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Old January 19, 2011, 04:10 PM
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Default My re-newed build (on a budget)...

Finally got around to upgrading my old machine last night! My needs aren't much and the old girl would have continued to be fine, but both HDDs were dying and I figured I'd do the whole thing up.


Out with the old:
  • AMD Athlon X2 3800+ (S939)
  • Kingwin BA-12 HSF
  • 3GB DDR (2x 1GB G.Skill PC3200, 2x 512MB GeIL PC4000)
  • MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum mobo
  • Asus Radeon 9550 8x AGP
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB (still under warranty, going out for RMA!)
  • WinXP Pro
In with the new:
  • Intel Core i3 540
  • Corsair A50 HSF
  • 4GB (2x 2GB) GeIL Value Plus DDR3 1600
  • MSI H55-G43 mobo
  • Using onboard video (HDMI & VGA, I don't game so it's good enough for me)
  • OCZ Vertex2 60GB SSD
  • Win7 Home Premium
Stuff I'm reusing because they're still fine:
  • In-Win mid-tower case
  • In-Win 350W PSU (will upgrade later if need be, but it's fine for my needs)
  • NEC 3550A IDE DVD-RW (great drive, never an issue)
  • LG 8163B DVD-ROM (it reads Wii disks )
  • Sony floppy drive/card reader combo
  • - yes, I said floppy drive!
  • - bought the MSI mobo on spec/price (sub $100!) and didn't even realize it had a floppy header until I received it
  • - I've got the drive, cable and header on the mobo - may as well hook it up
Money spent (pre-tax & rebates):
  • CPU: $109.99 w/free shipping @ newegg
  • Mobo: $89.99 @ newegg
  • RAM: $39.94 (on sale for 15% off $46.99) @ newegg
  • - combined shipping cost for mobo & RAM: $13.04
  • **Waiting for the 15% cash kickback for paying via Paypal *fingers crossed*
  • SSD: $80 used w/receipt on the BST Forum
  • HSF: $24.99 (on sale from reg price $59.99) @ NCIX
  • **Waiting on the $15 MIR from Corsair
  • Win7 Home Premium: $64.95 on pre-order back in the day
Grand total: $464.05 including tax, before rebates ($42.50 from Paypal/newegg, $15 from Corsair)

I think I did OK all things considered; I was looking at buying a prebuilt machine, but I knew several of my old bits are still fine to reuse so I went the upgrade route.

It's up and running, and folding too!
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Old January 19, 2011, 10:01 PM
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you did well
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Old January 20, 2011, 12:32 AM
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Thanks!

I guess I could also add $34.99 ($39.19 tax-in) to the grand total for a SATA HDD to USB 2.0/eSATA docking station. The fewer HDDs I install into the tower, the less I have to worry about getting under my desk, pulling all the wires, haulin' out the beast, putting it on the table and crackin' it open to pull a dying drive.


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Old January 20, 2011, 06:17 AM
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nice. dual pci-e slots just in case :)

now clock it to hell and back, it just begs for it!!!
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Old January 20, 2011, 10:41 AM
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nice. dual pci-e slots just in case :)

now clock it to hell and back, it just begs for it!!!
- my Athlon X2 3800+ w/3GB DDR @ stock speed was fine for my needs
- I upgraded just because my HDDs were in need of replacing; crackin' the tower open, may as well do the rest
- Core i3 540 w/4GB DDR3 @ stock speed - I am OC'ed compared to that 3800+
- I have 2 kids in diapers, so I don't get to spend as much time in the man cave as one might hope
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Old January 20, 2011, 11:44 AM
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hehe, i see ya been busy mr right :D

no worries man, at stock its a beast compared to other previous value chippies :)
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Old January 31, 2011, 09:20 PM
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SWEET, Got my cashback from newegg/Paypal!

$43.31 - 50c withdrawal fee to my bank acct = $42.81 saved off my upgrade cost

Bought a BNIB InWin S605 case w/PowerMan PSU from the ncix warehouse sale for $15+tax ($16.80!); putting a system together with my old parts, and I've already pre-sold it for $125. So knock another $108.20 off my upgrade cost.
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Old January 31, 2011, 09:56 PM
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Thats a cost effective upgrade. Enjoy

How does the cashback from newegg/paypal work?
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Old February 1, 2011, 12:16 AM
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Thats a cost effective upgrade. Enjoy

How does the cashback from newegg/paypal work?
The cashback promo was a Boxing Day thing, and it actually expired early because the funds pool was depleted before the end date of the promo.

All told, I paid $283.31 and got a net rebate of $42.81 for a grand total of $240.50 paid for a Core i3-540, H55 mobo and 2x2GB DDR3-1600 shipped to my door. A very Merry Christmas 2010 for me!

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