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Redeemed
07-25-08, 11:50 PM
Okay, I'm gonna' upgrade my little sister's rig. She's currently running an AXP 2800+ on an ASUS A7V8X mobo with 2GB DDR500 RAM, and a 5950U. Needless to say it doesn't cope with Vista that well, especially since the only drivers nVidia has released for the 5950U for Vista only offer limited functionality (they basically cripple the card of any and all 3D capabilities :( ). I've tried modded drivers and cannot find any that work right. So I'm giving her my E6600 I just have lying around here and a 512MB 7900GT that's just collecting dust as well.

Could you guys recommend an inexpensive mobo that'll offer great performance and reliability? This *is not* going to be a gaming rig. I'm more concerned about stability and functionality over over-clocking and what not. Now, from my understanding Intel's chipsets are the best currently. I have a board using the 975X chipset... but that's reserved for another build of mine (and she doesn't need anything that fancy). What are some good boards that'll meet the needs I've mentioned? And please, I prefer only purchasing from Newegg.

TIA. :D

mullet
07-26-08, 01:07 AM
$89.99 ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131273)
$62.00 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz AM2 65W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103212)
$44.99 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098)
$89.99 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218)
$159.99 LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GGC-H20L (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133)
$74.99 SILVERSTONE SUGO SG02B-F Black ABS / SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163112)
$46.99 SILVERSTONE ST400 400W ATX 12V 2.2 Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256032)

total: $568.94

Sell the E6600 and pick an OS. This will let her do what she wants and watch Blu-Ray or HD-DVD's on a TV or LCD monitor.

Redeemed
07-26-08, 01:18 AM
$89.99 ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131273)
$62.00 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz AM2 65W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103212)
$44.99 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098)
$89.99 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218)
$159.99 LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GGC-H20L (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133)
$74.99 SILVERSTONE SUGO SG02B-F Black ABS / SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163112)
$46.99 SILVERSTONE ST400 400W ATX 12V 2.2 Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256032)

total: $568.94

Sell the E6600 and pick an OS. This will let her do what she wants and watch Blu-Ray or HD-DVD's on a TV or LCD monitor.

:wtf:

Thanks for that... but at best the E6600 would sell for only a quarter of that. Where's the rest of the money supposed to come from? :lol:

I've already got a case, PSU, HDD, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, Video Card, CPU, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse... all I need- literally- is a mobo and some RAM. Combined that should cost at the most half of what you just listed.

Lfctony
07-26-08, 01:26 AM
I have the Asus P5K, very pleased with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131278

The P5KPL is also very good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131288&Tpk=p5kpl

Get her 2x2GB, don't think she'll ever need more...

I'm using these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
Also used on the same board...

mullet
07-26-08, 01:27 AM
LOL, I know dude sorry. I would sell all of her stuff and the E6600 and get her this. I think if you really love your sister you will make this happen and I will get her the WALL-E blu-ray movie when it comes out. :D

Redeemed
07-26-08, 01:30 AM
Hows the combo look here? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267&SubCategory=147&SortField=0&PageSize=10&page=1) Scroll down a bit and it'd be the last mobo combo. Is that RAM pretty solid? I'm not necessarily a big fan of Biostar mobos... but the last system I built with one of their mobos lasted a good 3+ years with constant use.

Or what about this mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131187) with this G.SKill (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122) RAM?

For the first combo it'd probably be less than $200 with shipping and tax included... the second option would probably just barely exceed $200 including shipping and tax. Which of those would you guys choose? Or are there any more preferred combos I should consider? Cost is a huge factor here.

Thx. :D

Redeemed
07-26-08, 01:35 AM
I have the Asus P5K, very pleased with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131278

The P5KPL is also very good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131288&Tpk=p5kpl

Get her 2x2GB, don't think she'll ever need more...

I'm using these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
Also used on the same board...

Thanks! Cheap, while reliable... I'm liking! Though, out of pure preference, I'd probably swap the RAM you recommended out for the G. Skill.

Thanks though! :D

LOL, I know dude sorry. I would sell all of her stuff and the E6600 and get her this. I think if you really love your sister you will make this happen and I will get her the WALL-E blu-ray movie when it comes out. :D

Now you're scaring me... did you just indirectly make a move on my lil' sister...? :wtf: :box:

J/K! :D What you're suggesting would be a lot more hassle. I'd like her to have the option to do some gaming on this rig if mother ever allows her to. She like Oblivion, the Half Life series, KOTOR, Crysis, FarCry, and most any RTS. I doubt any integrated solution could stand up to the 512MB 7900GT I'd giver her. ;) Thanks though! :D

mullet
07-26-08, 01:37 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131237
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
Total:* $209.98

Lfctony
07-26-08, 01:38 AM
Looks like a good board...

mullet
07-26-08, 01:39 AM
Thanks! Cheap, while reliable... I'm liking! Though, out of pure preference, I'd probably swap the RAM you recommended out for the G. Skill.

Thanks though! :D



Now you're scaring me... did you just indirectly make a move on my lil' sister...? :wtf: :box:

J/K! :D What you're suggesting would be a lot more hassle. I'd like her to have the option to do some gaming on this rig if mother ever allows her to. She like Oblivion, the Half Life series, KOTOR, Crysis, FarCry, and most any RTS. I doubt any integrated solution could stand up to the 512MB 7900GT I'd giver her. ;) Thanks though! :D

UMM NO, I could be her dad.

Redeemed
07-26-08, 01:39 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131237
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122Grand
Total:* $209.98

That's more like it. Thanks! :D

Redeemed
07-26-08, 01:40 AM
UMM NO, I could be her dad.

The only flaw with that is our parents are still married and living together... and my Dad doesn't know jack-shizzle about computers. ;) :p

mullet
07-26-08, 01:41 AM
The only flaw with that is our parents are still married and living together... and my Dad doesn't know jack-shizzle about computers. ;) :p

How old is your mom? Ok all joking aside dude that is a good mobo and a good OCer as well and has onboard vid which you can disable later.

LT.Schaffer
07-26-08, 02:04 AM
I have the Asus P5K, very pleased with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131278

The P5KPL is also very good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131288&Tpk=p5kpl

Get her 2x2GB, don't think she'll ever need more...

I'm using these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
Also used on the same board...

+1:D That's Awesome Ram it's what i'm using in my rig:)

LT.Schaffer
07-26-08, 02:10 AM
MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131030
Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

$136.96 after rebate

these two work together perfect

My dad uses this MOBO&Ram combo and so does the rig for my mom i built.:)