Last summer I upgraded my Compaq computer with a 600 Watt OCZ ModXStream and a Radeon HD5770.
I now want more.
I'm looking to get a new case, CPU, and motherboard (possibly new RAM as well) all for around 300$.
This will be my first build. I'm planning on using the current CD/DVD drive in my computer, as well as my HDD and possibly my RAM
What would you suggest?
After looking at TH, I'm thinking about the AMD 445 for the CPU.
For my mobo, I would like Crossfire compatibility at 2x16, for when I decide to upgrade, and USB 3.0. So far, I've found the ASRock 890fx Deluxe 3 or 4, and the MSI 890FXA-GD70. Are there cheaper and better alternatives?
For my case, I have absolutely no ideas. All I want is that it be a mid-tower and quiet.
I don't really think so:- the X3 445 is 77$,
-the MOBOs I've suggested are around 150$
-and the cases I've just been looking at (Thermaltake V3 Black Edition and the Rosewill CHALLENGER Black) are around 50$.
That equals 275$. I'm not sure that a combo deal is going to be a lot cheaper.
Why is the ASRock so much cheaper than the other two? Is it because it only has a one year warranty/ lacks on-board graphics/ supports lower RAM speeds/ only has 6 audio channels instead of 8/ only has 3 USB 2.0 headers/ and has an earlier northbridge version?
What does all that change?