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Old 07-29-2006, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am new to the forums but not new to the computer world. Please stick with me, kinda behind the ball on new technology, in the Navy submarine force and only get to read some magazines every one and a while to stay current. Finally heading back home for a couple weeks and friend wants me to build him up a computer for $2000. He wants to be able to record TV shows on it, Gaming and Misc.

Questions I have are…
-Worth running like 2 MSI NX7600 with only 12pixelframes or just run a 256 with 24?>
-He wants to be able to record TV shows so input needed, Will VIVO be able to do that?
Core clock: 580MHz
DirectX: DirectX 9
DVI: 2
Memory Clock: 1500MHz
Memory Interface: 128-bit
OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0
PixelPipelines: 12
TV-Out: HDTV/S-Video Out
VIVO: Yes
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Core clock: 520MHz
DirectX: DirectX 9
DVI: 2
Memory Clock: 1440MHz
Memory Interface: 256-bit
OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0
PixelPipelines: 24
TV-Out: HDTV/S-Video Out
VIVO: No

PROCESSOR -- 250
AMD 64x2 4400
-1k L2 Cache
MONITOR -
-Wants a WIDECREEN, prob 19”
HDD – 250 (200 with rebate)
WD1500ADFD
-Raptor 10Krpm 150GB)
-Average Latency: 2.99ms
-Average Seek Time: 4.6ms
-Average Write Time: 5.2ms
-Cache: 16MB
MOBO -- 170
Asus a8n32-sli
DVD BURNER --
RAM --
-2G
VIDEO CARD --
MSI Nx7600gt
SOUND CARD -
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Old 07-29-2006, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you need to have a tv capture card like the ati all in one wonder. Im not sure if VIVO will work or not though.
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Old 07-29-2006, 06:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, that was my first thought, but would prefer to roll with Nvidia on this build over ATI. Any options to install another card in a pci slot to compensate for this feature?
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Old 07-29-2006, 06:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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1700 as of now (without shipping)... you can make tweaks of course

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 - 389.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16819103739\

Mobo - MSI K9N SLI Platinum Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP - 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130048

RAM - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - 217.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145590

PSU - ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W - 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194003

Video - ATI 100-714800 All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 - 234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102685

Audio - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz - 74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102178

CPU Fan - ZALMAN CNPS 9500 AM2 2 Ball Green LED Light CPU Cooling Fan - 63.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118004

Hard drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

Hard drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

DVD+RW - Pioneer Black 2M Cache ATAPI 16X DVD±R With 5X DVD-RAM Read - 32.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129001

Floppy - SIIG JU-91RW12-S2 9-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader/Write + Floppy - 38.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815150058

Case - GIGABYTE 3D AURORA GZ-FSCA1-ANB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower - 139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811233002

OS - Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/SP2 - 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116049
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm, that seems like a lot for the CPU fan and the case.

If you have a few weeks to wait before ordering you may wanna go conroe. A few weeks because there's not a lot of quality but affordable motherboards out yet, not to mention low stock at most sites right now.
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Yes, But Im a big AMD fan. Plus I dont think I can run a Conroe build to still stay within this budget, and still keep all the other goodies that I would like.
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Old 07-29-2006, 11:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Actually you can. It's quite possible.
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