Opinions on up grade please,

  Press Man 18:15 27 Oct 07
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on which one of these two combinations would be better. I have budgeted on £220 which both of these achieve. Gaming is not important, more for office apps word etc, music editing, photo work and surfing.

ASUS M2N-E nF570 Socket AM2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.20GHz AM2)
ATi Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB Support#1GB PCI-E
Patriot 2GB PC2-5300 Signature (2x1GB) Memory
Hiper 435W TRUE POWER PSU

or

Asus M2N4-SLI Motherboard AM2 nForce4 SLI MCP ATX
AMD CPU AM2 Athlon 64 Dual Core 4200 Socket AM2 940 PIN
XFX GeForce 7300GT 512MB,DDR2,VGA+DVI PCI-E
Kingston 2GB Value RAM DDR2 667MHz PC5300 memory
ThermalTake TR2 420W Black Silent+ATX 12V 2.0 PSU,20pin+4pin SATA ready.

Thanks in advance.

  GaT7 01:03 28 Oct 07

Surely you won't require Sli, so the ASUS M2N-E should be the better & cheaper option.

Between the graphics card, I'd go for the 2400 PRO. 512Mb on a 7300GT seems a waste & not worth the premium - is it a lot?

As they're cheaper too, the Kingston RAM & ThermalTake TR2 420W PSU would do fine.

So my choices would be:

* ASUS M2N-E nF570 Socket AM2 Motherboard
* AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.20GHz AM2)
* ATi Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB Support#1GB PCI-E
* Kingston 2GB Value RAM DDR2 667MHz PC5300 memory
* ThermalTake TR2 420W Black Silent+ATX 12V 2.0 PSU,20pin+4pin SATA ready.

If you're not gaming at all (except Windows own games), save more by getting a motherboard with integrated graphics & drop the dedicated GPU. G

  Press Man 16:22 28 Oct 07

OK Guys, this is what I settled for. Came in under budget, at £211.72, could have saved a little more with out the graphics card, but what the hell, it's nearly Christmas. Hope this is helpful to others on a budget who wish to "upgrade" their existing equipment.

ASUS M2N-E nF570 Socket AM2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.20GHz(AM2)
ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB Support 1GB PCI-E
Kingston 2GB Value RAM DDR2 667MHz PC5300 memory
ThermalTake TR2 420W Black Silent +ATX 12V 2.0 PSU, 20pin + 4pin SATA ready.

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