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AMD X2 3800+ - HELP CHOOSING MOTHERBOARD & GRAPHICS CARD

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February 9, 2006 1:13:57 PM

Thank you for taking the time to read my posting. I’m new round here and require some help with components for the new PC I am planning to build.

I have chosen the AMD X2 3800+ chip and now need help over choosing a suitable bits and pieces for it. I have not tried Overclocking, but am interested in trying it in the future.

I have a budget of around £100 ($175) to spend on a Motherboard give or take and would like at least 6 USB2 & 2 Firewire ports if possible as well as it having PCI express.

For the Graphics card I have around £170 ($250) to spend. I’m quite interested in the ATI in Wonder cards as would like the option of a TV turner and recorder as well as the option of fast encoding speeds. Are the All in wonder cards any good or is it better to buy a GFX card and add a separate TV tuner instead? I don’t really do much gaming but am into graphics apps like Photoshop & Illustrator CS2 etc....

I plan to add 1 gig of DDR for now and would be willing to spend up to around £75 ($140) on this.

I am going to go for a Samsung HDD as I understand these are one of the quietest on the market.

I would like to add a dual layer DVD burner and want the Light Scribe feature on it, any suggestions? For this I would like to spend no more than £40 ($75).

I have chosen a good case but need a PSU and again would like to spend no more than £45 ($80). I would like it to have sufficient power and to be as quite as possible for the price.

Is the heat sink fan that comes with the AMD 3800 ok to stick with? I would like it to be as quiet as possible - is it worth upgrading?

Any other suggestions and additions would be greatly appreciated – thanks in advance![/
February 9, 2006 1:42:05 PM

For the X2 3800, this epox board is good and will do the job nicely. I really don't have experience with ATI cards so someone else will have to step in there. As far as memory goes, Corsair , Mushkin, OCZ are names that come to mind. Epox
February 9, 2006 1:44:30 PM

Im very familiar with Corsair, very good overcloking and stabe.
February 9, 2006 1:52:22 PM

that board does not have SLI, which you would want if you want good graphics power
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