I'm updating an older system for a friend. Only going to be replacing the mATX motherboard, CPU, RAM and a GPU. I'm going to be ordering the parts in the next week from newegg. The build is basically a light gaming rig with home office use. They need to be able to use the XP virtualization in the Windows 7 OS, which eliminates the E5200,5300,5400. They want 4 RAM sockets and 4GB of RAM to start in a mATX, with the option of going higher in the future if some applications they use require more RAM (hence the 4 RAM sockets) There's a $300 hard cap on the budget. I'm not happy with the builds i've come up with and wondering if i'm just going in circles so I thought i'd ask for some input from the folks here at Toms if there's something i'm overlooking. A moderate overclock, no crossfire with 1440x900 resolution. Using a good quality 450w PSU.
*edit* since the idiot OP forgot to specify mATX form in the first post.
Thanks for the 2 builds. I have to admit i screwed up in my original post by not listing the mobo must be a microATX board (9.6x9.6) at the largest. I'll edit it in. I wish i could use that build shortstuff.
I would try to talk them out of the 4 RAM slot requirement so you can replace the motherboard in my build above with a G41 board for about the same price. If they're hung up on that, it's pretty hard to come up with a balanced build. Here's a couple builds I came up with, but I'm not really happy with either of them.
Thanks shortstuff, we both seem to be thinking in the same line with the E6300 and a G41-45 or the x2 250 and 760g or 780g. I may just have to scream, yell, moan and complain till they up the budget a bit.