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YOUR recommendation on which CPU, Motherboard, etc to get

by devang / August 21, 2006 8:41 AM PDT

Its time for a computer upgrade and I'm planning to sell my existing computer with the case and all the components (minus the hard drives). Plus, it seems like CPUs are on the cheap right now because of the new Intel Core Duo. I'm really confused as to what to get.

Tell me whether I need:
- A new motherboard
- A new CPU
- A new graphics card
- A new case
- A new sound card
- A new fan
- Some new RAM
Which ones should I get? Is it better to get it as a package or to self-assemble?

The type of user I am:
- Power user (lots of multi-tasking... about 20 windows open at once)
- Lots of Microsoft Excel
- Occasional Video Editing, Web design and Photoshop
- NOT a gamer at all (video card not super important) but I watch lots of movies, DVDs on my computer
- Listen to a fair amount of music (decent audio card)
- Heavy DVD Burning
- Test out a lot of programs (from download.com, etc)

What I have now is:
- CPU Type: Intel Pentium 4A, 2400 MHz (4.5 x 533)
- Motherboard: ECS P4VXASD2+ (4 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 2 SDR DIMM, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio)
- Motherboard Chipset: VIA VT8753A Apollo P4X333
- System Memory: 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
- Video Adapter: ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON (32 MB)
- 3D Accelerator: ATI Rage 6
- Audio Adapter: VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

Time Horizon: 4 Years

Budget: ~$500 (but I'm flexible)

AMD is not really my preference because compatibility is really important for me.

THANKS A MILLION. I really appreciate your help!

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i suggest a new build, $467
by ramarc / August 21, 2006 11:07 AM PDT

intel d946gz motherboard, $87
intel pentium d 805, 2.8ghz dual core, $90
1gb ddr2-533 ram, $85
lg/lite-on/sony 16x dvd burner, $45
antec slk2650 case w/350w PC, $90
wd 2500ks 250gb sata 3g drive, $70


the intel mobo has built-in hd audio that is ok. an audigy se is about $30 so it fits in your budget also. for $100 more, you can get a core 2 duo e6300 so for $600 you'd have a pc that's fully up-to-date.

prices are from web shops such as zipzoomfly and newegg, except for the case which is from circuit city/best buy/compusa. (ups has delivered too many cases with dings in 'em so i just get them locally now.)

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Why not AMD?
by bagelboy2 / August 22, 2006 1:55 AM PDT

I think you need to rethink your options about AMD. There are no 'compatibility' issues anymore and there haven't been for years.

I just purchased:
Abit KN8 Mobo
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego processor
Radeon X800GTO2 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 video card
1gig DDR memory
and 2 80gig Sata HD (for a raid config)

for well under $500

Sound is onboard and is great.

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