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Looking for new motherboard, 220$ budget!

Q: Looking for new motherboard, 220$ budget!

first of, dont buy anyting from www.nt-micro.com . punks sent me wrong motherboard and 3 weeks later i'm still trying to get them to send me an RMA to return it. the one they sent me actually costs 115$ and i spent 220$ on the purchase. they are about to get a call from my lawyer. or my best friend pretending to be one!

anyhow i was trying to purchase the abit fatal1ty an8, not the SLI version. i had the money to spend and i figured i wouldnt need to upgrade it for a while.

the rest of the equipent i bought is as follows:
amd64 3000+ Rev E (Venice?)
2 gigs of Corsair XMS serries pc3200 cas 2 RAM
SATA 80 Gig HD
x700 ATI Radeon pro 256 mb pci-express
550W psu

anyhow i was wondering what motherboards everyone would recommend? and even if i should still with my abit an8 fatal1ty choice. not interested in any SLI boards either kind like ATI.

so if everyone could make some recommendations that'd be great and list a few reasons as why.

thanks in advance. :bounce:

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A: Looking for new motherboard, 220$ budget!

Check Newegg.com. They have good prices and most products have customer reviews.

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Hi guys,
I'm upgrading my system to i5, but I'm stuck on what motherboard to get. I'm on a budget, 150-200 dollars AU is the limit. Thinking G/B P55-UD4P, but is there any other good mobos for that price?
 

A:Best Budget P55 Motherboard?

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I am looking to find a nice budget motherboard for my old computer so I can upgrade it. I need to find one around 40 which has onboard video and preferably 4 RAM slots if possible. Now here is the part that most people will say is bad. I don't really care what make it is from. I will use, MSI, Asrock, Foxconn, Abit motherboard's as well as ASUS and Gigabyte. I would prefer and ASUS or Asrock motherboard as I like the money to go to my favorite company ASUS (Asrock being asus's development and experiment section) That is all I need to say really.

Thanking in advance
Jack-O-Bytes
 

A:Solved: Best Budget AM2 Motherboard

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Hi I my friend and I are building a computer from scratch, and we are looking for help forming the base of our build. We have a core i5-750 processor, socket LGA 1156, and we are looking for p55 motherboards compatible with it. We plan on using 4GB Gskill ripjaw (2x2gb) ddr3 1600 Mhz. We would also like 2 pci-e inputs that can operate at at least x8 and x8 when in crossfire/sli. Atx or matx does not matter for us. Our price range for the motherboard is around $180 max. We are in US, and were looking on Newegg, but cant seem to make a decision. We were thinking about the Gigabyte UD4, but on newegg it says it doesnt support 1600 mhz ram. The MSI p55-gd65 is another option we were considering. If anyone can recommend a motherboard/motherboard brand, we would be very grateful.

Thanks!
 

A:Choosing a P55 motherboard on budget

The UD4 is a fine motherboard, and while it doesn't say DDR3 1600 (???), i'm sure it does support it.
 

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Hello, right now i'm aiming at the Asrock z77 extreme4 it has a nice 8+4 power phase, pci-e 3.0 support, pretty nice overclocking board. The question, is there a better opinion for a bit lower price? I won't use crossfire or sli, so it seems useless for me on this board so if there is a better opinion it can be without sli/crossfire.

A:Choosing budget Gaming motherboard

I go to www.newegg.com for a quick look at what's currently available. (Unfortunately, they only do business in the USA and Canada.)

It appears that the best bargain in a Z77 board is the ASRock Z77 Pro3. It has slightly unusual dimensions (30.5X19.3cm, rather than 30.5X24.4cm for a full-sized ATX board), but it's not microATX. I'm not sure what you give up with it, but it has favorable reviews for a "budget" board. At Newegg, it's considerably less expensive than the Extreme4.

I've not used one.

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Well, i am seeking some of you folks expertise in this area. I've been browsing all over new egg, but man there is so much to look at.

Basic Guidelines:

-I'd like to stay under $150.00-160.00 for the pair.

-If it will need external graphics card, we should include that in the price. It can go a little over but not much in this case.

-Best performance and features for the money is what I am after.

Thanks much!!
 

A:Advice... Best motherboard and processor on a budget??

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MSI P43 Neo3-F LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard please let me know thanks in advance i am on ssi and can only get one thing at a time and want to make shure i get what i need no mastacks this will be for an internet gameing pc
 

A:Is this a good motherboard for a budget build

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard or should i use this motherboard
 

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I have a Gigabyte Socket 775 motherboard with an AGP video card, and I want to upgrade to a system that has PCI express X 16 for a new video card. The thing is, I dont want to see my 2gb PC3200 dual channel kit go to waste because all the new motherboard are DDR2 only.

