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Upgrade cpu,mobo,ram

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November 11, 2010 12:44:59 PM

ok i have decieded to upgrade my pc to c2d but i have a budget of only 150$
so what would be the best mobo and cpu for the value....i dont intend to highly overclock but a bit ....
the mobo must have a pcie slot,atleast 2 sata ports,4 usb ports,(onboard video not required.)
the pc would be used for downloading,some gaming,watching hd movies.and desktop computing..

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November 11, 2010 1:06:13 PM

What do you have for a system now, hard to find an upgrade with out knowing what to upgrade from.
November 11, 2010 1:13:38 PM

current rig
intel d101ggc
pentium 4 3.66
1.5 gb ddr1 ram
hd 4670 1gb ddr2(upgrade later)
500gb seagate hdd
450 watt psu
samsung syncmaster (1280x1024)
creative speakers
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November 11, 2010 1:30:14 PM

This an idea of whats out there, the best I could do with 4gb of ram was 160.00, pretty nice for the money IMO.

November 11, 2010 3:58:21 PM

what about an intel c2d.
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November 12, 2010 10:31:39 AM

Friends don't let friends buy Celerons [for gaming].
This is the lowest I'd go:

Modern tech. The cheaper ones will have nForce chipsets that limit HT speed and/or require use of older, slower RAM.
ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:880GM-LE
Item #:N82E16813157199
$59.99 $59.99

Something to upgrade when budget allows, still this CPU will handle many things quite well.
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX
Item #:N82E16819103844
$62.99 $62.99

Single channel due to budget, but another stick will be easy enough to add as upgrade #1.
Mushkin Enhanced 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 20-146-744
Model #:991586
Item #:N82E16820146744
$29.99 $29.99

Subtotal: $152.97

Barring special deals, any less and you risk being way too shortsighted buying limited performance, upgrade caps, or other reasons you'll kick yourself for buying it within the month.

Edit: Here's a relevant comparison:
Newegg has the E5400 which will be slightly faster than the listed E5200, but it will probably still lose in most benchmarks (likely not by much) and cost $6 more. And, Socket 775 is obsolete.
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November 12, 2010 11:49:01 AM

ansonjoy007 said:
hd4670 is available in ddr2 and ddr3..

is the GA-M68MT-D3 mobo compatible with ddr2 memory.cause i have them lying around and it would save me the money.

No It's not but there should be a similar one with ddr2 compatibility.