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March 24, 2006 10:24:27 PM

First off, it's been a while since I've dealt with new computer hardware, so please bear with me.

I currently have an intel 2.4cpu, radeon 9800pro, based system. It was good while it lasted but is no longer cutting it. I primarily use my computer for gaming. I want to switch to an AMD system, based on what I've read. The parts I'm going to order are:

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

Motherboard- ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569

Video Card- GeForce 7900 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150139

Ram- CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

Drive-Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106

Questions:

1) Just to be sure, is what I've listed compatible? I'm fairly certain it is but just checking.

2) My current power supply is a 400W Zalman (ZM400A). I think that's enough power, but am I going to run into power connection problems? I heard the new pci express graphics cards use special power connections off of the power supply.

3) How is onboard sound these days? Back in the day it used to suck.

4) Will my IDE DVD-ROM drive work with this motherboard?


Thank you for your time reading this, any recommendations you can give would be appreciated.
March 24, 2006 11:43:02 PM

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First off, it's been a while since I've dealt with new computer hardware, so please bear with me.

I currently have an intel 2.4cpu, radeon 9800pro, based system. It was good while it lasted but is no longer cutting it. I primarily use my computer for gaming. I want to switch to an AMD system, based on what I've read. The parts I'm going to order are:

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

Motherboard- ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569

Video Card- GeForce 7900 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150139

Ram- CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

Drive-Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106

Questions:

1) Just to be sure, is what I've listed compatible? I'm fairly certain it is but just checking.

2) My current power supply is a 400W Zalman (ZM400A). I think that's enough power, but am I going to run into power connection problems? I heard the new pci express graphics cards use special power connections off of the power supply.

3) How is onboard sound these days? Back in the day it used to suck.

4) Will my IDE DVD-ROM drive work with this motherboard?


Thank you for your time reading this, any recommendations you can give would be appreciated.


1) Yes they are, however I would spend an extra $14 and get the Asus A8N-E board which uses the Ultra NF4 chipset which gives you SATA II among other things.

2) 400W should work, however the power supply needs a 4 pin connector on it for the extra 4 pins required by the motherboard. A better idea is to upgrade to a new PSU in the 550W range. Antec Truepower II 550W is a good buy at $95.

3) Onboard sound is alot better than it used to be and serviceable, but a sound card in the $30-50 range will still do you better.

4) Yes no problem, the board has IDE and you won't have issues. However if you dont have one already, you can pick up a DVD burner for $38 on Newegg.

5) Switch out your hard drive for one with 16MB cache. It wont add much to the cost and will improve drive performance.
March 25, 2006 1:35:58 AM

I knew I'd probably overlook something. I'll switch to that other motherboard, and I'll just get a new power supply as well. I was going to postpone gettting another gig of ram but it does look fairly cheap.

Thanks Shadowduck and Prozac, I appreciate the advice!
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March 26, 2006 1:53:40 AM

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I agree somewhat.

I wouldn't get a sound card. Onboard is good enough, and there's always room to upgrade. Onboard sound now is good, unless you're an audiophile.
I agree with A8N-E, comes with NF4 Ultra, which I would highly recommend.
I wouldn't suggest spending more to get a 16mb cache hard drive. It would cost too much. He's on a budget.
I would suggest a high quality power supply, with about 450W, and also I would go for 2gb of RAM.


About the hard drive:
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200M0 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150- $85.00

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200S0 200GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150
$90.50

As I said, its only a few dollars more now for maybe a 3-5% increase in drive performance.
March 26, 2006 2:01:42 AM

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My current power supply is a 400W Zalman (ZM400A). I think that's enough power, but am I going to run into power connection problems? I heard the new pci express graphics cards use special power connections off of the power supply.


That is true, but you 7900GT is special in that it doesn't require additional power connection. THe PCI-E lane will give it enough power (75W). Still, I would get a PSU with more juice since they only get less efficient over time. 450W to 500W would be good for you.
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