Building my new PC

By Tronex
Nov 10, 2006
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  1. So ive decided to build my own gaming pc this time around and after a while of "shopping" i have come up with these parts:


    AMD Athlon Dual Core 4200 AM2
    http://pcpacific.net/product_info.p...=1782&osCsid=0c7f1015d78c75a6d44aa9a7fe625f73

    Geforce 7900GS 256MB TV out DVI
    http://pcpacific.net/product_info.p...=2571&osCsid=0c7f1015d78c75a6d44aa9a7fe625f73

    Seagate 160GB SATA2 7200.9

    GeIL 1GB DDR2-667 (PC2 5300) Retail

    Raidmax Ninja 918 Gaming Tower Case
    http://pcsale.co.nz/catalog/product...=3397&osCsid=53c90a71658e0cd882352be801e6732a

    ASUS M2NPV-VM MicroATX AMD SK AM2 PCI Express x16 GLAN 1394
    http://pcsale.co.nz/catalog/product...=2994&osCsid=53c90a71658e0cd882352be801e6732a

    Samsung SH-S182D 18x DVDRW



    I would like to know if all the hardware is compatible and if not, reccomendations of similar parts within the same price bracket.

    Thankyou very much for you time!
  2. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    Yes, everything is compatible.
  3. Tronex

    Tronex Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Awsome, thanks alot
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    I suggest a Core 2 Duo, it is cheaper, and better.
  5. Tronex

    Tronex Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Please excuse my lack of understanding but,
    How is the Core 2 Duo better than the AMD Athlon Dual Core and if i did decide to choose to swap to Core 2 Duo, what motherboard would be best suited (within the price range of the original mobo).

    Any help would be much appreciated
  6. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    Core 2 Duo are the new CPU's from Intel. They use less power, generate less heat and have much more power. You can see reviews and benchmarks for them here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/07/14/core2_duo_knocks_out_athlon_64/page12.html
    and here
    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2802&p=4

    As you can see, even the $299NZ Core 2 Duo 6300 will be much more powerful than your $279NZ 4200 AM2.

    As it's an Intel CPU, you'd need a different motherboard (socket 775 with support for Core 2 Duo) as well as prefer DDR2-800 memory in dual-channel configuration (i.e. memory in identical pairs).
  7. Tronex

    Tronex Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Awsome, thanks very much for your help sharkfood
  8. korrupt

    korrupt Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,060

    Yes, core 2 duo will beat amd X2 hands down:)
  9. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    Beat? More like rape.
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