Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1

    What to buy with $500, what barebone.....

    I am going to be spending ~$500 in a month or so and would like to know what you all reccomend I do with that money to get the best bang for my buck. I was looking around and it seems that www.unitedmicro.com would be a good place to get a barebone system. I am wondering if it would be worth the money to buy an Athon 64 3000+, 512 DDR 400MHZ, unknown on motherboard. I would like to get it to be $500 with cd rom/dvd rom and a small hard drive, but i doubt that will happen. What motherboards do you all reccomend and which system shall I get?? My 9800 Pro will be the video card and 420w Thermaltake PSU.

    Oh and I have not used anything besides ide Hard drives....anybody care to explain the whole SATA ATA hard drive thing, the new mothermoards come with them from what I am reading, no controller needed?
    Last edited by 96redformula; 08-24-04 at 02:55 AM.

  2. #2
    Forums Super Moderator
    Overclockers.com Lead Editor


    David's Avatar
    10 Year Badge
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Author Profile Benching Profile Folding Profile
    Quote Originally Posted by 96redformula

    Oh and I have not used anything besides ide Hard drives....anybody care to explain the whole SATA ATA hard drive thing, the new mothermoards come with them from what I am reading, no controller needed?
    The current IDE standard is Parallel ATA - long wide ribbon cables.

    SATA is Serial ATA, using thin cables, and a different power connection.

    SATA is just a faster interface, although it doesnt provide much benefit as drives are nowhere close to saturating Parallel ATA as it is.
    David J. Nelson MChem(Edin) PhD(Strath) MRSC [ResearcherID: D-3927-2011] [Google Scholar]
    OC Forums Super Moderator // Overclockers.com Editor


    The Workhorse: [Lenovo W510] Intel Core i7-720QM / 8 GB DDR3 / nVidia Quadro FX880M / Crucial M4 256 GB SSD / Windows 7
    The Home Machine: AMD Llano A6-3650 APU / 8 GB DDR3 / Lots of HDDs / Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case / Windows 7
    The Benchmarking Setup: Various LGA775 chips / Asus Rampage Formula / 2 GB OCZ 1066 MHz DDR2 / nVidia Quadro NVS 285 / 320 GB HDD / Windows 7 [ Untouched for well over a year ]

    My research fellowship is eating all my time, so I may be slow to reply to emails and private messages.

  3. #3
    Member itshondo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Denver, CO
    you might want to look at the barebones avail at Newegg, they have a lot of them
    MAIN RIG - PCLinuxOS -Biostar A780L3G - Plenom II 560 @ 3.7 Ghz - Cooler Master TX3 - 8 gb Corsair XMS - Zotac GT 430 Fanless - 60gb Corsair SSD + 2 - Sony Optiarc SATA DVD Burner

    Windows / Backup RIG
    - Win 7 64 - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P rev 1.6 - Q9550 @ 3.2 Ghz - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B HSF - 8gb GSkill PC2 6400- Evga GTX 260 - Antec 900 Case - Rosewill RP550-2 550W PSU - WD 74 GB Raptor + 2 - Sony Optiarc SATA DVD Burner


    HEATWARE 20-0-0

  4. #4
    All I see at newegg are some little compact size towers that I definatly don't want............

  5. #5
    I want to be a Beta Tester
    Premium Member #26
    KnowlesTech's Avatar
    10 Year Badge
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Texas
    Heatware Profile
    Directron

    AAronix

    Pricewatch Click on Barebones for some great deals!
    Thanks Knowles Tech
    My Heatware
    PC is changing to fast to list...
    I'm a beta tester :)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •