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Building 4 Workstations - Feedback Request

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November 23, 2005 8:25:58 PM

Workstations

ASPIRE ATXA2XPW-BK/420 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case ATX 420W dual fan power supply Power Supply - Retail
$90.00 X 4

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX - Retail
$152.00 X 4

ASUS A8V-MX Socket 939 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail
$62.00 X 4

Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model PSD1G400KH - Retail
$83.95 X 4

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$62.00 X 4

Microsoft K99-00001 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Ergonomics Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM
$30.99 X 4

SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
$7.25 X 4

SAMSUNG 913V-Black 19" 12ms LCD Monitor - Retail
$292.99 X 4

LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD Burner Model SHW-1635S - OEM
$39.99 X 4

Workstation Cost: $528.18 + $292.99 (monitor)

More about : building workstations feedback request

November 23, 2005 9:44:50 PM

Stay away from VIA! Get something like the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra.
November 24, 2005 6:16:32 AM

Agreed buy only nVidia, ATI or Intel chipsets. VIA and SIS suck.

the rest looks pretty sweet. You didnt actually say what the workstations were for, so I cant be too specific.
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November 24, 2005 8:16:20 AM

I'd drop the extra $10 to get a good board like the Chaintech VNF4-Ultra.
November 24, 2005 11:17:16 AM

The reason VIA sucks is compatibility issues and lack of customer support. SiS used to make some great AMD chipsets - great speed, rock solid and worked with damn near everything. Today, ULis M1695 performs really well and fills a niche by being a bridge between AGP and PCIe. Not to mention the M1575 southbridge that many mfrs are going to pair with ATi RD480 northbridge. There are options - some better - outside of the companies you mentioned.

Crash: Have you seen any other boards with the ULi1695/1575 chipset? The only thing that I've seen on the street so far is the Asrock 939Dual...
November 24, 2005 2:07:07 PM

I believe the M1567 is the one that supports AGP and normally paired with the M1695. Now, the later southbridge without AGP support is often used with ATI chipsets and supports some newer features, but I'd rather forgo the extra features for a tripple VGA board using RD480 and M1567!
November 24, 2005 11:36:49 PM

That's a great theory and could lead to immersive gaming! What kind of CPU would you need to keep up with that type of workload? It would have to be a heavyweight.... :shock:
November 25, 2005 3:28:22 PM

Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. I plan to use the motherboard that you suggested, and get a cheap video card. That should be a good build for that workstation.