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January 18, 2010 11:50:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week

BUDGET RANGE:Sub $200, Cheaper the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Facebook, Sims 2, Internet surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Periphials, HDD, Optical Drive, RAM, PSU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/a

OVERCLOCKING: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024


I am upgrading an HP a1712n. All I need is a motherboard, processor, and graphics card. I have 2 builds I'm considering.

FIRST BUILD

AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor $36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4350 SILENT Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $37 (15 MIB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS BLACK SERIES A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $65 (21 MIB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $138 ($102 after MIB)

Do you think this can run Sims 2 decent? I think it can. But here's a build I think is much better for $25 more.

SECOND BUILD

COMBO DEAL $94 (10 MIB)
AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model
GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ECS BLACK SERIES A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $65 (21 MIB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $159 ($126 after MIB)

So any suggestions? Also its running on a stock HP 300W PSU with 15A on 12v. Im pretty sure this is enough for both the 4350 and 4550. I'd love to hear someone beat my build for less $$$!
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January 19, 2010 1:04:17 PM

To be honest, neither of those is that good of an upgrade. Right now, I wouldn't want to spend any money on a DDR2 based board. It's just not a wise investment to spend you money on an upgrade that's already obsolete. Also, ECS is not known for quality boards.

I would save your money and start saving up for some decent parts. If you've got $200 now, another $200 can easily get you a new mobo, new CPU, 4 GB of DDR3, and a new GPU. My guess is that you really should just be saving for an entirely new build anyway...
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January 19, 2010 8:30:51 PM

Well its for a friends computer and their motherboard flaked out and they dont want to spend alot of money to replace it. It originally had an Athlon 64 3400+ with integrated graphics. She doesnt want a gaming computer per say, just something that handles facebook good and she plays Sims 2 so that also. Im not worried about future proofing or anything like that, just something cheap (under 200, cheaper the better) that gets the job done.

If I were building from scratch, or for myself I probably would go with a Core-i board but she already has 2 gigs of DDR2. If there was a sub $80 Core i3 cpu with a ~$80 board I would totally go with that, but prices right now would put me over $200 with just the board and cpu, not including the video card. And not considering futureproofing I dont think an AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz is too shabby, and I considered an HD 4650 but I think its overkill.

And Im not so big on ECS either but the top 4 reviewed AMD MB's on newegg are all 780/785G chipsets and they all have 4 eggs and the ECS is $10 cheaper and has a $21 rebate. If they were all the same price I'd go with the Gigabyte or Asus in a second, but all having the same 4 stars and the price different I'll try the ECS. 667 reviews with 4 egg rating isnt too bad. Thanks for the input!
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January 19, 2010 10:19:35 PM

I was actually going to do hybrid graphics until I just realized its only supported with 24xx & 34xx model ATI graphics cards. So rather than get a 780g with a 3450 I think I will get the 785g and stick with the HD4200 IGP. Thanks for the advice!
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