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Master Geek
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  Reply # 298535 13-Feb-2010 00:43
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That's probably exactly what I'm looking for. I'm not a gamer, so don't need that. Just something thats pretty up to date and can handle a few applications at once with no probs. Think it could handle bluray too? Or better video card needed?

I'm even considering keeping the same case and HDD I've got atm just mainly for costs, and upgrade those later if I need to.

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  Reply # 299019 15-Feb-2010 10:57
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Ragnor: What's your budget?

Intel
CPU: $95.00 Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6GHz LGA775

AMD
CPU: $95.00 AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.80GHz AM3
Mobo: $125.00 MSI 760GM-E51 AMD 760G Socket AM3 DDR3 HDMI/DVI mATX
RAM: $89.00 Corsair 2GB (1x2GB) DDR3-1333 CL9

Reference to:
http://www.gpforums.co.nz/thread/302905/


Those spec's need an update, Playtech and Computerlounge do not list the E5300 CPU anymore the E5400 is going at about $125.

The Intel motherboard will not handle HD content as well as the AMD solution.

I would recommend 4GB ram if using Windows 7, as both motherboards will use system ram for video thus eating into your 2GB. I would also say go x64 as well no need for x86 these days.

Bluray reader capable dvd writers seem to range from $200 and up, so make sure computer is capable of playing the content before buying. AMD solution should be able to do it.

You seem to have used the old system for a very long time. If you want to do the same again I would recommend a quad core processor. Athlon II X4 620's go from $162 and will slot in the AMD motherboard no problems.




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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 299025 15-Feb-2010 11:11
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Oh if you want to save more money you could go for a Asus M4A78L-M LE motherboard (AM3) but used DDR2 memory which I can find for $68 (Transcend TS256MLQ64V6U).




Home Server: Mobo GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD FX-8370, 32GB RAM, 40TB HDD, 2 x HP Smart Array P410, 3 x Norco SS-500, 10GbE, ESXi 6u2, NextPVR, Emby Server, Plex Server, 2 x HDHomerun.
Lounge Media Center: NVIDIA Shield TV 16GB: Kodi17.4/SPMC17a11 with Titan, Emby, NextPVR, 250GB SSD.
Kids Media Center: NVIDIA Shield TV 16GB: Kodi17.4/SPMC16.7 with Titan, Emby, NextPVR, 120GB SSD
Test Center: NVIDIA Shield TV Pro 500GB. Plex Media Server, Kodi17.4/SPMC17a11 with Titan, Emby, HDHomerun.
Main PC: Ryzen 7, 24GB RAM, Nvidia GT730 + RX 470, 512GB ADATA SSD, 3 x 1TB HDD, 2 x 24" Panasonic LCD TV, Blu-ray drive, Windows 10, Kodi17.4, Emby, Titan.


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