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  1. PritomD

    PritomD Thread Starter

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    Hello, I think I might upgrade to a Pentium 3 based motherboard with CPU. Questions:

    1. How Do I know if the new motehrboard will fit in the case.
    2. where can I get cheap motherboards, cpu, and fan for PIII's? I am hoping for a 50-150 price range. something that will WORK, and maybe run counterstrike good.
    3. is the motherboard+cpu+fan combos at pricewatch for PIII 1Ghz reliable? $149.


    thanks!
     
  2. Flrman1

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    You could have a look at Newegg. They have a good reputation. As far as Pricewatch goes they post prices from many suppliers so you should do as much research on which supplier it is coming from before buying.

    Here is the link to Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/index.asp?DEPA=1
     
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    I just wanted to add that I just purchased a processor from Newegg and everything went well.
     
  4. CouchMaster

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    Any particular reason for a PIII? For a $150.00 bucks you can go 2+ gig Celeron/mb/fan, high gig Athlon etc. Just wondering.
     
  5. plschwartz

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    There are two basic case / motherboard types>
    The older one is AT; the newer on ATX. You need atx these days.
    The differerence is the plug from the power supply to the motherboard
    The ATX has one 20 pin rectangular connector with two rows/
    AT was two smaller connectors usually labeled something like P6 and p7.
    If you are unsure post your present board and we can check it.

    When you go to New Egg or other reputible sites (forget pricewatch) they will give you in mm the board size. Measure yours.

    You might also consider an AMD system, usually considered cheaper then pentium.

    You might consider getting either a bundled system (board+CPU+fan) or a barebones (includes above+ case)
    Here is one I just saw:
    http://shop3.outpost.com/{PuK4ed0W7h7F1pRFbZ4kceWaZg5PVco0ZEYA2qSmV1IMV9QgtTR0|4725165981821384706/168694311/6/7001/7001/7002/7002/7001/-1|-5084510630971108317/168694309/6/7001/7001/7002/7002/7001/-1|1055045753053%7D/category/Outpost/PCtab/Computers+and+components/Components?accipterAreaString=COMPPC.COMPUTERS

    Besides New egg and outpost I often use computergate.

    Remember you might need newer ram but it is now very cheap.
     
  6. RSM123

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    Decide what your budget is for your new setup and take a look at this site :

    http://www.tomshardware.com - There are extensive reviews / benchmark tests for cpus, graphics cards etc.

    And read up more on other people's setups at the forums on these sites :

    http://www.overclockers.com

    http://www.sharkyextreme.com

    You'll get a better idea of whats good value, what setups have yielded good results, etc ...
     
  7. PritomD

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    does that barebone come with a mobo? i dont see anywhere something about it. it looks good though, i mihght look into it.
     
  8. Triple6

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    Usually it does come with a mobo - but has no drives or other PCI cards. Usually consists of a case, powersupply, mobo and CPU. It may include a floppy, ram also.

    The above one has cpu, fan, case, powersupply, mobo, and even a video card, sound card and lan - although some of those are intergrated into the mobo. you will need a hardrive, cd-rom, and ram plus an operating system.
     
  9. gotrootdude

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    Why stop at 1ghz?

    This is what I recommended on another thread.

    Shopping Cart from newegg.com


    TR2TT(designed by Thermaltake) TR2 M2. $10.99 (great heatsink)(comes with a cool fan controller)
    (item N82E16835106601)

    Epox 8RDA refurb $59 (great mobo)
    (item N82E16813123192R)

    AMD Athlon XP 1700+ Thoroughbred /266 FSB Processor CPU 1700+/ 1.47GHz -OEM, Thouroughbred $42 overclock to 2ghz = Athlon XP 2400+ Set the fsb to 200 and the multiplier to 10 or try this, set the fsb to 200 the core voltage to 1.7 and the multiplier at 11, if it boots fine, you'll have a compareable 2800+ chip. I personally have 2 running like this. :D
    (great CPU)
    (item N82E16819103351)

    Total Cost before shipping $111.99

    Check the cases, you may be able to pick up one with a PS and still come under budget.

    Use the rest as a downpayment on a decent vid card.
    Or buy a stick of kingston ram for free( see new deal of day in Tips and Tricks forum):D (get two, one other another name, for dual channel DDR)

    Pic up a 3oz tube of artic silver from www.SVC.com. It has free shipping, and maybe rounded cables and a case fan. (free shipping on Artic silver only, but the fans and cables are super cheap.)

    Tip, I always mod my case fans for 7volts to reduce noise.
     
  10. plschwartz

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    Instant Karma. Came to help, got helped instead with the overclocking.
    thanks Paul
     
  11. PritomD

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    yea i like dat. read my "suggestions' thead to see what i said.
     
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