I need Help deciding about Mobo and CPU

By FutureComputer
Mar 5, 2005
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  1. Hi everyone I'm new here.

    I need help deciding what Mobo and CPU to get. I want to be able to play Half Life 2 nicely. I'm pretty sure i want an ASUS Mobo (about $500 tops) that will work for AMD Athlon 64 3000+ and if it's a good idea will work with DDR2, atleast 2GB memory, and 256MB graphics card.

    I also wouldn't mind your opinions on the best memory, HD, graphics card, PSU, etc.

    Thanks in advance,
    FutureComputer
  2. ripken204

    ripken204 Newcomer, in training Posts: 315

    is there ddr2 for amd?, but just to let u know, the 2 gigs of ram will cost u at least 350 and a nice asus mobo will be another 150, they have a new sli mobo if u want to do that
  3. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I meant that $500 tops for Mobo and CPU.

    Could someone tell me the advantages of SLI.

    Thanks.
  4. ripken204

    ripken204 Newcomer, in training Posts: 315

    sure, SLI technology allows you to use 2 NVIDIA cards, same make and model, to make ur graphics look amazing, this is mainly b/c each card only has to work half as hard as it usually does, getting a SLI mobo doesnt mean u need 2 cards tho, u can get 1 and get another of the same exact card later. if u get 2 6800gt's, then u will outperform any ati, if u get 2 6800ultra then u have the best graphics in the world. if u have 2 6600gt's then it will come close to an ati x800xt.

    for the mobo/cpu:
    check this out:
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=BA20954
    u can select a combo for the mobo and processor for cheap, even ram
    i am thinkin myself of going for the 3500 processor
    that will be 427$
  5. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

  6. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help guys you were a great help. :cool:

    I still am think about which one to get though.
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Read some of the other posts in this forum, plenty of people asking the same question (again and again and again....).
  8. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    This is a list of Memory for the ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard could someone tell me what A, B, and C mean more specificly after they look at the link.

    http://www.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8nsli-d/overview.htm#

    I wanted to have atleast 2GB of memory there aren't any in the list. This doesn't mean i can't have 2GB with the A8N-SLI does it.

    Thanks in advance. :cool:
  9. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Oh sorry click the link and then Memory QVL.
  10. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    oh another thing it looks there is only 3 pci slot on the A8N-SLI is that enough. :)
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    If you would have scrolled down, you would have found:
    A* : Supports one module inserted in any slot as Single-channel memory configuration
    B* : Supports one pair of modules inserted into eithor the blue slots or the black slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration
    C* Supports 4 modules inserted into both the blue and black slots as two pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration

    1GB-sticks are the largest currently available.
     
  12. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I mean more in detail than that.
  13. ripken204

    ripken204 Newcomer, in training Posts: 315

    u can have a total of 4 gigs of ram, 4x1gig chips, u can have 1 pair of dual channel chips and the other 2 can only be single channel
  14. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    does that mean that i can have 1 dual channel and 2 singleall at one time? :confused:
  15. ripken204

    ripken204 Newcomer, in training Posts: 315

    if u have 4 gigs installed then yes, if u have 4 512 chips then all can dual
  16. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    What it means is that if you use a single memory module, it will run in single channel mode. If you have two or four modules, they will run in dual channel provided you install them properly. For example if you have two modules, you should install each in the blue DIMM slots. If you have four, all DIMM slots will be filled & your system will still be in dual channel mode.

    It doesn't say what happens if you use three ram modules. Generally in that case you should have the same amout of memory on channel 1 & 2. For example the first blue slot & the first black slot are channel 1. If you install 2 modules of 256mb in channel 1 (one module in the first blue & one in the first black slot), then you should install a 512mb module in the second blue memory slot. I would advise you to avoid such a setup anyways & get an even number of memory modules.
  17. FutureComputer

    FutureComputer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Does that mean that they would work as one or separatly and h ow does that compare to DDR2 Memory. :)
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