So is it too late to upgrade to 939? With the money saved without getting new memory for conroe boards or AM2, and the relativly inexpensive price for a 939 board, I can get a Athlon 64 X2 3800 for 939 which is much, much faster than my current cpu, and get PCIX16 video card support, all the things that I exactly want!
 

A:Budget upgrade: Upgrade to Core 2 motherboard, AM2 or 939?

Works For Me

Sounds like you have thought things out. If you want to save your DDR I (thats what it is called now) a socket 939 motherboard is the way to go. Still avaiable for the present, and socket 939 dual core processors are coming down in price. Just make sure your memory is compatiable with the new motherboard. You should be good for a while, although the future belongs to DDR II.
 

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My current computer:

Dell Dimension 4550

Penitum 4 Northwood 2.4ghz s478 (does not support prescott cpus )
350w Power supply
Nvidia 6600 OC
2 gigs of RAM (Max on Mobo)

I have $200, what can I buy to get decent FPS on TF2, currently I am sitting at 20fps.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:$200 budget what can I do.

Basically nothing. TF2 relies too much on the CPU for a graphics+power supply upgrade, which you could afford, to make any difference. A new motherboard, CPU, RAM and OS are out of your budget. ~80 $ for a decent motherboard, 110$ for a really good one, 50-80 for RAM, 80-130-150-190 for a CPU, 90-150 for an OS.
 

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So, this computer that I'm thinking about started out cheap, but has gotten a little more expensive over time. This is the first build I will be attempting, so this is pretty cool for me. After having multiple computers from places like Dell, I've decided to just build my own. This computer will be used for a range of things, including some gaming (stuff like Tomb Raider: Legend), Internet, Music/Video, School, and so on. Here is what I have so far (just looking at Newegg right now):

- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $99.99
- GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $79.99
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor -- $ 119.99
- Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device) -- $14.99 (I have 3 IDE drives and 1 port (2 devices) on the mobo)
- Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply -- $59.99, $39.99 after rebate
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ -- $47.99
- SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card -- $74.99, $64.99 after rebate

Totaling: $467.93

I am using from my old computer:
- 120 GB Seagate SATA HDD
- 120 GB WD Caviar IDE HDD
- D-Link WDA-2320 PCI Wireless Card
- Some Hauppage TV tuner (I don't remember the model)
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A:Budget Rig

Try this as an alternative build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Black Edition 6MB L3 Cache CPU - Retail - $102 + free shipping
ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
XFX GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Retail - $89.99
BFG LS-550 550W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $68.49 + free shipping
Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Retail - $111.22 + free shipping
You can go with the Corsair 400CX instead of the BFG PSU if the latter is out of your budget.
 

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I am eventually going to build a budget pc, but for now im trying to understand the parts as much as I can. For the cpu i wanted to know what the discription of the cpu
is, for Ex. "Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470"
For the "3470", I wanted know what that means, like if its overclockable by that much. as well as the "Intel HD Graphics 2500", does that mean what type of graphics card it is compatable with are something else. If any one can help explain these things to me I would be very much greatful. those discriptions above are the only ones I need thank you.
 

A:Budget PC

Start by Googling & reading.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405044,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-review-hd-2500-graphics-tested
 

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I just bought the HIS HD 4670 IceQ Edition 1GB graphics card and its bottle necking on my pc..

My current cpu is intel pentium 3ghz..

I got 100 was less.. Which cpu would be best ??

I need intel socket 775

I want to play my GTA IV... I no my NEW graphics card not amazing.. But it can play GTA IV.. Its on youtube.. reviews etc.. But it lags.. and my current cpu was like 98 usage in benchmark test :L

Also play cod4
 

A:What CPU should I buy on a £100 budget?

I was thinking maybe

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139971
 

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Hi Everybody!

I need some help with my HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX Desktop PC. Lately I have noticed that it has been running low on memory and the performance has been slow. I have already upgraded my RAM to the max capacity (2GB /2 GB (max) ) and I have been running into problems when trying to do general things like surf the net, run WMP11, and some general multitasking. WMP will start skipping as I am running an application or browsing the internet or I will have slow loading times.

I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to improve its performance by not breaking the bank. I have thought about buying a non integrated graphics card to free up memory but I would also need a new PSU since I am working with stock. Could buying a new Mobo with more RAM expansion and a faster processor help or is there anything that you all could think of?

