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Old 03-15-12, 10:56 PM   #1
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So my parents older computer just died, mobo sounds dead it used an old 939 socket mobo. Not sure what to do at this point, I searched around and no one has these type of mobo's anymore. They don't have the money to buy anything decent, anyone know where I could get a cheap decent cpu/mobo?

I checked out Newegg but I can't seem to find anything decent. They only use the computer for email + internet + word/Excel so I don't really want to spend over $200, any ideas?

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Old 03-15-12, 11:03 PM   #2
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What would you say is the best deal of these, under say $250...

http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDea...s-Motherboards

Anyone have an older mobo + cpu +memory they can sell me?
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Old 03-16-12, 02:23 AM   #3
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AMD A4-3300 Llano @ 2.5Ghz w/Radeon HD6410 GPU

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GIGABYTE GA-A55M-S2V FM1 AMD A55

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G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
$180.15 (including tax and shipping, shipping may be more or less depending on where you live).

My best friend *just* bought the A4 3400, that same RAM, and an ASUS mobo for his Dad. I put it together for him just a few days ago. Not gonna' lie, if you want to play video games (with maxed graphics in all games), or do a lot of photoshop or video editing... probably not the system for your folks. Then again, Intel has nothing in the same price range that could compete in those areas either thanks to AMD's Radeon GPU.

However, as you said your folks will just be checking e-mail, typing in Word, some spread sheets in excel... that system would last them years to come, and would likely be noticably faster than their old 939 system. I am very impressed by the A4 3400 my buddy bought for his dad- thing is freaking amazing for how little it cost.

Anyhow, for the best bang for your buck while spending as little as possible- can't go wrong with AMD's APUs.
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Old 03-16-12, 05:45 AM   #4
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Hey thanks Redeemed, that's exactly what I'm looking for... I like it!

You spec'd the 3300 but mentioned the 3400, which is only $5 cheaper was wondering why? Looks like the GPU clock speed is significantly better:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4742/a...43300-launched

Any other suggestions appreciated....

Anyone see any decent deals on discount deal sites?
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Old 03-16-12, 12:42 PM   #5
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Hey thanks Redeemed, that's exactly what I'm looking for... I like it!

You spec'd the 3300 but mentioned the 3400, which is only $5 cheaper was wondering why? Looks like the GPU clock speed is significantly better:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4742/a...43300-launched

Any other suggestions appreciated....

Anyone see any decent deals on discount deal sites?
I was just going as cheap as I could go, only reason I listed the 3300 over the 3400. I doubt the difference in GPU speed would be noticable to your parents given what you said they'd use the computer for. However, it is only $5 more and I do have first-hand experience with that 3400 so I can vouch it's a great buy for that price.

I don't know what kind of games you play, but if you're familiar with League of Legends, my buddy played that @ 1920 x 1080, all in-game options maxed, and it hovered between 45 and 60 fps with just that 3400. No add-in graphics card. I was rather impressed. I know League of Legends isn't the most graphically demanding game but still, just didn't expect that much from such a little gpu. As to the CPU it's no i7 3960X, but it'll be a nice jump over their previous 939 based system.

That same friend who I just built that A4-3400 based rig for his dad- he's currently gaming on a rig using my old Opteron 185 (fastest s939 Opteron, comparable to the FX-60 minus the unlocked multiplier, identical to it in every other way) and there is a huge difference between that old Opteron and the dual cores in that APU. The APU is noticeably snappier and more responsive all around, be it in a game, loading a game or program, or just clicking around the desktop browsing the web, watching movies and such.

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I have an old p4 mobo and cpu that i can send you for free as is
Or, you could go free and rock that old P4 and mobo DB has. I have some old s939 CPUs and mobos laying around as well only thing is, I couldn't guarantee any of them. I'm sure the old CPUs are fine (I have several of the dual core opterons- a 165 and then the 175, if I recall correctly) but the motherboards, I'm not sure if any of them work. I'd feel bad sending you something to either not have it work on arrival, or work fine for 6 months then crap out on you. Always run that risk with older parts.
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