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help with picking mother board and PSU

Q: help with picking mother board and PSU

Okay, so me and my brother are planning on building a computer soon.

For the CPU, we chose to go with an AMD Athlon X2 64 6000+
GPU, and 8800GT, when we can get our hands on one of coarse.
For the cooling unit for the CPU, i had the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm suggested to me.
For the RAM we decided to go with

I am still hacing problems choosing a mother board and PSU, it's been a long time since i've even swapped boards and PSU's out of cases. So i was wondering if anybody could suggest a good mother board for gaming. Preferably a more inexpensive board, but the price doesn't really matter that much. And also if someone could suggest a PSU, or has better suggestions for RAM and a cooling unit, that would help a lot.

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A: help with picking mother board and PSU

First, spend the extra seven dollars and go with this RAM. It is faster than the RAM you picked out, and it is made by Corsair, one of the most trusted makers of memory.

As for a motherboard, you might want to consider this one. SLI-Ready, AM2 socket, DDR2 RAM, gigabit ethernet, relatively high customer reviews, and has then name ASUS, a respected motherboard maker. I narrowed down your choices on NewEgg to these ten, assuming you hope to set up SLI sometime.

I'm not entirely sure that your cooler will be sufficient. The cooler I use for my Athlon 6000+ is this Zalman 9700. It is three times more expensive, not to mention huge, but it does the job.
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I just didn't know where else to post this question.

I'm hearing H.A.M. operators,or people using C.B. radios ( not sure which) over my PC speakers. It's not real loud.I have to put a speaker up to my ear to hear what their saying,and turning the volume up or down has no effect. But. It's like a mosquito
buzzing in my ear.It's very irritating,and I just want it to go away. Please,somebody tell me how to make it go away. Maybe you know of a filter I can buy or something.
Thanks in advance. CB.
EDIT; A few hours later.
I was wrong about the volume control having no effect. I had my remote device ( part of my speaker system) turned way down..
Problems still the same though. In fact their yaking up a storm right now. Wouldn't be so bad if they had something worth saying LOL

A:Picking up HAM or CB talk over PC speakers

I've had this with my TV in the past. It stopped after a few days, so it wasn't major. Anyways, the only stuff i know that can stop radio interference, is a type of wire mesh (sometimes like silk)

Apart from that, i'm not too sure.
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Evening, all

I bought an interesting little Single Board Computer as an mITX motherboard (a WADE-8020, more info at the link below):

I have another similar board in an old Hoojum Cubit 3 case, and was wondering if anyone might have any other suggestions for a similarly eye-catching case, probably ready-made, though I'm not averse to either buying a DIYed case, or maybe trying to make one myself (I have a Dremel but not much else, and that includes skill )

Cheers, Jon.
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A:Microphone is picking up output audio that my headset is receiving

Right click the speaker Icon and select playback devices>>>Communications>>>Mute all other sounds
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A:Picking the right graphics card

The motherboard you have has a PCI Express 1.0a slot. You will have to find a video card that will work in that slot, because not all Graphics cards will just plug in and play. Not all PCI Express 2.0/2.1/3.0 cards will work with the PCI Express 1.0a slot.

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Don't like giving bad news, but I would say no this will not work. I would not actually try to upgrade this computer, because you will run into limitations quickly on what you can do. If you are insistent on getting better graphics, I would look at older graphics cards that are low profile and do not require too much wattage to run.
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A:Three long beeps on Intel desktop board D850MV/D850EMV2

I think three beeps on Intel is a memory issue. At least that what it was when I had a stick of cheap RAM crap out on me.

I'd run Memtest and go from there

RAM can fail from a number of causes. Heat exposure, flaky transistor junctions, who knows. I seriously doubt plugging the TV in had anything to do with it.
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You should be able to get documentation for that board directly off Intel's web site. Intel used to give BIOS beep codes ion the board/chipset manuals.

