What do I buy?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by napalmnthemorning, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. napalmnthemorning

    napalmnthemorning Moderator

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    I traded an old video card (Voodoo 5 5500) for a P4 1.5 Ghz processor 256/400 1.75V Heatsink and fan (Intel A38001-02 Sanyo) + 512MB pc3200 Patriot memory and an ATI Radeon 9200 128 video card. Now I need the rest of the stuff. What TYPE of motherboard do I need to buy for this type of P4 processor, and any suggestions on a good place to purchase a reliable inexpensive barebone that I can upgrade to with floppy drive, DVD/CD. Thanks
     
  2. well abit and asus are good mobos, i feel like they are the same in some ways but just different copanies take a look at them
    Abit
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  3. napalmnthemorning

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    Isn't there a specific/type model mobo I have to purchase with a P4 thats under 2.0 Ghz? thanks for the feedback FishBoy!
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    What you need is a socket 478 board. Your pentium is a Williamette. My old board took that processor---MSI 850 pro5 but that took RAMBUS memory. That might be where you will get stuck, trying to match the cpu & the memory you have to a board that will take both. Really not worth going for a newish board with an old processor. I got about A$80 for mine on ebay. You could try getting an upgrade cpu to go with the memory. Some good bargains at ebay for secong hand processors.
     
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  6. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    I luv that rebate. :D Great find.

    Looks like a great board. I'd be selleing that williamette on ebay & try to pick up a second hand 800 FSB.

    Here's a page that describes the board in detail.
    http://www.ecsusa.com/products/pm800-m2.html
     
  7. napalmnthemorning

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    Great idea HD. As much as I hate rebates (BestBuy is the worst here in the states) I thought the barebone was a pretty good deal considering you get the case, power suppy, the CD-RW, keyboard/mouse/speakers for $30.00. The motherboard looks pretty good itself. Looks like I might have some more options here if the P4/1.5 works in the ECS PM800-M2. If not I'll pick up another mobo someplace. This is for my daughter so she could upgrade later too with this mobo if it takes the chip?
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    You should have no problems with the cpu. Hope when you power it up it co-operates.
    :) Let us know how you go.
     
  9. LeeJend

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    The barebone systems looks good, all the latest features. Now on to your comment about Best Buy and rebates...

    I've never had a problem with them. One time Samsung had not sent me a rebate so I walked in told Best Buy the rebate was 4 weeks past the due date. They gave me a phone number to call. I asked to use their phone, punched in my info and the Samsung rebate center said they never heard of me. I told the manager that and he handed me $30 cash out of the till. (Amusingly 3 weeks latter the rebate came in the mail.)

    Make a copy of the stuff you send in and if there is ever a problem the stores will cough up the rebate.
     
  10. napalmnthemorning

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    Thanks for all your insights. Much appreciated. I'll report back this next week when I go to put my first PC together. Now to read up some more.
     
  11. napalmnthemorning

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    Just finished putting in a nice red glowing case fan. Anyway the computer is up and running. My first PC. Man that felt good!
     
  12. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Good stuff. Not so scarey after all. :D

    Hope it behaves itself.