical drives that I can recycle into my new build. I've been checking out newegg and a few reviews/benchmarks and this is what I have come up with so far as having the best value for the price.
I put this together with a price of $250 in mind and it came out right under that mark. What are some of your thought/opinions about these parts? I plan on overclocking the 5200. Is there a similar amd build or maybe a different nvidia card that you guys would recommend for a setup like this?
Or you could get the AMD 240 (about the same as the E5200) and get a 9600GT for $70.
Since Intel has been binning the E53/5400s, the E5200 hasn't been OC as well. A recent E5200 is showing just over 3.1ghz at 1.38v on the gigabyte G31 over in the OC section by Massivepepper. While the E5200 is a great chip, it has passed the torch of best budget chip. For the money, the 550 is better.
Wow. Even the "bargain" build seems overkill for what is described for bargain build usage. Of course I'm partial to my own build, but I like to use single core CPUs for the cheapest builds. Call me old fashioned. Nostalgia I guess.