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Compatible Boards Starting At $48

AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition
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The 5000+ allows you to build an affordable yet powerful computer. Compatible boards using AMD’s 690G chipset or Nvidia’s 6100 chipset can be found for as little as $48.

Affordable Boards for AM2
ECS
AMD690GM-M2
$70
Foxconn
A690VM2MA-RS2H
$69
Gigabyte
GA-M61SME-S2
$48
MSI
K9AGM2-L
$51
Gigabyte
GA-MA69VM-S2
$59
MSI
K9AGM3-FIH
$69
MSI
K9AG Neo2-Digital
$75

You can out together a well-performing basic system with 2 GB of RAM (PQI Turbo PC2-6400U CL5, DDR2-800, ca. $60) for about $240. You don’t even need a dedicated graphics card if your board of choice comes with integrated graphics, which is sufficient for office tasks and even Vista’s Aero Glass user interface. Decoding and playing back HDTV and Blu-ray movies on integrated ATI graphics solutions is also not a problem, since most boards using them already come with an HDCP-compliant HDMI interface.

2 GB of RAM is very affordable these days.

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