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September 2, 2006 5:48:00 AM

I'm trying to build a new desktop pc and I was curious about the computer specs I want to put into my system. I want to know if this would be considered a good setup for 3DMark 2006, and many of the newer and older games like Halflife 2, and Doom 3 etc. which I still haven't had the chance to play yet because of my current outdated system build back in 1999-2000 ...

ATX ColorIt 480W Power Supply - $0. Being salvaged from my existing computer

Asus M2NPV-VM & 2.0GHZ 3800+ AMD 64-X2 Dual Core Processor Combo - $239.98
http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=296&mo...

1GB PC4200 Dual Channel Kingston DDR2-800 Memory (533MHZ) Speed - $64.99

BFG Tech 256MB GDDR3 7600GT PCI-E x16 - $129.99

Maxtor 200GB ATA-Serial HDD - $54.99

Other ....

Viewsonic 19inch Flatscreen moniter
100 Watt Speakers, and Fruit cake shaped subwoofer ...
52X CD Rom Drive ...
I have one question about the memory, would I be able to run just one, or would I need to run two considering it says dual channel?

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September 2, 2006 3:13:46 PM

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I'm trying to build a new desktop pc and I was curious about the computer specs I want to put into my system. I want to know if this would be considered a good setup for 3DMark 2006, and many of the newer and older games like Halflife 2, and Doom 3 etc. which I still haven't had the chance to play yet because of my current outdated system build back in 1999-2000 ...

ATX ColorIt 480W Power Supply - $0. Being salvaged from my existing computer

Asus M2NPV-VM & 2.0GHZ 3800+ AMD 64-X2 Dual Core Processor Combo - $239.98
http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=296&mo...

1GB PC4200 Dual Channel Kingston DDR2-800 Memory (533MHZ) Speed - $64.99

BFG Tech 256MB GDDR3 7600GT PCI-E x16 - $129.99

Maxtor 200GB ATA-Serial HDD - $54.99

Other ....

Viewsonic 19inch Flatscreen moniter
100 Watt Speakers, and Fruit cake shaped subwoofer ...
52X CD Rom Drive ...
I have one question about the memory, would I be able to run just one, or would I need to run two considering it says dual channel?


Well .. to answer your question no.

DDR2-533 (I am a little confused by DDR2-800/(533MHz) but based on the price I am guessing that DDR2-533) is horrible for AM2. Kingston is not good RAM period.

Change the RAM to some Corsair XMS DDR2-800 CAS4. Any reason why you are getting a microATX board with onboard video? Unless you need one for your case or whatever, get the Asus M2N-E instead.
September 2, 2006 5:16:00 PM

This is what I would do, but this is just me...


Drop the AM2, the 939's thrive enough on the tight memory timings and lower bandwidth of DDR ram to make it almost if not just as efficent as a AM2 with DDR 2 ram. That is ofcourse until DDR ram starting getting crazy expensive.

If you wish to go AM2 X2 3800+ instead of 939 X2 3800+ then invest in a better AM2 motherboard, prefereably a ATX.

The PSU look good, whats the amps like on the 12 volt rail(s)?

You'll want a DVD ROM atleast, and for the price why not a 16X +/- R/RW DVD burner???? Their like $35 to your door from newegg.com
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September 3, 2006 5:02:16 AM

I have a problem ... I went with the 3800 AMD 64-X2 and Asus Board ...

Sorry about the memory mess up I purchased some Cosair 4200 DDR2 Memory 2GB Dual ...

Anyhow after putting everything together I boot up and the computer wants to start up XP Professional, but the computer just goes into a infinite reboot non-stop, with windows xp errors and a safe mode that I cannot enter into ....

Now as for the power supply it is a newer power supply because it has the PCI-E Connector and the ATX 12 Volt Connector, and a 20-Pin Power Plug with 480 watts. I checked in bios and it says @12V's it's 15amps on the box, I get a reading of 11.95 to 11.89 on the +12V. Is this a power problem?

Also I'm running an older possible ATA-100 Harddrive ...

My windows XP Professional is SP2, but may have some chipset drivers from my old existing DFI board ...

I'm just throwing possiblities, I'm curious to what could be causing the problem??
September 3, 2006 5:52:33 AM

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My windows XP Professional is SP2, but may have some chipset drivers from my old existing DFI board ...


Wait a sec....... You're using an install from your old system? Try backing up everything you want or need and doing a fresh install. This should solve all your problems. Also I'd consider scrapping the old drive, or if your insist on keeping it at least use the new drive for your windows install.
September 3, 2006 5:58:44 AM

I noticed you have some good questions. My question to you is what is your budget first? After that I can probably give you some great links to products to help you put together a fairly nice system. Reply back or just PM me if you want some more indepth info. By the way do you like to mod/overclock at all?
September 3, 2006 11:53:00 PM

The Asus board was no good. I took it back to the store this morning. Even with 2GB Dual Cosair DDR2-533 Memory I had problems. I was $600 into it and knew I had spent way too much already.

I currently purchased a Abit KN8 SLI board, with a 939 Socket 3800 AMD 64 (2.4Ghz) ...
I purchased some Dual Kingston DDR-400 Memory - I know, I know, but I'll give it another try ... they were a good price ..
I'm still running the ATA Serial 150 (200GB Harddrive)
I purchased an ATI X800XL card also.
Hopefully I wont be going back to the store anytime soon.

I'll keep you guys posted ..
September 4, 2006 9:56:01 PM

I had thought that you hadnt purchased the items yet. :? Well from the looks of it, you have a decent system. But if its at all possible for you to return the items WITHOUT a restock fee id personally recomend buying some stuff from Newegg.com. let me know if you can do anything at all.
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