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Do you run more than one computer in your household? Unfortunately in today’s world most of us do. Whether it is because you’re an enthusiast or you have a big family, it seems that one computer is just not enough. As an enthusiast, I refuse to purchase an over the counter proprietary computer, as it just won’t cut it. However, I also don’t want to spend tons of money building an extra rig that is just going to be used to surf the net or play an occasional game. What I have done, is found an alternative to purchasing a pre-built, if you know where to find them. Components are not very expensive these days and even though it might not be a top of the line computer, you can usually get an additional rig up and running for less than five hundred dollars.
First we need to remember this is not our main rig, so to cut costs, you can either use some components you might have lying around the house, or just purchase the essentials, being the CPU, Motherboard, Video card, Memory, CD ROM Drive, Hard Drive, Case and Power Supply. CPUs can be had for around ninety dollars, while the other components might cost you anywhere from twenty five to seventy. To further cut costs, you can purchase a motherboard with on-board video and this is what we’ll be looking at today.
ECS (Elite Group) produces such a motherboard and it is named the AMD690GM-M2. This is a Socket AM2 micro ATX board, with graphics onboard by ATI (Radeon1250). Can this motherboard save you the cost of purchasing a separate video card and will it have the gusto to satisfy your needs of an all around rig?
“ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems (TSE: 2331), has been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987. It was the first motherboard maker in Taiwan to be listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 1994. Today, the company also designs and manufactures barebone and complete systems, such as notebook computers and high-end servers, for distributors worldwide.”
The Motherboard comes in an interesting box; I was reminded of the Rubix cube as soon as I looked at it. Hopefully setting up the BIOS won’t be as hard as the cube was. You’ll also notice that this is an AMD chipset and has ATI graphics on-board.