APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today
BUDGET RANGE: Let's say no more than $600 for the board, processor, and memory. I don't have to spend that much, this is a work PC.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mild CAD/CAM (minimal rendering), Office Apps, Internet, No games, No music, No movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Harddrives. I should likely replace the PS seeing how the old system died (see story below).
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg has been good but I don't care much and will be shipping parts next day air to Wisconsin, USA.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Just quality parts. I don't mind using 6 month old parts if they have proven reliability
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I'm not sure what this is
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm running a 21" Hitachi CRT so does this matter?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Long term stability, will likely upgrade the processor and mem in a few years.
I've been running an Epox 8KHA+ since 2002 and it was finally killed last night by a power surge. Obvously I don't need bleeding edge hardware but I want something that can offer that kind of reliability, I rarely shut it off. More details below.
No gaming, mostly office apps and CAD/CAM. No need to overclock but OC friendly boards tend to be robust. Budget isn't overall critical (I plan on a min of 5 years of service life). Let's say no more than $600 for the board, processor, and memory
I've simply been a PC user the last few years and my head is starting to spin from trying to catch up.
Any suggestions for a bullet proof motherboard?
Specs on system that is being replaced.
AMD Athlon XP 2800
1.5 Gig PC2100 Corsair
2 - 160 gig SATA Seagate barracudas running a raid 1 on a Promise PCI controller
300 gig IDE and 80 gig IDE running on an Adaptec PCI controller
Generic PCI video card
4 80mm case fans
350 watt PS
Oops just noticed that you had given total $600 for just the board, processor, and memory ...
You can get better mobo but again you wont need more features than that Gigabyte offers...
You can try the i7
Thank you for the recommendations. I wasn't expecting such a quick response.
I've been reading some other threads and started to put together this package. I think I should be fine with on board video when you consider what I was using before. Any suggestions on a PS and fan/sink?
Its a good setup that you have come up with...and Yes the onboard would certainly be suffice for you...
Save some cash by going with any of these power supplies... Antec EA 380
That PSU is a 80+ certified and has enough power to run your setup...
But if you want little more power, then get this ... Antec EA430
Both have Free Shipping too...
And you wouldnt be needing an aftermarket CPU cooler...the stock does a good job of cooling the CPU at stock...Just apply the AS5 or TX2 for better results...
But if you still want an aftermarket cooler, make sure the Xig fits the case that you have...