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August 8, 2009 10:46:28 AM

Hi,

I'm sounding out the idea of building a new system at the moment, having only ever changed drives, ram etc in my existing one. I can't fault my existing PC for reliability, but it's about 7 years old & I want to price up what it would cost me to upgrade.

Currently my CPU is an AMD Athlon XP 2000+, 1666 MHz, which I gather is a bit of a dinosaur by today's standards.
The motherboard is by Elite Group & is a ECS L7VMM(2) / Syntax SV266M(A) if that means anything to anyone.

Price IS important as it will affect how soon I'm able to do it, but reliability is something I don't want to compromise on - I'm going to get a good quality WD hdd and I don't want it fried by cheap components elsewhere. I'll be storing photos & video of my daughter (which will be backed up, of course) but in the mean time I don't want to risk losing data.

My other main consideration is expandability e.g. the number of PCI slots - I want to be able to put in my wireless digital card, a PCI card to connect to my video camera so that I can burn DVDs, connect a port for firewire etc.
I don't have time for gaming these days & any small amount of gaming it was used for would be by my boyfriend, & that wouldn't be intensive online stuff.

I planned to reuse anything I can, such as my OS which is XP home edition, and anything that'll be compatible with a new system like the power supply.

I'd appreciate recommendations on compatible motherboards & CPUs that would suit my needs and any advice anyone can offer :-)

Thanks,
Amy

August 8, 2009 11:02:05 AM

Oh, I'm in NZ by the way so I'd be sourcing parts from online computer stores here.. no idea about prices in US $. I posted from a different page & didn't see the sticky about guidelines for asking about a new build, so sorry! :S
August 8, 2009 11:22:38 AM

get this board it shouldn cost too much Biostar TForce TA790GX Socket AM2+ ram get since gaming isn a big issue get 2gigs ram or 4 gigs depending on budget procesor get an athlon2 245 wich should by a god buy on a budget look for something like a cooler master elite 3xx case with psu they also a bargain
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August 8, 2009 11:23:39 AM

ddr2 ram that is at 800mhz would by enough
August 8, 2009 11:26:38 AM

man my spelling is atrociois
August 8, 2009 11:27:39 AM

OK -

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next few months.

BUDGET RANGE: Unsure, but hopefully not more than a few hundred.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the net, storing/editing photos & video, gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, poss. case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Various computer stores available through pricespy.co.nz

PARTS PREFERENCES: I intend to use a WD hard drive, am undecided between Asus & Gigabyte motherboards & open to all suggestions..

OVERCLOCKING: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Reliable, expandable, pref. quiet.
August 8, 2009 11:46:23 AM

whats your budget?
August 8, 2009 11:47:39 AM

What's In My Account?


Remove Product(s) Qty. Total
AMD AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz 2MB Cache with Heatsink and Fan
$111.14 $114.48
Transcend *Transcend JetRAM 2GB DDR2-800 240-Pin PC6400 Desktop Memory - Special
$36.80 $37.90
ASUS Asus M4A78-E AMD 790GX ATX Motherboard
$226.59 $233.39
Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 310 Blue Mid Tower w/ 420W PSU
$125.00 $128.75


Sub-Total: $499.53||$514.52
August 8, 2009 11:50:16 AM

thts from pconlineshop.co.nz
August 8, 2009 11:55:35 AM

Thanks obsidian :) 
That gives me somewhere to start & a ballpark figure. I'm concerned with getting something that'll last me over the next few years, and the budget is flexible - it'll just make a difference as to how soon I start.

Would you still go for DDR2 given that everyone seems to be going for DDR3?
August 8, 2009 11:59:05 AM

i could mock up a ddr3 system qiuckly but that procesor supports ddr3 but is backwards compatible with ddr2 ram an motherboards
August 8, 2009 12:03:33 PM

Ah cool, thanks! I'm not sure if I need to upgrade my power supply to be on the safe side.. to be honest, without taking it apart I've no idea what it is, as for the last year I've been using a second hand one from a friend (I blew one up while getting frustrated with hard drive jumpers :/  )
August 8, 2009 12:13:12 PM

Looking at PC online shop, do you think this is a very good deal? Down to $449 plus tax from $689.

1x AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+.
1x Asus M4N78-AM Motherboard Support AMD Socket AM3 & AM2 Athlon 64 and Phenom CPU.
2x Kingston ValueRAM 2GB DDR2-800 Non-ECC CL6 DIMM

August 8, 2009 12:18:09 PM

that phenom 9950 is last generation look at something like a athlon ii or phenom ii I only took the athlon 245 cuz if you needed to upgrade to ddr3 when the prices drop a bit you could jus get ddr3 ram with a ddr3 mother board an just reuse the processor
August 8, 2009 12:18:44 PM

Ah, I see that case you recommended comes complete with PSU, sweet.
August 8, 2009 12:19:04 PM

What's In My Account?


Remove Product(s) Qty. Total
AMD AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz 2MB Cache with Heatsink and Fan
$111.14 $114.48
ASUS Asus M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 AMD 790GX ATX Motherboard
$254.17 $261.80
Kingston Kingston ValueRam 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIM
$167.94 $172.98
Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 310 Blue Mid Tower w/ 420W PSU
$125.00 $128.75


Sub-Total: $658.25||$678.00
August 8, 2009 12:23:04 PM

obsidian86 said:
that phenom 9950 is last generation look at something like a athlon ii or phenom ii I only took the athlon 245 cuz if you needed to upgrade to ddr3 when the prices drop a bit you could jus get ddr3 ram with a ddr3 mother board an just reuse the processor


Thanks obsidian, you've been really helpful!
August 8, 2009 12:36:02 PM

mollie_whuppie said:
Thanks obsidian, you've been really helpful!

plesure mollie :bounce: 
!