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May 15, 2006 10:37:21 PM

Hi guys this is my first post on tom's hardware forum. I would like some comments about my future system it will be used mainly for gaming and some work projects.

Case: Enermax CS-527 Blk Tower Case w/oPSU w/Side Window

PSU: Q-TEC 550 WATTS DUAL FAN 24PIN PSU

MOBO: Asus A8N-SLi Std S939 NF4 PCI-E-SLI/DDR/SATA ATX Motherboard

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 64-bit 939 pin w/Fan

RAM: 2x SAMSUNG 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 533Mhz 240PIN

MEM: 250Gb 7200rpm 16Mb Buffer - Maxtor SATA2 Hard Drive 250Gb

Graphics: 256MB Gainward PCI-Express GF 7800GT TV/DVI VGA Card

What do you think were can I improve my system?

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May 16, 2006 2:00:45 AM

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Hi guys this is my first post on tom's hardware forum. I would like some comments about my future system it will be used mainly for gaming and some work projects.

Case: Enermax CS-527 Blk Tower Case w/oPSU w/Side Window

PSU: Q-TEC 550 WATTS DUAL FAN 24PIN PSU

MOBO: Asus A8N-SLi Std S939 NF4 PCI-E-SLI/DDR/SATA ATX Motherboard

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 64-bit 939 pin w/Fan

RAM: 2x SAMSUNG 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 533Mhz 240PIN

MEM: 250Gb 7200rpm 16Mb Buffer - Maxtor SATA2 Hard Drive 250Gb

Graphics: 256MB Gainward PCI-Express GF 7800GT TV/DVI VGA Card



What do you think were can I improve my system?

NEVER heard of the PSU, get a name brand. The motherboard is horrible, avoid A8N-SLI boards.

But thats all I can say, you never said when you are going to build it, how much you want to spend, if you need a monitor,etc. PLEASE include revelant information when you make posts if you expect a good posting reponse.
May 16, 2006 2:34:19 AM

Just an observation. I think your motherboard supports DDR memory, but you have specified DDR2 memory. You might want to double check that everything is compatible before your purchase.
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May 16, 2006 2:38:01 AM

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Just an observation. I think your motherboard supports DDR memory, but you have specified DDR2 memory. You might want to double check that everything is compatible before your purchase.


Yep hes right. Tisk tisk shadow duck you should have been on top of that :D 
May 16, 2006 3:21:32 AM

Get a 7900GT, they are about the same price and faster. The 7800GTs are no longer being produced.
May 16, 2006 3:39:04 AM

Q-Tec is a European manufacturer, I believe... They may make ok PSUs, but you may want to check out an Antec TPII - 550W as it is outstanding for similar price.

Other stuff... I agree with other posters... get a 7900GT and DDR-400 memory and you have the makings of a pretty good rig.
May 16, 2006 4:28:49 AM

Why does A8N32-SLI mobo suck? Here is my setup.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe SLI ready
64 X2 3800 I overclocked from 2.0 to 2.2
WD740GD 74.3 GB SATA 10,000
XP Pro
Logisys Clear Acrylic Case with blue lights
Black Pioneer 16X DVD DVR-DVR-111-BK
Corsair XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DIMM-TWINX2048-3200C2PT
X-Finity 600-Watt Power Supply SLI ready
Chaintech 7900 GTX

One kick ass rig!

It cost me 1450.00
May 16, 2006 9:37:08 AM

I am planning of buying the parts in the coming weeks regarding monitor I am going for a 17" TFT with 8ms refresh I thing viewsonic. I personally like Asus MOBO so what do you suggest for a good MOBO, Asus if possible. I think I will go for the 7900GT graphics.
May 16, 2006 10:30:49 AM

the Q-tec PSU is fine they are a reasonably well known brand. try to stretch for a dual core CPU the x2 3800+ perhaps and also wait for AM2 then you will have potential upgrade avenues and also your chosen RAM will work!
May 16, 2006 2:44:31 PM

Yes I agree wait for the AM2. Prices should drop at a good rante for the 939 chips! From what I've read the AM2 chips won't be that much faster. Wait untill the first week of june then order your gear. The setup that I have is awome and easy as hell to overclock!
May 16, 2006 3:07:26 PM

I just told you what rig I got! It is the same thing as alienware's top of line dektop. I don't have liquid though. If you are going to get a flat panel get a Dell 24 inch wide panel wide screen. They are nice, and cost around 500.00
May 16, 2006 3:47:52 PM

Hi there. I haven't read the other guys answer, but I would personally go with a dual-core cpu. Since you want to use AMD cpu, go with I'd say a A64X2 4200+ or 4600+ depending on your budget. I say this because most game from now on will be multithreaded. This and the fact that you won't notice as much a difference in your performance when you want to, say, do a virus check while playing.

Last thing, I'd wait for AM2 socket AMD cpu to be out before buying to preserve your upgrade path for the long term. Performance won't be better, but you'll be better off in a year from now. I don't want to start a war, so forget me saying that the futur Conroe cpu from Intel might be even better. Anyway, it's only speculation for now.

My 2 cents! Good luck!!!!
May 16, 2006 3:50:08 PM

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I am planning of buying the parts in the coming weeks regarding monitor I am going for a 17" TFT with 8ms refresh I thing viewsonic. I personally like Asus MOBO so what do you suggest for a good MOBO, Asus if possible. I think I will go for the 7900GT graphics.


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I just told you what rig I got! It is the same thing as alienware's top of line dektop. I don't have liquid though. If you are going to get a flat panel get a Dell 24 inch wide panel wide screen. They are nice, and cost around 500.00


that reply to that post makes no sence!
also a £500 screen when he is suggesting a 17" cheap one is not very useful!
it like me telling you to get a £3000 screen its going to be better but its not what you can afford!
May 16, 2006 5:25:48 PM

He is going to pay around 300.00 anyway. Anywho if he had the money that would be a good lcd to get. So yeah it makes alot of sence. When he buys the screen then wants to upgrade he is stuck with th 17inch!!!

And I can say that you are comparing apples to oranges!!!! a 500 to a 3,000 monitor, define your logic behind that. LOL
Also in his orginal post he asks for comments!!! Well what do you think I gave????? hahahahahaha
May 16, 2006 5:42:04 PM

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Just an observation. I think your motherboard supports DDR memory, but you have specified DDR2 memory. You might want to double check that everything is compatible before your purchase.


Yep hes right. Tisk tisk shadow duck you should have been on top of that :D 

I am given one free miss a day!
May 16, 2006 5:45:14 PM

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Why does A8N32-SLI mobo suck? Here is my setup.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe SLI ready
64 X2 3800 I overclocked from 2.0 to 2.2
WD740GD 74.3 GB SATA 10,000
XP Pro
Logisys Clear Acrylic Case with blue lights
Black Pioneer 16X DVD DVR-DVR-111-BK
Corsair XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DIMM-TWINX2048-3200C2PT
X-Finity 600-Watt Power Supply SLI ready
Chaintech 7900 GTX

One kick ass rig!

It cost me 1450.00


Because they have a VERY high rate of failure and numerous problems. Just ask Wusy.
May 16, 2006 11:28:21 PM

Wow never heard of any problems with Asus. Before I bought the mobo I did alot of research on the net about how the product performs. Most of the articles were peer reviewed and they said that it was a excellent product. Ever since I bought and made the computer, it runs great. It is so easy to overclock. But I think now matter where you go someone will say one product is better than another. :lol: 
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