Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon/XP/Duron Processors, Model# A7N8X Deluxe Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?description=1...
From what I have heard this is a really good mobo, all though If anyone has any suggestions about a diffrent one or knows of anyproblems with it, please tell me.
All Together so far this comes to about 500 dollars.
I already have the optical drives that I would be using with this computer, and will probably purchase the 80GB Maxtor Hard Drive's frequently on sale at Staples to save a few more dollars.
That just leaves a video card, and sound card. For the video card, can anyone recommend a good mid-priced card that would be able to handle upcoming games quite well(Like HL2,etc.). And for the sound card, is the diffrence between the onboard soundcard on the mobo, and something like an audigy 2, that big? I have a set of Logitech Z-640 speakers and would I be able to notice a big diffrence if I purchased an Audigy 2? I do spend alot of time listening to music, but would not consider myself a high-end audophile( As it should be apperent by the fact the Z-640s only cost about $70 )
If anyone can suggest any changes, or has an advice on the parts I have selcted, please tell me. I'm conserned about cost, but I also dont want to have a system that becomes antiquated very quickly.
Are you planning for OC? if not, I guess that buy PC2700 ram would also be good
Mid range video card? Radeon9500Pro and above
GeForce 4 Ti series or fx5600Ultra
will they be able to handle HL2? I don't know..
Sound card? Audigy2? I guess that your mobo comes with an excellent "sound card" that beats Audigy2
buy Audigy2 if you are buying another mobo like MSI K7N2..(forgot the name)
Nah not planning to 0/C just because I know something will go wrong cause I have horrible luck .
I dont know how "excellent" the onboard soundcard is on the nforce2 boards, thats why I was asking about the Audigy 2, like is there a huge diffrence that justifies the extra expense. Like I know that obviously the Audigy 2 would be better, but I dont know how much better it would be, because I have never had the oppertunity to hear one in action.
I see you guys are recomending the MSI boards alot for their lower price; which one of their boards exactly do you suggest?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ShawnM on 06/05/03 02:29 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
If you were going to get an A7N8X Deluxe anyway, give the onboard sound a try. If you don't like it, you can then get an Audigy 2.
I'm not sure the A7N8X is the best choice, though. I've had some problems with mine, it's rather nit-picky about how the video card is inserted. Takes a lot of adjusting to get it to boot up after you physically changed something in the case, and possibly brushed against the video card. Probably just my particular board, but something to watch for.
If I were going to get a new motherboard I'd get an MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR. It's supposed to have Soundstorm, unlike the G model K7N2.
Hi! Well, go with the Nforce2 APU soundsystem, according to THG http://www4.tomshardware.com/game/20030405/index.html it utilizes the cpu less than a Audigy2. Also has excellent soundquality. If you go with the ASUS (I would) just make sure it's a V2.0 or greater to be sure it has the new Northbridge "400 ultra". These boards does:
MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR
A7N8X Deluxe V2.0 or greater.
(I think the ASUS is better because it utilizes the builtin NIC support in the Nforce2 chipset, and its a very good NIC with very low CPU utilization (as good as a real 3com) and you also get 2 NICs!)
About videocards: See if you can find a 9500PRO (the non pro version sucks, big differences between them) its better than both the 9600PRO and the Nvidia 5600PRO.
And finally memory, get the Spectec PC2700 memory, you don't need 3200 if youre not going to OC!
The ASUS board is an excellent choice and you will get also a lot of add-on.
Do not buy any sound card. The onboard soundstorm is one of the best solution today available...at no additional cost.
The video card should be based on Radeon 9500 128 MB (I bought a Sapphire card). If you buy the non-pro version , you will have the possibility to mod the card as a Radeon 9700, just loading the right drivers.
The money you will spend for the 3200 RAM will allow you to upgrade in the future your computer with a faster CPU.
For the disk drive consider also the Hitachi-IBM 180 GXP 61 GB. It should costs about 70 $.
But this is not a cheap computer. This will be one of the best solution for the desktop computing.
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