Oct 13, 2003
My parents computers are both dying (I've built two systems for them with my old parts). I want to build them two new systems, but for cheap, and without much consideration for performance. The main consideration is stability and price. I would like to get mobo/cpu/ram for under 200 (each). Any suggestions?
GIGABYTE GA-MA780G-UD3H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128382 $89.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103210 $56.99

G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219 $39.99

Total - $186.97


Jun 27, 2008
I've used the above gskill ram in three builds so far and had no probs. Also considering the mobo and processor for a family member build coming up soon.


BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 73.99

mushkin 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 991557 - Retail 19.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400 Brisbane 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Retail 57.99


cheap, stable as hell and no issues. This was my personal system specs, I just gave it away 3 weeks ago when I bought the system in my signature below. I was running vista ultimate 64 and it was plenty fast. you can always add another 2 gigs later for a nice boost in smoothness if you wish, but it was not bad at all on 2 either. I had 2 then 4 then 8 gigs of the mushkin and it runs awesome, eveon in my new board. Not so much as a hiccup with it or the biostar board since ordering last April.

With performance a non-issue, royalcrown's choices look good. That mobo has solid caps on it.
For more performance, get two RAM sticks instead of one so you can run in dual channel mode. Shortstuff's list has those, and another good mobo. Gkay's CPU is faster still, if you decide you want more performance for not too much more money.



Thanks jtt283...what made me switch was the sheer number of goodies that this ep45-ud3r had on it, for a little over a 100 bucks LOADED, I wanted it....I always wanted something not "budget" for once, so when it was this cheap, what the hay...