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    is this system good for a budget of around 900-1,000

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+
    GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
    ASUS A8V DELUXE Motherboard (socket 939)
    TwinMOS 256MB DDR400 RAM
    RAIDMAX 10-Bay ATX Mid-Tower w/420 Watt Power supply
    Thermaltake Venus 12 CPU Cooler

    Give me any suggestions

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    I'd recommend going to at least 512MB of DDR, because you're going to be hurting with just 256MB, and especially if you want to do any gaming. 2nd, that 5600 is not a good buy for the money. The Radeon 9600 can be had for around $100USD. Not the best, but a helluva lot better than the 5600. If you can, the Radeon 9800's are well under the $200 mark.

    Yes, the CPU/MB is important, but you're castrating it's performance with the amount of RAM and the video card you're using. It's really unbalanced that way.

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    if you cant afford to improve the ram and video card i suggest getting a 3200 or something rather than the 3500 which will be more expensive for an almost unnoticable performance increase
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    Pretty much agree with the others. 512 ram is a must though, even if you don't upgrade the vid card. Get identical sticks or a twin pack for dual channel.

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    The listed system isn't good for it's price.

    3500 = about $500
    256MB of Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM = about $75
    FX 5600 = over $100
    Motherboard = $100 - $150
    Case, cooling, and accessories = under $100
    The total should be under $900. If you take what you have picked out, turn the RAM into two identical 256MB sticks for dual channel, upgrade the video to Radeon 9800 Pro, and possibly change the motherboard (the Nforce 3 250 chipset was a bit better, if I remember the benchmarks correctly), you would have a good system for the $900-$1000.

    I take it you posted this because the A8V just hit Newegg? :D
    It certainly is a very nice motherboard, by the looks of it. You can stop waiting now if you want (although the board isn't in stock yet), but it would make sense to wait just a bit on the motherboards. If you want the system now, I can grab links to what would be a good socket 939 system build. You should be able to build quite a gaming system for under $1000. :2cents:
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