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 05/14/2006 11:52 AM
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me_rkb85
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Hi

I have a couple of questions about a gaming computer I am planning to build- the parts I was thinking are listed below:

Asus A8N-SLI Mainboard
XFX GeForce 7900 GTX Video Card
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual Core Processor
Maxtor DiamondMax10 Internal 250GB Hard Drive
RAM- Corsair 1GB PC3200 DDR DIMM Memory Kit

My questions are:
1) For games would you notice a big difference between a 3800 and 4200 dual core processor (considering I could save about 100 dollars)
2) Does the motherboard support SATA 2 and if so am I better to go with a SATA 2 HDD?
3) I realise that none of the socket 939 motherboards support DDR2 but is there a faster version of RAM than PC3200 that I can get?
4) Any recommendations on cases+fan I have no idea what to go for- I am looking for a mid-tower I think.
5)What is the difference between this motherboard and the deluxe, premium boards?
Thanks for any help

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 05/14/2006 08:13 PM
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tommyk2005
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1 yes r u o/c 2 i dont know 3 yes only if u overclock 4 personal preference hsf in my signature, power supply in my sig. y not get 2 7900gt and sli instead of gtx. i have deluxe it is 16x 16x pci e in sli most boards are 8x 8x nominal difference

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 05/14/2006 10:22 PM
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quote:

Originally posted by: tommyk2005
1 yes r u o/c 2 i dont know 3 yes only if u overclock 4 personal preference hsf in my signature, power supply in my sig. y not get 2 7900gt and sli instead of gtx. i have deluxe it is 16x 16x pci e in sli most boards are 8x 8x nominal difference


#2 yes it supports sata2.
#5 the deluxe is 8x when using two cards it almost the same as the A8N-SLI , the premium you can turn off sli without have to flip the sli card on the motherboard.( it don't have one)
the A8N-32SLI is 16x for two card.

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 05/16/2006 07:21 AM
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Right now, I would bet that you couldn't tell a $100 difference in gaming performance, but maybe that's just me. You could easily overclock the 3800 to 4200 speeds, on stock cooling no problem, to make up for this difference.

As far as RAM goes, you can get faster memory (up to PC4400 DDR550 is the fastest I know of), however in order to get it to run at these speeds you will have to overclock your system.

Case:
This is really personal preference, however I would make sure to get one that has an SECC steel chassis. Otherwise you may end up with a case that feels like it is made of tin foil. Just find one that you like the look of and make sure that it is either SECC steel or aluminum. A full tower will be HUGE, so I would recommend a mid-tower.

Fans:
Again, personal preference on whether or not you want fancy lights/etc., however, I would make sure the case has a 120mm port on the back, and either 1x120mm or 2x80mm up front, as well as 1x80mm on the side (optional, though it will help temps a bit). Good noise levels are below the 40-45dB range in my opinion, and good airflow varies by size. A good 80mm fan will move at least 30-35cfm, while I would probably try to get a 120mm fan for the rear that moves at least 60-70cfm. Newegg has a very informational system that will tell you all about the fans you are looking at. You can even search by air flow or noise level from the advanced search!

Hope all this helps.

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Audigy 2
2x 74GB Western Digital Raptors in RAID0
500GB SATA-300 WD Drive
CoolerMaster RealPowerPro 850W
NZXT Zero full-tower case
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