I use my PC for listening to music, surfing the internet, editing videos, and business applications.

Here are a few of my specs:

Desktop PC HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX
Processor Intel Pentium 4 641 / 3.2 GHz
Type & Installed Size L2 cache 2 MB
Chipset type Intel 945GC Express
RAM 2GB / 2 GB (max) PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 160 GB Serial ATA-300 7200rpm
Graphics Intel GMA 950
OS Windows Vista Home Basic
Security / Utility Software Norton Internet Security (always on), PC Tools Spyware Doctor (occasionally on), PC Tools Registry Mechanic (occasionally on)
 

A:Budget PC needs help

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Greetings everyone. As a result of my recent lemon from CyberPower, I have decided to just build a new gaming rig myself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tonight I am going to tweak and further research some build ideas, but there is always some one on here who has some useful insights to offer.
 

A:$1,900 budget

Hi PYGMUS. I'm assuming your budget excludes the cost of a monitor and peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and speakers.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz - $299.99
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $299.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $139.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W Power Supply - $119.99
2x MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - $439.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB - $74.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower - $139.99

Total - $1,514.92

With the remaining cash you could get yourself a good aftermarket CPU HSF and other components of your choice and requirement. You could look towards getting a Blu Ray Drive or SSD if you're interested.
 

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Making new computer 6-8 monitors (8 preferred) for 80% business 20% gaming.

Need a completely silent case so I don't hear the fans or whatever.

Right now I'm looking at 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133165 for videocards.

Soundcard?
Speakers?

CPU?
mobo?

HD?RAM?

and what kind of monitors should i get? I use 2 ultrasharp 20.5" dell ones atm (1600x1200 res)

any recommendations is appreciated. also wanna hook up a wiimote and a wireless internet card.
 

A:$10,000 Budget

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Gentlemen,

I am building a low budget PC for a friend of mine. He would like the system for a couple of music mixing programs and to play a few lower end games. Here is what I put together from NewEgg. Let me know what you think.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129150

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123219

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819104224

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820144310

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822144362

OS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16837102151

For the graphics card, I have an old PNY GF4-4400 w/64MB that I can give him. Do you think this would be a good barebones system for him? Any problems that you might see?

Joe
 

A:Low Budget PC

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Q: Budget

I wanted to know if any of you guys could help me with creating a budget sheet in Excel 2010 to track all the different people I owe money too and how much I have paid and remaining balance, with dates for each entry. Thanks in Advance!!
 

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I have $700 to use for a PC setup. I originally was just going to customize a Dell from the Dell web site until I saw how severally overprice many components were and even way outdated! Therefore I want to build my own with parts through Newegg.

Here's what I have so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12032652
I already have a Sata hard drive and THIS power supply so those 2 items can be excluded.

Can anyone tell me for sure the processor,motherboard,memory and case that I picked would all be compatible with each other?

I play on adding a video card down the road also. I remember reading but not sure if it was this specific motherboard, but one of them said it didn't have integrated video so I'm curious as to how you'd even install a video card with no video to install the drivers?
 

A:$700 Budget for a PC

$700 is a bit more than a budget computer...

You have an OS to install? At least until Windows7 comes out?

I would go with the following (order of your list)
1 - Case: Pretty much anything that is Rosewill = crap. Want a good basic black case with good airflow, try this:
Antec 300 $55 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 (IS your PSU 24pin and 4pin wires very long? Many of todays cases such as the 300 has the PSU on the bottom)

2 - Keyboard, $7 keyboards won't last long. A good cheap keyboard is an HP or Logitech for $15+ But none of them are as good as what was made 10-15years ago.

3 - Spend $40~50 more on a 24" Samsung. Acer tends to be washed out. Over at Costco, they sell the 24" Samsung for $200. $250 with HD-Tuner and HDMI input. (Add $50 from newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

4 - With AMD DDR2 boards, its generally best to go with DDR2-800mhz: RAM 4GB DDR2 800 - $47 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014518 G.Skills are good, I use them.

5 - Mice : Check out Logitech... $5~10 mice tend to live for a month or so. Spend at least $15+ Good mice are $30~50.

6 - Motherboard The 790 doesn't have onboard graphics. Not sure what you're asking. If you buy a motherboard without on-board graphics and you don't add a video card, you DON'T get vide... Read more

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Hi, It's my first time to build a custom PC, and I would like one that I could play a lot of games like diablo 3, NBA 2K12, Dragon Age 2 and other high specs game. The problem is I don't know how to build a custom pc. I don't know what parts work with other parts and what parts doesn't synchronize with the other. Just seeing AMD FX something vs Intel i3 gets my mind baffled.

