Ever since AMD released its 64-bit processors I have been dying to get my hands on one. The problem has been that the vast majority of motherboards for the 64-bit chips have lost their AGP slots and added PCI Express slots in their place. Nothing wrong with that, it is the wave of the future, but it makes the upgrade to 64-bit a much more expensive proposition since you will have to replace your video card as well.
However, all is not lost! Geeks.com
has come up with a motherboard and CPU combination that puts 64-bit computing in the reach of just about everyone. The combination consists of a Biostar VIA K8M800 motherboard featuring onboard video, LAN, and AC97 sound, along with an Athlon 64 3000+ socket 754 CPU, and a Cooler Master CPU cooler.
has this combination for a normal list price of $164.50, but they have it on sale regularly for $157.00. This appears to be a huge bargain and a very economical way of getting an upgrade to step up to 64-bit computing. So let's get into this and see just how good of a bargain this combination really is.
First off, I have to say no one ships faster than Geeks.com
. I have reviewed several items from them and they have always shipped the same day the order was placed. The package arrived with all the components in a single retail box that was safely packaged within a shipping box with plenty of bubble pack.
Inside the retail box you will find the following:
» Biostar VIA K8M800 Socket 754 ATX Motherboard
» Athlon 64 3000+ CPU
» Heatsink and fan
» Drivers and Utilities CD
» I/O Shield
» IDE cable
» Floppy cable
» User's Manual