They also have hardware monitor software as a free download. Look up "Intel Desktop Utilities Lite".
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A:What AMD Processor is compatible with my mother board? And im new to this

That is an AM3 socket CPU which means it should be compatible with the Phenom II series CPU's. I looked up the board and it should still support up to a 95 watt CPU so any Phenom II X4 CPU with a 95 watt TDP would work on it.

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A:Need help on picking Mobo/Cpu

death791 said:

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First is:
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Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 mobo (currently has a $100 rebate)-

Second is:
AMD FX-9590 Vishera Black Edition -
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX -

By the way I forgot to add I have a fully custom watercooling loop with multiple radiators And everything will be powered by a XFX PRO 1250watt PSU so power and cooling is no issue with either setup I decide to go with. Thanks for the help open to any opinions.Click to expand...

Do you intend to overclock at all is my first question.

But basically if your just making a gaming rig, the i7 will probably be the better choice for you.
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A:Need help with picking parts to use for a new PC

Thank you for actually answering the important questions!

Have you had a look at our PC Buying Guide? Looks like your budget puts you in the 'Entry Level Rig'

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Have you gone into the sound menu in your control panel and set your default audio device to your headset?

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Firstly, why do you need to overclock it? I'm guessing its more because you want to, than necessity, but my thoughts are below.

I run the exact same CPU in my system 24/7 and while it might be long in the tooth compared with most systems on here, it's certainly not lacking at stock speeds as it is.

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List any Problem Devices

Make sure devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
On the other hand, if no devices are listed, tell me so
Generate and attach a DirectX report

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===> If you?re running 32 bit Windows, dxdiag will launch on its own
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A:Help in picking a monster laptop!

For reliability and style, there is no contest... the Apple MacBook Pro is mostly wonderful.

I don't own an Alienware machine, but the ones we see in our shop tell me there are reliability and ruggedness issues.

The contest between Alienware and Apple is very much an Apples vs Oranges argument... which I would want to have very well thought out....

You might benefit from a lot more reading on both brands among several others. Both of those have many strengths and weaknesses, but generally a person who has one, would not want the other... for the ways in which they are used.
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A:Wireless USB adapter not picking up connections

running (or leaving enabled) both wired and wireless frequently causes problems,
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you're also running IPv6, so must be on Vista or Win/7. Configurations are
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A:Is SLI on a mATX board on air usually avoided?

Personally if I was building a computer without having any hardware to start with I would probably aim for a higher end single card rather than 2 older and now mid range 460 GTX cards. That way in the future you can pickup another higher performance card and then use SLI.

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<I'm trying to fix a very old pc; it's almost ready but I can't set front USB ports.>

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A:Looking to upgrade processor, board Micro-Star MS-7184

Hey Noctis,

Truth be told you are better off upgrading your Motherboard, RAM, and Processor if you want to see any substantial difference. A socket 939 is quite a bit old and since then they have move onto the AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, etc sockets for AMD Mobos and Processors.

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Well, I have seen a few mobo/ram testers on Ebay but have no idea how good they are. Just do a search on there for motherboard tester and several will come up, they are about Ģ20.
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This is one that covers all the point you asked for;
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sounds like it's just a faulty board... it doesn't matter if you have a single ATI or NVIDIA card, it should work with either
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I dont know but the site says that the board accepts DDR200/266/333 SDRAM.Click to expand...

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A link to my board:

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I'd recommend this one from a brief view.

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you might want to go with 16:10 format because it gives you more room to work with when picture edditing and 3D animation work. I love my Dell U2410 24" 16:10 1920x1200 monitor but its about 2 times your budget. This Hanns.G HZ281HPB 27.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for Ģ259.99 inc VAT Ģ221.27 ex VAT looks great.
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A:Need advise on picking a motherboard and processor

What's your budget and what if anything are you keeping from your old system. If you just want guide, check out the TechSpot system guide or the Tech Report system guide. It covers all price ranges.
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Here's the deal: (add the www to see it)

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A:Intel desktop board DP55WB motherboard for gaming?

