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Nothing very spectacular, but it is a start and some nice components. I'm sure it will do much more than my current P4 machine. The mobo is being repaired at my expense due to lack of original sales receipt and the type of "damage" they found. Browsing around for a good PSU, SATA HDD and GPU. I may build up a custom case for it if possible. And eventually I'll get a better CPU cooler.. a Cooler Master V6GT would be nice :P

 

Mobo: Asus M4N78 Pro - brand new board with some scratches and a few pieces knocked off by a stupid friend (no wonder it was free)

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CPU: Phenom X4 9550 - socket AM2+

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RAM: 2GB (2x 1GB) Mushkin Enhanced Extreme Blackline (996523) PC2-6400 DDR2-800 - 2.0v timings 4-4-3-10

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CPU cooler: stock AMD (AVC) - copper base and heat pipes, aluminum fins, 70mm fan

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Well, I'm sure I'll be folding on it :yup:

 

Wouldn't mind a little weekend gaming, been wanting to try Skyrim! CPU shouldn't be any problem, but 2GB memory may be a little low. I won't complain about the memory I've got, good stuff and I only had to pay shipping on it to get it from my friend :mrgreen:

The board supports up to 16GB total, DDR2-1066 with this CPU (can do 1200 with overclock).

 

May also do some small audio/video projects now and again too.

 

Came across an ad on craigslist for a GeForce 9800GT GPU. Sent an email and hoping I'll get a call about it so I can get more details. Seller has 2 and is asking $30 each or $50 for both. So maybe a good bargain! Would be better than the onboard 8300 :)

 

Maybe a good 750w PSU?

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Well, I'm sure I'll be folding on it :yup:

 

Wouldn't mind a little weekend gaming, been wanting to try Skyrim! CPU shouldn't be any problem, but 2GB memory may be a little low. I won't complain about the memory I've got, good stuff and I only had to pay shipping on it to get it from my friend :mrgreen:

The board supports up to 16GB total, DDR2-1066 with this CPU (can do 1200 with overclock).

 

May also do some small audio/video projects now and again too.

 

Came across an ad on craigslist for a GeForce 9800GT GPU. Sent an email and hoping I'll get a call about it so I can get more details. Seller has 2 and is asking $30 each or $50 for both. So maybe a good bargain! Would be better than the onboard 8300 :)

 

Maybe a good 750w PSU?

 

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na, 2gb is fine. ok things would get done faster with more but there's nothing you can't do with only 2gb of ram that you can do with more.

 

i've encoded lots of things with only 1gb of ram on a linux and windows system. of course my i7 and 6gb speeded things up quite a bit. :rofl3:

 

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  • 4 months later...

Update: I should have this mobo back and all fixed up as of Monday/Tuesday. Getting the repair done at a local electronics repair shop for $20. I was right about the problem, it wouldn't POST due to a couple of those mini flush mount capacitors missing from the back side of the board. Don't the design engineers think about that being a problem when they design the boards? It's not impossible to bump those tiny components against the standoffs when installing mobo into the case. Any components on the back side of the board should be covered to prevent damage.

 

The repair tech who is doing the repair asked me if I was planning to run an 1100T Phenom X6. I had no idea that was even possible since the 1100T is an AM3 CPU and the mobo is AM2/AM2+

What a surpise when I looked up the board on Asus site, it's an AM3 ready board and the 1100T is supported with a BIOS update.

 

I'll be looking into any possibility of making some nice upgrades on this one. If possible, an 1100T may be in order along with at least 2x2GB DDR2-1066.

 

Here's the link for mobo just for reference:

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M4N78_PRO/

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Be aware that you'll need a lesser AM3 CPU to flash the BIOS with. ;) I got lucky recently when I RMA'd a mobo to Asus and they "flashed" it and sent it back, not with the latest BIOS mind you, but the antiquated one that came out on the board initially. I just happened to have a 965BE that I'd purchased from a member to build a second AMD rig with...

 

I wasn't able to find an 1100T but I did find this 1045T > http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDT45TWFBX

and these other Phenom II's > http://www.microcenter.com/product/325874/Phenom_II_X4_965_Black_Edition_34GHz_Boxed_Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

 

 

 

 

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I happened upon someone local selling a couple of GPUs, kinda considering seeing if I can buy one of them. Not sure if there would be any compatibility issue, but so far reseach is showing that either card should work just fine on this board.

 

First option is an EVGA GeForce 9800GT, seller is asking $55 but looks like I could get one brand new for $60 (after rebate) from Tiger Direct. Probably would pass on this one.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5639261

 

Second option is an XFX GTX260, seller is asking $100. Looks to be discontinued, but I've seen some search results show it retails for approx. $200.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150329

 

I can try asking the seller if they would consider a slightly lower offer. Above in post #3 I mentioned about buying 2 GeForce 9800GTs from someone else via craigslist... well last minute he decided not to sell. Oh well, either way there's only 1 PCI-E x16 slot on this board.

 

Also noticed this mobo has a removable BIOS chip. I may consider buying a spare one to have on hand just in case :mrgreen:

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Or you can scoop this if you have enough juice....

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130753

 

That'll get the job done FOR SURE!

Looks good and don't see why it would be any trouble. Details show it wants a minimum 550 watt PSU, I'll be running it on a PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 860 watt. Got all the right power connectors as well.

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