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#1 oldandwrinkled

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:17 PM

this is the list I have now for a general home build not to be used for gaming or editing.Need to make sure all are compatible and will work together.I do have a Windows XP pro 32 bit OS, and have a Sapphire hd 2400 512Mb ddr2 vid card if needed later on. Just want to be sure before ordering.also have a Corsair 400w P/S Thanks
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX
Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119152

$49.99

SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/
ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
Item #: N82E16821103203

$7.49

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136098

$49.99

Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail
Item #: N82E16899261005

$3.49

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA800 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820148163

$20.99

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel
Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128357

$54.99

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819116072

$82.99
Subtotal:$269.93

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:51 PM

Only thing I will pick on is your hard drive choice. For whatever reason some people are/were experiencing transfer rate problems with those drives. WD may have fixed them with a firmware update, I haven't kept track of it. Everything else looks like it will do well as a general purpose machine with XP......and more power to you for getting a floppy. Everytime you think you will never use one, it comes in handy.

My humble suggestion:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136319

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:13 PM

Is there any particular reason as to why you chose a micro ATX motherboard instead of a standard ATX? Note that if you intend to use your XP disc from a previous Windows installation, you must uninstall the operating system from the old PC before putting it on the new one. This is due to licensing restrictions. Obviously, if you just purchased that XP disc for installation on a new PC, you have nothing to worry about.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:18 PM

I do have a new xp disk so that will work but didn't think there would be a problem using a micro MoBo.What would the advantage be going with standard atx other than being larger? I do not intend to add any extra cards at this time.I am trying to keep the cost down that is why I am looking at the WD HD in the 320Gb range.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:32 PM

3 advantages of an ATX, over a Micro ATX:
Components are spread out further, allowing for better cooling, which will extend the life of your components.
Additional expansion slots for future upgrading (you never know what your interests might be, in a couple of years).
More room, to work.
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:46 PM

any suggestions as to a motherboard that would go with the listed specs?

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:18 PM

There are a number of motherboards that will be compatible with your CPU and RAM choices. Standard ATX DDR2-800 RAM motherboards are becoming more difficult to find.

ECS P43T-A2 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard $60
ECS P45T-A LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $100 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

Alternate Configuration with Different Memory

GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard $65
WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $25

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:31 AM

looking at this MoBo for now and may change the memory to A-Data which I believe is 1.8 v.

ASRock P43Twins1600 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813157130

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:55 PM

You do realize that the ASRock P43Twins1600 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX takes DDR3 and DDR2 memory? DDR3 would be best for increased performance but costs more. Also, RAM voltages are largely unimportant unless you're planning to overclock or if something goes wrong.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:30 PM

looking at the Gigabyte Ga P31-es3g and need to know if the following memory will work with it without having to change any voltage? I think the motherboard will work for me since I will not be doing any gaming.
Corsair XMS2 2 GB (2 X 1 GB 240-pin DDR2 800Mhz Dual Channel Memory Kit
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:16 PM

The GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G, the one I link to above, uses DDR2-1066 memory, which I also linked to above. Most RAM voltages are managed automatically by the BIOS on the motherboard. A user can manually override the automatic settings and input their own. A user should not do this unless they are overclocking their PC or if there is a problem.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:38 PM

Any suggestions as to memory for this board? I will be using Windows 32 bit so going with 4Gb will not be a benfit I don't think.Thanks

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:48 PM

You can still purchase 4GB, you'll just have 3 to 3.5GB available to Windows. Suggestions for memory are below.


WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:45 PM

Can I not just go with 2 x 1Gb of memory such as ddr2 800 (pc6400) dual channel?

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:32 PM

Can I not just go with 2 x 1Gb of memory such as ddr2 800 (pc6400) dual channel?

No, according to the memory specifications for the GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard listed below from Newegg. You cannot use DDR2-800 in a motherboard designed for DDR2-1066. DDR2-1066 has a higher cycle time, memory clocks, and a higher transfer rate than DDR2-800. You can, however, install DDR2-1066 memory into a motherboard designed for DDR2-800 since the faster RAM will downclock itself to DDR2-800 levels. I suggest getting the G.SKILL memory in my earlier post since it will get you the maximum amount of RAM for your motherboard. Even though you are not getting Windows 64-bit, you will benefit from the larger amount of RAM. If you installed 4GB of RAM, Windows would have available 3 to 3.5GB of RAM to use as opposed to just 2GB if you purchased the 2GB RAM kit.

GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 2240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 1066
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel

For additional DDR2 information...
Wikipedia - DDR2 SDRAM

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