Re: UPDATE TO CHEAP PC
I think I ended up with a pretty decent set-up.
First from NewEgg.com
1) A BioStar Motherboard & AMD Barton 2500+ Bundle
Includes, cpu fan, cables, Norton Ghost, set-up cd,etc.
M.board is M7NCD
CPU Supported: Socket A AMD up to 3200+
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP / MCP2
RAM: 3x 184-pin DDR (DDR 200-400)
IDE: 2x channel IDE (UDMA 33/66/100/133)
Slots: 1x AGP(4X/8X), 5x PCI
Ports: 2xCOM,1xLPT,2xUSB, 1xLAN, and Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650 6-ch AC'97 CODEC
Onboard LAN: MCP NVIDIA MAC + Realtek ALC650 PHY
One really nice thing about the board is it has access to the BIOS via Windows and Auto updates. IF I READ IT RIGHT
WestDig SpEd 80 gig w/8mg cache and 8.9ns seek.
Extended 1 yr Warranty from NewEgg for Replacement above and beyond Mfg. for $13.74. (covers all pieces bought)
NEWEGG total. $237.74
(300 wt pwr sply,155key K.board, Mouse, Speakers.
Costs $59.99 - 20. (mail-in)
Artec cd-rw with Nero S.ware
Cost $49.99 - 20. (mail-in)
Ultra 512 PC3200 DDR 400mhz
Cost $109.99 - 35. (mail-in)
TigDir Total w/shipping $245.70
REBATES Total ($75.00 mail-in)
After Rebates Total $170.70
GRAND TOTAL $483.44 minus REBATES.
I just need a OS now and think that I'll have a pretty quick set-up that hopefully won't crash under multi-program loads like my old 450mhz.