Really need some suggestions on what to get. Thanks in advance. Oh and also If it's compatible with a 2TB HDD. Thanks again!
 

A:Custom PC in $450(Php 20k) budget

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This is my first time building a computer, and I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for about $400- $450. I don't play super intense games, but I do play Spore and Sims and edit videos and use Photoshop, so the graphics quality is important. This is the build I'm looking at right now:

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
CPU: AMD Athlon II 453 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
video card: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...nvidia_geforce_9600_gt-_-14-130-360-_-Product
power supply: Thermaltake 500W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153113
RAM: 2GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211450
hard drive: Seagate 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148612

I plan on reusing the DVD +-RW/ CD-ROM drive from my old computer, if that'll work, and using my old hard drive as the slave drive. The OS will be Windows 7.

Will this configuration work, and do you have any suggestions or improvements for it? Thanks!
 

A:budget gaming pc around $400

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So i want to spend less than 45, approx $55, on a case with support for a MicroATX MOBO. My requirwments are at least 1x USB 3 header and A window (i.e. not 2). I found these three: Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid Tower Case, Realan E-D3 Micro ATX case, Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case

Does anyone have anything to say about anything, things i should know about, good/bad experiences? Should i look at different cases? Thanks a bunch!
 

A:Which budget case?

i just built a system with this case and used 3 blue led fans (2 front.... one rear)......came out really nice and looked great
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/coo...se-3-custom-trim-colours-included-with-window
 

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Hi, I'm trying to upgrade a HP 500-164. It has a A8-6500 CPU, 8gb RAM and a MS-7778(Jasmine) MoBo in it. I cannot find much information on this MoBo, which ultimately leads to my problem/question. I want to upgrade the GPU in this PC and want to just confirm that the following devices are compatible;  a Corsair CX600 PSU and a Gigabyte AMD R7 360 GPU. If I could get confirmation that this will work, that would be great. Thanks in adavance.

A:Upgrading PSU and GPU on a budget

@RCA84, welcome to the forum. Here is the Motherboard Specifications that should tell you what you want to know about it. The CX 600 will work fine.  You should make certain that it has the necessary power dongles required by the video card. This Gigabyte R7-360 will fit perfectly into the space proveded for it and should a great job for you. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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Hi everyone,
I am new to this forum and would like some help picking my christmas PC. Obviously on a low budget I can't be looking for an amazing gaming PC. But I would like something that could run things smoothly such as WarRock, and WoW. I've been scouring Ebay and have found some interesting PC's but cannot differentiate them enough to understand whether or not I am being ripped off. I am 16 and on a budget of about 350 (do not include anything apart from the actual PC no screen keyboard or mouse needed).

Any help would be seriously appreciated

Mike

Links for ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GAMER-M-150-D...t=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item230aed4f72

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Desktop-Gamin...t=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item230b9685a2

Those are just a few I have found... Any other suggestions appreciated... Also home build could be a possibility if cheaper.
 

A:Buying a low budget PC...

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Case: APLUS Case Qubic, Black Midi tower
Mobo: Asus M2A-VM HDMI
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB
TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR1300MCE KIT

Generally using it for multimedia purposes. Wondering is there anything else needed. I already have hard drive, disk drive and 400w PSU.

Any comments, much appreciated
 

A:My Budget Setup

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Hey!

I was looking through CPUs and Motherboards (As that's all I need to buy at this time, don't worry about the RAM).

I found these (Sorry, I'm not allowed to post links yet):

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

I want to future-proof this set-up as best as possible FOR UNDER $450.

The Q9400 has SSE4.1, 6mb L2 cache, and 1333mhz fsb (45nm manufacturing process).
I assume SSE4.1 instructions are GOOD to have (should I forget about this)?

The thing is, I will never overclock anything, and I'm wondering how much extra am I paying for this "fairly capable" overclocking gigabyte board. Is there one that's comparable without the overclock-ready components?

Any responses are GREATLY appreciated!!!
-thehighroad
 

A:PC Plans - Less than $450 budget

Futureproofing by my definition: I want to fit into the "reccomended" requirements for games over the next 3 years. Not 120FPS in crysis kind of goal.

"Don't worry about ram": I can get 2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM at any time from my local stores, so I don't need to discuss it. No offense taken .

I am doing this in increments though, trying to capitalize on what I have now, and the future development of products whilst getting the best value possible.

