Help! Alternative System!

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Mat Rees
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Joined: Jul 20 2001

Thanks for all the help from my previous posting. I'm thinking of buying a ready made system. The Specs of the machine I am looking at are -

AMD Ahtlon 1900+
asus a7n 266 motherboard
256 DDR Ram
NVidia Geforce 64 Mb (This I would probably change/upgrade) to a Matrox G550
Canopus DVRaptor Card

How does this compare to the system previously listed? I'm thinking of going ready made as Ive never built a computer from scratch before, it doesnt mean cannabalising my old system for it's cd writer and dvd drive and it would mean I could network this system with my existing P3 450 256 Ram 16mb Hercules Graphics card which I still use for effects and animation.

Bomag
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Joined: Aug 15 2000

The Asus A7N uses a nforce motherboard with an on-board GF 2MX graphics chip. You should be able to disable it and put in a G550 but you should check this before you buy

Trevor Page
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Joined: Oct 4 1999

Make sure the 256Mb DDR memory comes as 2 sticks of 128Mb. The nforce chipset is designed to work better this way.

Trev

Bomag
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Joined: Aug 15 2000

The use of the twin 64bit memory bus (2x128MB instead of 1x256MB) is of only real benifit if you use the on-board graphics chip.