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bryan25
2003-03-07, 07:37 PM
Ok, I am trying to figure what kinda stuff(hardware) I am gonna get gor the PC I'm makin. I want it to be fast and have AMD 2800+. here is the motherbaord I want. Tell me whether this one is good and stable(also, needs to be fast so it can handle PS without freezin or too much LAG). Also tell me if its worth the 125 bucks. If its not too much trouble list a better MOBO that under $150 or a little above if it is more for the buck.

Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon/XP/Duron Processors, Model# A7N8X (support AMD XP2800) Retail
Specifications:
CPU Supported: Socket A AMD Athlon/XP/Duron (600MHz - 2.8.GHz up to XP2800)Throughbred core CPU ready
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP
FSB: 333/266/200MHz
IDE: 2x channel ATA133
RAM: 3x 184-pin DIMM Sockets(PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600 non-ECC DDR Ram)
Slots: 1x AGP (Pro/8X), 5x PCI
Ports: 2xPS2, 2xUSB, 1xCOM,1xLPT, and Audio Ports
Onboard Audio:Realtek® ALC650 6CH
Onboard LAN: MCP integrated NVIDIA® MAC + Realtek® 8201BL PHY

ALSO, tell me whats the best video card for the MOBO thats under $130. thank you for your posts and time.

Big Bro
2003-03-07, 08:29 PM
I use the A7N8X Deluxe version...works AWESOME!

The onboard audio is "OK", but I'd suggest getting the one without onboard audio if it makes it cheaper. The onboard LAN is good, tho. Really, getting your own Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Live or XGamer 5.1 will make a difference if you are going to hook it to any sort of a sound system.

Do NOT forget to get some good RAM! :D

BLuE_ZeRO
2003-03-07, 08:33 PM
A7N8X Deluxe (make sure it's the deluxe) is the best motherboard you can get for an AMD system hands down. The onboard audio on the A7N8X Deluxe is more than ok, it's great. It's better than alot of other sound cards (and that includes the audigy's)

bryan25
2003-03-07, 08:37 PM
OK, but what about my VIDEO CARD QUESTION??

BLuE_ZeRO
2003-03-07, 08:38 PM
I'd suggest saving more money and getting a higher end radeon or gf4. save like 70 more and get a radeon 9500 or a ti4280 turbo card or even a ti4200. All are great cards that aren't like $400.

bryan25
2003-03-07, 08:59 PM
will the ATI Radeon 9500 PRO 128MB DDR AGP 8X w/ TV-Out & DVI - OEM go with the A7N8X Deluxe, and the A7N8X uses a AMD 2800+ chip right? can those all work with eachother??

Zatrais
2003-03-08, 08:45 AM
Yup, they go whit eachother..

As for the sound on the mobo, it uses a nForce 2 chipset thats the ONLY amd chipset out there that has hardware AC97 codecs, meaning it dosn't use alott of the CPU to process the 6 streams for 5.1 sound...

or simply, the sound pwns =)

Navaron
2003-03-08, 08:57 AM
Yep, I use onboard sound with my deluxe - it rocks hard. AWESOME board.

bryan25
2003-03-08, 12:31 PM
Ok, i got one more question how much power does that all require??

THNX for your posts :)

Zatrais
2003-03-08, 12:33 PM
Should get atleast 360W.... Most new comps use a 400W+ tho.

bryan25
2003-03-08, 12:40 PM
ok what is a good power supply maker(company)?and how many fans should i need?

BLuE_ZeRO
2003-03-10, 12:53 AM
Enermax has always been a personal favorite of mine. Very reliable.

SpaceDrake
2003-03-10, 01:02 PM
Originally posted by bryan25
and how many fans should i need?

As many as your case will support. Regardless of what you have under the hood (even if it's an underclocked 8086), that is always the answer. :p

Seriously, I would reccomend filling up most of the fan slots on your case. And get a nice Crystal Orb CPU fan for the Athlon XP.

Navaron
2003-03-10, 01:25 PM
I've got 5 case fans.

powdahound
2003-03-10, 02:55 PM
Vantec Stealth are nice, quiet fans for cases. :)

bryan25
2003-03-10, 08:08 PM
k thnx. i am getting a athlon 2400+(2.0 GHZ) is this a good CPU? mainly cuzz i cant oafford anything higher. will all the stuff i want like the CPU be able to support PlanetSide?? if so give how much more graphics then PS can it handle?

Zatrais
2003-03-11, 04:52 AM
An AMD 2400 whit a GF4 TI4200 or a radeon 9500 pro will be enough to run PS flawlessly :)