Chrispy_ wrote:Yeah, even with a free processor it's not a good idea to pay over the odds for an obsolete board and DDR3 today.
Flip the E3 on ebay get him a cheap Gigabyte B250 board and a Pentium 4650 that you can load up with DDR4.
frumper15 wrote:So this project took another turn as we need an extra desktop at the office for some help coming in next month. I went and spent what I felt was a small amount of cash at Newegg to put together a snappy little machine using the xeon as its brain.
1 x ($59.99) MSI B85M-E45 LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x ($54.99) Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) High Density Desktop Memory Model CT2K51264BD160BJ
1 x ($53.99) SanDisk SSD PLUS 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDA-120G-G26
1 x ($34.99) CORSAIR VS Series VS400 (CP-9020117-NA) 400W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1 x ($19.99) Hyper 212 LED with PWM Fan, Four Direct Contact Heatpipes, Unique Fan Blade Design, Red LEDs, Optimized Bracket Design by Cooler Master
There's a $20 rebate on the PSU, so after rebate, tax, shipping, I'm looking at $225 or so. I've got a case that will hold the guts and I think a mouse, KB, and monitor so it didn't feel like I was throwing good money after bad and it should be a machine that will last at least 3 years for light office work.
I understand not wanting to spend much on MB and RAM.
But could have spent more on PSU and SSD-they could be carried forward for future builds,and being for the office should be tax deductable........................
When you take away profit,packaging and transport from that PSU your lucky if there's $5 worth of components(cheap ones) inside.(borderline rubbish)
PSU IS MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY BUILD...NEVER SKIMP ON PSU.............
That SSD,best I can tell is-TLC and ramless-In the race to the bottom,it don't get lower than that-a few dollars more would get you MLC,and for not a lot
more a jump to 240/256 would see a huge improvement.