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New machine

by nicklaus / January 6, 2006 5:59 PM PST

Ok, Ive got the experience to build machines. Ive done 2 of my own and 3 for my wifes business. Now I want to build another one for myself but havent been keeping up on the latest technology. I built my last one based on the Athlon 2500+ on an Asus A7nX MB. I love that board but I want to get a bit more speed. I do alot of DVD copying and that takes some horsepower. Ive got 2 200gig seagate ATA harddrives that Ill stay with til the die, by then maybe Serial ATA will have bumped to another generation. I dont need lightning fast graphics cuz I dont game. I did happen to nitice that one of the Asus MB's that I was looking at, didnt have an AGP slot any longer. Whats the newest slot configuration for video cards?

Ive also noticed that the CPU clock speed isnt climbing as fast as it used to, which makes sense but they are doing things with memory access and larger cashe on CPU etc. So, with that in mind any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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video and CPU
by linkit / January 7, 2006 1:36 AM PST
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''PCI Express X16'' is the slot of choice for video these days. You can get a motherboard that will allow you to use two video cards at the same time (nVidia's SLI technology or ATI's Crossfire technology).

For CPUs, look into AMD and Intel's dual core offerings.
- AMD Athlon 64 X2
- Intel Pentium D

Higher clock speeds have run into heat and stability problems, so the CPU mfgs. have tweaked other areas and technologies to improve performance (caches, pipelines, multiple cores, onboard memory controllers, etc.).

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Dual core is the way to go
by ineedatv12345 / January 7, 2006 3:05 AM PST
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Dual-core is the future of the processor (that and quad-core). As linkit said, go with an AMD X2 processor, along with a socket 939 mitherboard. This system shouldn't cost you much at all because you won't need a soumd card or a graphics card.

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