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Old 01-08-10, 07:17 PM
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So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

Some of you may have seen my other thread asking for help about my Dell 400 SC /w P4 2.8. The speed of my current computer is adequate. Well, i did buy a new computer, but apparently, HP said it was a price mistake and could not honor it. Anyways, so I was thinking, i have this older computer that i haven't used in ages just laying around built probably last century with an Asus K7M mobo, which is an ATX form factor. Picture of the case if it helps any:



I wanted to buy this mobo/cpu combo from fry's for $50:
AMD Athlon II X2 245

Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2
http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Mo...ame=GA-M68M-S2

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...=#post26459181

The mobo is a Micro ATX form factor, but as i understand it, a micro ATX form factor should work in an ATX case, and the power supply of the Gigabyte is 24 pin ATX as well. The mobo only has 1 IDE, so i'll have to see if i can find a IDE controller laying around for my 2 HDs and DVD drive, or i can just buy a SATA DVD burner.

question though, it only has VGA, would it make a noticible difference at 1920x1200 on my Samsung T260?

also, for basic usage, would 2 GB DDR2 be enough, or would i need 4 GB? sucks because ddr2 prices have gone up quite a bit.

So, should this work? am i forgetting something? or any other suggestions?
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

bah, i just checked the Asus manual, apparently, it has a 20-pin connector.
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

Yep, that $299 T100 server is starting to look pretty good

Have you thought about buying a used machine off ebay or craigs list? It might be fun to look through deleted space on a used hard drive
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

not saying you're wrong, but this way, i could save some $$$. and get my hands dirty. of course, usually after all is said and done, the savings won't be much (or it may even cost me more), but hey it's a learning experience.

Okay, did a little more research, the 20-pin should be fine. according tot he manual:

The main power connector is compatible with power supplies with 2x10 powerconnectors. When using a 2x12 power supply, remove the protective cover from themain power connector on the motherboard. Do not insert the power supply cable into pinsunder the protective cover when using a 2x10 power supply.


i will need an adapter like this for the 4-pin 12v:


Per the manual:
The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the 12V power connector is notconnected, the computer will not start.
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

because right now, i'm budgeting $50 for mobo/cpu, and $50 for 2gb ddr2 ram, or $100. a PS will be another $30, dvd drive $30, so even then, it's $160. video card if i wanted dvi would be $40, so total would be $200.

and i can problably reorganize the stuff. i have a 200gb and an 80 gb installed right now, so i can upgrade. or i can use the 300gb that's just sitting there collecting dust

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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

i got the adapter, but the mobo/cpu combo was sold out. will have to wait till next week or two to see what combos frys has on sale.

the power supply i have now is 235W, will that be enough?

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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

I would upgrade.

The problem isn't really the low wattage, but that the PS design is old. It has a high +5v line (22A) and a relatively weak +12v line (8A), which is the line modern systems draw the on most. The Athlon II your looking at has max wattage of 65W, real world that's probably about 5 of your 8A. Each HDD and DVD-RW is going to peak draw 1-2A on the 12v line. and each case fan will draw from 12V too, plus the MB itself. And forget about adding a video card with that PS.
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

i can use my dell ps, it has more power on 12v

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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

how's this CPU/mobo combo?

$39.99 - Intel Celeron E3200 + MSI G31TM-P21
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Re: So, will this mobo/cpu combo work?

Okay, got parts for my computer.

AMD Athlon II X3 425 + Biostar MCP6P M2+ == $60 AR ($120.99 @ Newegg)

Seagate Internal 1.5TB SATA w/ 32MB Cache == $90 ($151.58 @ Newegg)

Antec BasiQ 500W PSU == $40 ($55.26 @ Newegg)

Corsair 4GB DDR2 PC 6400 == $65 AR ($105 AR @ Newegg)

Total price was $255, could've gotten it lower, but i wanted to get the computer up and running. I could've gotten cheaper components too, but i wanted to get some decent stuff, not some really low end stuff. I didn't want to wait too long because of Fry's 15 day return policy on some components (returning to manuf. is a major PITA). Reused case and chassis fans. Had to tap a new hole to support the new mobo.





Oh, and just for fun, you can see the old chip compared to the new chip.


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