Somehow, from a freak accident my dad managed to fry the motherboard on his desktop, a build he did several years back. Because of the age of the mobo, pretty much everything connected to it is obsolete (IDE hdds and optical drives, AGP graphics card, the works), so he has enlisted me to spec out a rebuild for his comp. And of course, I spent some time looking and came here to ask you guys for advice before finalizing anything
Without further ado:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: ~$400 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: computer programmer and power user stuff in general (ie, VMs, linux, etc etc)
Parts Not Required: will be reusing the case, monitors, mouse and PSU from the old build, dont need an OS or any parts that I haven't listed below. I don't have the exact model # on hand for the PSU, but I believe its corsair, 550 watts (i can check if anyone wants)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: AMD cpu and nvidia graphics for sure, asus motherboard would be a plus (but not a deal breaker)
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: dont know exactly, i believe the setup is a 20 inch monitor and another smaller one, but im not sure as to the res's
Additional Comments: preferably at least 3 pci slots on the mobo, and the graphics card should support dual monitor setups (preferably both DVI outputs)
Just out of curiosity, I have a question about the motherboard memory standard; it's listed as DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 (OC)/1800 (OC)/2000 (OC). Does this mean that if I tried to use ddr3 1600 ram, the motherboard would underclock it to 1333 automagically, and the only way to get it up to 1600 would be to overclock it through their bios utility? I couldn't find the QVL for the board (wasn't in the manual ) so I couldn't just check the ram directly there.
One last question, is it worth it to throw in a $20 cpu HSF, or are the stock AMD cpu heat sink and fans decent?
So that's where I'm at right now... Im open to any suggestions or advice you guys have. Pretty much just trying to get the most bang for our buck here, as well as being able to upgrade easily later and all that good stuff.
First off, onboard video is not gonna cut it in this case, this rig isnt for gaming but its gonna need to handle a variety of random stuff thrown at it, to the point where a discrete graphics card is pretty necessary. Also it's pretty important that the gpu be nvidia, because of linux compatibility problems we've had in the past... to that end, what do you guys think of the card i picked out? Really just looking for something simple and relatively cheap that will handle dual monitors and whatever basic jobs gets thrown at it EVGA 01G-P3-N945-RX GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
As far as going for the athlon ii instead of the phenom ii, and for more ram, thanks for the heads up, those are good ideas.
The only 990 motherboard I found on newegg was about $200, which is a tad out of the pricerange I think, considering thats about how much I was hoping to spend on the motherboard + cpu, lol. Will the bulldozer cpus require a 990? I haven't been paying much attention to news about them.