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Old 12-01-2004, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,
I am building a computer for my hubby for a Christmas. I have some general knowledge about this area ( I have helped built 1 computer before).

I have done some research and this is what I have have so far...

Antec 350 watt case
Asus A8V Deluxe Via Socket 939 ATX Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Processor

Now I am deciding on a video card. I did some research and settled on a 128 mb PCI. Either the eVGA e-Gef Force FX 500 or Xtasy ATI 9200 SE. Which one? Or any other ideas? Need something with VGA Out, TV-Out(S-Video / Composite) + DVI.

Finally, Since the MB has the capibility for dual memory. I was going to go with 2X512 mb. But do I need to get the "certified dual memory" or just two of the same chips would work?

Everything else I am stripping from his old computer ( dvd R/RW, additional cd r/rw, 2 X 40 gig HDs, blah blah blah...)

Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, nice cpu and mobo but why the crappy video card ? And for the memory, all you need is 2 of the same. Just buy a dual pack.
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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any other ideas? biggest things are that I need something with VGA Out, TV-Out(S-Video / Composite) + DVI.

He isn't a hugh gamer, just something that can get the job done. He is into video editing and stuff.

What is the difference between"certified dual memory" and just a 2 pack?

WOW I LOVE the fast replies, beats some big corporate stores where I know more than they do, pathetic!
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So, I thought I should get an PCI, but I should look for an AGP?
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Get AGP. PCI is much slower than AGP.

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As with what major said. Get an agp card, it's much better than a pci.
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Thanks all! Any other suggestions would be great!
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want a good low budget card go with 9600 or the 6800 regulars, want to splurge go with the x800xt or the 6800 ultra. better than nothing ehh
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DON'T but the 9200se... its NOT worth the money. I got sucked into that one... lol! Boy do I regret it! Go with the ATI 9600XT... Check out the VisionTek company, they have lifetime warrenties on their cards .
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I agree that the 9800 is great but if he isn't gonna be gaming I would definately go with the 9600xt. Also, PCI is sloooow. AGP is the standard now and it's looks like it's gonna be fading soon to pci-e. Don't even bother looking at pci-e though, 8x AGP is all you need.
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