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post #1 of 4
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My bro's mobo died again... this will be the second time the pice slot has gone and the first time was under warranty, but ehh it's time for him to get a new mobo.

He currently has a lga775 socket system, but he is running a Celly D with DDR RAM. (not DDR2).
1gb DDR400
Celly D OC'd to around 3ghz
6600gt
SB LIVE
80gb ultra ATA hdd
FSP 450w psu


So, I was thinking about picking up some of that Super Talent DDR2 (2gb) for $66 shipped which will leave $150ish for a good mobo.

So what's a good mobo that won't break the bank?

as you can see his system could use a little updating, so if the mobo is a little cheaper maybe i can get him another upgrade. Price range is around $225 give or take a little.

I actually considered going with an AMD AM2 setup because I'm pretty sure I could get him a dual core cpu, mobo and RAM for his price range, but I know that C2D is better so I'd like to give him the option of going either way.
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post #2 of 4
I think an AM2 setup is better for now.
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and the 2GBs of super talent ram
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB WD SATAII NEC 3550A DL DVD+/-RW Win XP Home HP W2007 
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post #3 of 4
For the money a AM2 based system would be most suitable. If the budget can be increased a little, a conroe based system would be better performing and more upgradable.
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post #4 of 4
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Well I was leaning towards AMD myself, but I need to talk to my brother a little bit first. He's paying for this all himself and doesn't have a steady source of income (he's 14 and has to start paying car insurance) I'm going to talk with him when he gets out of school today to see what he wants... It's been almost a couple years since I built the computer for him and the only thing he's upgraded is the RAM (512 to 1gb) in that time so I'm thinking that getting him set for now might be more important than upgradability.

And actually an SLI mobo isn't a bad idea. Once I have a little more cashflow I'll upgrade the gfx in my rig to a dx10 card, move my 7900GT to my HTPC and that'll free up the 6600GT in that rig and then I can pass that along to my bro and that'll give him a little upgrade. of course it might just be better for him to sell his 6600gt and get something better lol.
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