Budget Build Advice

arsonisfun

Distinguished
Feb 25, 2009
2
0
18,510
My machine has been giving me problems lately and I figured it was time to upgrade (running on a 3 year old system).

I dont need a total powerhouse, so I was thinking of the following cpu/mobo combo I found on newegg. I have 2gb of 240pin ram kicking around already, so I figure I might just order up another 2gb to pop in as well.

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz
Gigabyte mobo
(specs) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.161491


I was hoping to find a decent mobo/cpu combo for $200 or less which seems to really limit me to AMD setups (which is good as I have matching ram). Most likely going to order up something this week (woohoo refund check) Read a few reviews and it seems to OC pretty well on air cooling too, which is a big plus in my book.



Seems like a great price for what it is ... any thoughts?
 

Transmaniacon

Distinguished
What will this computer be used for? Gaming? Photo/Video Editing, Light home use?

That is a solid combo for the second two uses, if you are gaming with it, then I would suggest this processor instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103300&Tpk=kuma

Its faster than what you selected, cheaper, and currently games do not support multi-cores so its all about the clock speed.

If you can give us a budget, ~$US500?, etc, then we can give you some suggestions.
 

arsonisfun

Distinguished
Feb 25, 2009
2
0
18,510


Mostly just do gaming on this machine, most of my CPU-intensive computer tasks tend to be while I'm @ work.

I was considering that the quad-core was a bit overboard core-wise as not as many games support multi-threading currently, but comments suggested the CPU OC'ed pretty well, so I figured it'd handle single-thread apps pretty well.

I was looking for something around $200 +/- $50 for just the cpu/mobo. If it's a significant jump tech-wise then I'd consider upwards of $300-350, but given that I'm moving from a OC'ed AMD 3800 X2 I'm sure everything on the market today will seem quite a bit faster and make me happy.
 

Transmaniacon

Distinguished
250 bucks will get you a nice Intel Mobo and Core 2 Duo, giving you much better performance over the AMD components.

For $250, try this:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206

The E7400 will overclock very well, and its much faster than the comparable AMD models.