My plan: Core 2 Quad (yet to determine best value per dollar now, i thought the new instructions might be worth my while), Gigabyte motherboard (good quality; not DESIGNED solely for overclocking), 4GB kingston DDR2 probably 1066.
Still keeping my--harddrives, nvidia 7800gt (I know this is "inefficient"), 450W coolermaster PSU, case, sound blaster audigy 4...

I realize at some point I'll have to buy a new GPU, and a new PSU, I'm waiting until DirectX 11 to contemplate this, as I feel buying a DirectX 10 video card is a waste.

The i7 doesn't interest me, by the time I can afford it, octa-core will be released, I have to choose when to buy sometime... I have an athlon 64 right now.

The Question Remains

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

Good Combo? I will not be overclocking.

Thanks for your response Matthew.
-thehighroad
 

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Hi, I'm Mason and I am building a PC for about $800 with a monitor and I want to know if there are any components that you would recommend.

here is my build on PC partpicker.com
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Srt98/saved/KbgBmG
 

A:Budget gaming PCs

If you're wanting to use this for gaming, throughput will definitely be important to you. In that respect, you'd want to install the games on the SSD and the one you've picked out just won't cut it. Windows 10x64 alone will account for about 11GB of space on the SSD, and then there are all the other applications you may want to install. This is before you even get around to installing games, which oftentimes will consume several GBs of space per game.

However, that is not to say you can't use the SSD for your OS and general apps, and then use the 1TB drive for installing your games. They just won't load as fast, and I just wanted to point this out to try and help you make an informed choice.
 

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I'd like some help please. I just bought a budget PC and would like to know where to look to upgrade it or if that was even possible.

Its an eMachines E4082 desktop running XP.

Intel Pentium D 820 (Each at 2.80ghz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 with available PCI Express slot (Pretty sure this is an onboard card)
512 MB DDR2 RAM

Basically what I would like to find out is if I can upgrade this machine and the best places to look. How do I find out if graphics cards will be compatible? Will any DDR2 RAM work with it? Really am a newbie with PC's when it comes to the hardware side but I would like to play a few older PC games on the machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Budget PC gaming

Welcome to Tech Spot and please read through this.

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache...ating+system+problem&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=ca
 

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Howdy!

Currently I'm running a Nvidia 6800 on a dell XPS 400 (Making my own next time) with 1 meg RAM and a Pentium D 3Ghz.

I know I need another 1G in RAM, and I was thinking of updating to a Nvidia 8600 card.

I'm on a rather limited budget, and could use some suggestions! Note none of my stuff is OC'd. I'm new to tweaking, don't know how, and cant afford to replace toasted parts just yet.

Do I need a new processor/mobo? (AKA: Scrap and salvage the unit I have into a new box?)
Is the 6800 crap, or am I not running it right?
Whats the consensus on the new 8600's?

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Upgrades on a budget...

Get a new system. You will need a new power supply to add the 8600 card.
You will get little benefit, and substantial risk, if you overclock that board.
The 6800 is not crap. But it is not a gamer video card either.
 

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i am saving up like 500 bucks for a custom build pc that can multitask and be able to play light games like 18 WOS
so here are the parts i am looking foward to.

website: newegg.com

asus cd/dvd burner :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&cm_re=asus_cd-_-27-135-204-_-Product

rosewill challenger computer case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...47153&cm_re=challenger-_-11-147-153-_-Product

amd athlon II x3 3.0ghz triple core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843

samsung spinpoint f3 :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

gskill 4gb (2x2) drr3 pc3 10600:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1179&cm_re=g.skill_4gb-_-20-231-179-_-Product

asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398&cm_re=v_evo-_-13-131-398-_-Product

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...200&cm_re=rosewill_psu-_-17-182-200-_-Product

so this is the parts i am intrested in so let me know if its a good build for a 500 $ budget thanks,
 

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I am doing a budget build for a client for his small business. His budget was 600.00 for the pc with the OS supplied by him, my labor will be negotiated.

This is what I have for him, nothing major mainly invoices, quicken, etc...

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=6854347

Let me know if you see any issues before I place the order.

Thanks yall
 

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First, you have to give us some important information, stated as follows:

What are you going to use the PC for?
Gaming, Gameplay Recording [Playclaw], Programming, Video/Picture Editing

How much is your budget?
1,000 USD

Are you willing to buy online?
Yes

Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
No

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Monitor + Headset + Keyboard

Have you already bought any parts?
No

Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
Yes, Windows 7 Professional

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
It depends on if I decide to OC my CPU (assume yes for CPU)
 

A:Gaming rig $1,000 budget

What's wrong with the PC listed in your specs?
 

