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New Motherboard Time
hardware : by Tommy - August 21st 2008, 11:29PM
BREAKING NEWS: My "slammin' setup" from 2 years ago has finally burned out the chipset fan on the motherboard. I gotta say, I've been extremely pleased with it since I bought it. Now, unexpectedly, it's time for an upgrade. Really, all I need is a new fan for the old motherboard, but a new motherboard and CPU wouldn't hurt.

Since I've been out of the hardware scene for a while, I'll open up discussion on what's hot now. Remember, I'm not a fan of "bleeding edge", I'm looking for best bang for the buck.

Update: Ok, so I didn't go the performance route, but I think I got a modest computer setup. Maintaining about the same performance before the motherboard went out. I found a deal on a dual-core AMD Athlon X2 Brisbane for $30 shipped, so I decided to bump up the CPU a tad. I went cheap on the motherboard because, frankly, I don't need a whole lot. I settled on the Asus M2N-MX. Because my old RAM wouldn't work on new boards, I got 2Gb of OCZ DDR1066. The machine is functioning again, all systems are go and I'm back online at my regularly scheduled times. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll prob be ready to upgrade this "value" setup in a year or so.
(total spent: ~$130)


+ Tommy G.
  Aug 21, 2008 23:52
I guess I could get a replacement fan for it...


+ anonymous
  Aug 21, 2008 23:57
My Creation :-D
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2 6400

Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s

Samsung 2253BW 22 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD

Asus M3N-HD HDMI AM2+/AM2 nForce 750a SLI

EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCIe x16 SLI

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane


+ Dan F.
  Aug 22, 2008 00:41
I have been doing some serious looking for a month or so now, this is what I am planning on buying:


--- Tommy G.
  Aug 22, 2008 01:01
Not a bad price for the package.

+ anonymous
  Aug 22, 2008 08:27


+ Cory D.
  Aug 22, 2008 16:36
My sub par system ::

- AMD X2 6000+ @ 3.3 GHz w/Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme & Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Fan
- ASUS Crosshair
- 2 x Plextor PX-800A/SW-BL DVD Burners
- 2 x WD Raptor 150's (Raid 0)
- Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
- PCP&C Silencer 750 Quad
- 4GB Mushkin PC2-6400
- eVGA 8800 GTX 768MB Superclocked
- LianLi PC-V2000Bplus II


--- Tommy G.
  Aug 22, 2008 19:13
ouch! The Crosshair's a bit pricey.

+ Dan F.
  Aug 24, 2008 12:26
side note: I have had some luck with
cdw outlet. I picked up a Samsung 2220wm about a year ago for around $90.00 off the lowest price I could find anywhere else. The UI of their site is really bad, but it can be worth enduring.
They claim any return merchandise has been inspected and some of the product is just clearance or backstock.


+ anonymous
  Sep 07, 2008 05:19
weak crosshair ftw


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