Opinions of my possible new hardware

I have a low budget to work with, and this is about maxing it out…What do you think?

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813152039

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104241

Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102335

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820141164

Please give me your opinions/suggestions, I have just under $300 to work with!

Peace and Luv,

DJ Mind

No offence but i’d save your $ and get better stuff if you can. What are you using now?

Well depending on what you’d be doing with this PC, that vid card and RAM would be at least sufficient for most tasks. But I’d have to agree with rolling56, at least about that CPU and mobo. A low end CPU with 128k cache is gonna be kinda :Z , and a low end mobo isn’t always a good idea either. You’ll probably wish later you had spent a little more on a better mobo, with more features, PCI slots, faster, more RAM slots, etc etc. I think for another $100-200 you could make a PC which would be alot better and faster, though still of course not top end. At least get a better CPU if anything, whatever that board will support, didn’t look closely at the specs really.
Good luck with whatever you get :slight_smile:

You’d have better performance from an older XP CPU. The mobile XP CPU’s are easily O/C’d and have more cache too, but you need a decent board for that, and better RAM. A stick of 512 Corsair XMS 512 is only another $25, and will O/C like crazy on a good controller.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186010 - 65$
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104241 - 88$
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102510 - 86$
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145026 - 49.55$

Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it!

This will be a general purpose PC, mainly gaming, burning, and photoshop. The main reason for the upgrade is gaming.

@ rolling56 - See sig.

@ DiiZzY - Looks pretty good, but the video card is only 128mb, the one I found was 256, is the one you found better somehow, or was that just to keep the price under $300?

UPDATE: I can afford to spend $350 if it would make much of a difference.

What i’ve heard is that, a video card with 128mb, 256-bit is better than a 256mb, 128-bit, the more memory doesn’t seem to make it a faster card.

Right on. :iagree:

Get a Geforce 6600GT/X800GT instead, it’ll make a huge difference.

as he alredy said low 300$ budget

i agree

they just introduced an X800GT…so GT applies to both ATI and NV cards…

DJ, i think you should wait a little and save up a larger budget…

personally i wouldn’t go from one Sempron to another…and i wouldn’t go for Socket 754…and i wouldn’t go with an SiS chipset…

i’d wait a bit, save up a little more…go with Socket 939 (you’ll get more longevity from it)…

Completely true, but that vid card dizzy links to is still only a 128bit card, so the first one djmind had was still better with 256mb ram. But ya try to get a 256bit card, even if it only has 128mb it will still be better.

Also now that I hear you say primary use will be gaming, I’d deffinitely get a better processor. Something with 512k or 1MB cache will perform so much better, and of course higher clock speed the better. I wouldn’t go ultra cheap on the processor and mobo dude, not for a gaming machine, you’ll regret it. Maybe you should just get the mobo/ram/cpu for now, then upgrade your vid card so you can game later. Then you can get some better stuff. With how fast technology moves, getting the lowest end stuff your asking for trouble. Before you even hook up your new system, your almost obsolete. 512MB ram is sufficient, later though I’d wish for another 512 stick to make it 1GB. Good luck :slight_smile:

Sorry but your sig is not specific on brand of ram or mb :wink: Was just curious as to if you bought alot of cheap products in the past.

It’s ok for what it is, shop around a little more though because newegg sucks

@ RoscoeMcGurk
Actually a Sempron is decent for gaming…

And what’s up with this “I wouldn’t go ultra cheap on the processor and mobo dude, not for a gaming machine, you’ll regret it.”?
Why waste more money than what’s needed? SiS755 is a very solid A64 chipset :slight_smile:

I thought you just meant basic specs like processor speed, amount of RAM, etc…But yes, I usually order lower to mid grade stuff since I don’t have a very big budget.

I have ordered from them for years with no problems, and will continue to.

I might just do that and wait on the video card.

Exactly, I don’t have any money to waste.

Thanks for the feedback guys, keep it comin’ :iagree:

drpino is right - Definetly go with socket s939 which should be around for quite some time. pci-express is also a good bet since agp is being phased out, but there is nothing wrong with agp - still alot of great cards out there and you could use your current card until you save for a better one.

S939 is way over-rated here, you’ll most likely end up getting a new mainboard anyways when getting a new CPU and the Foxconn for instance is a great value board.

I think I may have found a solution for the 939 vs. 754, what do you guys think of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813153035

I would personally stay away from “upgradeable” mainboards, they’re simply not worth the extra cost in the long run.