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July 18, 2010 12:00:37 AM

Looking to upgrade a microatx mobo that is fried and Pentium 4.

For what I'm looking for a budget isn't the question. I don't do any gaming; most of what the system will be used for is surfing, email, and the most important downloading mega files in FLAC format. I want something fast, reliable, and ability to multitask without freezing up. I have a idea on what to get, just want to see what more knowledgable folks think.

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July 18, 2010 12:30:04 AM

I would suggest a microATX 785G board with an Athlon II 240, should beat out the P4 handily and will give you decent graphics power for being integrated.
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July 18, 2010 3:07:34 AM
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July 18, 2010 5:08:56 AM

+1 Rana 440 + MSI 880G : nice price for beefy bundle offering SATA 6GB/s + USB 3.0 hehe
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 1:46:55 AM

It's a viable option. It's been getting good reviews from NewEgg customers.
Save's you $8 (after rebate).
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July 20, 2010 10:59:43 PM

I'm going w/ the Athlon II x2 with 785G board that WR2 suggested and putting the rest of my money in RAM..thanks for the help as always
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July 20, 2010 11:00:06 PM

Best answer selected by cosmicharlie.
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