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Gaming Machine: Final Build?

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February 21, 2006 9:46:08 PM

Well i've just about chosen everything for my new gaming machine. These are the parts:

PSU: Cooler Master Real Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item...

Vid Card: x1900xt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: Athlon 3700+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Memory: 2gb Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Mobo: A8N
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


I'm mainly looking for some criticisms, especially related to the motherboard. It's a fairly inexpensive mobo, but got some great reviews. It looks simple enough for what I want (i probably will never go for 2x graphics cards). Also, if anyone has some feedback for the power supply, that'd be great. I've read a bunch of reviews and I realize just how important a good PSU is, and It seems like the Cooler Masters are the best all around PSU. It's 450W, but I think that should be enough.. I don't plan on having alot of drives, but the x1900xt may require more...?

Thanks in advance for any input, hoping to get this all ordered within the next week or two!
February 21, 2006 10:08:52 PM

I don't personally like the Asus boards. I owned one before this rig, and owned the A8N SLI Premium. I didn't like it, I had nothing but problems getting the Ethernet ports to work reliably. The Asus board I had before was the P4P800SE deluxe. It crapped out on me.

I now own the Epox 9NPA+ Ultra, No SLI(which I don't use), but pretty much every other perk you can think of! It's great and Not too expensive.
February 21, 2006 10:19:05 PM

Seems like a decent motherboard (the Epox) but i just read some reviews on newegg and people seem to be having some trouble with USB? have you had any issues with this? (a fix?)
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February 21, 2006 10:29:34 PM

I haven't had any problems. I always make sure to update the bios as soon as I get the board so that I don't encounter issues like this. It's probably a bios issue. I've never had ANY problems with this board.

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2465

Ties even with the DFI board for the best NF4 Ultra based board.
February 21, 2006 10:38:56 PM

going over that article I think I probably would make the switch from asus to epox .. little side question though, i'm not a tech idiot but I've never flashed a bios before (never had to) .. is this a pretty simple process w/ the epox?
February 21, 2006 10:50:11 PM

Just use their "Magic BIOS" utility and you can do it from windows. It automatically downloads the bios from their server and then flashes it.
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