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#1 MalwareMutilator

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 01:53 PM

Hi guys,

 

I have a HP Slimline S3300F that has always satisfied my requirements as a backup computer.  However, the motherboard is now failing so I have some questions.

 

I was thinking about dumping the Slimline case (always hated it) and getting a new mini tower case to replace it.  The Slimline could never be updated due to its size and lack of expansion slots.  Also, I will purchase a new power supply, an upgraded motherboard, and of course a new OS.  I am hoping to find a motherboard that is compatible with my existing CPU which is currently an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

 

I am not a gamer so I am not terribly concerned about graphics; however, I do want the following:

 

SATA 6 controller.

USB 3 capabilities.

Wi-Fi.

PCIe 3.0 slots (or better).

 

I can salvage from the HP 4 gig of ram (2X2), the 500 gig hard drive, the cd/dvd burner, and other miscellaneous parts.

 

So, my budget is $300.00 - $400.00 (US) not including the OS.  Is what I am asking possible?  If yes, your suggestions as what motherboard to purchase would be great.  If the CPU is an issue, maybe some other suggestions?

 

I am sure to have dozens of other questions as this will be my first upgrade/build, so please bear with my ignorance.

 

Thanks guys.  :thumbup2:



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Posted 20 May 2015 - 02:33 PM

Did you mean SATA III 6GB/sec controller? or 6 SATA connector/slots?  I doubt you will find a AM2 based motherboard with SATAIII USB 3.0 and WiFi on it .. you would probably need to buy a PCI-xxx controller card to get SATAIII. USB 3.0 and WiFi... since that processor is interface is from 2006 .... (almost 10 years ago)



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Posted 20 May 2015 - 04:56 PM

Thank you, YeahBleeping, for your reply.  I didn’t think what I was asking was possible, but I wanted to be sure.  I have been looking at Newegg and they seem to have some kits that fit my budget.  The HP wasn’t great, but it served my purpose well.  I just don’t want to end up downgrading the performance of what I had.  Hopefully I will choose something comparable.  :thumbsup2:
 
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Posted 24 May 2015 - 06:35 PM

What you are looking for should be possible with the budget but I wouldn't suggest re-using your processor, as you would need to get a dated motherboard to support it. Likewise, I believe it's going to be DDR2 memory you have, which is obsolete now. Fortunately, memory is quite affordable at the moment, so that is not really an issue.  I'd suggest 8Gb as a good amount that should do for most purposes.  As for WiFi, most motherboards with on board WiFi are either specialised small form factor boards, or "deluxe" boards with all the bells and whistles (often expensive).  Adding a PCIe or USB WiFi adapter may be just as good an option.

 

For example, you could put together a simple barebones system based on a Pentium G3250 (3.2 Ghz) which IMO will be fine for most general purpose computing needs.  It has integrated graphics on the CPU, which are basic but good enough for most things bar 3D games.  In fact the budget would allow for a discrete GPU, just about, if you wanted it.  The Pentium G3250 is a slightly cut down version of a Core i3, and significantly faster than the old X2 64 5000+.

 

Example bare bones system with no storage - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/66TCP6

 

Alternatively an AMD APU system (e.g. AMD A8-7600) will also do the job.  This has somewhat better integrated graphics than the Intel chip above (AMD R7 on die GPU) and also has 4 CPU cores, albeit on a per core basis, they cannot match Intel's performance.  These APU's benefit from high speed memory, so I included DDR3-2133 for this reason in the example.  Either is far faster than your existing processor  Benchmark vs AMD 64 X2 5000+ & Intel G3250

 

Example bare bones A8-7600 system - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zysk3C


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 06:32 PM

Hi jonuk76,
 
Thanks for your reply and suggestions.  I was considering a new build when I stumbled upon this at Tiger Direct:
 
 
It’s not as powerful as the system you suggested, but considering it includes the hard drive, the CD/DVD drive, and the operating system, it seemed too good a deal to pass up.  I haven’t received it yet, but when I do I will let you know how it runs.  I think it should be better than the unit it is replacing.
 
Thanks again  :thumbup2:





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