New parts!

By Baltan · 35 replies
Oct 30, 2006
  1. Hi All

    Basically i would like to get a new motherboard, memory, cpu and power supply. I have £ 300 pounds min and £350 pounds max.

    Hers is what i have come up with. (What do you think)

    Motherboard =



    Power supply=

    I think this is pretty good. What do you think? Also what is the difference between the socket 939 AMD and The AMD AM2.

    Thanxs Baltan
  2. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Your missing:


    Video card

    Without those parts, your computer will not function.
  3. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    I already have a case and video card.
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Looks fine.
  5. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,088

    Socket AM2 uses DDR2 memory.

    Check to see if AM2 parts are slightly cheaper. They are in Australia.
  6. codez13579

    codez13579 TS Rookie Posts: 38

    sweet but i would recommend a different memory like crucial. heard bad reviews about geils ocing ability.
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Socket AM2 is newer and uses twice as fast RAM reslting in better speeds, and it is newer.
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Yup, and they Socket AM2 is also the future of AMD right now as well.
  9. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    How do you know she's gonna oc?
  10. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    there sn't much difference right now, because all existing AM2 CPU's are just modified 939 models.

    basically 939 is older, and AM2 is the newest from AMD. at the current time they perform pretty close, but when the newer AMD CPUs come out in a few months that should all change (the newer generation CPUs, codenamed "Barcelona", but commonly known as K8L will be AM2 only and will not work with 939). AM2 will offer more future upgrades options.

    shop around and see what fits your budget better. 939 uses DDR memory, and AM2 uses DDR2 memory. DDR2 is cheaper than DDR, but you may find that components for 939 may be a little cheaper (except for the RAM)

  11. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    Thanxs for the reply's guys. This is what i have come up with going for the AM2.



    Which one is better?


    Power supply=

    Memory= Need help on that please.

    This works out slightly less money in some areas. What do you guys think?

  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    I would say the Asus, Asus owns Abit, but Abit are lower end, as Abit are more quality.
  13. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    F1n3st, how can you say abit are lower end when asus make mobo's for dell????

    I know this isn't exactly relevant but i used to use an abit NF7-S which was an absolutely fantastic mobo! It never went wrong on me and all the reviews i saw for it said it was probably one of the best amd32 bit mobo's ever made!! The only reason I'm not using it still is that i got a 64bit system really cheap! It has an asus mobo which is good, but nowhere near as feature packed as my old NF7-S was!!!!
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Dell mobos are a POS I agree. But other ASUS mobos are of very good quality. I have a spanking new ASUS LGA775 mobo and not only does it have a lot of features but it has never given me any problems at all. But when given the above two mobos, I would prefer to go with the Abit one, because it has a much better chipset than the ASUS one.
    @Baltan, get this processor instead since it's dual-core and cheaper than the Athlon 64 u posted. Also, this PSU will be more than enough for ur configuration. In addition this RAM is only around 50p more expensive than the one u posted earlier but has lower latency and better timings which will give much better performance. Also Geil produces good-quality RAM, as do pQi, mushkin, OCZ, Crucial, Kingston and Corsair.
  15. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    Thanxs for the feedback.

    I could go fro this motherboard, what do u think?

    Rage_3K_Moiz how do you know what ddr2 memory goes with that specific motheboard. Because it doesnt say on the description usually it would say ddr sdram (pc3200) on other boards. Also what do you mean by u would prefer to go with the Abit one, because it has a much better chipset than the ASUS one.

    At the moment the system stands like this.





    Thanxs Baltan
  16. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8


    1. ABIT is not low end at all. their quality and features are right up there with the other big names.

    2. ASUS does not own ABIT. I think you are confusing ABIT with ASRock.
    2a. ASUS does own ASRock, they design the ASRock motherboards and ECS manufactures them.

  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    @KingCody, I think he meant pwns. LOL

    @Baltan, the Abit mobo has an nForce 590 SLI chipset, while the ASUS has an nForce 570 SLI chipset. Both differ in the fact that they allow a different number of PCI-Express lanes to be utilised. The nForce 590 allows all PCi-Express lanes to be utilised i.e. 2x16 configuration, while the nForce 570 limits it to a 2x8 configuration, so the nForce 590 delivers the fastest performance. That GigaByte mobo is also good, since it also has an nForce 590 SLI chipset. To find out about the memory, click the specifications option on the mobo's page. Both mobos support PC2-6400 RAM and they don't differ much in price, so get either of them. The rest of the system look great. Good work.:grinthumb
  18. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    Thanxs for all the help. I have decided that i will go for either the Abit or gigabyte motherboard.

    Most probably the Abit motherboard.

    Baltan :wave: :)
  19. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    Just thought of somthing

    The abit motherboard does it have built in graphics.

  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    You don't need built in graphics if u have a graphics card but to answer ur query, no it doesn't.
  21. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    K so i take it my 8x agp card will not work on this board and i need to get a new graphics card!

  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yeah. But an upgrade to PCI-E is a lot better since PCI-E cards are a lot cheaper than AGP ones nowadays. If ur into heavy gaming, get a Radeon X800 series card or a GeForce 6800 series card.
  23. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    ok i have th abit motherboard.


    I now have 30 pounds to spend on my graphics card untill i can afford a more expensive one.

    Here are the Choices:

    PLease tell me which one you guys think is best

    Thanxs Baltan
  24. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    9250SE Because it dosnt have turbocache
  25. Baltan

    Baltan Topic Starter

    What is wrong with turbocache.

    Any more on the 3 cards?
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