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euon
12-11-2009, 01:24 PM
Hey!

I've been using a Dell Dimension 3100 for the last couple years and needless to say it's time for an upgrade!

I've got monitor/speakers/keyboard/mouse so all I'm looking to do is replace the Pc itself. I've got a budget of around $800 which includes the cost of the OS
The computer is mostly used for internet, some photo editing and music.
I want to leave myself room to expand as well.

I've been looking on Ascent and have come up with this build so far

-X-Case ZAX ATX Mid Tower Case, 400W PSU, Black

-ECS GF8200A Motherboard, Socket AM2+, 2600MHz FSB, 4xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 12xUSB2, Audio, Video, 2xATA, 6xSATA, RAID, ATX

-AMD Athlon 64 X2 7550 2.50 GHz, Socket AM2+, OEM, with Cooler Master Fan

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS Hard Disk Drive, 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB Cache, SATA-2

-Samsung SH-S223B DVD Writer, DVD 16R/22W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/4RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM

-A-Data AD31066002GOS2, 1x2GB, DDR3-1066, PC3-10600, DIMM

Total so far is $554
And I was probably gona go with Windows 7 Home Premium which is $217

I'm pretty sure this is all compatible.
Any advice?

wratterus
12-11-2009, 01:31 PM
Welcome to PressF1!

Don't touch ECS. Ever. Run the other way when you hear the name. Get an Asus or Gigabyte motherboard.

Now you have a DDR2 motherboard listed, and DDR3 RAM.

You would be better off getting an AM3 processor like the X2 240 and an AM3 motherboard - like the following...you can save a bit of dosh by sticking with DDR2 RAM, for the kind of build you're doing you won't notice a difference with DDR3.

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=380187

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=380583

http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=377071

SolMiester
12-11-2009, 01:37 PM
HI, advice?, ummmm, well, there are several reason not to buy ECS motherboards, although I have not heard of any recent horror storys of failure rates, I wouldnt recommend such a board. Actually, i wouldnt recommend much you have listed, sorry, but I dont think AMD even at $120 will be much better than your P4 (2.8Ghz)....I would save the cost of the DVD and use your old one and better a faster cpu as the 2.5 X2 is low end....seriously...as for RAM, never get 1 stick, half the capacity and get 2 if you cant afford to double, but RAM is dual channel....1 stick will is only single channel...

euon
12-11-2009, 01:39 PM
Welcome to PressF1!

Don't touch ECS. Ever. Run the other way when you hear the name. Get an Asus or Gigabyte motherboard. The rest of the components you have there are fine. :thumbs:

Haha thanks for the advice, I actually just read a post that warned against ECS

In that case how about: Asus M2N68-AM Plus Motherboard, Socket AM2+, 2000MHz FSB, 2xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 2xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 10xUSB2, Audio, Video, 1xATA, 4xSATA, RAID, ATX

euon
12-11-2009, 01:44 PM
HI, advice?, ummmm, well, there are several reason not to buy ECS motherboards, although I have not heard of any recent horror storys of failure rates, I wouldnt recommend such a board. Actually, i wouldnt recommend much you have listed, sorry, but I dont think AMD even at $120 will be much better than your P4 (2.8Ghz)....I would save the cost of the DVD and use your old one and better a faster cpu as the 2.5 X2 is low end....seriously...as for RAM, never get 1 stick, half the capacity and get 2 if you cant afford to double, but RAM is dual channel....1 stick will is only single channel...

Thanks alot!
This is my first attempt at seriously trying to put something together so i'll rethink my set-up with all this in mind :)

wratterus
12-11-2009, 01:51 PM
Haha thanks for the advice, I actually just read a post that warned against ECS

In that case how about: Asus M2N68-AM Plus Motherboard, Socket AM2+, 2000MHz FSB, 2xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 2xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 10xUSB2, Audio, Video, 1xATA, 4xSATA, RAID, ATX

Sorry, re-read my post earlier, i did some pretty serious editing. :D

whellington
12-11-2009, 01:52 PM
Heres what i came up with
Attached file: cl.jpg (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cl.jpg) (89 KB)

A little over your budget but you can get a quote from CL and save an additional ~$50

convair
12-11-2009, 02:04 PM
Your picture doesn''t show up when I click the link

pctek
12-11-2009, 02:16 PM
-X-Case ZAX ATX Mid Tower Case, 400W PSU, Black

-ECS GF8200A Motherboard, Socket AM2+, 2600MHz FSB, 4xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 12xUSB2, Audio, Video, 2xATA, 6xSATA, RAID, ATX
?

The case is one thing but avoid the PSU in it. IN fact avoid any bundled=with-case PSU.

And avoid **** motherboards of which ECS is tops.

ASUS or Gigabyte for the MB.
Corsair, Antec or Enermax for the PSU.