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Hi, I'm new here and would like to start of by saying thanks for this helpful forum

When it comes to computing I'm far from a expert so I though what better place to learn and get advice, hope all are having a fine day.

If someone could give some help or point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. I want to buy a laptop powerful enough to run programs such as Cubase 8 or pro tools and to do other things like video editing. Firstly I need a laptop and I can only stretch to 450 pounds, I have been looking all over and its mind boggling, I want to make sure that I get the right laptop and don't waste my money.

Would a laptop with core i5 be powerful enough to run such programs? The laptops that fit my budget seem to have i5 with around 8gb RAM.

here is a link to a laptop I have fund on ebay. (please forgive me if lining isn't allowed)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221759386420?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Does that seem like fair value? and is it powerful enough for my needs?
Also is there a risk with buying a refurbished laptop from ebay?

Thanks for any help
 

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Hey I just built a new pc and I realised that I was extremely stupid and ordered ddr3 8gb 2 sticks of vengeance so yeah and I only have 50 left over plz and thx
 

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Okay, so I'm interested in putting together a PC for gaming. So, I've asked around a couple of forums, and I seemed to be getting a lot of mixed messages. Some say I can put together something for around my budget (around $600 or so), others suggest otherwise. I don't know who to listen to, but I obviously hope the former is correct. And I think they are. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I mean, I'm fine not being able to play EVERY game, just being able to play SOME is fine with me.

Now, I should mention that I'm not completely comfortable building from scratch. I am however interesting in purchasing a BareBones kit, which if I understand correctly, includes most of the parts pre-installed, and working from there. I saw one containing the case, motherboard, power supply, processor, RAM, and hard drive. So I'd imagine I just need a graphics card, operating system, cooling fan, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and... I don't know, is there anything else I'd need?

Anyway, here's the link to the one I was looking at: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3017995&Sku=A455-2129 L

Now, again, I know very little about these things. I'm not especially tech saavy, but that seems decent, and it's only $250. It's got 512MB of RAM, what I think is a good processor (isn't it?), it supports PCI-e cards, so I figure if I got another 512MB of RAM, a good graphics card, X... Read more

A:Budget gaming PC

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Hi, I need a $700 budget gaming PC that can run World of Warcraft on ultra/high settings with a high/considerable frame rate. I don't really want to build it, since I'm only 14 and pretty inexperienced with fitting all the hardware into the case. Also, the website needs to be able to ship to Australia internationally with a preferably small postage (if possible). I'm not looking for anything that's able to run Crysis on high settings, just a simple game like World of Warcraft. I've seen some pretty mediocre gaming rigs that can handle WoW on high/ultra settings with a good frame rate, so I think $700 should be enough (as long as you pick the right hardware). Here are some of my options:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Intel-E6...085860?pt=AU_comp_dekstop&hash=item4aa55f99e4 - I want to upgrade the RAM, which is available in the seller's description, and get a good gaming video card ($100-150, and maybe $200 if necessary), which is going to be from another source, and maybe even a HDD upgrade. Given the details in the seller's description, can upgrades of these sorts be applied? I'm not exactly certain. I'd also like to mention that the operating system, monitor, keyboard and mouse are all covered already (not inside my budget).

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Intel-E5...764192?pt=AU_comp_dekstop&hash=item53dd38ab60 - This is my second option. I'd like to upgrade to 4 GB of total RAM (available in the seller's description)... Read more

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Hi, I've got an old Dell Optiplex 780 SFF PC sitting around. I was wondering if I installed a GT 1030 2GB Low Profile, Will I be able able to run modern games at 1080p at Low to maybe even High depending on the game? Some games I'm looking at playing is Rocket League, Overwatch, PUBG, BF1 & H1Z1: KOTK, Would it maybe be worth it spending extra on buying a Q6600, instead of the E8400? How would the performance differ if I did so? & Is the GT 1030 and Q6600 compatible on that motherboard? I've tried looking everywhere on the internet but I seem to be struggling, Thank you to anyone who helps
 

A:PC Budget Build

No. Not going to happen. That Chipset is almost 9 years old. You are NOT going to be able to play those games with that E8400 Or even the Q6600. Those CPU's are way outdated, and they would have trouble even running the GT 1030 because it would be a massive bottleneck.

EDIT: You are essentially trying to run a 6 month old graphics card with the processing power of a 8 year old computer. Not a good combination...
 

