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Advice on a replacement build

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by savormix, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. savormix

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    Hello everyone,

    normally I would do at least some research first, but the situation is rather dire. My desktop computer, bought in 2005 is now randomly generating false thermal events – which means I must come up with possible replacement build specs quickly. The bad thing is, I research the hardware field only when I have made up my mind to buy a new computer and thus am out-of-date.

    The old computer was relatively powerful (as of 2005), but not aimed at gaming -> while boasting a P4 (Prescott) 3.2Ghz/800Mhz FSB, it had a rather mediocre video card (Radeon X600, which later was replaced by Radeon X1300 (warranty service)).

    Since this is a replacement build, it does not need a HDD, an optical drive nor a monitor. Most probably it could do with current GPU as well.

    I am thinking about something quad-core from Intel i5 series and would like to go for best cost/quality ratio.
    I will check out what's in local stores when picking RAM, but you can post recommendations.
    I have no clue about motherboards though. Pretty much all of them that have the relevant CPU socket have everything I need (integrated sound + NIC).
    ... and I will go with a random case+PSU with enough wattage. This isn't a powerhouse build, you know.

    TL;DR
    Motherboard + CPU aimed at both home tasks and CPU-intensive tasks, for example chess analysis. Budget: up to $700.
     
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    Thanks, the specs are excellent and now I have the idea what to look for. :)

    Update on budget: up to $700.
     
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    cool then you have money to add a dedicated gpu but the question is do you need one, do you play games?
     

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