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 Post subject: Help with first try
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:18 pm 
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Starting with the basics does anyone have an opinion on this configuration:

(1) Intel Boxed (Prescott) Pentium P4 3.4E Socket T LGA775 Socket, 1MB on-die cache, 800FSB Proccessor 550 Retail Box - BX80547PG3400E

(4) Major Brand DDR2/533 PC2-4200 for Intel LGA775 Motherboards - 1024MB -- not sure about Major Brand OR maybe Crucial 1DDR2-533 modules to achieve the same 2 GB leel of RAM

(1) Asus P5AD2-E Premium 925X P4 1066FSB LGA775 DDR2 ATX Motherboard w Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN & RAID

(1) ATI RADEON 9800 Pro (256 MB) Graphic Card OR
(1) ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO, (128 MB) Graphic Card

(1) Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro Sound Card

Since this is my first try I hope that these components are compatible to one another so that I create a good working unit and not a monster. Thanks for your opinions


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:50 pm 
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why so much for a sound card?? spend the xtra$$$ on a better video card. if you're looking to build a gaming rig then go with an AMD-based system.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:08 pm 
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you choose everything wrong except the sound card....sorry if that was cruel...i recomend getting an athlon64 instead unless you plan on doing alot of video stuff...theres really no point in getting such an expensive motherboard


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:13 pm 
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+ the sound card IMO just overkill....unless you're a soound freak. Even then you can get the audigy2 ZS or ZS gamer(w/ five games) and some good solid 5.1 speakers.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:06 am 
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Sorry, have to disagree. If you originally chose the Audigy 4 Pro, stick with it. It's worth it if you're using a receiver for your sound.


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 Post subject: Rollow up with the goal
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:19 am 
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Thanks for all of the comments.

I originally was looking at using the ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard. The problem I was having is to match the proper processor perhaps the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 939 (2.4GHz), with the board, using (2) - 1GB Adata/ASUS 184-pin PC3200 DDR400 nonECC DIMM (p/n ASUS-XDC1024) memory modules.

While the machine would be used for occassional gaming the main purpose is for multimedia applications with integration into a home theater system using a Prismiq media player.

The sound distribution planned to use 5.1 directly from the machine speakers and the other being 7.1 via the home theater amplifier. After the feedback perhaps a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Sound Card would be more appropriate.

The use of the graphics card was to provide for DVR via satellite input and/or direct video into and/or out of the machine. My choice of graphics card in this case was the ATI AIW Radeon X800XT AGP. This card also allows for dual monitor connection that I need as well.

Seems most replies not in favor of the first configuration, how about this one.


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