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I am going to use this for gaming.
budget is 550$
located in USA
yes willing to buy online specifically newegg.
Im not sure of any parts i can use off my old rig.
Do not need mouse or keyboard. Maybe speakers.
Haven't bought any parts yet.
no os on me.
I don't know if ill need any cooling.

I need a rig that has everything i need for decent gaming including graphics card for under 550$.
 

A:Need a budget gaming pc

Hello Tech,
try this configuration, leaves you room for speakers,optical, etc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817226001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131153
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680

good for performance at 1680x1050 on high for most games

If you really need to start shaving the cost down because of peripherals, a few suggestions:
go with the 7750 or 7850 BE and OC it. (will need a different Motherboard i believe)
two, if you have a little faith the 4830 is different in two ways from the 4850 it has 4-shader clusters for 640 total, and 8 less texture units (32). the major vendors of ati cards (in order to get a competitive advantage) have turned on the 5th shader cluster, and the 8 texture units to make them effectively 4850's. and can be had for $89.00. i would also recommend the 4770, if a guy could find one.
 

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Hey techs! Merry Christmas! (First of all)
I need a big help! Now that is christmas i need to get a new gpu for my computer! I am giving the motherboard model! Its a bit old so please can you help me find me a bugdet gpu (under 140?)
Thank you so much!

P.S: i live in Greece

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A:Help for choosing a budget gpu

Do the following in that computer because we need a lot more information than its Gigabyte motherboard - which has a partially-obscured model number in your image.

Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) to the desktop.
After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
Information about your computer will appear.
Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

Also advise us what the brand name and complete model number and wattage is of your computer's power supply.

Also advise us the main reason for you wanting to install a graphic card in your computer.

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Hello everyone. I am trying my hand at a first build. I have a low budget and already think I am over it. Check out what I came up with and let me know what you think. It is mainly a Home computer for the internet and some WoW and City of Heroes gaming. thanks for any suggestions.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

RAIDMAX XFORCE ATX-728WS Silver Aluminum Front Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler

Need help with a graphics card. 2600XT or 3650 perhaps.
 

A:First Build Low-budget

Nice build there. You could go with this cooler instead though, for $10 more. The added cooling performance is worth it, as is the better reliability. You can spend less on the PSU too and get this one, which will also be more than sufficient.

As for a video card, go with an HD 3650 over a 2600XT. Runs cooler and has better features to boot.
 

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Does the TS budget box seem like a not so good value?
I mean, you can get a phenom II quad core 3.2 GHz for 130ish. Throw that on a mobo that has some usable integrated graphics (until you are able to add a decent graphics card) with 4 or 8 GB of ram, and a hard drive of choice, and a cheap yet solid case, and finally a DVD drive and you are probably around 450-500ish.

I dont know, it just seems like using the A8 for anything but laptops or micro (or other small factor) ATX is pointless.
Just my thoughts.
 

A:Is it just me or does the TS Budget Box seem like a poor value?

they are pretty much designed for graphic card replacements (not anywhere near yet though) and very low power use so yes good for laptops but not for desktops at the moment
 

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Hi, i'm new to forum and i need some help upgrading my rig.
My current rig is
AMD A4-5300
8GB RAM
GT 730

I usually only play Dota 2 and CSGO on that rig so i'm pretty fine with it for 2 years.

My budget is $350 at max, because i saved $50 for the Steam Summer Sale
The game that i'm planning to play is Overwatch and Playerunknown's Battleground

Any help will be appreciated and thanks for any reply
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Hi, I've got an old Dell Optiplex 780 SFF PC sitting around. I was wondering if I installed a GT 1030 2GB Low Profile, Will I be able able to run modern games at 1080p at Low to maybe even High depending on the game? Some games I'm looking at playing is Rocket League, Overwatch, PUBG, BF1 & H1Z1: KOTK, Would it maybe be worth it spending extra on buying a Q6600, instead of the E8400? How would the performance differ if I did so? & Is the GT 1030 and Q6600 compatible on that motherboard? I've tried looking everywhere on the internet but I seem to be struggling, Thank you to anyone who helps.
 

A:Budget PC Build

No. Not going to happen. That Chipset is almost 9 years old. You are NOT going to be able to play those games with that E8400 Or even the Q6600. Those CPU's are way outdated, and they would have trouble even running the GT 1030 because it would be a massive bottleneck.

EDIT: You are essentially trying to run a 6 month old graphics card with the processing power of a 8 year old computer. Not a good combination...
 

