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New System Build - M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless

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November 7, 2006 10:33:17 PM

Ok here's a system I would like to build but before I go and spend up to $3000 I would like some input on what I have chosen and should I change anything. Another words does it rock as it stands or should I change something?


Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case. All 4 fans will be used, 2 90mm and 2 120mm.

Power Supply: Thermaltake W0116RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card, SLI Mode, if that's possible for 1 video card.

Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel, TWIN2X2048-6400PRO or C4D and still be able to run it at 800, this is where I'm not sure which one to get.

Sound Card: Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Hard Drive 1: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFDRTL 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CD Drive 1: LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI/E-IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe

CD Drive 2: LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SHD-16P1S

Floppy Drive/13 - 1 Drive: MITSUMI Beige 2.0MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader and Floppy Drive Model FA404M

Keyboard: Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser 931376-0403 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Laser Mouse

Monitor: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1


Mostly is there any compatibility problems with the MB, Memory, Video Card, etc..
I'm no computer guru otherwise I probably wouldn't be asking this question.
Also can you run a single video card in SLI mode?

Thanks in advance for any comments.

Bossman700
November 8, 2006 12:47:22 AM

No, you cannot use SLI with one card. You will need a 2nd card. SLI isn't necessary either. For $3000, I'm sure you could get better components. As a better CPU, I'd recommend the Opteron 1216. A 700Watt PSU is not necessary. A 500Watt PSU would leave enough room for upgrades.

Consider this motherboard instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
If you overclock, this thing is really hard to beat. Or, if you just want a solid mobo, it's good too. SLI compatible too.
November 8, 2006 5:33:30 AM

ASUS rcommends a 600W (or larger) PSU for use with the M2N32-SLI Deluxe...
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November 8, 2006 5:37:03 AM

The motherboard has HD 8-channel sound onboard, so unless your looking for special effects the X-Fi is not needed...
With that PSU the top 90mm fan will not fit anymore, that's ok you don't need it anyway....
The FDD is a nice addition for performing bios flashing and such...
A card reader with Audio, USB and 1394 would be a nice touch here...
A flash drive would be a great back-up device.....
The Samsung S-182D CD/DVD/ROM is my favorite optical drive..
ATI's X1950XTX will mop the floor with a 7900GTO..
IMHO the ACER is junk compared to a Viewsonic monitor...
Why on earth would you want 2 different HDD's, what's the story..
Gaming keyboards and fancy mice are nice, but unless your a hardcore gamer and just have to have the latest and greatest then reconsider your choices....
And NO, you can't run a single video card in SLI or CF, but you can buy a 7950GX2 which has 2 GPU's on one card....
November 8, 2006 8:51:15 AM

well i've found the mobo great, and the graphics card. both fantastic overclockers.

you have a nice system there but cant understand how you've managed to spend $3000?! 8O

oh and core 2 duo is the most sensible option right now, unfortunately i missed the boat
November 8, 2006 2:32:25 PM

oops...i hit the wrong button, doh
November 8, 2006 8:32:26 PM

Quote:
The motherboard has HD 8-channel sound onboard, so unless your looking for special effects the X-Fi is not needed...
With that PSU the top 90mm fan will not fit anymore, that's ok you don't need it anyway....
The FDD is a nice addition for performing bios flashing and such...
A card reader with Audio, USB and 1394 would be a nice touch here...
A flash drive would be a great back-up device.....
The Samsung S-182D CD/DVD/ROM is my favorite optical drive..
ATI's X1950XTX will mop the floor with a 7900GTO..
IMHO the ACER is junk compared to a Viewsonic monitor...
Why on earth would you want 2 different HDD's, what's the story..
Gaming keyboards and fancy mice are nice, but unless your a hardcore gamer and just have to have the latest and greatest then reconsider your choices....
And NO, you can't run a single video card in SLI or CF, but you can buy a 7950GX2 which has 2 GPU's on one card....



mad-dog

I do recording and what not so that's the reason for the sound card. I will check out the ATI video card. The reason for 2 HDD's is the Raptor is for Programs (Windows, Office, Games, etc.), the other HDD is for all data (Documents, videos, pictures, etc.). Yes I am definitely a gamer that's why I chose that keyboard and mouse. Also I will look at the 7950GX2 video card.


crompers

The $3000 was a ball park figure. I'm looking more at about $2500 if I buy everything from newegg.com, which I probably won't do cause I shop around to find a better price including tax and S/H.

Thanks for your comments and advice. I anyone has anymore comments or advice please do so, it will be awhile before I get all the components.

Thanks again
Bossman700
November 8, 2006 11:00:31 PM

Now that the 8800's have hit the shelves we can put together a killer system if you want, another week and the NVIDIA 680 chipsets will be hitting the shelves, stir in a couple Gig's of Corsair Dominator, 650W PSU, "the soon to be released AMD 4x4 combo CPU/GPU chip",
Thermaltake Armor Aluminum case, Couple of quiet fans and some LED's....
that will be the system to die for....
November 8, 2006 11:14:03 PM

Or get Crucial Ballistix.
November 8, 2006 11:17:50 PM

Hold off on the new stuff for a while, let the prices come down and figure out if you really want an all DX 10 setup. Secondly, 4x4 is its own system and the AMD CPU/GPU combo is called "Fusion" which is slated to launch in 2009. 4x4 compatible CPU's (FX-68, FX-70, and FX-74) will be avaliable next week for retail purchase. A 4x4 system with a pair of 8800GTX's is the preferable way to go. An AMD 4x4 package will include a 4x4 mobo and 2 CPU's (either 2 FX-68, FX-70, or FX-74 CPU's) and will be avaliable in Jan 2007 for around a $1000. The FX-68 will be clocked at 2.6ghz, the FX-70 at 2.8ghz and the FX-74 at 3ghz. Currently AMD is cancelling out the current AM2 FX series of CPU's to make way for 4x4.

"Fusion" is a single piece of silicon that has both a CPU and GPU on it. It's intended for a "Barebones" setup or corporate use only(read: low graphics useage). AMD still recognizes the use of a standalone VGA and is currently working on producing a 8800GTX killer so to speak.
November 9, 2006 1:18:06 AM

You're the man Spartan, thanx for correcting me and breaking that down.

So you're saying that AMD is building their own GPU which is gonna mop the floor with a 8800...?

The days of using PSU's are limited, pretty soon we will be using disposable fuel cells and liquid oxygen cooled CPU's with magnetic resonance imaging graphics cards.....the future is a wonderful thing bro...
November 9, 2006 10:55:16 PM

If I'm interpreting what I read correctly, then yes. The next gen Radeon's are supposed to incorperate AMD's power efficency and reliabilty into something that's similar in size to an 8800GTX (as far as memory and pixle pipelines are concerned), but will use GDDR4 memory and a card that isn't much bigger than a 7900GTX (about 9"-10").

A 4x4 mobo has 2 CPU sockets and is compliant with the Full ATX form factor. 4x4 is, simply put, 2 identical CPU's in an SLI configuration that allows the user to scale the system based on there demands. For those of you old enough to remember the days when 2 highly OC'ed Duron's on a Full ATX mobo that cost roughly $300 max (2 CPU and mobo together) beat out any high performance CPU that by itself was $600, this is exactly what 4x4 is trying to bring back. 2 cheap, high quality CPU's put together that out perform any ultra-high quality and expensive single CPU setup.

But its also rumored that a AMD ATi has a 17" long VGA on the horizon that will literally be a PC by itself, but don't quote me on that and I'm very sure someone was pulling legs when they said that.
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