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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:17 am 
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Idris, wow, you and I are in the same place. I'm redoing my basement and upgrading my PC as well. Actually I'm tearing out old wainscoting in my basement.

[Edit: Oh, Asus and Abit have good motherboards too.]

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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:27 am 
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Asus, OK (I've used a lot of those); Abit, not so much anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 11:34 am 
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Newegg doesn't seem to be turning up too many mobos w/ dual 16x PCIs. Do they even have any decent ones out yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 11:57 am 
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If it were me, I might give this Asus board (barebone/open-box deal) a shot. I don't think it would work with the CPU you've chosen, though...
    CPU Socket Type: AM2+/AM2
    CPU Type: Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2
    FSB: 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 12:21 pm 
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Negatory, the Phenom II X3 has an AM3 socket.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:02 pm 
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idris_arslanian wrote:
Negatory, the Phenom II X3 has an AM3 socket.


Idris, try BZBoyz. Start at this listing and add what you need to the cart. Perhaps you can find something in your budget. They also sell this CPU for $5 less in OEM form.

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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:27 am 
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Yes, but then I'd need to buy a fan... which is well over $5.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:08 am 
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Hang on a sec, lemme review... do you already have some of these new parts, or was this just a wish list?

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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:49 am 
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Naw, this is just a wish list. Completely a hypothetical exercise spurred on by the fact that there are some great ~$100 g-cards out there now, and I thought that the Phenom II chip looks shiny.

Also, I cannot currently run Empire:Total War on my current rig, which makes me a sad panda.


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 Post subject: Re: Someone please talk me down off the ledge
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Hmm, lemme think on this, then. OK. Sub-$500 budget, needs to run E:TW...

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