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jkmetal
10-15-09, 12:23 AM
My lovely wonderful awesome computer dropped a load tonight. I'm typing this from a computer lab at school. Anyway, mobo is dead, and i doubt the processor and ram surrived.
So its time for the always awesome forced upgrade. Luckly, its an great time to be in the market for computer hardware.

amd x4 620 $99
Asus Micro ATX mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595)
4 gig of ram $60.

Can I do better for $257 (total with tax and shipping)?

CaptNKILL
10-15-09, 01:46 AM
That's a pretty solid setup for the money. You could probably go with a Phenom II X2 or X3 for a bit more performance in games. The Athlon II X4 is dirt cheap for a quad but its not the best for gaming.

This combo is actually a really nice buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273371

Same mobo, except with a Phenom II X3 2.8Ghz black edition. Since its a black edition you can very easily overclock it for even more performance without having to worry about memory or FSB.

That said, I doubt your CPU and ram are dead. If you can find some way to test them out I bet they're fine and you could probably sell them. If you don't have any way to test them I'll take them off your hands for you. :p

mullet
10-15-09, 08:01 AM
looks solid to me.

Maverick123w
10-15-09, 11:48 AM
phenom 2 x2 550 and unlock it.

Redeemed
10-15-09, 11:53 AM
phenom 2 x2 550 and unlock it.

+1 if you can afford the chip.

Build a rig for my older sister using this CPU... and it's insanely fast for the price. I'm used to rockin' quad core and when I built the rig I expected it to feel slower than my quad core setup... but it wasn't. Seemed every bit as snappy and responsive. Pair that with a decent gaming card (5750, maybe) and rock on. :)

Redeemed
10-15-09, 11:56 AM
$102 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680&Tpk=PhenomII%20X2%20550)... just a pocket full of change more, and it'll be faster. Get some better cooling a bit later and see if those other two cores are unlockable. If they are, you get a 3.1Ghz quad core for $102. ;) :) If not, you have an insanely fast dual-core CPU. And it should over clock rather well also. Win-win. You'll be satisfied either way. :)

Roliath
10-17-09, 04:28 PM
Agreed on the X2 550, I run one as well.
Gives you some headroom for overclocking and you have the potential of unlocking all cores.

dante
11-05-09, 03:27 PM
That's a pretty solid setup for the money. You could probably go with a Phenom II X2 or X3 for a bit more performance in games. The Athlon II X4 is dirt cheap for a quad but its not the best for gaming.

This combo is actually a really nice buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273371

Same mobo, except with a Phenom II X3 2.8Ghz black edition. Since its a black edition you can very easily overclock it for even more performance without having to worry about memory or FSB.

That said, I doubt your CPU and ram are dead. If you can find some way to test them out I bet they're fine and you could probably sell them. If you don't have any way to test them I'll take them off your hands for you. :p

Will the micro mobo fit ok in a standard atx case? And is the mobo cramped at all or has less slots? I'm thinking of updating my e6600 dual core and wondering what the best way to go is as well. Mostly for gaming. Thanks