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March 19, 2010 4:49:53 AM

Here are the following specs of the computer I'm using right now:

- ASUS A7N8X Motherboard Build 1008 BIOS
- AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+ 1.46GHz
- 2GB DDR 400MHz Memory
- nVidia GeForce MX 4000 PCI Graphics Card w/ 128MB GDDR Memory
- WDC WD2000JJ 20.0GB HDD IDE
- WDC WD8000JB 80.0GB HDD IDE
- LITE-ON CD-ROM LTN-487T IDE
- SONY DVD RW DRU-530A IDE
- MAG LT765s 17" LCD Monitor
- Unknown case
- Logitech Wireless Desktop Set
- Antec 650W PSU (new)

Plans for the new machine:
- 1TB HDD Baracuta SATA
- SATA Lite-On DVD Burner
- Antec Case
- Same PSU
- Same Keyboard and Mouse
- Mitsubishi Diamond Scan 20
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- AMD AM3 Processor (Dual or Quad-Core)
- Same Hard Drives from the previous specs

Which kind of motherboard do you recommend for an AMD processor?

Plus, the main reason why I need to upgrade this computer is because the CPU is at 50c right now, and the computer has driver issues...

Please submit your answers, and thanks for answering. :) 

Cheers,

- WindowsGuy
March 19, 2010 11:30:00 AM

ok go for these

phenom IIX4 955 or 945(if you plan to save money go for phenomX3 555)
going for DDR3 gives hardly any performance!

get some good DDr2 800 or 1066 for the same good performance and you can save money.

if you like gaming go for a 5770 for great performance

if still want DDR3
and you clould get a AMD790GX slightly costly supports DDR3 and dual Gpus and more new features
or AMD785G cheap good mobo with DDr3 ports and 4 Ram slots

If go with my advice(DDR2)

AMD780G Great and good performance
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2010 1:07:08 PM

What's your budget?
What do you mainly use the computer for?
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a c 302 V Motherboard
March 19, 2010 1:13:15 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- What is your budget?
2- What is the main use that you want for the rig?, Games, video edition, surf the web...

Before that, I can't recommend none component. Even, the 4890 is better that the 5770, the only difference is DX11, that, today it's only used for a few games.
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2010 1:39:01 PM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- What is your budget?
2- What is the main use that you want for the rig?, Games, video edition, surf the web...


JINKS :sol: 
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a c 302 V Motherboard
March 19, 2010 2:13:23 PM

aford10 said:
JINKS :sol: 


Sorry, when I post the reply the page don't show your reply.
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a b V Motherboard
March 19, 2010 2:49:42 PM

saint19 said:
Sorry, when I post the reply the page don't show your reply.


I guess we think alike.
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March 21, 2010 12:10:33 AM

aford10 said:
What's your budget?
What do you mainly use the computer for?

My budget is at least $500
What I mainly use the computer for is watching movies, and playing a couple of games. Along with watching YouTube videos as well.

Plus, the current system is running too slow, but I might just build a new machine, and keep the old one as a printer/file/network server.

By the way, I'm just planning to keep the old CRT screens I have in my room for future computer usages.

The only reasons why the computer's going slow are: the computer temp is over 40c, which isn't good for me at all, and the computer has some issues.

However, I'm planning to keep the 20GB & 80GB Hard Drives, the CD-ROM, and DVD-RW for the future server; and I might buy a 250GB HDD (SATA), and a DVD-RW (SATA) for the future computer.

20GB HDD - $0
80GB HDD - $0
15" CRT screen - $0
20" CRT screen - $0
PSU ~ $69.99
Motherboard ~ $89.99
Memory ~ $62.99
Case ~ $129.99
VGA Cable ~ $11.99
250GB HDD ~ $52.99
DVD-RW ~ $39.99
Windows OS - $0
Graphics Card ~ $59.99

Price = $447.93
Tax = $26.88
Total = $474.81


PSU: TR2 600 Watt ATX Power Supply
Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD Socket AM3 770 ATX Motherboard
Memory: Crucial 2GB DDR3-1333MHz (PC-10600) Memory Module
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Gaming Case
VGA Cable: QVS VGA HD15 M/M Cable
Hard Drive: WDC WD Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT 250GB 5,400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive OEM
DVD-RW: Samsung 24X DVD+/-R Dual/Double Layer SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
Graphics Card: GeForce 9500 GT 1024MB GDDR2 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card
Windows OS: Windows 2000 Professional SP4

Those are what I'm going to get.

Key:
~ at least
- free (already have)
= total calculated prices w/ tax
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a b V Motherboard
March 21, 2010 12:46:46 AM

Any reason you need the VGA cable?

I'd stay away from the 5,400RPM drive, unless you're simply using it for storage. If you're looking for a primary hard drive, check out this Samsung. It's one of the fastest 7,200rpm drives.
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
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a c 302 V Motherboard
March 21, 2010 2:48:39 AM

1- I would add 2GB more of RAM
2- The aford10 HD suggestion is good, or the Seagate 7200.12 500GB is very good too.
3- I would change the GPU
4- Finally, try to add a W7 licence, the Home Premium edition is around $100
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March 21, 2010 11:35:05 PM

aford10 said:
Any reason you need the VGA cable?

I'd stay away from the 5,400RPM drive, unless you're simply using it for storage. If you're looking for a primary hard drive, check out this Samsung. It's one of the fastest 7,200rpm drives.
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

The reason why I need a VGA cable is because my 1995 computer monitor doesn't have one.

And a 7,200 RPM is a lot better than a 5,400 RPM drive.

@ saint19: Win7 Home Premium is a good idea.
I should get an nVidia eGeforce 9600 GT 1024MB GDDR2 Video Card*, and install the nVidia eGeforce 8500 GT 512MB** in the futire computer. 4GB of RAM sounds great, or I could put 6GB of RAM in the computer, and 8GB DDR2 RAM in my computer.
Your Hard Drive suggestion is a good idea also.

* for my computer
** current card in my computer

Cheers,

- WindowsGuy
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a c 302 V Motherboard
March 22, 2010 1:55:13 AM

Hi again.

1- AMD processor don't support tri-channel,so, with 4GB is enough for your needs.
2- Why you want two GPU?, for your need with a 4650 is enough.
3- If you have many movies, you can try to get a Spinpoint F3, that's a very good HD with 1TB
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March 29, 2010 3:03:21 AM

Best answer selected by WindowsGuy.
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