Im going to be getting a new computer and need to know a motherboard to start with (as i can just build ontop of it). I have about $500AUD to spent though icould probly go up to 600. That is for the WHOLE setup not just for a motherboard. So whats a good MoBo that will leave enough money to get all the other stuff (Video card, CPU, case, etc...).
I want to game and im not adverse to overclocking. (though that means i will also need to invest in some aftermarket cooling....).
With $392 USD? I assume you aren't looking for great gaming performance, because you will be hard pressed to make a very good gaming system with a $392 max budget ($600 aud). Especially when you consider shipping and all.
Ill try my best... CASE: Rosewill Generic Newegg.com - Rosewill R330-P-WI White 0.6mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $26
MOBO: Biostar TForce Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards $90
CPU: Wolfdale E5200 Dual Core Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $83
RAM: G.Skill DDR2 800 2x2GB Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $45
HDD: HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 320 gb 16 MB Cache Newegg.com - HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLA360 (0A33435) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $50
$26 + $90 + $83 + $95 + $45 + $50 = $389 USD. ($595 AUD)
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
For a decent gaming system you really need at least $600 USD.
What are the specs of the computer you have now?
Vista home basic 945GCM7 -F V2 Motherboard E1200 1.60 Ghz CPU (stock) ASUS EN8600GT Magic (magic = 512MB RAM?) (overclocked by me) 1 Gig 556Mhz DDR2 80 GIG segate 7200 SATA 450w X-Tec PSU (case brand) All the other stuff like DVD drive Etc
As you can see its a rather cheap set up. I think it cost about 500-600 without the LCD.
Im getting a new compy 'cos thi one is owned by parents (as in they paid for it and is there fav barganing tool when it comes me not doing stuff)
Btw, even though the E5200 is listed as a pentium, it is indeed off of the core 2 architecture. It just has lower cache and a few disabled featurse; however, it is still quite a good performer, and a great overclocker.
The setup I gave you SHOULD work with a 450 watt psu; however, I have not checked this. I suggest you make sure that 450 watts can power all of those components.
Vista home basic
You will see a HUGE performance increase going from 1 gb of ram to 4 gb of ram in vista.
You will also see a huge performance gain with the 4830 over your current video card. The E5200 is also far better than the processor you use. It is also quite a good overclocker, so you should be good in that department. Although, not great with stock cooling. I still think you can get to 3.5 ghz safely on the biostar.
I am not even sure what motherboard you are using.
Thanks mate I know that 1 gig is rubbish when it come to vista. The RAM and CPU woul dbe the first on the chopping block so to speak.
Well good luck, I am sure if I did some really serious time looking at prices I could save you a bit more for nearly the same performance; however, that kind of system for $389 (and you can probably get cheap or free shipping) is a very good deal. You should be able to play most games at 1280x1024 at full settings.
Yeah i will have to look into some of the parts a bit more (the MoBo from the reviews seems a bit worrysome).
Stupid newegg not posting to Australia...
I thought newegg did international ships to uk and australia now?
When i try to sign up there is no Australia option so i dont think so.