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08-24-04, 01:38 AM #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 01:55 AM.
08-24-04, 03:52 AM #2Originally Posted by 96redformula
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]
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08-24-04, 08:05 AM #3
you might want to look at the barebones avail at Newegg, they have a lot of themMAIN 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
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08-24-04, 10:07 AM #4
All I see at newegg are some little compact size towers that I definatly don't want............
08-24-04, 10:27 AM #5