I’ve concluded -not an expert-y conclusion though, mind you- that my few-years old ASUS motherboard is dead. Been a good run, though. I’ve thought over just getting a new motherboard, versus upgrading, and I’ve chosen the latter.
Since my payment options practically lead me to PC Express for parts, here’s the tight, something around 10K budget that I’ve come up with:
Sempron 3200+ Box w/ fan (AM2)
MSI K9NGM-L Gforce 6100 V-pcie/S/L
Kingston 512Mb PC667 ddr2
A generic 500w PSU’d casing
*Settled for AMD’s new socket (AM2), since some online readings have been positive about it.
*Decided on a Sempron, because I don’t have much monetary power now.
*The MSI board took days of research to settle on, and the one major gripe is: only two PCI sockets, though a win factor: 2 IDE sockets, since I’m not SATA-HDD capable YET. I’m making calculated guesses that it’s Vista-ready, too.
*Branded RAM?! Yes, because the MSI site says so.
*I would’ve liked to keep my current casing, but it seems more expensive to get a 500w power supply separately.
To the handful of readers of this humble blog, what do you think?
I’ll try to get the rig this Saturday. No, this is not a Christmas gift to myself. This just makes more sense than replacing the motherboard, and I do want to make full use of my wireless broadband, which I am paying for.
The actual upgrade consists of:
Intel Pentium D 820 (2.8G) 800Mhz – Budget Dual Core, HA!
MSI P4M890M-L Motherboard – Real small, and real red. Core 2 Duo ready.
Kingston 512 PC533 DDR2 RAM – MSI mobos are said to be picky with cheap RAM
Shinobi PC Casing – Huge, but well ventilated and not as noisy as my old rig.
All this for PHP13,150 at PC Gilmore. And the obvious questions is: Why go Intel? The answer is: I thought about going dual core, since my brother suggested it -he pays for the entire rig, and I pay half of it later, via blog revenue- and even if I know Athlon blows Intel dual core chips, I couldn’t afford it.
Next purchase? Help me on this: more RAM, or a videocard? Max budget is PHP3k, or unless you convince to think otherwise.