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OK guys, I have finally decided after a lot of thought, that it is time for me to just bite the bullet and create a new rig. My old socket 754 has done me good for about 3 years now, and it is time for me to upgrade. I need some advice on the research that I have been doing and I will explain my situation.

First, here is what I want to do.

1. Have a good motherboard that will last me the next 2 years or so. Having a good mobo is important, and making sure it is upgradeable for the future is most important.

2. Buy components for my new rig now that will give me signifigant performance increase over my current socket 754 rig, but still keep the price LOW. I plan on upgrading more in the next year...

3. Have 2 PCI express 2.0 slots for a possible upgrade of 2 GPU's for crossfire.

OK so here are the parts that I want to get. I want to try to keep it in the $200 to $300 range. I do not want to spend more that that. The parts I thought that might be good were:

1. MSI K9A2 CF-F V2 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130172

2. SAPPHIRE 100237L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102725

3. Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023

4. OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227139

5. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor Model ADO5000DSWOF - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194

I have a case that I have modded with extra fans that will still work fine. I have an Audigy 2 zs soundcard that works perfectly fine for the 5.1 that I need. I also have a cd-rw drive that is fine and a 60 gig maxtor HD that is fine. All i do is play games on this machine, so I would consider this me like buying an xbox or something. The power supply in my old rig now is only 350w. That is why I want to get a new one.

I wanted to know what you all thought and maybe you could give me some suggestions on different parts to buy. FYI, I like AMD/ATI/MSI products. So no intel and nvidia suggestions please. If you find something better and cheaper, by all means let me know!

Thanks!
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bump help?

Found this processor instead.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO4800DOBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103212

a little cheaper and comes with heatsink and fan.
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Zona, if your budget permits it and if your a frequent gamer I'd spend about $160-170 more and pick up a 4850. The performance of that card is astonishing. You won't be disappointed. You would also probably need to invest in a different power supply that supplies at least 30amps on the 12volt rail.

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i was thinking that too, but i wanted to hear it from someone else first.
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Id say go for the DFI board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136044

and for a power supply you could go with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152028

That way in the future you could get some Crossfire action going... Also I agree you should go for the HD4850s they look sick in the benchies.
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Zona, here are a few more links to some quality built power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Order=REVIEWS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Order=REVIEWS

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Hm. The mobo you chose is not a very good one for your criteria. The k9a2 is good for current builds, but since you want an upgradeable one, its not a good choice. MSI announced that the K9A2 isnt compatible with the 125W processors, which is why they made a second version (k9a2 platinum). The mobos suggested above would probably be better.

heres the second k9a2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130136

good luck

-edit- this mobo would also be a good choice, i was going to get this one before i got a deal on mine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128074
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post #8 of 10
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ahh man, good call. thanks for the input!

now what about the processor? is this good for now for the price and upgradeable later? what else would be a better value now, and something I could upgrade to later?

also whats the difference between 90nm and 65nm?
Edited by zona - 6/23/08 at 6:53pm
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ahh man, good call. thanks for the input!

now what about the processor? is this good for now for the price and upgradeable later? what else would be a better value now, and something I could upgrade to later?

also whats the difference between 90nm and 65nm?
90nm is an older process that uses more energy, makes more heat, and "generally" overclocks less
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90nm is an older process that uses more energy, makes more heat, and "generally" overclocks less
Slowend, it's true that 65nm uses less power consumption and uses a lower TDP but there are some 90nm processors that can overclock quite well. Nothing is ever guaranteed in overclocking which I'm sure your aware of. Perhaps you were speaking in terms of "overclocking averages"
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