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I am in Banglore, India and I want to buy a new desktop.

Please let me know if the following configuration is a good one which I
will use majorly for gaming and browsing the internet.

I donot know more details than I am mentioning below and if you guys
can help me regarding specific model being more superior do let me

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3800+ X2 (Socket 939)
Motherboard: ASUS A8N-VM CSM/NBP
Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda - 300GB
RAM: HYNIX   512MB * 2
Graphics Card: NVIDIA XFX GeForce 6800 GS
DVD : Liteon DVD RW+ Dual Layer 16x
Monitor:  SAMSUMG LCD 17"
Speaker: Creative 6.1
TV Tuner Card: (Let me know anything good that is compatible)
Web Cam: (Let me know anything good that is compatible)

Please let me know the compatibility issues and alternate options.


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All I can say is that I recently built a machine using the components listed
and it worked great!!!!!!!

Note: If the applications you use cannot take advantage of the dual core
you could save some moemy by getting a faster single core CPU.
The machine I built was for usign Photoshop CS-2, so the dual core was

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In some areas of the world, the worst problem is getting
speedy warranty service. I recommend looking at the
Newegg customer comments section, as that can give you
some idea of how many people had problems with a motherboard.
Some of the problems will be user error, and cannot be blamed
on the product, while others will be product related. Still,
if you compare the statistics, some motherboards do
better than others.

In this case, the Asus A8N5X has better statistics than
either its look alike A8N-E motherboard, or the A8N-VM CSM.
(The NBP was just introduced, and is an A8N-VM CSM with a
sticker on it.) The customer comments are here:

A8N5X (2.08% poor, 2.37% very poor)

A8N-E  (4.87% poor, 5.73% very poor)

A8N-VM CSM (9.55% poor, 7.3% very poor)

This page allows easy comparison of specifications. There are
always some errors on this page, such as the missing list of
accessories for the A8N5X. It doesn't have that large an
accessory list, and just has the basics.

You probably selected the A8N-VM CSM because it is microATX.
The other two motherboards mentioned above are full sized ATX
motherboards. One of their advantages, is even if your
video card has a large heatsink on it, you can still use
the three PCI card slots at the bottom of the motherboard.
The A8N-VM CSM is cramped, by comparison.

Using a full sized motherboard means using a bit larger computer
case, but that also allows the case to have room for more
ventilation fans.

Since you have the 6.1 speakers, you might consider picking up
a separate sound card to drive them. Motherboard sound is
not always the best. For games, sometimes a separate sound card
has better support for audio standards, than the AC-97 sound
built into the motherboard. You can always experiment with this
yourself, and if the sound you get is not good enough, then you
can go shopping for a sound card.

For TV Tuner cards, first you have to consider the signal source.
Where I live here, I get a good deal of multipath (ghosting) and
marginal analog TV reception. My TV Tuner card cannot do a good
job from a broadcast source, even though I use a bowtie antenna
and 20dB amplifier. If you had digital television over the air
(OTA) transmission, digital has different reception characteristics,
and if you live close enough to the transmitter, reception could
be flawless compared to analog. If your normal TV set doesn't get good
reception of broadcast signals, a TV Tuner card can only get
worse, not better. The digitizing process in the tuner card only
makes things look worse. A TV set does a better job of fooling the
human eye, and the pixelation from the TV Tuner makes flaws
more apparent.

If you wish to experiment with analog reception, find a BT848/BT878
based card. It doesn't have to be that expensive, and will give
you a taste of how bad the reception will be. More expensive cards
can have compression/encoding features, to reduce the bandwidth of
the resulting data stream, but unless the content is worth recording
(i.e. is noise free), that refinement is of no value.

There are lots of bad web cams out there. I recommend visiting
some computer stores, to see how they work, before you waste money
on them. Ask for a demonstration. If the camera requires an
extreme amount of lighting to make a noise free picture, you
are not going to enjoy using it. For the cameras I own, I need
halogen lighting to get a good picture. And not even a brand
name guarantees a good result - there are good and bad models
of Logitech web cams for example. A demonstration at a computer
store is the only way I would buy one.

