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Old 10-24-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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I've been reading up on this forum quite a bit lately, as you can see I'm a noob to this website. I'm thinking about doing my first build soon and I was just wondering if you guys had any input/advice/opinions or whatever.

The components I have selected are "bang for the buck" as I want to stay within about $500 range. Anyway, here it is:

Foxconn MCP61VM2MA-RS2H- Motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+- Processor

Rosewill TU-155- Case w/400w PSU

WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB)- Ram

Seagate ST3320832SCE 320GB- HDD

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5"- Floppy Drive

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Old 10-24-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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You should probably try to balance it out some more. You've got a pretty high end processor, but a pretty crappy motherboard.

It's like putting a Porsche engine in a minivan. Kinda pointless.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:49 PM   #3
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Well, I saw that the motherboard had relatively the same specs as other more expensive brands. Is there a difference other than maybe the quality of the board? Also, do you have any suggestions as to which other motherboards I could look into?
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:07 PM   #4
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I was looking at this board here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138061

Would this be a better replacement for the original motherboard I mentioned?
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:17 PM   #5
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Exactly. Foxconn and Biostar aren't exactly known for their quality. Look more for Asus, Abit, or Gigabyte.
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I see your point. I think I found an ASUS motherboard I am interested in. Its $20 more, but I'm sure it would be a better choice.

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You'll appreciate it a lot later. Your computer will be a lot more stable, etc.
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Also what about a video card??
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Um just asking but why the hell do you have a floppy drive in that list????
Completely outdated.
A Flash Drive does the same thing.
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I found an ASUS Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131172 comes with integrated graphics. I dont need a performance video card at the moment (my main priority is music, photo editing), I may upgrade that later though for some minor gaming.

I decided to install the Floppy drive just for convenience, for $7 its no biggy. I also have a flash drive for external storage but I also find floppy discs as convenient for small storage.
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UH I think the boistar motherboard is better then that Asus... Get a cheapo video card like a 40 dollar 7300LE. If you are doing photo editing you will want to have a somewhat decent video card... DVI capable, if your monitor will have it.
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biostar support is non existent, dont go with them, i did and i regret it.

also dont get a rosewill psu, they suck, i have had to replace 2 already.
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Rudster816- How long did the PSU last? I was thinking of replacing that psu with a thermaltake psu soon after purchasing the case (when I get more money), probly a few months after. I have read that the psu sometimes kills the motherboard when it goes out, so I was planning on replacing it before that happens.

I'm just sticking with the basics right now. With my current setup, I am sure I will be content with the onboard graphics until I upgrade the psu and video card. But thanks for the input.
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Exactly. Foxconn and Biostar aren't exactly known for their quality. Look more for Asus, Abit, or Gigabyte.
I have a foxconn and its perfectly fine , in fact foxconn make intel motherboards for intel so they cant be that bad if intel decide to let them make motherboards for them

anyhow thats irrelevant now


I agree that getting a high end processor and putting it in a budget motherboard may not be the best idea yet but unless you plan on overclocking or doing anything seriously intensive i personaly dont see any issues as long as the motherboard states that it supports the processor you plan to buy
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Well I noticed that the Mobo that you chose was a micro ATX so its a bit small.

I would go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131013
I know its $130 but its a good board.

I have the one with the 590 Chipset for full Sli speeds but that one is a bit more.

Go with that one and get a Geforce 7300GS or GT and upgrade later.
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Well, after reading some more reviews and checking out other motherboards, I have decided to go with a GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3. Also decided to go ahead and get the Thermaltake PSU while I'm at it, just to be on the safe side. Dont wanna fry my investment by using a cheapie stock psu.

Anyway, thanks for all the recommendations. It will be some time until I get my pc components and start the build, but I will post how things go with that!
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Don't get a Thermaltake PSU. Stick with Antec or Silverstone if you want something with real quality.
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