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Confused about cases, power supply, mobo compatibility.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cjh69, Dec 1, 2009.

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  1. cjh69

    cjh69 Thread Starter

    Dec 1, 2009
    Hi I am trying to build a cheap cost effective PC for playing World of Warcraft and other mmos and rts games.

    Right now I am using a complete pile of crap. A compaq presario s4020wm with windows xp. It has an amd athlon xp 2000+ and only 352mb ram.

    What I have found so far, but my ears are definitely open to suggestions:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000IAA6CZ - OEM

    JetWay JXBLUENC78S-LF AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Ram: 4gb (2x 2gb 240 pin ddr2 800mhz)
    Hd: 500gb sata
    Os: win xp sp3

    I chose this motherboard because of its cheap price for what you get with the graphics card for now, and being able to add a pci-e 16x 2.0 card on later.

    The mobo is micro atx and says power pin 24 pin.
    When choosing the case will anything that says ATX be fine?
    Since micro atx is just atx but smaller?

    Since the motherboard says 24 power pin the case MUST say it has a 20+4 power supply unit?

    Some cases with a power supply do not say how many pin the psu is at all. Do I assume those are just 20 pin?
    For example this one here, will work or not because it does not say if it is 24 pin and my motherboard directly says it needs 24.

    Thanks for any help this is very confusing. :eek: I'm not sure whether or not to get a case with out a psu or a combo. I would like to keep it as cheap as possible for now and later on upgrade when I have the money I will upgrade the psu and buy a good video card if needed, but of course i would like to avoid that!

    Also, the "NVIDIA GeForce 8200" on the mobo. What kind of video card is needed to make a drastic increase worth it?
  2. Chris A

    Chris A

    May 9, 2000
    Any chance you have a Frys electronics close by? What town do you live in? They are doing some very good combo deals right now. Example. http://www.frys-electronics-ads.com...d:+FrysElectronicsAds+(Fry's+Electronics+Ads)


    These are a little more then you want to spend but just yesterday I picked up a core 2 duo E7500 and motherboard for $110.

    The reviews on that case are pretty bad. I would check craigs list for a cheap case.

    Most newer ATX power supplys will have the 24 pin connector.
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