Hey everyone, well it's Christmas, and I got $110, $60 from my grandpa, and $50 from my parents. Anyways, I'm going to borrow the rest for this rig, and pay it back later. I have a 17" LCD, Cheap Speaker, a Keyboard, and Mouse, but really, the current PC I'm on sucks, so I'm in need of a upgrade, but a cheap one.
Anyways, I was looking at a budget of less than $300 (204 Pounds for all of you in the UK
). Anyways, I was going to reserve $50 for a custom Computer Case from a friend, and the rest for the parts, so $230. Anyways, now I need help deciding my CPU motherboard Combo. I just want to know, which setup will be better for my needs.
I have the Memory, Video Card, and Hard Drives picked out. Going to run one 80 GB for just the OS, and the other for Program Files and Documents, I want fast boot times, and clean un-fragmented drives. I'm probably going to have to cut down to only 1 HDD for budget reasons.
- WINTEC AMPX (2 x 1 G
- ASUS 3650 Fanless
- 2 x WD 80 GB SATA's
- LG DVD Burner w/ LightScribe
Now... I was thinking the Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Stock, or the Intel E2200 overclocked to about 2.7'ish. But for just heavy web browsing, music, maybe a movie once in a while, and light gaming (only source games), I'm not sure what's best. I hear AMD is better for multi tasking, so that might be better for me needs but I'm not 100% sure. And for the Intel, overclocking might not go stable on the low end boards, less than $50 so I'm not sure, here's what I was looking at.
AMD Athlon X2 5400+: Link
Foxconn A74MX-K 740G
GIGABYTE GA-M61PME-S2 GeForce 6100/nForce 430
Intel E2200: Link
ASUS P5KPL-AM/PS Intel G31
So, I'm wondering, which setup, with which of the motherboards would be the best in terms of stability, for the Intel's, it has to give a good stable overclock, and not have the NB roasting, and I want to know, which will give better performance for multi-tasking, not nesscerily for gaming.
I hope to get my gaming rig ordered within the next week, I just need some good feedback, once again, Thanks Everyone!