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Old 03-01-2006, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question looking for a little advice

I have been wanting to upgrade for a while now and my power supply died and took my mobo with it, so now I have an excuse.

First of all, the PRIMARY use of this machine is not sor gaming. I really mostly use it for mundane web surfing, email, playing music, paying bills, burning cd's, some photoshop stuff, etc. However, I do occasionally use it for games. (Probably will more once it's upgraded.) And the games that I like tend to be fairly high performance. (For example, I have my eye on Doom 3.)

I have already gotten a new case. Yes, it came with a psu. No, I'm not planning on using the stock one. That's not really where I need the advice. I have a hd, optical drives, and peripherals. I also have a Radeon 9600 graphics card that I think will be okay for now.

So, what I'm really shopping for is a cpu and mobo. I am looking at these two cpu's:
here
or
here

And I am wanting suggestions on a good board to go with it. I like Asus. I have looked at a couple:
here
and
here
But they seem to have mixed reviews.

How important is socket 939? And is there really any advantage ATX vs. MicroATX?

Any other thoughts for me?

Thanks
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For your needs I would go for the AMD 64 3500 and the ASUS A8V (non M-ATX)

Micro ATX is smaller than ATX so you will have space around your case if you have a full ATX case.
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's a mid tower case and my dead board was Micro. I never had any problems with it until the psu killed it. I just wondered if there was any real difference other than size/airflow issues?
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There isn't any difference really. A full ATX will have more PCI slots and more features though.

Why would there be airflow problems?
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Old 03-01-2006, 01:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Only if things are cramped together. Not that I've ever had a problem. Heck, the extra space around it might improve airflow...

I'm not sure how many PCI slots I realistically need.

What types of more features do you mean?
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