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Need advice on micro atx mobo/cpu combo for upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: now-ish


Budget Range: 150-250


System Usage from Most to Least Important: media server, web browsing, light photo and video editing


Parts Not Required: power supply (thermaltake 450w), case (mid tower vaio, will only fit a micro atx), HDD (WD green 1.5TB), SSD (OCZ vertex 2 40gb), OS (Ubuntu).


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: preferably AMD but am open to intel CPU. prefer ASUS or Gigabyte mobo.


Overclocking: maybe (not really necessary for the application)


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: irrelevant


Additional Comments: energy efficiency, heat and noise are primary concerns so i would prefer a fairly low power CPU. the horrible pentium d that's currently in it runs unbelievably hot. so i am swinging in the cool, quiet direction for the upgrade. also, i'm not married to the SSD. it was an impulse buy and is still returnable. so i am open to suggestions on better ways to spend that $115 as well.


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Parts already in hand:

Sony VAIO VGC RB54G case

WD Caviar Green 1.5TB HDD

OCZ Vertex 2 40gb SSD

can't find a good URL for the PSU but it's a 450W Thermaltake i bought a year ago.
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  1. Don't touch AMD right now. They're getting hammered by the new Sandy Bridge CPUs, which happen to be the most amazing thing for media PCs out there. I'd get:

    CPU: i5-2400 $195
    Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE $100

    A bit over, but it's worth it to get a current CPU that's just plain awesome.
  2. Do you have the RAM?
  3. Best answer
    If u live a Microcenter: $160 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
  4. cheap and reliable. I used and use this mother board and memory off and on for different things. I don't use these processors but I don't buy dual cores any more either. Way more than enough for your posted needs. On board video is perfect. $163.....

    alternative would be 2gig kingston ddr3 value ram and an msi micro-atx board..( ddr3 ) . same processor.

    ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134488
    mobo combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581162
  5. mosox said:
    Do you have the RAM?



    just the ddr from the old mobo. so, no.
  6. swifty_morgan said:
    cheap and reliable. I used and use this mother board and memory off and on for different things. I don't use these processors but I don't buy dual cores any more either. Way more than enough for your posted needs. On board video is perfect. $163.....

    alternative would be 2gig kingston ddr3 value ram and an msi micro-atx board..( ddr3 ) . same processor.

    ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134488
    mobo combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581162



    nice choices. that's the kind of thing i'm thinking about. thanks for the input. i like the low power of the processor.
  7. batuchka said:
    If u live a Microcenter: $160 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html


    good call. there's a micro center about 5 miles from my house. didn't even know about it. i'll go check out what they have tomorrow.
  8. MadAdmiral said:
    Don't touch AMD right now. They're getting hammered by the new Sandy Bridge CPUs, which happen to be the most amazing thing for media PCs out there. I'd get:

    CPU: i5-2400 $195
    Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE $100

    A bit over, but it's worth it to get a current CPU that's just plain awesome.


    i considered a sandy bridge but that means i need to return the ssd to stay under budget on this thing. the whole project started with me looking at buying an NAS. then i thought i might as well take the $400 and upgrade the system i was just going to scrap. that way i'd have another serviceable desktop in the house as well. so this thing isn't going to be a "media pc" per se. more of a glorified NAS or media server that occasionally serves as a desktop.
    like i said, the SSD was an impulse buy that i will probably return. i don't really need it for this application. but i don't really need a top of the line processor, either.
  9. what do you guys think of this package for this application?

    Asus M4A785-M Motherboard & AMD Athlon II X4 620 Q - M4A785-M Bundle
  10. batuchka said:
    If u live a Microcenter: $160 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html


    ended up going with the microcenter free motherboard deal. it was too good to pass up. biostar A780L3G with 560BE. not bad for $99. thanks for your input.
  11. Best answer selected by wes_k.
  12. wes_k said:
    ended up going with the microcenter free motherboard deal. it was too good to pass up. biostar A780L3G with 560BE. not bad for $99. thanks for your input.



    Yep enjoy your new h/w and u are welcomed ^^ By the way if u feeling adventurous that A780L3G has auto unlock BIO unlocking function via F key so u could try turning that Callisto to a Deneb :P
    http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/event/biounlocking/index.htm
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