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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:54 am 

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For running games like Crysis and Call of Duty 5 on high settings smoothly.


specs of the mobo:

* 140w CPU support
* 128MB SidePort Memory
* Turbo Key

AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors

Chipset AMD 7

System Bus
Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0

Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture

Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 4200 GPU
SidePort Memory - onboard 128MB DDR3 1333 memory
Supports HDMI™ Technology with max. resolution up to 1920 x 1200 (1080P)
Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @60Hz
Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2560x1440 @75Hz
Hybrid CrossFireX™ Support
Dual independent displays support with HDMI / DVI and D-Sub
Supports Microsoft® DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 2.0, Shader Model 4.1
Hardware Decode Acceleration for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
Maximum shared memory of 512MB
*Refer to for the Hybrid CrossFireX selected GPUs.

Storage SB710 Chipset
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
5 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,10,JBOD
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port

RTL8112L PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2

VT1708S 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O

IEEE 1394
JMB381 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)

12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features
ASUS Green Design:
EPU-4 Engine
Express Gate
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2

Overclocking Features
Intelligent overclocking tools
Turbo Key
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 550MHz at 1MHz increment
PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features
100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors!
AMD OverDrive Support*
*Advanced cooling system is required when advanced overclock functions of AMD OverDrive are enabled.

Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x External SATA
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors
3 x USB connectors (6 ports)
1 x IDE connector
5 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x COM connector
1 x LPT connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector

8 Mb Flash ROM
AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a
Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,WOR by Ring,Chasis Intrusion,PXE

Form Factor
uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

Other components that will go with it:

CPU: x2 550 AMD
RAM: 2GB Kingston
HDD: 500GB Western Digital
CD/DVD Drive: DVD Re-writeable
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 4850
Case: Coolermaster Inc. 450 Watt PSU

Budget: £400, £450 if necessary.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:39 pm 
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Get a plain case and add a different ps. Coolermaster is low end. I use antec, ocz, seasonic, corsair, or pc power and cooling. Any of those in 500-600w will give you more stability. Can't vouch for the board, but the 785 chipset is pretty good.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:54 pm 
Mobo-fu Master
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Agreed on the PSU. That's too low a wattage, barely meets the minimums for a barebones system.

Also, why are you going with a microATX board with onboard video you're not going to use, and limits on the stuff you do want to use? If you're building from scratch, ATX is a much better route. I only suggest mATX for smallish media streaming rigs, HTPC's, that sort of thing, not for gaming.

4850, CoD5 on high? Not happening. And Crysis still brings a GTX275 to its knees at higher resolutions.

I mean, it's a nice mid-range system, but not a real gaming rig like you want. You need to look at a much higher budget that you're asking for that.

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