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The computer is 99% used for browsing websites, flash java, etc Hardly
ever used for a Game of any kind but I want to replace it for the
person so they could see a pretty big performance increase.

Right now it's the following CPU

Motherboard = ASUS A8S-X 939 SiS 756 ATX

Motherboard Details:Socket Type 939/CPU Type  Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64
FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
Chipsets North Bridge SiS 756/South Bridge SiS 965L
Memory Slots     4184pin/DDR 400/
MaxMem Supported 4GB/Supported Dual Channel

CPU=AMD Athlon 64 Venice Core  Athlon 64 3200+  2.0GHz
Mode-ADA3200BPBOX Socket 939
Details of CPU:AMD Athlon 64/Socket Socket 939/
Venice Core/Single-Core/Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz

It's using XP but I have a purchased copy of Vista Home that could be
used since the hard drive would be re-used.

I also realize the ram wouldn't likely not be reusable either.

Can anyone think of a MB+CPU combo that could easily triple the speed
and power of the current system?

I am at the Quad-Core with my own computer and have lost the
intermediate steps that start from Socket939 is what I'm publically
asking for some assistance.

I'm looking at something under $250-$300 if that's asking for too

Hopefully someone can suggest a MGB+CPU system with some links


Re: PLEASE HELP:Need Help Building Modest System for poerson mainly Web Browsing=Low-End, no big demands?

On Thu, 12 Nov 2009 20:40:26 -0500, Pedro Sanchez IV

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No need to replace it, that is more than fast enough for
"browsing websites, flash java, etc".  If it doesn't have at
least 1GB memory/WinXP or 1.5GB/Vista, consider upgrading
the memory and perhaps the current operating system
installation is bloated from age and should be reinstalled

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The hard drive is probably one of the greater bottlenecks
for web surfing/etc, consider a new one or set the browser
to cache everything in ram instead of on the hard drive, but
even this difference shouldn't be enough to prevent
reasonable web surfing either way.

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No, to triple your web browsing you will have to upgrade the
ISP account to triple the bandwidth, the fastest parts on
earth won't make as much difference as that would.

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Socket AM3 or LGA775 would be the socket you probably want,
considering you'll need to get the CPU, motherboard, and
memory all within $250-300.  You could get a E8400,
an Asus board,
and however much memory you want,

... but it won't be noticably better for web surfing, and
installing Vista will cancel some of the  benefit of the
higher performing parts and more memory too.

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You might consider just overclocking what you have a little
bit.  Some Athlon 64 could easily do 3.0GHz.

Re: PLEASE HELP:Need Help Building Modest System for poerson mainly Web Browsing=Low-End, no big demands?

Pedro Sanchez IV wrote:
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GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
DDR3 1800+, built-in video (so you don't need a video card), several
video connectors. ?$S640W$

CPU Support chart

Manual (Note: The product doesn't have a good set of accessories in the box.
               You may need more cables.) (p)mt-ud(s)2h_e.pdf

2x1GB DDR3-1333 RAM for $45

Look through the dual core processors and pick something out. Check
the CPU Support chart in each case, to make sure it'll work.

Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2x512KB L2, 6MB L3, AM3 80W
Dual-Core $102

Motherboard+Processor+RAM = $90+$102+$45 = $237

You can check the CPU charts here, to compare the X2 550 to other processors.
In this particular chart, lower times are better.,1405.html

I picked those components, mainly to see what I could get for the money.
If I used an Intel processor, the price might have been a bit higher.
Unfortunately, the Tomshardware charts don't have a complete set of
processors listed, so not everything you can buy is in the chart.


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