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would these parts be compatible and make for a good system?

Asus K8N nForce3 250 Athlon 64/Sempron Skt754 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail ***Free 2nd Day***

Case & PSU
Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Newcastle Integrated into Chip FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor - Retail

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

Taking into account that we want to keep the cost reasonable? Thanks.

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I believe you will need a videocard

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Didn't see one in your list. If the Mainboard has onboard video you're good to go. If I were buying a new Mainboard I would make sure it supports dual core, and if I were a gamer I would make sure it would support SLI. A good MB choice will be with you for a long time and will be the heart of your system, try to future-proof it.

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you WILL need a video card

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your mobo does not have integrated graphics, so you will have to buy a dedicated gpu. i would recomend the x600, x700, or 6600 series.


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(NT) (NT) nevermind, not the x600 or x700, PCIe

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he can't use the X600 or X700

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A) it's Socket 754
B) those are both only avliable on PCIE
C) there are no PCIE Socket 754 boards

I would suggest an AGP 6600

but personally, i'd say ditch that motherboard/CPU combo
and get a Socket 939 with an Athlon64 3000+ ($150 at newegg, with a fan) it'll cost about the same, and you can get a PCIE equipped board, which would let you do more

also, the majority of socket 939 boards are dual core compatable, no Socket 754 boards are

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we have an ati radeon 9800 graphics card.

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We have an ati radeon 9800 graphics card, so we were going to reuse it and not buy a new one. Taking that into consideration, what motherboard & cpu would you get. Can we use the old video card in a 939 motherboard? Can you post a link to the motherboard you recommend? Thanks

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Yes there is

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There are many MOBOS supporting socket 754 and PCI-Express

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e Socket 754

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754 socket will not support dual channel DDR. You need to get a socket 939 MB and processor. John

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power supply might be lacking...

Your 64bit cpu probably draw over 100 watts by itself. Add hard drives, usb devices, high powered graphics card and the like and you might have more draw then the power supply can give. Check the specs on your parts. Add it up and increase by 20% (for all that new stuff you don't already have). Ultra has a 500w for $40 and it has modular cabling that looks rather nice..if I may say so myself.

and life goes on...


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Ultra PSU tested poorly...

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...in one test I read, Antec or PC Power & Cooling make better PSU's. The modular connectors, while nice, do present another current loss & failure point.

Also, the heavier the PSU, the beefier the components.

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