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Barebones system, Best bang for buck?

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  1. JrRacinFan

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    I was looking at this.

    Just looking for some opinions here, I plan on keeping pretty much everything else but making the switch over to DDR2.

    Remember, I need a new case and plan on using the power supply from the barebones in a different PC.

    What is everbody's thoughts?
     
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    well depends on what type of Motherboard your geting because you cant just put DDR2 in a DDR board and you can get a way beter case for the same price
     
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    I understand that.

    That is a barebones system(case, psu, and motherboard). I am just tryna to think if I should just get a new mobo + ddr2 ram. Do not worry about getting a new case and forget about the other rig that I plan on building.

    The other rig is only going to be a secondary Socket A system, SDRAM and 100FSB based Tbird or Duron.
     
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    Yes, if I were you I would just put that money into a better motherboard, and keep your old case and power supply. That case and PSU don't seem like they could be better than what you have, I seriously doubt the PSU is.

    You could probably get this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130099, put it in your case, save $30 and have essentially the same thing as that barebones.
     
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    Thank you very much Thermo! For some reason I must have missed looking at that motherboard.

    PS The case I have is pretty old and kinda banged up, but it does its job.
     
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    o ok sorry i would just save up your money and buy a new mother board that will last you some time and just bye a low price case
     
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    Hey its no problem LoD, I am just wondering if I would get a better overclock with a new mobo as well. This celeron d is serving me very well, have no complaints about it either.

    I mean, the whole upgrade about 8 months ago cost me a total of $90:

    $20 for motherboard
    $50 for proc in retail box w/hsf
    $20 for the power supply.

    Not too shabby, I am just wondering if I could get a motherboard with ddr2 that has voltage options in bios, a new cpu hsf, and get a better overclock. If anyone else can come up with suggestions, I am open to hear them anytime.
     
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    You might squeeze out a slightly higher overclock with a new motherboard, but I'm not sure you would end up with a $100 dollar difference. You would probably notice a larger difference just from getting a pair of decent DDR400 RAM modules and upgrading the amount of memory. Getting a new motherboard just for DDR2 probably isn't the most economical choice, and if you only get DDR2 533 there really isn't any performance gain worth mentioning.
     
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    well the celeron D will go abit higher than you have it now ocing it with faster DDR2 Than DDR but buying a new motherbard goin for the medium DDR2 frequency like DDR2 667 is cheap as now you will notice the speed rise
     
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    if you want the best bang for your buck i would suggest you put most of the money in a good motherboard, you will be thankful in the end



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    Thanks everyone. Always open to suggestions. :)
     
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    i got 2 socket A processors in my FS thread! if your interested
     
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    are you using the stock cpu cooler for oc your temps mite be abit high
     
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    Thanks, YGPM.

    It is the stock HSF and actually they are not half bad for being so, take a look at system specs.

    EDIT: And BTW, I can get the chip up to almost 4.6Ghz but, Its totally instable and am limited to stock vcore.
     
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    yer thats quite good for stock cooling i use to have a celeron D they run quite fast for what they are they dont get that hot if i rember
     
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    LoD, It is a 65nm Cedar Mill core. SO its a tad bit better than the ones under it when speaking of spec #'s.

    I was also looking at nflesher's BST for that P5NSLI. Looks good but maybe too much for what I need.
     
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    yer thats boards quite good how much are willing to spend on one
     
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    TBH, Least amount as possible, ~$40-45 USD just for motherboard, if it were a barebones ~$100. Willing to go Biostar, ECS route if need be. I would really love an Asus or MSI board tho!!!

    Not wanting to do the Asrock 4core VSTA only due to voltage options and I have heard alot of isues with it, if I had an agp card and was in transition from older hardware I would have bought it.
     
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    It's PCI-e.

    Also, I have never purchased from ZZF, always use Newegg. What is their policies like?
     
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    Hmmmm, Abit ... It's been a while since I've had an Abit mobo! Wouldn't mind getting another but really would like an Asus :( ...

    I am going to go do some shopping right now for a mobo. Thank you all for the suggestions.
     

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