A New Quad Core Complete Desktop System For $241! Part 3
Detractors of lower end quad core CPUs with DDR2 RAM: Take a chill pill! The AMD Athlon II X4 620 will plug in and work absolutely fine with either an AM2+ or an AM3 motherboard. If you're not going to use the considerably more expensive DDR3 RAM, there really is no legitimate reason why you need to go with an AM3 motherboard in the first place.
Of course, while we're on the subject of memory, one of the most critical components to add onto any PC is RAM, and the
Rendition by Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model RM12864AA667
is a decent match for this system and has the extra added advantage of being dirt cheap at $14 per stick. The ECS motherboard has two slots, so for everyday computing especially with Windows Seven...
Beware the Windows Vista, my son!
The code that bites, the bugs that catch!
Beware the Longhorn bird, and shun
The illusory Vista Ultimate Extras!
... ok... back to the Hub... as I was saying, if you're going to be an adopter of Windows Seven in just one short month (and you'd be absolutely insane not to be), then you will find that the very standard version of Windows Seven 32 bit on this rig will give you more than acceptable everyday performance even with two measly Gigs of RAM! Try that with Vista!
I have darn near absolutely everything I've ever done resident on my hard drive, going back to my Mac days. I also have an inordinate number of media files, with over 10,000 songs that I listen to constantly (or at least listened to constantly as these days my Sirius XM radio gadget runs around the clock). I have a phenomenal 1 TB RAID 1 hard drive setup for all my data: 22.4 GB. Yes, that's it! I have all of 22.4 Gigabytes of data clattering around that huge, empty RAID system. Kind of a waste of space, wouldn't you say?
So, do you really need Terabytes of storage? How really important is it to keep the entire works of Adam Sandler after you've watched them all (and still wonder why people think he's funny)? So why not get along with a perfectly fast, reliable, and reasonable hard drive such as a
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
for the ridiculously low price of $35 with no rebate?
My idea of burning a DVD is to hold it over a Bic lighter. I have never (data)-burned a DVD. Never. I don't use them. So why should I have a DVD burner in my PC? For this super economy quad rig, I'm choosing the
Lite-On Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04
for the phenomenal price of $18. By the way, if you are not happy with Lite-On for whatever personal reason, you can upgrade to a
Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A
Let's see if you can say anything bad about the Sony!
Both models are DVD 18x and CD 48x, so they will play darn near anything you want to throw into the "slide out coffee cup holder."