My elderly AGP card finally bit the dust, taking my elderly desktop machine with it. I refuse to go out and buy another, so I have to update everything. Unfortunately, money is extremely tight right now.
My "plan" is to buy a somewhat future-proof motherboard with onboard graphics and couple it with a bargain-basement CPU and memory. Then I can upgrade to a better cpu, graphics card and more memory down the line. I don't play high-end games, but I would like to be able to watch 1080p/30fps home videos (this is what killed my graphics card).
I was looking at:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO/U3S6 (open box)
2Gb DDR3 1333
Sempron 140 2.7 GHz
Does anyone have any advice/recommendations? Should I just limp on with my notebook until I have an extra $100 to throw at it?
The op wants a "somewhat" future-proof system. I wont be recommending DDR2.
Prices indeed are likely to come down, but at this ultra-budget end of the market ($100-$120 for CPU+Mobo), it ain't gonna be worth the wait IMO, coz you're not gonna gain much more than 10-15 bucks, I don't think & that too, after spending weeks without connectivity.
CPU : Best value for money CPU at this price-range after the E5500 IMO.
Mobo : Asus mobo with decent Nvidia video.
RAM : I'm going with single channel RAM to leave you an option open to upgrade to 4/6GB at a later date.
This will cost exactly the same as the Sempron in your link, but when the entire world is moving towards quad cores, you'll do well to at least get a dual. Single cores are really so 19th century Also, every part is brand new, untouched. No open box uncertainties.
actully, put the 250 in my build to make it $148.97.
withe either the 245/250, there is a chance to unlock more cores (potentially as a quad core, but don't count on it). either way the 880 has a solid built in HDMI output which will handle streaming 1080p video just fine.
The system can be updated from the starting 2 GB up as high as 16 GB. The CPU can take any Athlon II or Phenom II CPU. and of courese, any PCIe video card