I'm upgrading: Please recommend a budget chip and motherboard in the AMD line...

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  1. Kevin Alexander

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    I currently have a AMD K6-2 350Mhz processor w/ an AOpen AX59 Pro motherboard, Voodoo 3 3000, and 320 megs of PC100 SDRAM. I am interested in a budget new chip and motherboard and would like to stay in the AMD line (700 Mhz or higher) without breaking the bank. I will even settle for used hardware to save even more money. What options do I have?
     
  2. Chris Mannes

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    Here's a link to the 'value system' guide at AnandTech.
    http://www.anandtech.com/guides/showdoc.html?i=1513
    He breaks it down based on what you want to do with the computer.
    But to 'rip' out his MotherBoard & CPU recommendations.
    CPU:
    AMD Duron 900 - $ 65
    AMD Athlon 1Ghz - $100
    MotherBoard:
    EPoX EP-8KHA - $120
    ASUS A7S-VM - $100
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

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    Tiger direct has a STEAL on a MB & Processor combo, if you're not super picky on brand name and you don't need ISA slots...
    I bought one of these Shuttle AI61 AMD Thunderbird combos w/ 900mhz, and it worked great (I had to get rid of it becsue the chipset was not compatible with my Echo Studio Audio card)... I sold it to a friend, and he loves it (does hardcore gaming on his rig too!)
    Shuttle AI61 Slot A Motherboard
    w/ Athlon 800 Thunderbird CPU
    $109
    Shuttle AI61 Motherboard
    with Athlon 800 Thunderbird CPU
    & Creative Labs 128-Voice PCI Sound Card
    $129
    Shuttle AI61 Motherboard
    with Athlon 850 Thunderbird CPU
    & Creative Labs 128-Voice PCI Sound Card
    $139
    Shuttle AI61 Motherboard
    with Athlon 900 Thunderbird CPU
    & Creative Labs 128-Voice PCI Sound Card
    $159
    Or if you don't like Shuttle MB, you can get a Micro Epox
    Epox KL-133M Socket A Motherboard
    w/ Duron 950MHz Processor
    $169
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  4. Kevin Alexander

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    Thanks Vince and Chris! Vince, if I go w/ the Tiger deal, will I have a problem fitting one of these into my ATX case, or can I use my existing one?
     
  5. SteveBjr

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    Should work fine in an ATX case. Unless you have a mini tower (which i hate!) you won't have a problem. Most home computers use ATX.
    I don't really care for motherboards with integrated sound cards/video cards but if you're not into hardcore gaming or audio work you should be fine.
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  7. Rob Gillespie

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    I'm you're gonna go for an Athlon, make sure your power supply and RAM are up to spec. Athlons are very picky about power supplies and if yours doesn't meet the criteria then you'll get a dog of a system. The AMD website has a list of Athlon-approved PS manufacturers. Same goes for RAM.
    I'm not sure, but I don't think the Durons are as picky.
     
  8. Andres Munoz

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    I just ordered the EPOX 8KHA motherboard ($105) and an AMD T-BIRD 1GHz CPU ($93 retail) from newegg.com.
    Best prices I could find on the web for those components.
    You can even get the OEM version of the CPU for $73 (with no heatsink or fan).
    Really great prices that those guys have.
    You'll need DDR RAM with that as well. Crucial.com sells a 256MB PC2100 DDR memory chip for $37.79 with free shipping.
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  9. SteveBjr

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    You guys should try http://www.pricewatch.com That also depends on FSB. The price listed above is for 200FSB but the 266s are only a few dollars more.
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    I agree with Chris. The new SIS 735 is very fast -and a great value for the ECS mobo at $60. This is the value mobo right now (funny, a "value" mobo that outperforms the most expensive products).
     
  12. John_Bonner

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    Like Andres I went to Newegg for the majority of my system. Great prices. Here's what I put together:
    Case: Enlight 7327 w/300W p/s $50
    Mobo: Epox 8K7A $120
    CPU: AMD 1.2GHz TBird (266FSB) $98
    H/S Fan: Thermoengine (Sidewindercomputers.com) $25
    Case fan: Sunon 80mm $8
    RAM: 256MB DDR (Crucial.com) $37
    HDD: IBM Deskstar 60GB 60XGP $152
    Video: ATI Radeon LE 32MB DDR $71
    Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (mwave.com) $70
    Printer: Epson Stylus Photo 870 (mwave.com) $119
    FDD: Mitsumi 1.44 $9
    CD-RW: from old pc
    As Chris noted, Anandtech is a great source for info. Lively forums as well.
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