Pyron92 said:

So I recently had my main computer crash and break to the point I need a new computer so I figured I'd make it worth it this time.

Here's the deal: (add the www to see it)

Everything on there seems decent but I am curious about the board itself. Would the Intel Desktop Board DP55WB Motherboard be good for gaming, which I wish to use my computer mainly for. I have at most a 700 dollar budget and this seems like a nice deal for it. I plan on putting a Geforce GTX 580 graphics card in it as soon as I get the money as a little side note if it matters.Click to expand...

I'd suggest looking at the same chipset, but in either Gigabyte or Asus brands. Intel boards are fine, as much as it goes, but the BIOS is very limited as to configuration for different memory, and overclocking options. Intel really markets it's boards as mainstream items, intended for average users and businesses, they're not really aimed at the enthusiast.

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A:Picking my CPU - i5 vs. Phenom II

Hi, could you just give use more info about your computer?
The X6 destroys the i5 in some areas...but not very many.

Make sure to include budget (and if you want a monitor, os, peripherals...), and intended use. i5 and X6 is a really close battle.

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Good .
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Dude, get a grip. I know less about computers now than before I read your post.

I thought that socket 478 was Intel (Pentium Celeron), now I come to find out that it's AMD.

An AMD Sempron 3000 only comes in one speed, if it's another speed, then it has a different number.

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I don't think that any of us here are really equipped to deal with the anxiety, angst, or incoherent and rambling thought patterns you have exhibited thus far, let alone what you're trying to pass off as sentence structure.

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Well, I can say I solved my own problem.

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Hi all I ve been struggling with this problem for almost two weeks now I m not able to get any audio from my system It all started when I formatted C in order to install Windows nor audio, neither card No PCI on-board with XP Home Previously I had XP Pro bit but I wasn t happy with that since it gave me some compatibiliy problems with other programs such as Norton Internet Security But - No audio, neither with on-board nor PCI card the sound worked However that s No audio, neither with on-board nor PCI card not the case with XP Home anymore This is my system Motherboard ASRock K S GX Chipset SIS GX on board Audio SIS Processor AMD sempron MHz For the on-board audio I used the latest audio driver from the SIS website but to no avail I tried alternative drivers such as Realtek AC or VIA but no luck The errors I get are pretty much the same that I get with the PCI audio card I just bought since I figured that would fix my problem I guess I was wrong The card I have is a Speed Link SL- -SRD and neither the drivers from the CD nor the latest version from their website works with my computer Here s a list of errors and peculiarities I have come across with both installations I hope you guys can shed some light on these When installing the PCI with option quot install driver and applications quot the set-up initializes and then a green screen comes on Then nothing happens When I opt instead for quot install drivers only quot it keeps saying quot driver is being installed quot and it loads and loads until the bar is full Then nothing happens I can press exit and when I do it says quot successfully installed please restart quot But after restart a message comes on from C-Media saying quot can not find audio chip quot It will usually say quot new hardware found quot too Neither Windows can find the driver automatically then nor does it work when I manually point Windows to the C-media driver from from the folder Usually what happens then is two or three scenarios The computer stalls again when the bar is fully loaded The computer says successful installation but when I restart there s still no audio I get a BSOD stating quot Stop x E xC xF BD B xf D C xF D cmaudio sys - Address F BD B base at F B quot When I check the device manager after the installation with option quot show hidden devices quot on it usually lists the CMI audio driver or the SIS for on-board whichever I ve done but in the properties tab it will says something like quot driver activated but not functioning quot Also there s usually up to new unknown devices listed under quot other devices quot and sometimes one under quot audio devices quot All of them with a yellow question mark beside them After the restart they re usually greyed out but they shouldn t be there at all should they On top of that there s always another gameport showing up which really bugs me What does that have to with setting up the audio One says quot CMaudio quot and the other PCI-Bus How do I find the right drivers for these As usual neither Windows nor the folder seem to provide something functional In the beginning of my installation attempts there was also a greyed out entry found named quot SM Bus Controller quot I could not find a driver for that anywhere even on the net Assuming that this had nothing to do with my audio I uninstalled this entry and since then it has never shown up again Could this bus controller thing be a problem What is it for anyway Well I guess I should mention that whenever I tried to go with the PCI card I made sure to disable on-board sound through the bios and uninstall those drivers And whenever I tried to do the on-board I made sure to uninstall and remove the PCI card Something that both have in common - and maybe that s the problem - is that the drivers are from C-Media Are there any incompatibility issues known regarding C-Media or ASRock Or in conjunction with XP Home When I installed Home I also installed all Service Packs up to Automatic Windows update has be... Read more

