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Super budget upgradable AMD based build

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June 13, 2011 10:15:00 PM

Ok, i think it finally time to retire my old computer that is 8 years old. I currently have Asus p4pe motherboard and a northwood Pentium 4 CPU and would like to upgrade.
Please help me select parts for new PC please.
Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~$400 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD movies, photo editing, Virual Machine, surfing the web, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Full size ATX case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, local stores


Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: It needs to be upgradeable. I will upgrade the parts as time goes by. It will be running 64 bit. Integrated graphics are OK as long as I can run HD movie. The original budget was $500 but i need 100 for a OS (Windows 7 home premium or Windows 7 Pro)
If you know of any place that sells Windows 7 cheaply, please let me know; the cheapest one i found was $90 at Newegg for home premium and 120 for pro.
Thank you for your help.

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June 13, 2011 10:37:30 PM

Something like the following would do nicely:

Mobo: Asrock 870 Extreme 3 89.99$
CPU: Athlon x2 250 Regor 59.99$
Memory: Gskill ripjaws X 2x2GB 39.99$
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 500W 59.99$
GPU: HIS Radeon 5670 59.99$
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 64.99$
DVD: LG DVD+/-RW drive 19.99$

Total: 394.93$ + shipping ( with what i tried the shipping was about 6-7 bucks with the free shipping items in the above.

Leaves you with upgradeability for everything, while still having a nice feature rich MB, good storage and a PSU that should be able to handle everything.
June 14, 2011 1:32:33 AM

I would try to find a cheap AM3+ board. That socket will definitely be ubgradable to Bulldozer CPUS that should come out in a couple of month. AM3 socket (without +) is at a dead end on its last legs.
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June 14, 2011 9:17:39 PM

Best answer selected by Trippyauce.
June 14, 2011 10:07:16 PM

Thanks for all your help, I think I will get a AMD+ mobo to future proof me for a while, the one i think im choosing is:
ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $129
Ditching the GPU, since it has onboard graphics (probally upgrade later)
and then a more overclockable CPU
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz $88
Then keeping all the other parts that rvilkman metioned above

So still keeping it ~$400
BTW would this system work out? I have no idea...

Thanks so much for all your help, now to order parts
June 14, 2011 10:55:47 PM

It should work out good. The only possible change i can see would be to try to fit the Phenom II x4, 955 BE in to get you from a dual core to a quad core but either way for your usage you should be fine.