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    Arrow Machine upgrade and questions

    I'm upgrading my machine from a Biostar motherboard, Athlon64 3200+ and Radeon X800XT to a new motherboard (haven't been able to decide which yet), Athlon64 X2 3800+ and GeForce 7800GT. Currently I'm using an old Enermax 431w PSU but I have a feeling it may not be able to cut it with the new machine, the new machine also needs a 24 pin ATX connector rather than 20 pin. So what PSU so people recommend? I kinda don't have that much money for one so I can't really afford to spend £100 on a new PSU (also seems a bit OTT).

    Going back to the current replacement part selection, I'm looking at the Asus A8N-E motherboard, Athlon64 X2 3800+ processor and XFX GeForce 7800GT, seem like a good choice?

    Reason for this all is because I've been stuck on 754 for ages and wanted to upgrade, but I have an AGP card currently and the reason this kicked in now is due to ATi's dire Linux support so I get to upgrade to the system I want and switch to nVidia at the same time, two birds with one stone.

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    as ur going for pci-e and an 7800 gt which is pretty powerful why not buy a SLI mobo like the asus A8n SLI standard/deluxe or premium one so that you can buy another 7800 gt in the future if needed ?

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    Enverex-

    The X2 3800 and 7800GT are both nice choices, but I dont reccomend the A8N-E. Go for the Asus Sli Premium (£110), its a great motherboard.

    The Epox series are also good.

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    Damn, I wrote a reply here and forgot to post it, lol.

    Ok, I said something along the lines of:
    I don't want to get an SLi motherboard as they are almost twice the price of a normal non-SLi board and I don't ever intend to get a second card to SLi with, so it would be a waste of money.

    What non-SLi board do people recommend? Looking around the £70 mark here...

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    Hiper 580 PSU. Look at the Jetway NF4. Overclocks like crazy, is cheap, but not a lot of extras. Think AT have a review.

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    I think your current PSU will be fine. As worst you should buy a 20-24 pin adaptor at best just use it as it is I had my X2 3800+ running at 2.4ghz off of a 350w atx1.3 psu fow a while with no problems

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    I don't intend to be overclocking, so that functionality is kinda moot. I think I will try with just a pin-adapter for now and see how it goes, I just hope it can support the X2 AND a 7800GT...

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    Dont intend on overclocking?

    Go for the A8N-E then.

    Good luck!

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    Pin adapters are bad ideas... I was using one fine for a while until I found a post about one on dfi-street, then another, and another and more across loads of forums. You are better off not buying one.

    Most new mobo's will run off a 20 pin (though it is also not recommended)

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    Well, I've just ordered....

    Item: Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Midi Tower - With 450W
    Item: XFX 7800GT 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI VIVO PCI-E
    Item: Asus A8N-E S939 nForce 4 ATX Sound Giga lan USB 2.0 FSB1000 SATA
    Item: AMD Athlon 64 (ADA3800BVBOX) X2 3800+ Socket 939 Dual Core 2.0ghz 512Kb and 512Kb Cache

    I needed a new case anyway as this one cost like £20 and has crap airflow. I went slightly over budget, but it gets me a new PSU and decent case at the same time (has a 120mm fan on it which should help).

    Yay.

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