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Trying to build my first computer

By Joycer
Feb 14, 2006
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  1. How well do you guys think this computer will run?

    Motherboard- Asus A8N5X

    Processor- AMD Athlon 64 3800 x2

    Hard Drive- Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200P0 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra
    ATA133 Hard Drive - OEM

    Video Card- eVGA 256-P2-N517-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI
    Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    Mem- WINTEC AMPO 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400
    (PC3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model
    3AMD1400-1GK-R -

    PSU- ????
     
  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,598

  3. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This is the case- CODEGEN E-6097-CA-W/O Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Now i just need a PSU but i want to make sure its compatible.
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Looking like a nice system! That PSU recommended by kirock is a beauty. Any ATX12V psu will work in there, just make sure you don't go cheap or you're asking for trouble. By cheap, I am not necessarily talking about price (as there are some well priced PSUs) I am talking about quality.

    Antec, enermax, FSB, OCZ.... these are the names you want to be looking at. And 450W would be a minimum (try and get 30+amps on the 12v rail(s)).

    Why did you get an IDE hard drive? S-ata wouldn't be that much faster, but the cabling is just so much cleaner.
     
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  6. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im on the virge of buying the parts now i just wanted some more expierenced advice. i heard from some forums that the SATAs give this mother board problems?
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I just put together a system with the A8N5X a few weeks back and used the MAXTOR 6L250S0 SATA.

    Installed like a dream. No problems at all. :)
     
  8. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just looked on newegg and i cant find that hard drive......
     
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  10. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I could be wrong, but I believe the ADA3800BVBOX model is the E4 so you should be fine. If you do end up with an E6 cpu:

    Best case scenario: your computer boots up but only single core. You update bios and boom, dual core enabled.

    (actually, best case scenario is that your motherboard comes shipped with the latest bios! lol)

    Worse case scenario: your computer does not boot up. You would need another 939 CPU to pop in there, update your bios, then swap your dual core in there after the update.

    But as I said above, it sounds like you are getting the E4 revision so you should be fine.

    By the way, you are running XP pro, not home version right? Only the pro version supports dual core processing.

    Good luck!
     
     
  12. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks alot with all you help. im sure ill be contacting you about other questions.

    this is what i settled with
    1 CASE CODEGEN|E-6097-CA-W/O RT - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811182563 1 VGA EVGA 7800GT CO 256-P2-N517-AX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814130249 1 >POWER SUPPLY ANTEC TPII-550ATX RTL - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817103931 1 CPU AMD 64 |3800+ ATHLON X2 939P RT - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103562 1 MEM 512Mx2|WINTEC 3AMD1400-1GK-R R - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820161627 1 HD 250G|MX 7K 16M SATA 6L250S0 % - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822144235 1 DVDRW AOPEN | DUW1616L BK % - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827140122
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Don't forget a surge protector!!

    You are spending big bucks on a nice system, don't let a power surge mess it all up.
     
  14. Neowizard

    Neowizard TS Rookie Posts: 23

    If I was you I would go for a gigabyte motherboard.
    don't worry about the cooling, u'll be at under 45 with a thermaltake venus 11 (which is the standart for this CPU for I think)
    and I don't recomend Maxtor all too much (bad stories, lost lots of money on data recovery at work a few times), I would say seagate (if maxtor hadn't bought them a short while back...or so I've heard)...I'm left with only WD

    other then that, this looks like a kick-*** PC I would not be ashamed to call my own at all! (enjoy it!)

    Neowizard
     
  15. Joycer

    Joycer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks alot.... before i researched alot i bought the motherboard from a local vendor..... it'll get the job done. now for the bios.. so keep looking at this post cause im most likely going to need more help
     
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