View Full Version : Could somebody please recommend a good CPU

19-05-2008, 08:37 PM
Hi people,

I recently bought a Gigabyte GA-K8NSC-939 Motherboard from an online store. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a decent CPU to go with it. I am just building a basic, low-end system that I can watch DVDs and surf the net on.
I don't know if it's enough for a good CPU, but i have a $80-$100 budget for it. Also it would be great if I could buy it online.

Any suggestions appreciated.

EDIT - I just came across this.... http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/CPUs/AMD/auction-155298187.htm. Would that be any good?

Speedy Gonzales
19-05-2008, 08:42 PM
You'll be lucky to find a 939 pin CPU.

Theyre pretty much obsolete like 478 pin

Just as long as th CPU works, it should be good enough

19-05-2008, 08:49 PM
Found this it seems to be the only socket 939 CPU I can find Here (http://www.qmb.co.nz/p.aspx?102214)

19-05-2008, 09:07 PM
If you wanna do basic stuff and DVDs - any PC will do fine. My bro has a AMD Sempron 2500+ and its fine, 1yr or 1.5yr ago and it was $100 motherboard and $100 CPU and $100 HDD and $100 RAM 512MB and builtin video card on the motherboard. V stable.

Caution if you are buying old stuff that is new it might cost more - just remember as a benchmark you can get $100 motherboards and $100 CPU and $100 RAM should the older stuff these days cost more. With $300 you could get a maybe a better deal than trying to find a rare old part .......

20-05-2008, 09:13 AM
I largely agree with Nomad. You can easily find a new 775 mobo for around $100 and a new dual core E2180 for around $115, 1 gig of ram $30. Its not really worth piddling around with older slower gear.

However your best bet is Trademe like this $46 buy now AMD 64 3500+

939 Sorted

John H
20-05-2008, 11:11 AM
Found this it seems to be the only socket 939 CPU I can find Here (http://www.qmb.co.nz/p.aspx?102214)

That is what I have. When I bought it I was strongly recommended to buy socket 939 to future proof my PC! In view of Speedy's post, I guess I should give a hollow laugh about the value of that advice...

Mind you, it has given good service since purchase (when they first came out) so maybe I shouldn't complain about anything except my own gullibility.

20-05-2008, 11:42 AM
nah John H, sockets change fairly often. It was a surprise to me when AMD released AM2, and completely obsoleted 939 some time after, especially as AMD have been trailing Intel for a few years now. AMD effectively gave 939 customers to Intel and 775 imo.

Most "average" users will not benefit a lot form a CPU upgrade, usually more ram or a higher end GPU(if they are a gamer) will have a higher performance/cost benefit, speaking very broadly.

John H
20-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks B. I have nothing to complain about. This thing is reliable and stable, and fast as I need it to be.

The only problems I have do not relate to the CPU - I would like faster broadband of course (!), and for some reason, every few days Outlook (Office XP Pro) hangs the whole computer at start up until it gets its act into gear. As I say, nothing to do with the CPU! By the time I change it, I will have really got my monies worth out of it.