A:No audio, neither with on-board nor PCI card

I have onboard sound issues, i use sound cards, use a soundblaster card or a Diamond sound card. Sound blaster and diamond has good drivers. I would go with the sound blaster card first tho.
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It will work fine, just make sure you update your bios when everything is up and running, and to have a good quality 600 watt psu.
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My hard drive malfunctioned so was replaced, i am in the process of installing everything back onto my computer, i am having great difficulty in getting my sound to work.
i've got:
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M3A-H/HDMI (motherboard) with onboard sound ( Realtek HD Audio output)

i have updated all the drivers, checked the bios settings, device manager does not highlight any issues, my speakers are working properly.

i'd really appreciate some help as its driving me nuts!


A:Realtech on board sound not working

What do you see in the Device Manager
Start->Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device Manager...
Any yellow or red flags?
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for more info

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A:Installing a mother board

Theres a good chance that your Restore discs wont work with the new motherboard and when using XP you usually cant replace a motherboard without doing a clean install of Windows. The old motherboard drivers will keep Windows from loading or make the computer unstable. Replacing a board isnt that hard. Just make notes of where everything goes. The first time I did it I marked every cable with tape. I replaced a board in an eMachine. Physically it worked fine except the front panel connector was proprietary and I couldnt connect it to the new motherboard.
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When I'm adjusting my many icons and shortcuts on my desktop, often, particularly when I change resolutions, all of the icons will bunch together in the upper left corner of my screen, requiring me to rearrange them again. As I'm dragging them to the right locations, often the mouse travels across the screen, but the image of the icon has frozen part of the way across. It has transparency. I hold my mouse in place waiting, then after some 20 to 30 seconds, the icon snaps into the new spot where my mouse cursor is positioned. Is this a video card "overload" problem? My video is on-board, as delivered in the machine.

Should I consider replacing this on-board video or do I have another problem? It's been this way since new.

A:Is this a video board problem?

Hey tepeco

Does this only occur with the icon moving? Or does it happen with anything else?

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I bought 2 servers from ebay jsut for fun and to learn with ,

this is what i got

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2x 36GB SCSI Fujitsu 10K RPM Hard Drive

On-Board RAID Controller (raid 0,1)

No CDROM and Floppy

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sorry the model MB is SE7501WV2
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Any replies greatly appreciated

A:On board graphics/PCI-E 16x

Most motherboards will choose to use the PCI-e over the on-board video without you having to change anything.

While I personally don't know of any motherboards that do need a manual change, you would have to do so in the BIOS as you expected. If you need more help, let us know what the brand and model of the board in question, and I can find a manual online and step you through it. Or at the very least let you know if you have to even change anything in the BIOS.
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Has been a long long time since i've returned to these forums, but i've always got the best advice and info from u guys!

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Thanks in advance


A:2 Nvidia Cards on non-sli board (for physx?)

it has to be SLI because ATI and nVidia uses different i think technologies and it works on a different basis
but there is a mobo which will be coming out that supports both Crossfire and SLI
i think intel will do it but i cant remember what model it will be :S
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