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PC Upgrade, need final advice on some parts

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June 9, 2006 5:00:12 PM

Hey all.. building a new gaming rig and need some PSU advice.

All I do is play WoW, some City of Heroes, throw in Guild Wars.. no shooters.

I currently have:

Athlon T-Bird 2600+
1.5 Gig of DDR Ram
GeForce FX5200
MSI Mobo

So pretty much anything will be an upgrade. I am going AM2 for the upgrade path to K8L but don't need a dual core right now until the software catches up.

I do not want SLI right now as I don't think it's as good as a single card.

Here's my plan to date:

AM2 3800+
2 gig of Ram DDR800 Most likely
XFX or eVGA 7600GT vid Card
I have an Audigy 2 Platinum Gamer sound card I will be keeping as well.

Now what Mobo is good? nforce I assume but which chipset?

What kind of Power supply do I need? I have an antec 380 Watt Truepower now. Will that be enough to run things?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
-Chris
June 9, 2006 5:46:46 PM

Antec truepower series are excellent, I would say you are good to go.

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eXtreme PSU calc"]System Type: Single Processor
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2000 MHz AM2 Windsor
CPU Utilization (TDP): 100% TDP

RAM: 2 Sticks DDR2 SDRAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
Video Type: Single Card

SATA HDD: 1 HDD

DVD-RW/DVD+RW Drive: 1 Drive

Sound Blaster - All Models: Yes
Additional PCI Card (avg): 1 Card

Fans
Regular: 1 Fan 80mm; 1 Fan 120mm;

Motherboard, keyboard and mouse: Yes

PSU Utilization: 100% (peak utilization)

Total: 235 Watts
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I was considering an MSI K9N Neo-F just cause it was relatively cheap... I am sure it will work once configured properly - gotta love those noob newegg reviewers :lol: 
June 9, 2006 6:17:04 PM

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I was considering an MSI K9N Neo-F just cause it was relatively cheap... I am sure it will work once configured properly - gotta love those noob newegg reviewers


Yeah Im the one that posted that review at newegg. You can tell the two bad reviews are from the same person if you read them. Stupid noob doesnt have a clue.
The board is great, no problems whatsoever. Everything fired up with DDR2-800 and worked the first time. I bought OCZ memory and it requires 2.1v. The mobo defaulted at 1.8v and therefore wouldnt even load windows. Once I bumped the voltage up to 2.1v it worked great.
I also used the msi corecell software to to overclock my sempron64 from 2.0 to 2.22. It only went up 1-2c under full load over stock speed using the stock fan. Increased my cpu score in 3dmark05 from 4700 to 5200. My best cpu score with my p4 2.6 northwood was 3600 so its a vast improvement
The nforce 550, 570, 590 are the best available right now for AM2.
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