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August 29, 2005 11:49:02 PM

Hey everyone, I am about to build my first gaming PC, and I just would like a second opinion on everything before I press ye old BUY button. I would just like to know if I will have any compatability issues with the hardware I am choosing... (Bear with me, had to go the cheapo route, only 600 bucks to work with)

Case: Aspire X-Dreamer II -Already Purchased. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... ...Will the built in PS be compatibile with my mobo?

Mobo: Biostar NF4UL-A9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Processor: AMD 64 3000+ http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM: GeIL Value 2x512mb http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

GFX Card: Gigabyte 6600GT http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Drives: A 48x24x48 Burner and a 8xDVD drive, both from my old comp. Not gonna be any problems there.

HDD: Some POS 40gb 5400RPM value drive from my old comp. No idea what interface it is, so I will have to just see if it fits..lol

Sound Card: Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS..I know there wont be any problems there.

O/S: Windows XP Pro ...Now there might be a problem there, since my original copy of XP has since vanished. The only copy I have left is burnt. Don't know if it will work, but I sure hope so.. or else I will be using 98SE...

Any help is appreciated. I know most of it is pretty much low-mid of the line for gaming, but when you have only 600 to work with, 50 of which needs to go to buying Battlefield 2.. a man must be frugal lol.

Thanks in advance.

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Sidious on 08/30/05 00:42 AM.</EM></FONT></P>

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August 30, 2005 3:07:41 AM

You can use a prog from magic jellybean to find out what cd key xp is using, on your current rig. Then you just use the cd to do a repair install.
It's a great prog for people who loose things like cd keys, or like me, can never remember which key is for which computer.
August 30, 2005 3:32:03 AM

I lost my original Windows XP Pro CD, not the key. I made 2 burnt copies of it, and I have one of those burnt copies left. I just dont know if I will be able to start fresh with the burnt CD. I was thinking about going with Patriot RAM for about the same price, also with heatinks, though it has a CAS latency of 3 instead of 2, and I figure the GeIL is probably a better deal.

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
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August 30, 2005 3:45:39 AM

I dont remember how I burned it... Though I just popped it in, and it autoplayed, so I assume I did it as an ISO...

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
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August 30, 2005 3:52:09 AM

try to boot with that disc first then if it boots then our are fine

AMD A64 3200+Venice
DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D
OCZ 2x512mb EL Gold VX PC3200 ram 3-3-3-8
evga eGeforce 6800GT 256mb GDDR3 ram
Enermax 485W PSU
Bios 3/10
WIndows XP SP2
No OC
August 30, 2005 4:12:18 AM

Just tried it, booted from the disc no problem.

Now theres just 2 more variables... Will the stock PSU in that aspire case be compatible with the mobo?


Also, I'm not sure what to do once it is all put together. I know I turn it on (duh)...but then what?... Or is it pretty self explanitory?... Will I have to turn it on, put in the cd, and turn it off again?... I assume I will just turn it on and PRESTO it will be pretty much laid out. I wont be doing any overclocking, not until I get a few more fans.

EDIT: Noticed the mobo I previously picked out was 800mhz FSB, picked out one from biostar that is 1000mhx FSB. Will THAT one be compatible with the PSU?

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Sidious on 08/30/05 00:41 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 30, 2005 2:52:44 PM

I meant as in pins... 20/24... I couldnt seem to figure out which the motherboard has.

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
August 30, 2005 6:10:08 PM

Ok, I will just buy a 20-24 adapter just to be safe, no worries there. Now, to prepare my HDD for going in the new comp...

Do I format my harddrive, and before installing the O/S, take it out of my old comp... or put it in the new one, and then format it?

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
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August 30, 2005 6:45:00 PM

Save the money fromthe audigy! Unless you have a really good ear, stick with onboard sound! YOu can use the money to get a better mobo/memory/video card or even a new HD...

Asus P4P800DX, P4C 2.6ghz@3.25ghz, 2X512 OCZ PC4000 3-4-4-8, MSI 6800Ultra stock, 2X30gig Raid0
August 30, 2005 8:41:41 PM

I already have the Audigy. And yes, I do have a really good ear lol. I am using a Logitech Z-680. Have a car amp hooked up.

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
August 31, 2005 4:40:32 PM

Ok, thanks to all your help, I have finnaly finalized all my components. I was able to get a little more money, so I will be able to get a nice new HDD instead of using ye old 5400rpm crapper. I just hope the stock power suppply doesnt kick the bucket.

Case: Aspire X-Dreamer II ..Already on its way. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo: Biostar NF4UL-A9 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Processor: AMD 64 3000+ http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM: Corsair Value 1gb (2x512mb) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

GFX: Gigabyte 6600GT http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HDD: Maxtor DiamondMax 200gb http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS.. Already own it.

Optical Drives: Left over 48x24x48Burner and 8x DVD.

PSU: Case Stock.

Thanks everyone for your help. I really appreciate it. Battlefield 2, HERE I COME!

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
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