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July 26, 2006 7:50:33 PM

I will be putting together a new system shortly so some advice would be dearly appreciated.

I defenately opted against against a conroe solution because I think this platform will need some time to establish.

So AM2 it will be.

My proposal:

4800+
ASUS M2N-E, nF570 Ultra

Thats the base.

What I want with that is 4Gigs of RAM (I will be doing a lot of soundworks which needs awfully loads of memory); Just which one? and will it be working fine with that MB?

Furthermore I intend to get a fast, small raptor as system and scratch disk along with a bigger (around 300GB) data storage solution.

Sound will be provided via a pro PCI card.

I am eager to get your input on that.

Thanks

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July 26, 2006 8:03:00 PM

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I will be putting together a new system shortly so some advice would be dearly appreciated.

I defenately opted against against a conroe solution because I think this platform will need some time to establish.

So AM2 it will be.

My proposal:

4800+
ASUS M2N-E, nF570 Ultra

Thats the base.

What I want with that is 4Gigs of RAM (I will be doing a lot of soundworks which needs awfully loads of memory); Just which one? and will it be working fine with that MB?

Furthermore I intend to get a fast, small raptor as system and scratch disk along with a bigger (around 300GB) data storage solution.

Sound will be provided via a pro PCI card.

I am eager to get your input on that.

Thanks


Few thoughts on what you want.. Right now I would not get above a 4200+. The new 65nm AM2 CPUs (if Core2 is any indication) should have vastly improved performace. I would get a lower CPU now, and pop in one of those when they are available.

As for RAM, 4GB right now just does not work very well. XP Pro 32-bit does not run well with that much RAM. You can buy 4GB and pop in the other 2GB when Vista comes out which handles that much RAM much better. XP gets crashy with > 2GB of RAM and slows down.

Honestly, I don't find Raptors worth the price you pay for them. I think a RAID-0 solution would serve you much better. 2 80GB drives should do the trick nicely.

Raptor 74GB- $169
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136033

WD 80GB hard drive- $42.99 x 2 = $85.98 half the price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106
July 26, 2006 8:40:09 PM

the single core 3800+ is definetly a good choice.... It runs fast and I didn't spend a grand on it.
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July 27, 2006 12:11:56 AM

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I agree with both of the previous posters. A X2 3800+ will do whatever you need at $157.
You wont need the raptor either, a couple fast 16mb buffer WD's in Raid0 is great.
As for memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145034
out of stock, so my second choice would be
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227139
If money is no object
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145035
Remember, the lower the latency the better AM2 will perform. But's in my opinioin it doesnt justify the cost.


Your second choice will cause issues. OCZ + Asus AM2 = no go sadly.
July 27, 2006 12:38:05 AM

I'm buying a new computer aswell and I don't know if I should go for the Single or Double core 3800+, what do you think?
July 27, 2006 1:06:58 AM

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I'm buying a new computer aswell and I don't know if I should go for the Single or Double core 3800+, what do you think?


Get the X2 3800+.
July 27, 2006 1:27:02 AM

Alright thanks! :) 
July 27, 2006 1:34:55 AM

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I'm buying a new computer aswell and I don't know if I should go for the Single or Double core 3800+, what do you think?


In terms of Memory performance, the single-core 3800+ beats out the X2 3800+. You also have to realize that the single-core 3800+ is rated at 2.4GHz, while the dual-core 3800+ is rated at 2.0GHz.
July 27, 2006 2:01:24 AM

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I'm buying a new computer aswell and I don't know if I should go for the Single or Double core 3800+, what do you think?


In terms of Memory performance, the single-core 3800+ beats out the X2 3800+. You also have to realize that the single-core 3800+ is rated at 2.4GHz, while the dual-core 3800+ is rated at 2.0GHz.

Wait, how does that work? I don't understand. . . Then what makes the X2 3800+ better and more expensive?
July 27, 2006 2:12:51 AM

Better? Ummm ... I suppose it's better for applications written to take advantage of the multi-threaded potential. You should also be able to run various programs/apps within the Windows environment while experiencing less slow down in comparison to the single-core CPUs.
Performance boost in games? ... mehh, not so much -- maybe none actually.

More expensive? Well it has two "cores" on a single die ... so think of it logically.
July 27, 2006 2:39:11 AM

So there's really not much of a point to getting the duel-core instead of the single for gaming purposes atleast.
July 27, 2006 2:49:12 AM

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So there's really not much of a point to getting the duel-core instead of the single for gaming purposes atleast.


As of right now, I'd say that's an accurate statement.
July 27, 2006 3:11:11 AM

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So there's really not much of a point to getting the duel-core instead of the single for gaming purposes atleast.


But that's if you're only going to be gaming. BTW, games are coming out that are dual-core optimized.
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