My Old PC (Phenom II X4 965 with Gigabyte board) is now showing the signs of ageing. I suspect in some time the mobo will become useless.
So, please advise on assembling a new budget PC. The last I read about it, Intel i5 offers good price-performance combination. Which motherboard should I go ahead with? I’m thinking about i5 (10th gen) with some Gigabyte board, but do advise if something can be better. Is some other combination possible in which I could use my old DDR3 RAM sticks? ( I would have preferred to just replace the mobo, but I doubt any new mobo compatible with AM3+ socket is available in the market).
Perhaps India-based members may be able to help better as we get some peculiar kind of product line here in India.
I’d pick a new mobo-cpu-RAM combo.
I have 8th gen CPU based machines, and they are OK both in performance, and power requirement. If you aren’t a hardcore gamer, probably an integrated GPU will be sufficient(and that draws much less power from the grid…)
Just check for it when you pick the CPU, not all models have the GPU integrated.
As for the mobo manufacture, I had good luck with MSI, Gigabyte, Asus and Asrock. Based on my experience I could recomnend any of them.
Choose which you can get, and has the feature you want.
For example, I needed 6 Sata ports, in my price range MSI was my choice…
My son needed only 2 (actually there areat least 4 on any boards…), but needed HDMI out also, a Giabyte model was the most affordable.
I wholeheartedly recomnend you to get a recent mobo and CPU, because in general these work using up waaaaay much less electricity.
Problem with buying new is unlikely you will be able to use your older memory as getting access inside mew machines can prove difficult also the memory is soldered onto the motherboard making upgrades almost impossible
Why not put Linux on your old machine and run that till it dies, tomorrow there will be bigger faster better computers to choose from spend the money when needed
UPDATE: Looks like the machine is dead. There is no POST anymore: fans run, power button works, but no POST. As suspected, the motherboard seems to be the culprit. Will try to fix it, but most likely will have to replace it.
Think I’ll go ahead with the old i5. Fits my budget and gives just the limited results that I want. Thank you all for help!
Get an SSD to go with that.
Check your power supply is adequate.
Does it have onboard graphics?
What about interfaces… ethernet, wifi, usb, sata?
There are no specs on that page.
It should be fine for Linux and Win7