Building my first socket 939 computer - suggestions welcome

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Carbon, Apr 7, 2005.

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    Carbon Guest

    So far I have the following parts list:

    Antec SLK2650-BQE case: $ 65.50
    FOXCONN NF4UK8AA-8EKRS NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra: $104.00
    GIGABYTE ATI RADEON X300 PCI Express Model GV-RX30128D: $ 76.00
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Retail CPU: $146.00
    Mushkin Dual Pack 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200: $ 85.67
    NEC 1.44MB Black Internal Floppy Drive: $ 8.00
    Seagate 120GB Barracuda 7200RPM SATA Model ST3120827AS: $ 93.00
    US Robotics 56K V.90 Data/Fax/Voice Modem, Model 2976 $ 38.00

    I'm building it for a buddy of mine, but this'll be my first socket
    939 pci express computer. I'm after stability, quietness, and speed in
    that order. Questions:

    I really like the Spire Whisperrock fan for socket A CPUs. Is the
    stock fan is too loud, and will this fan fit on a socket 939 motherboard?

    My friend already has an XP upgrade CD and a win98 CD. Will the XP CD
    be able to see the SATA controller and pci express bus, or am I going
    to have to jump through hoops to get it installed?

    Is the X300 a good videocard, or should I look elsewhere? This isn't a
    gaming rig, but there will probably be some video editing down the
    road. I don't want to spend more than $80 for the card. What's the
    best deal right now?

    Thanks much for any suggestions.
    Carbon, Apr 7, 2005
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    Carbon Guest

    Forgot about the burner. Is this a good one?

    Samsung 16X DVD±RW, 5X Dual Layer, Model TS-H552U/BEBN Black $55
    Carbon, Apr 7, 2005
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    Stillwater Guest

    I'd be overclocking it a bit for use in video editing. Otherwise, it is
    cheap and he can upgrade the CPU later for that purpose.
    Tell him he needs to upgrade to a broadband connection, so that his new,
    fast machine won't be forced to crawl at agonizingly slow speeds.
    I use a Thermaltake Silent Boost K8 Heatsink/Fan. I highly recommend it.
    It quietly cools my 939 Winchester and even handles a 35-40% overclock.
    No problem. With the SATA controller, it is ussualy detected. At the
    worst, you'll have to pop in the floppy that comes with your MOBO and load
    the drivers by pressing F6 at the beginning.
    If it is not a gaming rig, then, yes, it's fine.

    The NEC 3520A is a great burner.


    Stillwater, Apr 12, 2005
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