looking for parts for a budget pc

June 23, 2011 at 11:01:25
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I've been looking all over tigerdirect and newegg for parts to build my second pc. My first is extremely outdated running a pentium 4 3.4ghz with 1gb of ram. I cant make my mind, I would really like a amd phenom x3 or x4 or even a x2 if i could get a board with the unlock core. theres just too many different options. My price tag is around $250 excluding a operating system. I will probably use ubuntu for a while because I have a friend with a copy of windows 7 he'll sell me. I was thinking about getting a barebones kit from newegg or tigerdirect but I think i would rather buy the parts separately and get parts that you guys would recommend so i can get the biggest bang for the buck and quality parts.
Any help deciding parts would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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June 23, 2011 at 11:16:55

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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June 23, 2011 at 11:42:54
Obviously a board that can unlock the cores is of no use if you get a quad-core CPU. And even if you get a Sempron, X2 or X3 with the hopes of unlocking it, there's no guarantee that it will unlock or that it will be stable if you're able to unlock it. For example, I have a Sempron Sargas 140 that I can overclock the heck out of but it will NOT unlock. I also have an X3 Heka Black Edition that will unlock to an X4, but it's not stable. In other words, it's a crap shoot.

Look for a board based on an AMD 800 series chipset & it would be better to get a board with 4 RAM slots rather than 2. You can easily find a board, CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM & 1TB HDD & still come in under $250. Have you considered that you'll most likely need a power supply too?

As for Win7, if you can't find it for free online, you're not looking hard enough ;-)

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June 23, 2011 at 12:00:27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... $95

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... $43

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... $88

Besides the above you still need a case & power supply.
Board has onboard HD graphics

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June 23, 2011 at 18:52:51
yah lol, what I meant by buy it from a friend was get it off the internet, just didnt know that stance of this forum on that subject, but I get what your saying about the ucc, I was only going to get a ucc board if I got a phenom x2. Thanks for the info though I will take it into consideration

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June 24, 2011 at 06:19:30
That is why I linked to the Phenom x2. It is a crap shoot but the cost of the board I linked is not that much more and it has decent integrated hybrid graphics.

Thing is, you really didn't budget enough to build a complete machine.

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June 24, 2011 at 09:38:56
so do you think the phenom x2 is really worth it? The ucc looked promising but the more you guys talk about it the less promising it seems. I understand not all cores unlock and even if they do you have to worry about getting them stable. So should I scrap the whole ucc idea and just go for a phenom x3 or x4 instead?

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June 24, 2011 at 11:12:00
First of all, you you know if you will even use all the cores? When the fabrication plant is running well the wafers may yield all good 4 core chips. Amd may not be able to sell all the 4 cores as 4 cores. In that case they lock them and sell them as whatever they need. As I stated above, it is a crap shoot. If you buy a good board you can always upgrade the CPU at a later date, if you need to. Down the road the 4 core chips will come down in price as newer processors are released.

The graphics card is more important for gaming than the processor. Ram is also important.

mick suggested you buy a board with 4 RAM slots. The problem with that is that you are basically looking at a full ATX board, which will not have integrated graphics. If you don't card about integrated graphics then get a board with 4 RAM slots.

You are on a tight budget. You can't upgrade a motherboard, only replace it. You can upgrade the processor and can add a dedicated graphics card.

One thing I would advise you to do is to buy a good power supply with enough capacity to run the best graphics card available.

After looking further I found the two below.

$60/50 w-rebate 3 year core unlock

$55 3 year unlocking

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