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dpryor

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Hi, I'm working with a pretty limited budget. I would like to spend around 200 bucks on a motherboard and a processor. What's the best that I can do with that price?

Right now, I'm divided between the Intel E5200 or the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ based on just looking through some reviews on Newegg and asking a few people, but I don't know if those are my best options, based on cost/performance ratio. I would welcome any recommendations.

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I have read about that AMD has a price drop for their cpus, AMD prices are qutie good now.
 
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Hi dpryor, It would help if we knew some things..So here is the Q & A part...What do you want to use this Pc for?(Gaming,surfing the net,pictures) , Do you have all of the other components to make the Pc?(Hard drive,CD/DVD drives,Case,PSU) If so what are they?

Sid~:)
 

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Hi, the computer won't be used for anything CPU intensive. I don't play too many games. It'll just be used for general purposes, playing some media, surfing, etc. I was planning to reuse my really old HDD (it's ATA-133) and graphics card (Geforce 6600gt). I'll probably try to gradually upgrade them in the coming months. Right now, I'm just trying to upgrade the CPU, motherboard, and RAM.

If I go with the AMD 5400+, I'll try to take advantage of the Antec case/PSU/CPU deal that Newegg has going on. But, I'm not sure if that's worth sacrificing overall performance, if the Intel E5200 is better than the AMD processor. That deal ends in around 20 hours, so it does add some urgency, but I probably won't be too bothered if I miss it.
 
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If you are only going to use it for basic stuff take the deal.. I must tell you though I am an Intel fan boy... And the next thing is "Chip Set" witch chip set and mother board are you looking at/for... This can make some difference in the long run..The best chip set for Intel is an Intel chip set..and so on..
 

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The graphics card I'm planning to reuse is a PCI Express x16: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130214

Can the PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots that are on most of the new motherboards handle this?

Sid6, I'm looking at the P43 chipset for the Intel processor and the 780g chipset for the AMD.

These are the two motherboards I'm considering for the Intel processor:

1. BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138122)

2. ASRock P43Twins1600 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157130)

I'm not sure which one is better. They both end up totaling up to the same price, because there is a combo deal with the RAM on newegg with the Biostar motherboard.

And for the AMD, I'm looking at these three:

1. BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138105)

2. ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131324)

3. Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186141)

I'm not sure which one to choose out of these either. They're all about the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138105
Thanks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138122
 
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The only brand I'd go with out of those three is the Asus.

Just personal preference really, but they have a much better track record than Biostar or Foxconn.
 
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Go with whatever is cheapest... for geneal usage... unless its a higher end intel or you're overclocking - AMD is as fast or faster than intel. That's the biggest thing about intel Core2 over AMD setups... Overclocking.

Get a gigabyte board over an AMD... if you're going to just re-use your 6600GT (and when you tire of it... get like a $60~80 ATI 4650/4670 card)... get a 770 board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128081

AMD setup is generally cheaper... and youre getting a better chipset over intel (at that price point).
 
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It is IMHO that biostar sucks....Now Asrock is a nice board and Foxconn are good as well. I have a Foxconn socket 1!! old yes but it works to this day.

Sid~
 
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ASrock? ASrock is the bottom end ASUS products. Some of the worst boards I've seen are ASrocks with odd hybrid designs on CPUs that cannot be removed.

Worst (bad) brands to buy... from WORST to not as bad.

1 - PC Chips : hands down, period. Breaking both your arms would be less painful.
2 - ASrock : Why bother?
(Lower end brand)
3 - Biostar
6 - Jetway
5 - ECS (They have gotten a lot better)
6 - Foxconn

7 - Abit : Not bad, but they are leaving the Motherboard market, so.....
 

dpryor

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So, if I go with the AMD 5400+ processor, should I just consider the Foxconn and Asus motherboards at the price range I'm looking at, leaving out the Biostar motherboard? The Foxconn motherboard is around $13 less than the Asus one, has most of the same features, but is it worth paying the difference to get the quality of the Asus motherboard?

Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131324
Foxconn: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186141

Also, both of these boards have PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots. Will the PCI Express x16 graphics card I plan to reuse still work in those slots?

Thanks.
 
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In this case take the Asus nice cooler on the NB...and the cost is not much more...

Sid~
PS. Hope we helped...Time to choose...
 
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