I am planning a system for $170 with scrap parts. I have the power supply, keyboard, monitor, and os (Vista 32bit). I am buying this stuff (or your suggestions) in about a few days. I am going to use this for html editing, surfing, BF 2 is probably the most intensive game. Here is what I have:
Processor: AMD Athlon II x2 (55 dollars)
Motherboard: sorry to be generic, a AM3 (link) something like that. (hoping $60-70)
Memory: DDR3 1-2gb (which one?) ($20)
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda or Western Digital Caviar ($20)
Video card: integrated (4200 maybe)
Total cost: $165 max
Sorry if you keep seeing me delete them, it's on accident, I promise!
I am wondering if
1) Would this junk actually boot?
2) Would it be worth my money?
Maybe not brand new, however, on eBay both of them sell for cheaps. link. And that is buy it now, which means I could get it 160gb (all I would ever need) for about the same price. If you check the prices, ddr3 memory (1-2gb) is probably going to be the same (link). I would also be able to do dual channel mode (whatever it does).
Should I put a 2gb stick now and put another one when I get the funds or should I just put in 2x 1gb sticks?
I like the motherboard, it is a good find with 4200 graphics, thanks.