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    Question Hardware Compatibility Check

    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone can help, I've been asked by a mate to get a list of items for a custom built pc. The primary use of this machine will be for software development purposes, he wants a decent graphics card and for it to be pretty speedy. he's got the software to put on it and just wanted the hardware.

    Well long story short I've got a list but I haven't been in the technical loop for ages and I've come up with this list and I needed to know if it would all work together and if I've missed anything..

    This is all from ebuyer so I put the part numbers on too..
    Asus K8V-X Socket-754 VIA K8T800 ATX- Sound Gb-Lan USB2 800FSB SATA-Raid Retail Box part no: 074707
    AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3400+ 512kb L2cache 754pin Retail Boxed Processor with 3 Year Warranty and Fan Included part no: 058432
    Sony DWQ28AB2 16x16x8x DVDRW OEM Black part no: 092093
    Maxtor 6Y080L0 Plus 9 80GB 7200rpm UDMA133 - OEM part no: 040968
    XFX GeForce FX5200 256MB DDR, AGP8x, DVI, TV-Out - Retail box part no: 054890
    Ebuyer AC Power Lead (Kettle Type) Suitable for ATX PSU part no: 020293
    Casecom KG-6133 ATX Case in Black with 2.0 USB/Audio and 350w PSU part no: 090877

    This is stuff that I'm buying seperately for price purposes..
    19" TFT Monitor with DVI
    2x 512MB PC3200 Elixir DDR SDRAM

    (oh and he already has a mouse and keyboard)

    Thanks guys!

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    My thoughts would be to spend a little extra to get a socket 939 cpu and motherboard with support for PCI-E (so the PCI-E version of the FX5200), and a more powerfull PSU

    Socket 939 have a 128-bit, 'dual-channel' memory-controller, whereas socket 754 processors only have a 64-bit, 'single-channel' memory-controller, so you can have much more bandwidth. Also the 939 platform supports PCI-E where the 754 does not.

    I think overall, for a little extra cash, you'd have a much more future proof setup that would be easier to upgrade.
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    Well on Fatboys advice I've chosen the following..

    Sony DWQ28AB2 16x16x8x DVDRW OEM Black 092093
    Maxtor 6Y080L0 Plus 9 80GB 7200rpm UDMA133 - OEM 040968
    Ebuyer AC Power Lead (Kettle Type) Suitable for ATX PSU 020293
    Casecom KG-6133 ATX Case in Black with 2.0 USB/Audio and 350w PSU 090877
    AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3000+ Socket 939pin 512k L2cache 90nm Retail Boxed Processor 088105
    Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Skt939 nForce4 SLI Chipset DDR400 PCI-E USB2.0 LAN SATA Retail Box 084954
    Leadtek WinFast PX6200TC GeForce 6200 PCI-E with TurboCacheā„¢ supporting 256MB with TV-out DVI and Hardware Monitor 085824

    19" Arianet Premium Plus with DVI
    512MB PC3200 Elixir DDR SDRAM

    Anyone see any slap-worthy problems with this spec??

    And I rudely forgot to say thank you to Fatboy
    so thanks!

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    Get one of the Abit AN8 range if you can, they are excellent boards.
    Also, get a SATA drive, not a IDE one.
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    If your not messing around overclocking etc I would look at possibly getting an OEM CPU, as you can pick up a s939 3200+ OEM for Ā£119.86 from lowestonweb.com - that's what I'm going to order shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboy
    Also the 939 platform supports PCI-E where the 754 does not.
    yes it does... some of the newer 754 boards support pci-e as well
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    There are 754 boards based on the NF4 chipset (was confuzed by this, but its on Scans site)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    There are 754 boards based on the NF4 chipset (was confuzed by this, but its on Scans site)
    lol wtf? pci-e or is it kompletly messed up

    i've seen some messed up things before though, like agp and pci-e on the same board and a 6200 with a pci-e lots with a agp add on bottom bit

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    the NF4 s754 are PCI-E

    PCI-E and AGP can be on the same board, using the ULi chipset

    and there was a graphics card with PCI-E and AGP on it, just flip it over to get the right one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Get one of the Abit AN8 range if you can, they are excellent boards.
    Also, get a SATA drive, not a IDE one.
    Seconded hun...

    I've just ordered the Maxtor 10 SATA on recommendation.
    I've always had ABIT boards and would always recommend.

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    Well many thanks guys! my mate has finally bit the bullet and ordered everything. i have to say i'm so jealous, i'd love to upgrade my stuff but i keep spending my money frivolously (sp?) instead!

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    me spend my money on alcohol?? never...
    ok yeah fine i did..
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