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Building a computer, need suggestions

By Orionxx
May 27, 2005
  1. Hey, Anyone have any suggestions on this build? and also, how do you get the temperature of your computer? If you have to buy a thermo sensor seperately, where can you buy them from?


    MOTHERBOARD: SOLTEK SL-K890Pro-939 Socket 939 VIA K8T890 ATX AMD - Retail $99
    CPU Type: Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64
    DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    Dual Channel Supported: Yes
    FSB: 1000MHz Hyper Transport
    Maximum Memory Supported: 4GB
    Number of DDR Slots: 4x 184pin DDR
    PCI Slots: 2
    PCI-E x1: 3
    PCI-E x16: 1
    South Bridge: VIA VT8237

    PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchester Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 - Retail $190
    Cooling Device: Heatsink and Fan
    Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
    L1 Cache: 64KB+64KB
    L2 Cache: 512KB
    Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNOW! Professional
    Operating Frequency: 2.0GHz
    Process: 90 nm
    Series: Athlon 64
    Voltage: 1.5V

    MEMORY: GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit - Retail $82.43
    Cas Latency: 2.5
    Heat Spreader: Yes
    Timing: 2.5-4-4-8
    Voltage: 2.55V-2.95V

    VIDEO CARD: CHAINTECH Geforce 6600 256MB DDR PCI-Express x16 - Retail $128
    Core clock: 300MHz
    D-SUB: 1
    DirectX: DirectX 9
    DVI: 1
    Memory Clock: 500MHz
    Memory Interface: 128-bit
    OpenGL: OpenGL 1.5
    PixelPipelines: 8
    TV-Out: S-Video Out
    VIVO: No

    HARD DRIVE: Maxtor Ultra Series Kits L01M120 120GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 - Retail $108
    Average Seek Time: 9.3ms
    Cache: 8MBWhisper-quiet operation
    Form Factor: 3.5"
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,657   +323

    Looks alright to me.

    As for knowing the temperature, its onboard on the processor. So a program that comes with your motherboard or one like Motherboard Manager will report it to you within Windows. There are programs in linux that will do the same.
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,484   +233

    My MSI motherboard came with utility programs to monitor voltage, temperature and fan speed. My ASUS graphics card also came with one.

    Checking the manufacturer's website should tell you whether theirs does.
     
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    I really like what you are doing, researching the parts before buying them like this, it really is the way to go.

    Usually, I download the motherboard manual of the mobo I intend to get, and take a look at that too. I also google for reviews on the board as well.
     
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Can you tell us a bit more about what you will be using your system for? If you are a hard core gamer, you may want to consider a 256-bit graphics card.
     
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    ahh, i wouldn't spend money on a soltek. better yet would be one from the the msi k8n neo4 series.
     
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