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Treason
09-20-06, 02:50 AM
Only reason is because they're local pickup and I'm saving on shipping costs. Both are asking for $460 (~$411 US).


1. S939 X2 4600+ + Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe

2. S939 Opteron 170 + Asus A8N-SLI Premium


I have a 7900GT KO and 2 gb of Kingston DDR PC3200 Valueram to go with it. Won't be going to Core 2 Duo thanks to the price of 2 gb of DDR2 ram.

Stoneyguy
09-20-06, 03:12 AM
Have you seen this thread? (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74932)

If your not going SLI, this is a good board to have. It lets you use your old memory with C2D. It's what I'm using now and it works great.

Heinz68
09-20-06, 10:05 AM
Have you seen this thread? (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74932)

If your not going SLI, this is a good board to have. It lets you use your old memory with C2D. It's what I'm using now and it works great.
The "ASRock 775Dual-VSTA" is good for somebody with AGP Card saving money on both GPU and memory upgrade.
The same board is not so great for PCI Express Graphics Cards.
The PCI Express slot is limited to 4x, something ASRock forgot to mention in the Product Specifications (http://www.asrock.com/PRODUCT/775Dual-VSTA.htm).
According to AnandTech (http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2814&p=4) there is some performance penalty using the PCI-E Cards
Also there is a short list off supported Graphic Cards (http://www.asrock.com/support/VGA/show.asp?Model=775Dual-VSTA) so "Treason" with his 7900GT KO would have to do some further investigation.

Stoneyguy
09-20-06, 02:58 PM
True, that's another reason I added a link to the other thread. On it I posted that the PCI-E bus was only 4x. I was surprised that AnandTech didn't use a 7900 series card in their testing as it would surely show a performance cap on the 4X bandwith if there was one.

I would surely send an email to ASRock and make sure that the card is compatible and if it would hit a bandwith limit first. If it is, it's surely better to go with say a 6400 C2D. It will save him a bit of money and give him better performance.

Treason
09-20-06, 03:16 PM
Wow thanks for the info about the Asrock. I was contemplating going on that way as well for the ultimate cheap solution.

Well, more research to do for me as I'm probably asking too many questions to confuse myself.

a12ctic
09-20-06, 07:32 PM
get a good sF board and a low end sF opteron and wait it out for quad core ;)

Heinz68
09-20-06, 09:34 PM
get a good sF board and a low end sF opteron and wait it out for quad core ;)So what are you talking about now?
What does sF stand for? Science Fiction?
Guy is looking to save some money on upgrade and you're suggesting to wait for not so soon coming I suppose AMD quad core CPU, costing at least $1000 USD