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Hi im currently in the process of building a PC that will replace my old PC . this computer will be used for gaming and watching films.
Budget around 700
( I have a keyboard/mouse and a monitor )
at the moment I have come up with

Procesor:
i5 3570k 3.4GHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel-...b-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80637i53570k

Motherboard:
gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
http://www.ebuyer.com/351598-gigaby...mi-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-z77-d3h

DVD:
samsung X22 DVD
http://www.ebuyer.com/342873-samsung-sh-222bb-sata-dvd-write-optical-drive-oem-sh-222bb-bebe

Case:
Coolermaster 912 plus
http://www.ebuyer.com/239757-coolermaster-haf-912-plus-case-rc-912p-kkn1

RAM:
8GB G skill DDR3 1600MHz
http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-ripjawsx-memory-f3-12800cl9d-8gbxl

CPU Cooler:
akasa K32
http://www.ebuyer.com/290965-akasa-k32-intel-775-1155-1156-processor-cooler-ak-cc7117ep01

GPU:
saphire HD 7850 2GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/390921-sapphi...-displayport-pci-e-graphics-card-11200-14-20g

PSU
corsair TXM 650w
http://www.ebuyer.com/279547-corsair-txm-650w-modular-psu-cp-9020002-uk

HDD:
seagate 500GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st500dm002

I will appreciate any help that I can get
 

A:PC build, £700 budget

Overall a decent choice of components. I'm not a fan of Akasa products at all, this CM Hyper 212 Evo has great performance for the price.

Not sure how much budget you have left but I'd try to work an SSD into the build, when it comes to general PC usage it will be the most noticeable difference from your old PC. 128GB drives are really cheap nowadays. If you need to save some money then I'd say reuse your old hard drive as a storage drive, 40 for 500GB isn't great value anyway.

The 3570K is 14 cheaper on Amazon btw.
 

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http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/nVhm7P so recently i have wanted to make my own computer, (gaming pc), and yeah, i want to know how my build is? i want to run games like counter strike:GO on ultra settings and games like battle field 4 fine on mid settings. is this a good build? and the case-cooling system are they really compatible or not? the link is my build. ty (os is not inlcuded i will get that seperately, (its windows 7) and i dont need an optical drive) EDIT: (is my power supply watts the right lvl aswell?)
 

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I have to get a new PC(excluding GPU and PSU)

I'm thinking of these items. Please help me choose what's better:

MB: http://www.amazon.com/M5A99FX-PRO-R2-0-990FX-Motherboard/dp/B008B6ONXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370722343&sr=8-1&keywords=M5A99FX+PRO+R2.0

CPU: Amazon.com: AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3+ FD8350FRHKBOX: Computers & Accessories

RAM: Amazon.com: Kingston HyperX Beast 16 GB Kit (2x8 GB) 2400MHz DDR3 PC3-19200 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM XMP Desktop Memory KHX24C11T3K2/16X: Computers & Accessories

Cooler: Amazon.com: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator - 1 Fan: Electronics

HD: Amazon.com: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK-Retail Kit: Computers & Accessories

Please provide your inputs.

A:Building PC--500-600$ budget

Personally, I wouldn`t buy anything off Amazon.

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I'm looking for a motherboard for my current ATX case. Currently, if you look at my specs, I am using an ECS L7VMM v1.1 with an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor and 512 MB DDR SDRAM. I will upgrade the RAM soon enough but I'd like to know what would be the best solution on a $200 budget, maybe $300 if I can get a halfway decent processor on the cheap. Must have AGP 8x/4x as I currently use GeForce FX 5500 and would like it keep it that way for now. Wouldn't be for anything special other than DOS playability via WIndows 98 and VB programming via Win 2K/XP.

Just some thoughts amongst the community about which one would be the better overall product for me.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Upgrading on a budget

Well, are you hoping to recycle any parts from your current setup or are you wanting to have 2 total?

Take a look at this bit I stole from Rage_3k_Moiz in this thread.




Try this build:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $59.99
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $79.99
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $34.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $74.99
Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $39.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $54.95
Grand Total = $303.92 without considering shipping on some items (Shipping is free for most of them). A nice sturdy system that will last long and will do everything you want it to effortlessly. It gives you expansion options too, with a PCI Express slot on the motherboard and a PSU capable of supporting any card upto an 8800GT (Just in case you think of delving into the addiction that is PC gaming ).Click to expand...

I think you'll have some difficulties getting 98 to run properly on a modern system, so you may be better off running 98 in a virtual machine from within XP on that.

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