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 Post subject: 3 Computers for any budget.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:43 pm 
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In the November 2004 issue in the "Build your PC the right way" section, MPC describes three PC's for any budget (page 34). In the Midrange and High-end systems MPC includes the Plextor PX-712A and Sony DRU-700A Dual layer, respectively. Both drives cost $130 according to the mag. My question is this, why wasn't the dual layer drive in the Midrange PC also if it costs the same :?:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:05 pm 
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For that matter, they list two different video cards in the high end and mid-range systems, yet they cost the same. Is the high end card better? And if so, why not put it in the midrange system since it is the same price.


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 Post subject: 3 computers for any Budget
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 6:32 am 
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1st I need help I'm building my first rig it's almost identical to the Low-End system MPC9 #11 p34. I've purchased the Asus A8V dlx and the AMD Athlon 64 3400+. Problem is the ASUS site does not have support or BIOS information for the AMD Athlon 64 3400+. Now MPC says the this config is tested, can you tell me what you did for the BIOS??? thanx

2nd The reason for the differnt video cards in the High and Mid systems is the motherboard the Asus A8V used in the mid range doesnt support PCI-Express.

If anyone can answer my first question or if you can refer me to someone at MPC please post, I'm stuck with no BIOS.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:51 pm 
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How did you get the 3400+ to work in the Asus A8V Deluxe. I went to the AMD web site for this info.
http://www2.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Te ... 1093996448
I ordered up what was suggested in "3 computers for any Budget" to only find out that the CPU is a socket 764 and the Mother Board is a socket 939. That cost me a RMA restocking fee and more shipping. Had to re-order the ASUS Model: K8V-X to work with the AMD Athlon™ 64 3400+ (Socket 754)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:58 pm 
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man that sux, but the problem was you got the wrong 3400+.
there is a 3400+ skt 939, tiger was selling bundled with the only skt939 board from ASUS that would work with it. A8V? I think it is.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:23 am 
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mabye look here. not sure if it will help.

http://www.asus.com.tw/support/cpusuppo ... pport.aspx


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 Post subject: 3 computers on a budget
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:07 am 
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I am having a problem understanding which Videocard to get on the high-system list. When I do a web search I come up with all kinds of names Asus,Sapphire and Msi and a few more. Does the card need to start with Radeon? I am not too smart about Video cards :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:05 pm 
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Asus, Sapphire and MSI all make cards based on the ATi core. A 9800pro from one vendor is not always the same as another because of clock speeds and architecture. Usually ATi makes them best, but Sapphire, Asus, and MSI make good ones too. Stay away from powercolor though as their cards have a great deal of bad publicity surrounding them. For more info, post this question in the Videocard Valley.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:18 pm 
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willah wrote:
Asus, Sapphire and MSI all make cards based on the ATi core. A 9800pro from one vendor is not always the same as another because of clock speeds and architecture. Usually ATi makes them best, but Sapphire, Asus, and MSI make good ones too. Stay away from powercolor though as their cards have a great deal of bad publicity surrounding them. For more info, post this question in the Videocard Valley.



Thank you for the reply and info. I will just have to wait a bit then for the ATI. I had thought that with the"Built It" list from the Nov Mag that I could surf and find evey thing in an hour. Lol Was I ever wrong.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 1:11 pm 
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The Sapphire and MSI are fine cards and cost less than the Asus which arguably has the better bundled software. I'm not sure I've even seen any ATI branded X-800 cards, so you may have a long wait. The Sapphire uses the ATI reference design and I doubt you could tell the difference if you laid them side by side.

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