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Item#: N82E16813131540

2 out of 5 eggs FYI new build all new components 01/06/2006

This review is from: ASUS A8N-SLI Premium 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

...Nicest board I've ever owned! Huge upgrade from my compaq preserio 6020us desktop (duh). I have all my hardware installed but don't know how the rest of the install will go - I'll review later.

Cons:

...Pretty bummed with ASUS solution to following issue: bios shipped with board will not work with my new CPU (AMD64 3200+ E-3 rev. Venice). I don't know how much more research I could have done to determine compatibility of the CPU with this board (ASUS site says 939 AMD 64 processors are supported)?? Tech support said they would send me a newly flahed bios chip 3 day shipping - but I have to pay for the shipping! (if I wanted it sooner then even more money out of my pocket) - this system wasn't cheap - I'm disappointed about how ASUS approached this issue. (fyi to other noobes - the bios chip is easy to remove and replace - you need to buy a $x PLCC chip extractor from your local electronics store - makes this easy - but is it worth it?). I picked this board and ASUS because of all the great reviews and the supposed ease of installation. I'm going to stick with it and write this off as bad luck and inexperience, but right now I'm a little shakey about how ASUS has performed.

Other Thoughts:

Built this system completely new - all from newegg (awesome service by the way - considering my timing of ordering this system during the holidays). I bought this board with the intention of future upgrade of the CPU, video, memory, and RAID.

All new from newegg:
-AMD64 3200+ Venice Rev.3
-1gb corsair twinx1024-3200cpt
-2x eVGA 6800XT 256mb (I hope these work well)
-WD2500JS SATA HD
-Cool max "SLI" ATX 600w PS
-Poineer IDE DVR-110 optical drive
-Cool max ATX mid tower

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  • Abraham W.
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