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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:11 am 
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OK, here is my situation. I've got around $400 bucks to spends and need an upgrade. All I need is a mobo, processor and ram. I would like a P4 processor and a gig of ram if it's doable. What I'm looking for is some suggestions on what type of ram and motherboard to get. I've been looking at the asus boards but I've been ending at around $500. I'm looking to the pros here to help with my crisis. :D

Thanks for the help...


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:39 am 
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Step number one: Visit this exact same forum's appraisal section. I would imagine someone in there could inform you where one could get a board, cpu, and a half-gig of ram fairly cheap.

Hmmm...wink-wink, nudge-nudge!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:13 am 
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2x512mb Mushkin PC3200 - $156
http://tinyurl.com/28nko

Asus P4P800 SE - $94
http://tinyurl.com/3gsyf
(or get a refurb for $79 - http://tinyurl.com/2tbxl )

2.8c Retail (assuming you need hsf) - $177
http://tinyurl.com/3xb47

Brings your total to $427, which I consider "around $400 bucks." ($412 if you go the refurb route).


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thats a good setup. have you considered going with amd, you could build an equivalent system for cheaper. either way youll have a great system and youll be happy with it. im gonna recommend some amd parts just in case
mobo=abit nf7-s http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 166&depa=1

cpu=athlonxp 3200+ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 390&depa=1

memory=http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-480&depa=1


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athlon11 wrote:
thats a good setup. have you considered going with amd, you could build an equivalent system for cheaper. either way youll have a great system and youll be happy with it. im gonna recommend some amd parts just in case
mobo=abit nf7-s http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 166&depa=1

cpu=athlonxp 3200+ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 390&depa=1

memory=http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-480&depa=1


AMD will have some better price/peformance options on a budget setup (though I favor HT and OCing on the P4C), but those specs ended up costing more - $445. If he's not deadset on an Intel solution, I'd look at a retail Barton 3000+ with the same mobo above and Mushkin RAM mentioned previously - $387


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:10 am 
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Jord413 wrote:
OK, here is my situation. I've got around $400 bucks to spends and need an upgrade. All I need is a mobo, processor and ram. I would like a P4 processor and a gig of ram if it's doable. What I'm looking for is some suggestions on what type of ram and motherboard to get. I've been looking at the asus boards but I've been ending at around $500. I'm looking to the pros here to help with my crisis. :D

Thanks for the help...


You're not going to get a P4 with 1GB of memory for ~$400, so pick your priorities. Are you looking to overclock?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:35 am 
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Not really looking to overclock but my fiance would prefer a pentium system. I currently am running an Athlon 2100+ with 266 fsb. I realize going with athlon would save money and I certainly don't mind that. I'm just trying to consider all of my options. One4yu2c's suggestion looks pretty good for my price range but I also like the Athlons.

I'll give you a few more ideas of what I"m looking to do with the system:

Moderate game playing (RPG's, RTS, UT2K4 now and Doom3 and HL2 later)

Minor home video editing..Mostly interested in bringing in the footage from my dv camcorder and burning back out to dvd)

The basics (web, office work, etc)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:49 am 
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How does something like this sound?

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 480&depa=0

Proc: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 381&depa=0

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 194&depa=0

Comes in at $390...


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That setup would be just fine for your purposes. You've got a starting point on both a P4C and a Barton setup - tweaking them comes down to personal preferences. I'd personally forego the Corsair VS at $173 when the Mushkin at tighter timings can be had for $156. The advantage of the Corsair is you're getting a dual-channel kit, meaning they should have been tested together or guaranteed to run together (or both), but you're not likely to run into problems buying two individual sticks from a name brand company.

Like I said though, it's all personal preference at this point.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:36 am 
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One last question, regarding the power supply. I've got an Antec 350 watt PS running my system now. Everything runs perfect with no problems but the new system may require more juice.

Currently running:
MSI KT3 Ultra 2 mobo
Athlon 2100+
512mb pc2700 ram
GeForce 3 Ti200 video card
Linksys network card
CD Burner
DVD Burner
DVD Rom
3 case fans

Say I replace the mobo, proc and add ram...could I have any problems or the watts usage should remain about the same?


I also found on newegg the Athlon 3000+ barton 400 FSB for 6 bucks cheaper than the 333 FSB chip. Granted it's an oem but I've got a slk series HSF for my current processor so I should be ok.


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Your existing Antec PS should handle the new build just fine.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:45 am 
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Cool, thanks for all the help and info. I should have my new system up and running by the end of the month. I'll stick with the ps that I've got now and replace if needed.

Thanks to all that helped.


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