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Old 02-21-2005, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I need to build a new pc for a project I am working on. I want the pc to be a 1-2 GHZ machine. I went out on Newegg.com and came up with the following configuration. I've never gone with AMD before though, and don't know about the quality. Would the setup below work?
What MB would you go with? The only stipulation I have is it MUST have an AGP 4x slot in the board. Extra's like network card etc... are not needed.
What would you build? Thanks!

AMD SETUP:

PROCESSOR: $69
AMD Sempron 2400+ 1.667GHz, Socket A Processor - Retail

- Specifications -

Core: Thorton
Operating Frequency:1.667GHz
FSB: 333MHz
Cache: 256K (exclusive) L2 cache; 128KB L1 cache
Voltage: 1.65
Process:0.13Micron
Socket: Socket A
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
Packaging: Retail (Box with Heatsink and fan)

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MOTHERBOARD: PRICE $88

ABIT "NF8" NVIDIA nForce3 250GB Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 754 CPU -RETAIL
**This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.

- Specifications -

Supported CPU: Socket 754 Athlon 64/Sempron processor
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb
RAM: 2x DIMM Supports DDR266/333/400 Max 2GB
Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2, 1x COM, 1x LPT, 8x USB2.0(Rear 4), 1x IEEE1394, 1xRJ45, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices with NV RAID 0,1
SATA/RAID: 2x SATA with NV RAID 0,1
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC850(8-Ch)
Onboard LAN: NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet and NVIDIA Firewall
Onboard 1394: 2x IEEE 1394
Form Factor: ATX
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ALTERNATE MOTHERBOARD PRICE $57

ASRock "K8Upgrade-1689" ALi M1689 Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 754 CPU -RETAIL
**This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.

- Specifications -

Supported CPU: Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 and Sempron Processors
Chipset: Single Chip ULi (ALi) M1689
RAM: 2x DIMM supports DDR 266/333/400 Max 2GB
Slots: 1x AGP, 4x PCI, 1x ASRock Future CPU Port (Yellow): Flexible Socket 939 upgrade interface for ASRock 939CPU board
Ports: 2x PS/2, 1x COM, 1x LPT, 6x USB2.0(Rear 4), 1x RJ45, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
SATA: 2x SATA with RAID 0,1,JBOD
Onboard LAN: Realtek RTL8201 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC850 7.1 Channel
Form Factor: ATX

Are the AMD Sempron processors good? Or are they the equivalent of Intel's Celeron processors?
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Old 02-21-2005, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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asrock? no go with asus, msi, or abit.

go with this dfi.
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...136-147&DEPA=1
even though you are not ocing, this mobo is very stable.
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you guys blind? those mobos are incompatible with that processor it clearly says SOCKET A. But those motherboards are for Amd 64
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o haha, i didnt even looked at the cpu. i just looked at the mobo.
my bad.
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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-478&depa=1
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Thanks. I'll go with the motherboard you have suggested and the processor listed above. Thanks for saving me from an incompatibility issue!
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IMO - If you are going to build a PC, you should invest most of your $$$ into the Processor. If you are going to buy a MOBO with intergated Sound, Video & Network - It's assumed that you probably don't want to spend more money on PCI & AGP cards. Don't skimp on the CPU. I would recommend an intel P4 2.8GHz at least with a frontside bus of 800 - make sure your MOBO will support the CPU & FSB.

newegg.com has P4 2.8GHz LGA 775 520 CPU's retail package for $157.00. I just installed one of these and they are blazing fast. Very overclockable too.

Put all you money into the Brain of the PC. You'll thak my later.
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Thanks for the info, but I dont' really want a top of the line pc. I plan to use this computer for emulation only. I was going to use my Pentium 450 to run it all, but the stupid Arcade VGA video card I bought isn't compatible with the old motherboard. I need the video card to connect my computer to my arcade cabinet monitor. If it wasn't for that, I would just use the old 450 for this. BUT, lucky me, the video card is going to make me build a whole new pc just so I can use the card. UG. I need to make sure the MB I get doesn't have onboard Video, and just an AGP 4x slot for the video card. Onboard audio is fine. Onboard ethernet is good for internet connection via DSL. Processor 1-2 GHZ is great and RAM at 256-512 is good.

Hopefully this setup will work:

AMD SETUP: $194.67

PROCESSOR: $69
AMD Sempron 2400+ 1.667GHz, Socket A Processor - Retail

- Specifications -

Manufacturer: AMD
Model: SDA2400BOX
Core: Thorton
Operating Frequency:1.667GHz
FSB: 333MHz
Cache: 256K (exclusive) L2 cache; 128KB L1 cache
Voltage: 1.65
Process:0.13Micron
Socket: Socket A
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
Packaging: Retail (Box with Heatsink and fan)
Item#: N82E16819104210
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ASUS "A7N8X-E Deluxe" nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU -RETAIL

PRICE: $90
Model# A7N8X-E Deluxe
Item # N82E16813131478

Specifications:
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 + MCP-T
FSB: 400/333/266/200MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM for Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266 Max 3GB
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP Pro/8X, 5x PCI, 1x Wi-Fi
Ports: 2xPS2,1xLPT,1xCOM,2xLAN,6xUSB2.0(Rear 4),SPDIF Out,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650 6-Channel Codec
Onboard LAN: Realtek 8201BL 10/100Mbps + Marvell 88E8001 GbE
Onboard SATA/RAID: 2x Serial ATA by Silicon Image Sil3112A, RAID 0/1
Form Factor: ATX
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Kingston ValueRAM 184 Pin 256MB DDR PC-2100 - OEM
PRICE: $35.67

- Specifications -

Manufacturer: Kingston
Speed: DDR266(PC2100)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2.5
Support Voltage: 2.5V
Bandwidth: 2.1GB/s
Organization: 32M x 64 -Bit
Warranty: Lifetime

Model#: KVR266X64C25/256
Item#: N82E16820141002


If anyone see's issues with this or has more suggestions let me know please!!! Thanks!
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