View Full Version : New comp specs...comments?

07-25-05, 09:22 PM
Getting set to order new parts. Comments? Bad experiences with anything below?

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Processor (San Diego) Socket 939 (want to OC to approx. 2.7)

DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR nForce4 SLI Athlon 64(FX)/Sempron Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA

eVGA e-Geforce 7800 GTX PCI Express 256MB DDR3 Video Card w/HDTV-Out, DVI & VIVO

Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT 1GB DDR400 XMS3200 Dual-Channel Memory w/Platinum Heat Spreader

Thermalright XP-90 heatsink with Volcano 119 cfm, 92mm fan

Already have:
WD Raptor 37 gig, 10,000 RPM SATA HD
WD 80 gig, 7200 RPM SATA HD
(2) 512 mb sticks Corsair XMS3200LL (total will be 2 gig)
Audigy 2 SC
Liteon 16x DVD Burner
400 watt Antec PS

07-25-05, 09:35 PM
XP-90 is freakin sweet and that memory is rock solid :D

nice setup man, that thing will fly ;)

07-25-05, 09:37 PM
Looks good, but a couple things:

1) No guarantees on being able to overclock that processor, it's simply luck of the draw. You have to weigh the risks/rewards of possibly frying a multiple-hundred dollar investment there for a nominal performance boost. The 4000+ is a plenty robust CPU.

2) You would benefit more from switching your RAM configuration to 2x1 GB instead of 4x512. Filling all banks will force you to run at a 2T command rate, which will hurt your memory bandwidth at least 10%.

07-25-05, 09:43 PM
Volcano 119 cfm will be very very loud might wanna get less noisy fan or a fan with RPM control .

07-25-05, 09:48 PM
Not to mention those high CFM fans aren't all that efficient because of the tornado effect they create. Panaflo makes some really good high-output, low-noise models.

07-25-05, 10:09 PM
A Panaflo FBA09A12H (High Speed with RPM capability) or a 3-blade Delta EFB0912LE would be all you would need on that processor. Either would give good cooling performance on the XP-90 as well as keep the noise bearable.
The Delta is a big unit for a 92mm being 1/2 inch thicker than the Panaflo.

As mentioned, speed controlled fans would also be a good option with units that have a maximum CFM rating of around 60 or better.

07-26-05, 07:10 AM
Looks like a nice setup.... but will a 400w PSu cope with all that hardware and be able to overclock ?

07-26-05, 08:07 AM
Definitely upgrade your PS and sell your 512 mem sticks. 2 1G 3200 modules and a 500+ watt Antec True Power 2.0 (or equivalent) PS is the way to go. Once you start running BF2 at ultra high settings your system is going to need some serious juice to run stable. You should also think about what kind of case you are going to install all these components into. I say go with a BTX style case but an ATX with good air flow is just as good.

07-26-05, 11:15 AM
An excellent rig, but as mentioned switch up the memory to 2x1gig if you can, and maybe spend a little less on a slower A64 and just overclock to 4000 speed.

And that power supply definetly worries me. If it's an Antec 400w, that means it's probably a Smart model and not a True model. True has better rails, and you'll need it for that setup. For your rig, I recommend no less than an Antec True Power series II 480w PSU. It has dual +12v rails and PCIE connectors as well ;)

07-26-05, 08:16 PM
Thanks for all the comments. Suggestions noted and adjusted for.

I'll grab a 550 True Antec, 2x1gig sticks of mem and perhaps a better fan setup.

Been out of the comp building scene for a bit and needed these suggestions. Much appreciated!