Originally Posted by ~Darkseeker~
go with the fastest CPU you can afford. this is what i intend to do.
All right... but I am trying to balance opportunity cost, as I only have $160 left and I only have the motherboard... this is how I intend to pull it off:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz -
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO - $75
2GB (1GBX2) Find on eBay - Brand Name - $40
PSU: DiabloTek 400 Watt until I have more $$ - $55 (Part of Bundle)
Free SATA Drive from my dad!
Case: Ultra X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower Case - $55 (Part of Bundle)
two free DVD drives!
Case Cooling: Masscool 120mm Ball bearing Case Fan - $6
TOTAL: $161 left!!(including rebates!)
EXTRAS (that I need):
Keyboard and Mouse:
FREE standard keyboard & mouse
FREE 15" CRT monitor
COMPLETE TOTAL: $161 (including rebates!)
Originally Posted by foothead
Tigerdirect has a phenom 9750 for $60.
Out of stock atm. Worth waiting for though.
EDIT: dont buy a single stick of RAM. Get two 1GB sticks for dual channel. Much better performance.
That EDIT just helped me a ton! I am really going to try to get 2 1GB sticks, and they're even cheaper on eBay! This will save me money & boost my performance!! Thanks! And I looked up the phenom 9750 on TigerDirect... $130 AM2+???? What do you think of this: http://cgi.ebay.com/HYNIX-HMT112U6BF...item3a5794f25a
Originally Posted by nbrikha
Problem with unlocking cores is you're never guaranteed stability after you unlock it.
Go with the 240, if the eight dollars means anything. You won't notice any real boost with 100mhz, plus Asus has an overclock profile that'll let you gain that very easily.
If you want a little more oomph, you could go as far as putting in a phenom 550 in there. It's all dependent on what you want to do with your rig. What exactly are you planning to do
All right... I'll go with the 240, I guess. I will plan to upgrade later, though. I looked up the 550... a little out of my range. I did notice that the cache tripled. is the cache important?
What do you think of this RAM??
HYNIX HMT112U6BFR8C-H9 2GB (2X1GB) http://iphone.ebay.com/Pages/ViewIte...RY&emvcc=0DDR3