Trying to figure out what mobo to get ?

September 19, 2011 at 22:00:57
Specs: Windows XP, athlon 64/4 gig
Something I want to try Im looking to get a new cpu and mobo.as cheap as possible.So I was looking around and I found this http://www.outletpc.com/ph7414.html... Yeah it's a AMD Athlon X2 5200 reason i want it is to try to unlock it to four core's if lucky.But i cant figure out which mobo to get. All's i know is something with sb710 and core unlock feature's but i been looking and looking and it's confusing.So im asking what would be a good mobo under 100$ to try this? That has onboard graphic's and room for 16 gig's but not necessary 8 will do if it's under 100$

thank's guys


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#1
September 20, 2011 at 04:56:26
Look at the Gigabyte boards, they have very good value and high quality. If you are planning to run more than 4GB (actually 3+) you will need Windows 7 64bit OS. If you are considering any type of gaming or video/graphics work then you will need a distinct graphics card so in that case also consider the boards without onboard graphics for more options (you might just get an even better value if you are going to get the card anyway). I do not know the AMD line well so I won't try to offer specifics.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
September 20, 2011 at 05:15:41
Why would you buy an outdated CPU & try to unlock it? Besides, when you consider the cost of CPU + cost of heatsink/fan + shipping (probably about $65-70 total), it's not a good deal at all. Plus that CPU only runs at 2.3GHz. You'd have to luck out & get a CPU that's both unlockable AND overclockable to make it worthwhile. You'd be better off getting this Athlon II X2 260 (3.2GHz) for $65 with free shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Here's a cheap board to go with it, although you may want to consider one that's based on the newer AMD 800 chipset series:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#3
September 20, 2011 at 16:28:22
Hey guy's thanks for the fast response Ive checked out the Athlon II X2 260 cpu and mobo .But i browsing ebay and came across this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-AMD-Phe... Im wondering if this is a good deal? I have a sapphire radeon 4670 with the big ass heatsink and fan. Wonder if ill have a prob fitting with a sound card and tv tuner card in that mobo.But im just looking for a little something better then what i was running before.A hp pavilion athlon 64 3700+ 2.2 ghz with 3 gig's of ram that went up on me.So im looking around for somthing else..Right now im on a emachine 1.81 ghz sempron and 2 gig's of ram. And it suck's i hate this thing so yeah im here looking around for a cpu and mobo for under 140$.Anyway just wondering if thats a good deal i found.Thank's guy

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#4
September 20, 2011 at 20:53:50
If you do it half heartedly you will be very disappointed in the long run. By going with already outdated stuff you are basically putting yourself in the same place you are now, in just a little bit of time. Please consider new modern equipment, If you get a decent modern board and a basic modern CPU not, then if.when you want better, you simply purchase a better CPU for the same board. If you purchase an old platform now, it will be so far outdated by the time you realize you need better, you will need to start over again, wasting all of that money. AMD is considered good on value, but since i am not familiar with theirs, I will show you a modern Intel you could afford that will also allow you an upgrade path when you are ready. Consider this board:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
which is around $70. New
and this CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_p...
which is around $75. New
and that board will later take an i-3, i-5, or i-7 (2nd generation) for upgrade as well as other upgrades. In 2 or 3 years it may not be the latest, but it will be very usable, and with a few upgrades over time you should be happy for 3, 5, or more years. I have found that you can actually get better, new product for nearly what you can get questionable sometimes from ebay, if you know where to shop.
If you like, look also into the latest AMD technology on a board, and step back a little bit on the CPU and you may do similar or possibly better.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
September 20, 2011 at 23:30:45
Thank you finger's for your research I checked out the mobo you mentioned.But i see no pci slot's where i could fit my gfx card and sound card. Yes i understand what you're saying about the mobo on ebay. That it would become outdated soon but im just looking for somthing for now that wont go up on me..I think video rendering or playing pc game's that didn't meet my pc requirment at the time..Yeah when i was trying to render video's I could hear the pc fan's roaring loud like the whole thing was about to blow.But i thought it was normal so i payed it no mind.Then some games i would play would freeze every now and then for about 3 second's.One day while playing a game it start freezing after about maybe an hour into playing everything just stopped and the pc cut off. Strange part is the monitor was acting as if the pc was still on there was no check signal warning as if it was running but the pc light where off.So i tried rebooting like 10 times nothing happen so tried resetting the cmos and nothing no post no beep's even tried reseating the mem still nothing only thing working was the fan that's it so i figured i killed the cpu.yeah i was trying to find something so that wont happen again for under 140 just a little something for now until i can afford somthing better thats why i was wondering about the one on ebay

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#6
September 21, 2011 at 04:53:29
Do NOT buy from eBay!

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#7
September 21, 2011 at 04:55:11
Try this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
it has legacy support for PCI slots.
Or this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
which also has PCI support but requires a distinct video card. This one it full ATX so it needs a mid-tower case but gives you more expansion slots.
Or if you don't mind blowing your budget this one offers a lot more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
September 23, 2011 at 08:56:29
Radeon 4670 is a PCI Express card and not PCI. Don't confuse the two. They are different.

I don't think they make any PCI GFX cards any more. You will be lucky to get new AGP cards let alone PCI


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