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October 13, 2008 3:36:43 PM

Need help figuring this stuff out since I know nothing about wattage I'm not sure if I'll end up blowing the cpu out

Motherboard
Foxconn 915PL7AE-8EKRS LGA 775 Intel 915PL ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

RAM
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Video Card
VGA SAPPHIRE 100175L X1650PRO 512MB

Tower
CASE RAIDMAX|ATX-868WBP BLK 420W RT

your help will be much appreciated. Thank you.
October 13, 2008 3:48:06 PM

I doubt a 915 board is going to run an E5000 series chip, get a P35, P43, or P43 board instead if you're looking for a reasonably priced board.

good cpu

get ddr2 800 ram to go with whichever board you choose

good HDD

You should get a pci-e video card, something like a 4650 might fit your budget. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Raidmax power supplies are pretty poor.
October 13, 2008 3:49:51 PM

Should be ok, as the X1650 doesn't need much juice. Rule of thumb is get the best Power Supply you can afford and dont get one of those cheap, go faster XPower/Icute power supplies. Get a Hiper power supply or similar.
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a b ) Power supply
October 13, 2008 4:07:57 PM

NukeKnight, do you already own that Foxconn motherboard? If so, get rid of it and follow uguv's recommendations. As a bonus, DDR2 800 memory is less expensive than DDR 400 memory and newer motherboards are not limited to 2 GB of maximum memory
October 13, 2008 4:20:38 PM

lucky not, this all started as a attempt to upgrade my dell which had I done my research I would have realized that it was not possible. So now I have this card which is way better then my original and now I'm trying to find a mother board that can use it since AGP i basically a dead spot, the only reason I looked at foxconn was it appeared to be the only motherboard with both AGP and PCI E if I decided to ever upgrade. Thanks for the help and keep it coming.
October 13, 2008 4:20:44 PM

Building on what others said,
If you don't have those parts, don't buy them.

If you do own them, try putting the old processor back into the system and sell that system.

Then use that money to help build a new system.
October 13, 2008 4:25:45 PM

Ah sorry, I didn't realize you already have the card. I think you'll have trouble finding a board that supports AGP and an E5200 but if I find anything I'll post it.
a c 137 ) Power supply
October 13, 2008 4:35:24 PM

There is a market for everything on E-bay. Parts will often sell for more individually, than a whole PC. Keep what you can use, such as the case, hard drive cd/dvd, and perhaps the OS. Sell the rest and build what you want.
a b ) Power supply
October 13, 2008 4:40:44 PM

The ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 is not a highend motherboard, but it has support for the E5200 and the AGP card. I built a PC based on an older ASRock motherboard for the same reasons and it works well. Make sure that it's compatible with your AGP card before buying it.
October 13, 2008 9:43:41 PM

Question about the hard drive how would transferring that from a Dell to a home made system effect it? would the OS still work as if nothing happened?
a c 137 ) Power supply
October 13, 2008 9:51:35 PM

NukeKnight said:
Question about the hard drive how would transferring that from a Dell to a home made system effect it? would the OS still work as if nothing happened?

It will not work unless you have an original OS that you can do a new install with. I think OEM's like Dell only put a restorable image on an area of the hard drive. It is an OEM OS that is supposed to be tied to the original PC, only. It will only work with the original motherboard. I think you should plan on buying another OS. If you have a windows cd/dvd,though, you should be able to use it , even with a different motherboard.

You should be able to format that dell hard drive during Windows/vista install so you can use it.
October 13, 2008 9:58:20 PM

Ok Thanks Geofelt does the FSB matter a whole lot? Say I have a tower that supports a 800 FSB
October 13, 2008 10:11:34 PM

Disregard last message
October 13, 2008 10:16:27 PM

NukeKnight said:
Ok Thanks Geofelt does the FSB matter a whole lot? Say I have a tower that supports a 800 FSB



Are you pulling our leg or are you really in that much trouble?
October 13, 2008 10:23:17 PM

Mind slipped realized it was probably the most retarded question in existence that's why I came back with Disregard last message. I know the answer and feel dumb for asking one that makes no sense.
October 13, 2008 10:43:36 PM

Send the Video card back. It dosent work ...right?...Right!

Now how much do you have to spend ?
You can gut the DELL case and use that for starters.
a c 137 ) Power supply
October 13, 2008 10:54:44 PM

NukeKnight said:
Ok Thanks Geofelt does the FSB matter a whole lot? Say I have a tower that supports a 800 FSB


A 800RPM Fan Speed Blower(FSB) should not matter much to your case(enclosure or situation).

Just kidding.

When you think you know what you want to do, post an updated list for review, I know you will get a lot of opinions.

---good luck---
October 14, 2008 12:36:04 AM

Heres the New Look

Motherboard
BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD

CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.1GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

RAM
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Video Card
ZOTAC ZT-96TES3P-FSP GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
October 14, 2008 5:54:34 PM

Gonna use the same tower since I have one lieing around will look at power supplies after I get feedback on if the machine is acceptable.
October 14, 2008 7:30:34 PM

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC ZT-96TES3P-FSP GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You will need an OS also.
KB/Mouse
Monotor

edit: Total $443.94
October 15, 2008 12:49:07 AM

Thanks Knot
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