This is an example of a noisy web cam output. Note the grainy
appearance. Plenty of cheap web cams will product output like


Re: Please help regarding the configuration

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You are building a gaming system, why are you getting a mATX
board with integrated video?

Don't get me wrong, "sometimes" I like that boards have
integrated video because when I upgrade to the next greater
board in a year or two, then I dont' have to find a video
card for the (then) older system.  Even so, inhernant in a
gaming system is that the video card is the 2nd or 1st
highest heat producer,  so with mATX, you need at least a
slot empty under the video card slot to aid in cooling,
leaving too few PCI slots for good use/expansion, especially
considering the other features you want.

in other words, I suggest getting a full ATX board for
anyone who wants their gaming system to do anything more
than game.

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not a bad choice, but personally I would get two hard
drives, so when any app can divide the data I/O, it will be

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For a gaming system built today, 1GB total is a bit low.
Many of today's and yesterday's games will play fine on 1GB,
BUT, we have to presume that you at least want to play the
near-future games too since you haven't even built the
system yet.  Since most modern boards use dual-channel
memory, 2GB as 2 x 1GB memory modules is a safer bet.  

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I can't see your environment, but personally I would aim
higher.  If the budget won't stretch to a 20"+ LCD, at least
a 19".  Some claim 19" is a problem, that it's too pixelated
if you look close.  To those I advise:  back away from the
monitor, there is no typical use where you're only a few
inches away.  Of course if the budget allows, a 20"+ is even
nicer, but in gaming it has a lot to do with native
resolutions and what the video card budget can support.  To
that end, and with a 6800GS, I feel a 19" LCD is the best

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I've never been a fan of integrated multi-channel speaker
sets.  I would prefer even a $25 2-channel Sonic Impact
T-amp and 2 stereo (not computer) shielded bookshelf
speakers.  If you needed rear channel support too, like for
games or DVDs, I can understand the integrated speaker
bundle helping to fit into a budget, but then if it's
important for gaming, so would be a hardware EAX supportive
sound card (from Creative Labs, unfortunately they are the
only choice in this), instead of the motherboard integrated
sound.  "IF" you only what 2 channel sound, then the
integrated audio may be fine (if it isn't too noisey,
something you can wait and test later, not needing to buy a
sound card yet...) but then if 2 channel sound is fine, it
would be better to buy 2 higher quality front L/R speakers
instead of spreading the speaker/amp budget over 6.1

Personally, I feel the first 4 channels are the most
important, and that more channels before more quality in the
first 4 channels is a bad idea.  Further, many typical uses
of a system will not use all those channels, but will make
the quality from the front L/R the most important thing.

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This is a very long topic onto itself.  I don't even know if
India has any plans to go to digital broadcasting like the
USA et al does.

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Above I was being picky, but I don't know what options and
the cost of each are in your area.  It could be that what
you have listed is the best choice for the price... or it
could be that what you value is different than what I value.
You didn't mention the power supply, make sure you get
something decent with plenty of (confirmed accurately rated)
12V amperage.

Re: Please help regarding the configuration

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. Finally I bought the comp
this weekend.
The configurations is as below:

        Ankit Infotech(SP.Road)
Processor    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Socket-939)    Rs.14950
Motherboard    ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD    Rs.5300
HardDisk    Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/     Rs.3200
RAM    Kingston (1GB)  DDR 400 (PC 3200)              Rs.4900
GraphicsCard    NVIDIA- XFX EN7600GS SILENT/HTD/512M Geforce 7600GS 256MB
128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16                                     Rs.8000
Storage    SONY DVD RW+ Dual Layer 16x                     Rs.2400
Monitor    17" LCD Black Samsung 740N                         Rs.12350
Webcam    Frontech -
Mouse & Keyboard    Logitech combo                          Rs.775
Cabinet    ATX Cabinet 450W SMPS (2 fans)                        Rs.1750
UPS    APC 500VA                                                   Rs.1850
Speakers    Creative Inspire 5.1 5200W                     Rs.3750

Everything is fine ... I was able to install WinXp Sp2 without any
problems ...

Thanks again

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