Compatible Boards Starting At $48
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|
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.