Present system specs:
Biostar K8M800 Micro AM2 mobo
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2GB Kingston DDR2 667 RAM
1 160GB WD SATA hard drive (boot drive) (Drive 0)
1 1TB Seagate SATA HD (Drive 1)
1 320GB Seagate IDE HD (Drive 2)
XP Home SP3 fully updated
Antec EarthWatts 430D
After a couple of fresh BSODs pointing to BIOS issues, a couple of cold boots where the BIOS had reset itself to default settings even after battery replacements, and my SATA hard drives suddenly being no longer recognized during web surfing and only being re-recognized after disconnecting the cables and reconnecting them, I'm finally confident enough to point to a corrupted BIOS on my present board.
Apparently my PSU failure in April did the damage.
I put together a tight budget build.
Budget amount is as low as I can get away with yet buy decent quality parts.
I wanted an AMD board from Gigabyte, ASUS, or ASRock.
I need a minimum of one IDE port, so that ruled out affordable (to me) Gigabyte and
My intended use is 24/7 CPU folding, but also video and audio transcoding, and watching DVD video.
I'm not really interested in OCing.
Unless onboard video's much improved since 2006, I need a cheap and fanless video card.
I would like to re-use my DDR2 667 RAM. I will re-use my monitor, keyboard, SATA HD's, Diamond PCI soundcard, Pioneer IDE DVD burners, case, mouse, and XP OS.
With only one IDE port, I'll have to give up my Seagate 320GB IDE HD.
ASRock M68C-S UCC AM3/AM2+/AM2 uATX mobohttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157204
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz three-core prochttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819103872
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Cardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814121444
Any criticisms? Lemme have 'em.