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#1 xtinctss

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 11:34 AM

I'm running a DFI nF4 lanparty UT SLI-dr MB, 1 gig RAM, 40 and 250 gig HDD, HP CD writer, AMD 3700+ San Diego and various USB add ons. I have a 19 inch Samsung monitor LCD.

I have been running 2 EVGA 7300 video cards and a Trendnet wireless card. This thing hasn't worked right since I put it together. The SLI'd EVGA cards are part of the problem and the network card has been unreliable to say the least. SLI is not something I wish to continue doing. I am looking for one GOOD PCIx video card for around $200-$250 (SLI Ready for the futire maybe)and a good wireless card. I do a little gaming, some photo editing and a lot of internet with this thing. I also run MS office for various things most of the time. In the past I have had good luck with XFX cards but I would like your suggestions.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 03:17 PM

SO lets start from the top.

Are these compatable?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...78&CatId=10 (A-Data Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 Memory
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...61&CatId=13 (DFI Lanparty UT NF4 SLI-DR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103622 (AMD 3700+)

I am still trying to figure this thing out. I thought before hand that these were compatable items but I just figured I ask.

Thanks.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 04:44 PM

Explanation of SLI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Link_Interface

The Motherboard supports 4 DIMM for DDR-400 so the Ram looks good.

AMD's memory guidlines for your processor
Sockets 754 and 939

* PC1600, PC2100, PC2700 & PC3200 unbuffered memory modules.
* 184-pin 2.5-Volt DDR1 DIMMs.
* 64-bit DDR1 memory bus (socket 754).
* 128-bit DDR1 memory bus (socket 939).
* Supports 64-Mbyte, 128-Mbyte, 256-Mbyte, 512-Mbyte, 1-Gbyte, 2-Gbyte and 4-Gbyte memory technology.
* Supports production DIMMs from industry standard DRAM memory manufacturers.
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Techni...%5E9513,00.html

Use the following to find recommended motherboards:
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor Family - Recommended Motherboards
http://www2.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Techn...html?1148333126

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:20 PM

SO basicly AMD doesn't suggest you use any of the Lanparty MB's with thier stuff. That kinda sucks.

So, as I'm not interested in SLI anymore, What do you suggest for a good Video card? I understand what SLI is as you have replied to several of my posts about problems I have been having with this thing. I read that page and many more about SLI. I don't really need it.

As for the memory, I have no idea if its reg or unreg. How would I determine that?

I have SWI loaded, would it be able to tell me?

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 05:43 PM

I prefer the nVidia cards - you should be able to find a good deal on one at http://www.pricegrabber.com/ Just get the best one that you can afford. The best reviews on video cards (IMO) can be found at Tom's Hardware ( http://www.tomshardware.com/ )

Registered memory is fairly rare - and is slower than and more expensive than unregistered memory. But, it's also more reliable and places less of a strain on the system (because of the buffer that it has built in).

Here's a link that explains more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_memory

SWI will probably tell you - but it may be labelled as buffered or non-buffered rather than registered and unregistered.
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