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August 5, 2009 10:22:46 PM

I want to make as cheap and stable a system as possible. Replacing parts on an old computer. Performance is not an issue. Only that it is a solid system that won't cost much. I'm looking at these parts so far:

BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 991557 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon LE-1660 Lima 2.8GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Single-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How is this?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b À AMD
August 5, 2009 10:24:40 PM

What parts do you already have and what will the system be used for? I would suggest getting 4 GB of 1066MHz ram, everything will perform better.
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August 5, 2009 10:25:47 PM

Also, if I'm upgrading an old computer for a parent, is upgrading a better choice? Or buying a cheap comp from dell/hp as good of a deal? There are several parts I probably won't need to replace on the system, like case/psu/monitor, but the rest is pretty old.
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August 5, 2009 10:43:27 PM

For something like this, that I assume will just be used for basic surfing, ect...I would suggest buying a used system off ebay. You can get one that will fit your needs for around $150 or so. If you already have a good case, memory, power supply, optical drive, HDD, ect, you could just get a MB/CPU combo, but it will probably be less of an overall upgrade than just buying a whole system from ebay if its that old.
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August 5, 2009 11:33:24 PM

hunter315 said:
What parts do you already have and what will the system be used for? I would suggest getting 4 GB of 1066MHz ram, everything will perform better.

I have a 420w ps and ah... a case. I'm planning on a mb that has video/audio on board. The hd is EIDE, so unless I get a mb that has EIDE support, I'll probably need a EIDE hard drive. So I'll need mb, cpu, ram, and a hd.
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August 6, 2009 4:51:55 PM

windows and stable are not the words to put in the same sentence, really
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