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    Default Need a cpu and memory

    Hi,

    My previous motherboard gave up. I have bought a ASRock K7VT4A+... I need a 3gig cpu and 2 meg of ram since I do a lot of video rendering. I'm no expert and can't make any sense of the lists that are 'thrown up' when I do a search... I'm wondering if anyone would be prepared to help me in choosing what to buy.

    Thanks for your help,

    Jack K

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    Default Re: Need a cpu and memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackkiddell View Post
    Hi,

    My previous motherboard gave up. I have bought a ASRock K7VT4A+... I need a 3gig cpu and 2 meg of ram since I do a lot of video rendering. I'm no expert and can't make any sense of the lists that are 'thrown up' when I do a search... I'm wondering if anyone would be prepared to help me in choosing what to buy.

    Thanks for your help,

    Jack K
    Memory: that board supports DDR400/333/266 non-ECC, un-buffered memory. I prefer Crucial RAM and amazon has a 2gig kit (2 1gig sticks) for under $30. TIger Direct has the equivalent parts for $65. New Egg goes into an infinite loop when asked about DDR ram. When you buy it make sure you get the 184Pin Dimm's - anything else won't work. And if you are doing rendering with this small an amount of ram, make sure you get the DDR400.

    As for the CPU, you need a processor that uses Socket A (or Socket 462 - they are the same thing). AMD made Sempron, Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron processors for that socket. You will note that I said "made", not "makes". You will have a very difficult time finding a new processor. You are probably going to have to a used part. A brief look on ebay saw many of them. If you go to ebay choose the seller carefully. You probably want the Athlon XP - that tended to be the highest performing processor of that group.

    What are you using for a graphics card, since that board doesn't have integrated graphics and neither will the cpu? You will need a graphics board with an agp interface. If you have to buy one, there are many new ones available for $25-$50. They will, of course, be using 2 generation old graphics technology.

    Good Luck

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    Default Re: Need a cpu and memory

    ASRock > K7VT4A+ > CPU Support List

    Only one 3Ghz proc, the Athlon XP 3000+
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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