spiritwalker2222 wrote:The socket A's are cheaper but not better. I don't know where you guys came up with that idea?
Illissius wrote:Well, if you're willing to go a bit above your target:
A64 3000+ - $146
ECS RS480-M - $79
2x Corsair 512MB PC3200 Value Select - $82
WD 80GB 8MB SATA - $56
Rosewill case w/ 350W PSU - $20
(wouldn't put much trust in that PSU... but you didn't say you needed one, so just ebay it
For most tasks (eg, not rendering or video editing) A64s are faster, they're more future proof (64-bit), and they run cooler as well. (You can overclock them too if you want, which I'm not sure whether I'd attempt with a Prescott.)
Otherwise, replace the appropriate components from above with:
P4 2.66GHz 533FSB - $133
ASRock 775Dual-915GL - $63
You can save another $5 by going with a 40GB/2MB PATA drive, but that'd be dumb, I think.
Philldoe wrote:LicketySplit wrote:This is a good one ..
I second that.
lex-ington wrote:Tell you what - go onto Neweggs website and do some searches for mobos with onboard video for the socket type of choice. Write down a list then go to your retailer and see what he has from your list. At least you will have a good idea of what options are available (maybe not in your specific region - but overall).
ucisilentbob wrote:I just bought THE ultimate $350 system. A Gateway 517.
P4 Prescott 3.0
512 MB Ram DDR2
200GB SATA HD
Open PCIe Slot.
Office Depot... Laptops and Desktops are half off on clearance.