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Vengeance
02-15-06, 11:20 PM
Finally going to build my own PC for the first time. Ordered the parts from newegg and they should be here in the morning. I got this.....

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813157081)
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103539)
el cheap-oh case... (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811220007)

Going to gut this Compaq for the Hard drives, memory, PSU, DVD/CD drives. and my 6800GT. But outside of putting in new hard drives, memory, video cards, and I did do the PSU. This is my first time ever messing with a processor and motherboard. So I'm a little :barf: But as long as it goes alright, I'll be able to say..."I did this" (nana2) And then no one can laugh that I use a Compaq!!!! :nono:

ViN86
02-15-06, 11:24 PM
congrats man :D

one of my first builds, i ripped out older parts from a pre-made PC too, heh. also, just be careful and read the instructions when installing/handling the CPU and mobo and youll be just fine. also, that mobo is cool, being futureproof and supporting the M2 socket already and all.

if you run into any problems, we'll always be here. ;)

Mr_LoL
02-15-06, 11:45 PM
The thing is with installing a new motherboard, your current windows xp installation might start doing funny things.

CaptNKILL
02-15-06, 11:58 PM
also, that mobo is cool, being futureproof and supporting the M2 socket already and all.

Huh? :eek2:

Is there an adapter for it or something?

Vengeance
02-16-06, 12:03 AM
Huh? :eek2:

Is there an adapter for it or something?


Yes there is an add on card you can get. There is even a slot for it.

http://www.asrock.com/product/product_939Dual-SATA2.htm

http://www.phoronix.com/images/picture.php?id=355&image=asrock_939dual_unique_lrg

Mr_LoL
02-16-06, 12:08 AM
For the features, that motherboard is very cheap. Does any one know the overclocking potential?

Vengeance
02-16-06, 12:13 AM
For the features, that motherboard is very cheap. Does any one know the overclocking potential?


I've read that its not bad, from the different reviews I have read on it. But from using this Compaq for so many years the only thing I know how to OC is my video card. :( And thats one of the reasons I went with the A64 3700+ it should be fast enough. ;) But I know me, once I get this set up, up and running I will start poking around and learning more about OC'ing the CPU and memory.

CaptNKILL
02-16-06, 12:35 AM
Yes there is an add on card you can get. There is even a slot for it.

http://www.asrock.com/product/product_939Dual-SATA2.htm

http://www.phoronix.com/images/picture.php?id=355&image=asrock_939dual_unique_lrg
Sweet, I didnt know they were doing that yet. I knew AsRock had an SLI adapter card to give the board 2 PCI-E ports (dont know if it ever made it to retail) but this is the first Ive heard of this.

Im glad I had a friend get this board then. What a sweet deal for future upgrades... assuming it works :p

seeker
02-16-06, 02:53 AM
It's just a personal preference, but I consider the case to be an important part of any computer. I guess there may be cheap cases that are good, but I haven't found any. The case is more than just a wrapper for the components, because this usually means using their choice of power supply, the inherent ventilation design, not to mention the amenities or structural integrity of the box.

Vengeance
02-16-06, 10:38 AM
It's just a personal preference, but I consider the case to be an important part of any computer. I guess there may be cheap cases that are good, but I haven't found any. The case is more than just a wrapper for the components, because this usually means using their choice of power supply, the inherent ventilation design, not to mention the amenities or structural integrity of the box.

I got one with out a PSU, as I will be using my 400w. And from the reviews I read on it the cooling seems fine.

Chiles4
02-16-06, 02:48 PM
If you want good info on setting up this board and oc'ing it, you need to go to ocworkbench.com.

Any serious oc'ing with it will require a Vcore mod - conductive paint or soldering. Use that forum there for assistance. The Asrock board uses an Uli chipset. That and the fact that it accommodates both AGP and PCI-E video cards can result in some strange issues. Make sure you follow the directions to a tee regarding the AGP drivers.

I have one of this on my shelf for when I finally make the move to an A64. Nice choice on cpu - that's what I would have bought now that all the Socket 939 Opteron 146s are gone.

You'll need to install your OS completely fresh with this board.

Does Compaq memory really work on "normal" mainboards???

nV`andrew
02-16-06, 04:40 PM
building my first computer for christmas was fairly easy for me once i got the help from these forums, every1 here is great :) .

OWA
02-16-06, 06:12 PM
Finally going to build my own PC for the first time. Ordered the parts from newegg and they should be here in the morning. I got this.....


Congrats, I really enjoy it. Hopefully it'll all go smoothly but be prepared for a little troubleshooting. Occasionally things won't go as expected or the documentation sometimes isn't very good so you kind of have to wing it. Troubleshooting can be enjoyable as well though, heh, as long as it doesn't take too long to get whatever resolved. :)

Vengeance
02-16-06, 11:23 PM
Does Compaq memory really work on "normal" mainboards???


It wasn't Compaq memory...I upgraded the memory in the Compaq 2 years ago. :p But yes it seems to be working fine so far. The new build went fine! :D
Thanks guys :thumbsup:

SLippe
02-16-06, 11:32 PM
Congrats, man! Building your own PC is way more fun that just going out and buying one off the shelf. And yes, that satisfaction of you doing it, is one of the best parts about the whole thing. I get to put a new mobo/cpu/gpu in this weekend. I've done it before, but it's always a little nerve wrecking at first. Good job on yours and hope you enjoy it. I know I will.