Recommendations for new computer

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  1. Mideel25

    Mideel25 OT Supporter

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    I know there is alot of this going on but I don't want to highjack someone elses thread...


    I am planning on updating my computer before school starts up again and I would like some recommendations on what route to take. I sort of half-way know what I'm talking about but no where near as well as the majority of yall do:

    Budget: $450

    Already have:
    -Case
    -CD Drives
    -Video card (ATI 9600xt 128mb; AGP I believe; Dated but will do fine on the games I play (BF2, Red Orchestra etc.))
    -sound card
    -harddrive
    -monitor
    -network adapter
    -speakers, keyboard, mouse
    -power supply and fan to supply Pentium 4 1.2 or 4 Ghz


    that leaves me seeking new:
    -mobo
    -processor
    -memory
    -possibly new powersupply/fan to support



    I have no preference as to Intel or AMD. I have experienced friends who can assist/perform installation/construction.

    Any help will be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thanks in advance.

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  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    If you're going to replace the motherboard and CPU, you're going to want to replace the video card too. PCI-Express is incompatible with AGP, so you won't be able to use your current video card now and then replace it later, and you won't want to saddle your new machine with an outdated motherboard just so you can use your old video card. Expect, for the forseeable future anyway, to have to replace all three components whenever you want to replace just two. The standards they each operate on are too tightly interwoven right now, and they probably will be from now on.
     
  3. Mideel25

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    well if that is the general concensus....

    add that to the needed list too and bump up my money target as well.

    Are there budget-priced, decently performing PCI express cards around at this time?
     
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    $150 gets you a PCI-E card that beats up the 9600XT. I have the nVidia 6600GT, and that's a great example.
     
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    Sounds good; I haven't really investigated video cards for about a year and a half.


    Anybody have any offhand recommendations when it comes to motherboards and processor combos?

    I really have no idea when it comes to mobos
     
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    well, so $450 is your total budget? Because with a $150 video card, that leaves only $300 for CPU and mobo and memory.

    Based on a $300 budget:

    AMD Recommendation:
    $80 - Corsair ValueSelect 1GB DDR 400MHz (2x512MB) Dual Channel Kit
    $100 - Asus A8N nForce4 S-939 Motherboard
    $120 - AMD Athlon64 S939 3500+ Retail

    Intel Recommendation:
    $80 - Corsair ValueSelect 1GB DDR2 667MHz (2x512MB) Dual Channel Kit
    $100 - Intel D945PSNLK LGA-775 Motherboard
    $105 - Intel Pentium D LGA-775 805 2MB L2 1066FSB Retail

    Naturally I'd recommend a better CPU if your budget allows. Otherwise, both mobos and memory options are good to stick with.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Adding to Jolly's recommendation, if you have a choice between a better CPU and a better motherboard, get the better motherboard instead; you can always upgrade the CPU to fill the capacity of the better motherboard later, but if you get a cheap motherboard and max it out right away, you'll have to replace both the CPU and motherboard later.
     
  8. Mideel25

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I read some other threads like this and the advice there was similar.
     
  9. P07r0457

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    In this particular instance, I disagree. Both motherboards I suggest are excellent, and unless you get into $300 mobos, they should not be deviated from...
     
  10. Mideel25

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    Once again, thanks guys. Put my order in to Newegg this afternoon.

    Picked up an extra HD too.

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