Budget ($410) MB/CPU/Ram Update - Last Update in 2004

Many Thanks and Regards for reading and kind recommendations.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around Labor day Weekend Or I can wait until Thanksgiving Time if you folks recommend.

BUDGET RANGE: $250-$350 or Less for Mb/CPU/Ram. Just want best value for $s. I built my last system in 2004 and I keep my stuff for long-time. Just do not want to overspend for my needs.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video (Sony Vegas), Adobe Photoshop, Picture and Negative Scanning, Firefox, MS Office – No Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Computer Case, Floppy Drive, 2 DVD Burners, Power Supply, 2 SATA HDs 500 GB and 1 TB, PS/2 Keyboard, Optical USB Mouse, USB webcam, USB Photo/film Scanning. 2 Standard Speakers, 2 DVI Monitors, 2 External 1 TB each HDs, Parallel Port Laser Printer

Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using : Cooler Master 500W. 1 x Main connector (20+4Pin), 1 x 12V(P4), 6 x peripheral, 3 x SATA, 2 x Floppy, 1 x PCI-E





OVERCLOCKING: No, Never did it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No Idea – I don’t play games. Never heard of crossfire until 2 days ago :ouch:

MONITOR RESOLUTION:, 1680x1050 Dual-DVI Monitor setup at present (However I can happily live with single monitor if I have to)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need Low Power Consumption Setup as It will be on at-least 10- 12 hrs a day. Need MB with a rear firewire and 2 front USB connectors. I am tempting to update my camcorder to HD, so HD video editing will be on the horizon.

I would need this for my printer if there is no parallel port on the MB

CURRENT WIRELESS ROUTER: My router is G and b only. I use an Edimax pci card with extended antenna and cable due to location of my router and desktop.

OPERATING SYSTEM – Currently Win XP (I have one used license as well). I would like to upgrade to Windows 7. I have no idea if follow 32 or 64 bit route


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  1. I would increase your budget for a 1055t.

    IMO video/photoshop would love the x6.


    Athlon ii X4 100$
    4GB DDR3 80-100$
    880g motherboard 80-120$
  2. sp12 said:
    I would increase your budget for a 1055t.

    IMO video/photoshop would love the x6.


    Athlon ii X4 100$
    4GB DDR3 80-100$
    880g motherboard 80-120$

    Wouldn't a 6 core CPU be overkill? I am not questioning your knowledge. A 6 core may run me fine for many years and a quad core may as well.

    4GB DDR PC3 8500 is $80-$90 at Newegg :D

    I should have mentioned that I do not regularly work on Video and Photoshop. Perhaps once in a month for an hr or so or when I find a B&W or Color Scan that I need to fix.

    Once I learn the best recommendation, good benchmark then I can shop for specific brands and I will post links here.
  3. No more recommendations! :ouch:
  4. In general, I agree with sp12's recommendation for a quad-core + 4 GB RAM and an integrated GPU on the mobo. I think that ideally, you would want a Phenom II X4, though.

    The Phenom II X4 seems to be better in Vegas than that Athlon II, but not certain it will fit your budget.

    Phenom II X4 955 - $155ish
    4 GB RAM - $75-105
    Mobo - Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G - $120 - USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, integrated graphics
    Total: $275 + RAM

    There's a Gigabyte mATX board for about $20 less, not sure that's worth it, though.

    If you need a hard drive, or other parts (like an OS?) on that budget, consider dropping to an Athlon II X3 or X4 to save money. You could also get rid of features like USB 3.0 on the mobo, but it seems like relatively inexpensive future-resistance to me.
  5. Thanks coldsleep

    For $60-$65 dollars more a six core CPU seems more temping (as I updated my system long time ago) :fou:

    Will Post here over the weekend, once I narrow down the parts to buy.
  6. Hi

    I did some looking around last night and decided to go with Windows 7 64 bit and these parts

    One of these 2 CPU

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX


    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    Here is benchmark Comparison

    Mother Board

    ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK

    The price could be $410 or $315 in this combo (I have separate $s for OS)

    Is everything compatible in this combination?

    I am planning to buy around Labor day Weekend (hoping to find a sale or combo deal)

    Thanks and will greatly appreciate your comments!
  7. Best answer
    If you can afford it, yes, the 1055T appears to do better in most of the programs you plan on using. Everything you selected is compatible.

    Good luck shopping!

    EDIT: There is less expensive CL7 RAM available if you want to give OCZ a try. There have been reports of issues with their RAM not running at rated specs, but I don't have any firsthand experience with OCZ RAm.
  8. Best answer selected by chicago60.
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