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August 23, 2006 7:39:59 PM

YA1kR - Yet Another $1k Rig - which I plan to use for number crunching, multi-apps, and a little gaming, no OC'ing. Once I get the system set, I probably won't upgrade, either.

60 Antec SonataII, with 450W ps, cosmetic 2nd
90 Abit KN9S
150 AMD64 X2 3800+, AM2
165 2GB Kingston DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
115 GECUBE GC-HM1600PG2-D3 (RoHS) Radeon X1600PRO 256MB
155 2xWD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATAII - OEM
28 Creative Audigy SE 7.1
25 PS2 mouse/keyboard combo
250 20" widescreen LCD - TBD
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Mail-in rebates should (might) offset tax+shipping.
My first system spec since my current PC (P3 750MHz!), so I could use a good critique.

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August 23, 2006 8:51:23 PM

Because AMD CPUs have an on-die memory controller, the speed of the RAM is directly affected by a divider in proportion to the FSB.

Take a look at this chart:




You're able to get by with the X2 3800+ and the DDR2-667. 2000MHz / 6 = 333MHz. Since DDR2 is double pumped: 333 x 2 = ~667MHz.
Your RAM will operate at its rated speed, but you won't get the same result with DDR2-533. You will however notice a performance gain if you were to go with DDR2-800. It would be able to run at its rated 400MHz.
Below I've recommended some choices. The lower the latency, the better .. but that usually means an increased price tag. Only if you can spare the cash ... otherwise you can get by with the DDR2-667.

Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 PC6400 -- 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
Price - $227.99 (207.99 after $20 MIR)

Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 PC6400 -- 5-5-5-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
Price - $234.99 ($194.99 after $40 MIR)

Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 PC6400 -- 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
Price - $255.00
August 23, 2006 11:30:41 PM

Thanks for the memory tip... I think I'll go with the Corsair w/ 5-5-5-12 timings, to keep the budget down.

Anyone know where I can get supported resolutions for the GECUBE graphics card? I'm trying to 2x check to make sure that it supports wide screen monitors.
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August 24, 2006 1:29:49 AM

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Thanks for the memory tip... I think I'll go with the Corsair w/ 5-5-5-12 timings, to keep the budget down.


That's a bad idea on AM2, but thats all that fits in your budget, I guess thats the only choice you have.
August 24, 2006 6:36:21 PM

How 'bout G.Skill DDR2 800 w/4-4-4-12 timings? The voltage is higher: 2.0-2.1V.
August 24, 2006 7:40:30 PM

Quote:
Thanks for the memory tip... I think I'll go with the Corsair w/ 5-5-5-12 timings, to keep the budget down.


That's a bad idea on AM2, but thats all that fits in your budget, I guess thats the only choice you have.

DDR2-667 with cas 4 will be fine for what he is doing...
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