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Old 11-20-2006, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am upgrading my computer soon and need some help.

Im pitching everything in my computer except..

550Watt BFG psu (24 pin power connector)
A DVD drive and CD/RW drive (both IDE)
1600x Pro Radeon video card

I play on getting these items.
Amd 64 3200+ 2.0 GHZ
Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
ASRock 939 ATX amd mobo

Now here are the questions.

1. My PSU has a 24 pin power connector but the mobo has a 20 pin. Will I have to buy an adapter or can the 24 pin go onto the 20 pin and just not cover 4 pins?
2. The IDE connectors are all the way at the bottom of the mobo, will I have to buy a longer IDE cable to reach it?
All I have to do is install of these items and:
a. put the mobo cd in?
b. turn it on?
c. let it finish its installation?
d. pop in windows cd? (windows xp pro sp1 bootlegged)

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Old 11-20-2006, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try to get an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The rest looks ok.

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Old 11-21-2006, 01:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not exactly sure about the psu, but I've never personally come across a 24 pin that wouldn't work on a 20 pin mobo like you've described. Just leave the last 4 pins hanging off the end.
As far as the IDE cable...it's tough to say, I think you'll be fine, though. If you're not, take 10 minutes to run to the store and buy one.
For the installation, do it like this:
1. Install Windows
2. Install Motherboard software (from the cd)
3. Install Windows Updates+Patches
4. All other Drivers
5. AV/other protection software

Lastly, I would highly recommend getting the 3700+ San Diego over the 3200+ Venice. Benchmarks are significantly faster and it's only $20 more.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What about graphics? and also whats your budget?
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3400Mhz
Asus P5B-E
Samsung 400 GB Sata II
Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800 5-5-5-12
Zalman CNPS-9700 LED
Antec Nine Hundred
Hp W2207 22" Widescreen Monitor
Windows Vista Home Premium
Silverstone ST60F 600W PSU
Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue Gaming Mouse
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for all the help guys!

My video card is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102666
(currently RMAing )
I might just get the 3700, the 1mb cache looks pretty attractive.
My budget is around 300$
I was interested in the Intel Core 2 Duo series but I heard intel wasn't the best for gaming, and they are pretty expensive.
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Core2Duo is curently the fastest cpu line available, but they start around $200 for just the cpu. Get the Athlon 64 3700+ and you'll have yourself a nice system for your price range.

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