Edited by kmad61, 02 June 2009 - 03:47 PM.
First Build Amd
Posted 02 June 2009 - 03:45 PM
Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:27 PM
(my board is a GA-M61P-S3, socket AM2 (not AM2+), same integrated nVidia 6100 graphics)
...and the EasyTune utility that comes with Gigabyte boards is kinda nice to have; lets you tweak fan settings, etc.
...and the CPU I've been using is this one:
...there are a couple of chips above this one now, but this one seems to have 'staying power'; it's plenty fast for 'general-purpose' use and apparently still getting rave reviews after being on the market for well over two years. There is also a 6000+ Brisbane chip now (65nm instead of 90nm, a bit lower power consumption), but that one appears to be a bit harder to get (Newegg only sells it in a combo, apparently, and their combo does not include a Gigabyte or Asus board).
...Total price at Newegg for the m/b and the 6000+ Windsor CPU adds up to $143, give or take...
...If you decide to use this CPU, it will come with a heat sink/fan assembly that will be adequate, but it wouldn't hurt to perhaps use an oversize cooler (you will run at least 10ºC cooler), and I'd suggest also using at least a 500W power supply...
...and I am in no way an 'expert', but I do have personal experience with this particular CPU/motherboard combination and I will say that, based on that experience, you shouldn't have any problems with it...
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