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good mobo/cpu/memory combo?

post #1 of 11
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Ive been doing some research here and on newegg, and I'm looking for some opinions on the hardware that im considering.

I'm looking to put together a overclockable medium range gaming rig.

Mobo: Asus M2N SLI Deluxe : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131013

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103778
or
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103046

Whats the real difference between these CPU's besides price. In posts ive read here, people have reccomended the 3600 over the 4800. Will i see much of an improvement with the 4800?

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231051

Video Card: XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150202

lastly, im running a 400w psu which is probably a few years old, would it be enough for what im looking into or should I upgrade the psu too?

Thanks for your help
post #2 of 11
At stock, the 4800 will do better, but they both will hit the same speed when you overclock them(2.7ghz to 3.0ghz or more!)

As for ram I'd recommend these. Cheaper and run at ddr800. Just got a pair of these myself. Haven't got them yet, but reviews seem decent.

EDIT: Found the above ram for cheaper and it is in stock here:http://www.ncixus.com/products/22489...G800K/Patriot/

EDIT Again....

You'll want a new psu probably. Maybe this one. It's 600w and has a $20 mir at the moment.
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post #3 of 11
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thanks for the info, the memory is definetly alot better than what i was looking at.

As for PSU, you think i need 600w even if im not going SLI right now?

Edit: i dont know if it makes any difference but my current PSU is an Antec Smartpower 400w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103935
post #4 of 11
Well, what is the psu you have? A 400W might be enough, but if it is a relatively cheap psu, it might not hold out for too long.
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anyone else have anything to add / opinions / personal experiences with and of these pieces of hardware?
post #6 of 11
All i have to say that the M2N-sli deluxe is a great board with a lot of overclock/voltage options.
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post #7 of 11
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how does the M2N-E compare to the SLI deluxe? its cheaper by far. im only going to be doing some light overclocking, since my cooling situation is pretty much stock. Also I dont think im going to go SLI since im not going to be running a high resolution, so is ther much of a performance increase betwen the m2n-e and the sli deluxe?

heres a link to the m2n-e: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131022

Also ill probably use the XFX GeForce 8600GT
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150229
post #8 of 11
If your not OCing the least expensive the better in a good name brand like Asus.
If you want to save even more the "Open Box" "OEM" which are new bulk units ans are even less money but they come with no extras, just the MB! You don't even get the driver disk or back I/O plate, that is the only part that sucks about those!
    
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lastly, is xp pro x64 nessecary for amd x2 processors, or will the xp pro x32 im running on my xp-m 2800 right now be fine?
post #10 of 11
for the ram it is worth the $20 to upgrade to some HZ's
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