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cpl_dan
08-03-2010, 12:32 PM
im thinking of rebuilding my computer and was looking at frys and other websites for good boards and processors.

heres my mission spending 400.00 or less what is the best deal i can get for a good motherboard and processor together

applications mostly for use in searching the web and on occasion play some games not much of a gamer just like to have a fast computer.



any ideas would be appreciated:conehead:.....

nmerced
08-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Newegg.com has deals going on everyday.

As far as MB/Processor goes, I prefer ASUS MB with an Intel i7 processor.

cpl_dan
08-03-2010, 1:03 PM
are there any specific brands some better than others or they all generally similar?

JDay
08-03-2010, 1:43 PM
Newegg.com has deals going on everyday.

As far as MB/Processor goes, I prefer ASUS MB with an Intel i7 processor.

Not going to happen with his budget.

cpl_dan: What kind of ram and video card do you have currently? Knowing that will help since if your ram is not compatible you will have to replace that and if your video card is not PCI-E you will need to replace that also.

ETA: If you don't mind spending around $500 on the motherboard + CPU bundle and shelling out the extra money for triple channel DDR3, AND you already have a PCI-E video card I would go with this i7 bundle.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466117

are there any specific brands some better than others or they all generally similar?

ASUS motherboards are some of the best on the market. The one in the bundle I linked to is very nice, it has USB 3.0 and SATA III, these are the latest offerings of those technologies on the market.

cpl_dan
08-03-2010, 2:01 PM
well i thinking to replace the ram and video card anyway but i would like to find the best motherboard and processor at the best price thanks for the input.. how about windows program do any come with a bundle as well?

JDay
08-03-2010, 2:21 PM
well i thinking to replace the ram and video card anyway but i would like to find the best motherboard and processor at the best price thanks for the input.. how about windows program do any come with a bundle as well?

If you buy at least the motherboard and CPU from Newegg you can get an OEM copy of Windows 7 Ultimate for $175. The is the same as the retail but discounted for system builders. That's about a $100 discount.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116762

Mr10
08-03-2010, 8:51 PM
i7-930 for 199.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303

pickup only tho.

+
this MB SLI LE Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188049&cm_re=sli_x58-_-13-188-049-_-Product
179.99 AR.

Hope this helps!

avidone
08-03-2010, 9:30 PM
This pair ain't to shabby for your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.457463

and hey, it comes with a bunny!

thevic
08-03-2010, 9:36 PM
my cpu is a neuro-net processor, a learning computer...


:)

cpl_dan
08-03-2010, 10:16 PM
looks good to me :)

CSDGuy
08-03-2010, 11:00 PM
For about $200 I got an Athalon II and a Gigabyte motherboard. I was able to use my existing RAM and other components. For another $60-ish, I got a new video card and my machine has a windows experience rating of 5.0, where the old card/cpu/mobo had a rating of 3.3...

JDay
08-03-2010, 11:02 PM
This pair ain't to shabby for your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.457463

and hey, it comes with a bunny!

The socket 1156 i7 CPUs aren't true i7's. Socket 1366 is much faster.

Spearo
08-04-2010, 7:16 AM
AMD > Intel
ATI > nVidia

AMD CPUs are cheaper, run cooler, and faster for the given rating. Also handle overclocking very well, with minimal modifications done to cooling.
Been hearing people have been frying their nVidia graphics cards on Star Craft 2. Apparently Star Craft has no FPS limit, thus the cards have been working too hard and frying. So far no ATI users have complained about any problems.

If you want overpriced technology, go Intel.

Don't forget http://www.tigerdirect.com/

cpl_dan
08-04-2010, 10:10 AM
so AMD is a good contender , which chip and board are the best and at a great price ? i was thinking of building with an Amd chip and asus motherboard.

Lancear15
08-04-2010, 10:15 AM
go to frys pick up this months PC gamer magazine, go to the very back of the mag, and see what they recommend for a budget rig that month...

gottarollwithit
08-04-2010, 12:34 PM
I'm looking to do the exact same thing as you. I take it your goals are.... a big bump in everyday usage speed, while keeping the price under control? Not too much heavy duty gaming, right?

