Looking for advice on inexpensive rebuild

May 8, 2010 at 11:50:35
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 540/DDR2 SDRAM 533MHZ
I am trying to rebuild a dead computer from parts I hope are still good at minimum expense. I am mainly looking for a motherboard suggestion based on the parts I will list. Also looking for suggestions about any parts I list that I should replace if I can.

The main parts I think I have to work with are:
Pentium 4 540 3.2GHZ and (not AMD, oops) 1MB CACHE
Diamond ATI Radeon HD 3650 1gig GDDR2
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 GS
2gig DDR2 SDRAM 533MHZ
Serial ATA Hard Drive 169MB
DVD burner
Vantec 350w PSU (I bought this years ago for another computer but never used it)
Windows XP is only available OS that won't cost me anything
Looks like a standard ATX case

This isn't a computer I am real worried about playing current games on fortunately. When it was working it was plenty fast for my current needs though.

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May 8, 2010 at 12:25:07
What processor is the AMD piece?

Look at the link below for some cost effective boards. So, you need a board with PCIe graphics and DDR2 memory.

Not sure the Vantec 350W has enough power.


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May 8, 2010 at 13:08:38
Thank you very much. That is the information I am looking for. I apologize for the AMD confusion. It was supposed to be "and" 1mb cache not AMD. According to what is on the chip it is an Intel Pentium 4 3.20MHZ/1M/800.

I believe you are right about the Vantec I have not being powerful enough. I'm not going to try to use it.

I'm looking at the 775 socket mobo's on the link you provided. Is that where I should be looking?

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May 8, 2010 at 13:42:58
I am not an Intel person so not up to full speed. That said, that processor is a 775 socket processor. So you need a 775 socket board that uses DDR2 and has PCIe graphics.

Below is a link to a review of that processor. That will help you identify the correct board to select.

I have bought boards from that site before and have been happy.


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