For under $400 i'm going to use:

Mobo/CPU/CPU fan combo -
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6498119&CatId=4297
It's basically an Asus board with an Athlon 2 quad core 635

Some Corsair ram
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5082127&CatId=4527

A Cooler Master power supply - Ya can find better quality stuff, but we're on a tight budget
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3441837&CatId=1078

A Western Digital HD 1Tb
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5659779&CatId=2459


Oh, and ya can hunt around for a copy of Win 7.... I bet you can find some school that's cheap to enroll in that'll give ya a copy of Win 7, or at least give you a giant price break.

Satex
08-04-2010, 12:40 PM
Newegg.com has deals going on everyday.


Newegg is an excellent source for a wide range of motherboards. The review statistics will also give you a crude measure of how good they are.

are there any specific brands some better than others or they all generally similar?

All known brand names (ASUS, ECS, etc...) are the same consumer grade quality. I wouldn't frown on any manufacturer that had a motherboard with the feature set I want. For the part 15 years, I have stuck with AMD based systems. The cost a bit less and perform as well as Intel based systems.

cpl_dan
08-04-2010, 1:31 PM
thats right on the money.... good info

cpl_dan
08-04-2010, 1:37 PM
was thinking of getting this for 235.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.456515 then http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859 for 135.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260 keep the chip and change the mother board for a better one keep cost down to 450.00 total.. not so much on heavy gaming like you said but i want a increase of speed

JDay
08-05-2010, 7:35 PM
AMD > Intel
ATI > nVidia

AMD CPUs are cheaper, run cooler, and faster for the given rating. Also handle overclocking very well, with minimal modifications done to cooling.
Been hearing people have been frying their nVidia graphics cards on Star Craft 2. Apparently Star Craft has no FPS limit, thus the cards have been working too hard and frying. So far no ATI users have complained about any problems.

If you want overpriced technology, go Intel.

Don't forget http://www.tigerdirect.com/

AMD CPUs do not shut off unused cores, use triple channel memory, or many of the other things that Intel CPUs do. Not to mention Intel CPUs run much faster in everything not game related (encoding, databases, video/picture editing, 3D rendering, compiling source code), you know, real work.

JDay
08-05-2010, 7:37 PM
All known brand names (ASUS, ECS, etc...) are the same consumer grade quality. I wouldn't frown on any manufacturer that had a motherboard with the feature set I want. For the part 15 years, I have stuck with AMD based systems. The cost a bit less and perform as well as Intel based systems.

ECS boards tend to be stable but they are just your basic motherboard.

JDay
08-05-2010, 7:56 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859 for 135.99

I wouldn't go with anything less than the 5770, the 5750 is kind of slow. A 5850 or better is preferable, especially if you are into gaming. I would recommend going with a GeForce GTX 460 for around $199 since these cards are currently the best bang for the buck. It beats the Radeon HD 5870 in benchmarks.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/nvidias-geforce-gtx-460-the-200-king

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

gabe123
08-06-2010, 2:24 PM
Frys got good combo. You can save a bunch with their CPU+ motherboard combo. With your budget, and requirements, I don't think Intel/ AMD make much of a difference. In any case, go for 4 cores instead of 2 ( AMD Athlon/ Phenon X4 would better fit your budget, Intel i5 750, and i7 are better, but usually overkill ) I have good experience with Gigabyte and ASUS motherboard. I'd would pick motherboard that has chipset (north/ south bridge) made by the same company that make CPU ( Intel and AMD), and avoid EVGA , or other company to keep it simple.

Make sure you spare about $100 for RAM too.

JDay
08-06-2010, 2:57 PM
There is nothing wrong with EVGA, they make good stuff.

Noobert
08-06-2010, 4:19 PM
I stand by EVGA. They are good, like DD in AR terms

Paragun
08-10-2010, 11:47 AM
I would ask more questions like how many HDD's you use, how many CD/DVD player or burners do you have or need. IDE more important or SATA?

Oh yea, and is your current power supply enough for a new board?

ejhc11
08-10-2010, 10:28 PM
Searched and saw this for you - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.472789&nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA

I personally gave up on building my own PC, not enough time and cost almost as a Dell Vostro desktops nowadays. Check this site for electronic bargains. http://www.techbargains.com/?r=1