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Building a computer
noquicky Apr-26-01 05:02 PM

Hi. I am staring to build my first computer. I have the mother board listed
above and was wondering what I need.

1) CD burner + floppy + 7200 rpm 40 GB HD right?

2) I plan on getting 256 MB RAM + 2, 32MB = 320MB ram.

What kind of video card, sound card and other devices do I need for this? I
see only one driver CD in the box and assume that's all I need. I have a amd
processor. Note: this motherboard was given to me with all this.

I want to be able to record video onto my computer from a VHS camcorder,
digitize it, be able to edit the video's and finally burn it to a CD. What
all do I need to do that smoothly?

Thanks for any help.


1. RE: Building a computer
lbyard Apr-26-01 05:56 PM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON Apr-26-01 AT 06:00 PM (GMT)

You have an EpoX 58MVP3C-M motherboard (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/MBs/Epox/ep-58mvp3c-m.htm). First, this motherboard is rather old and obsolete. I would suggest giving some thought as to whether you should build a computer around it or buy a new motherboard and processor. I would not value the “free” motherboard and processor more than about $50.

CD burner + floppy + 7200 rpm 40 GB HD right? Pretty much…

If you don’t have a case and power supply, get an ATX case and power supply that will accommodate both an ATX and Baby AT form-factor motherboards. You have the later. I would suggest an Antec KS282 (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Cases/antec/ks282.htm) or an AOpen HX45A (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Cases/aopen/hx45a/hx45a.htm). A 220/250 Watt power supply is adequate for that motherboard, but you may want to consider a 300 Watt power supply for future upgrades. I would not put more than 128 Mbytes of memory on the motherboard. More will probably slow it down as it can only cache’ 128 Mbytes. Use PC133 memory. The motherboard supports 66 MHz memory, but 133 MHz costs about as much, will work, and will be faster if you update your motherboard. You will need a mouse, keyboard, and a second IDE cable for the CD-RW. How about a network adapter or MODEM for the Internet?

What kind of video card, sound card and other devices do I need for this? I like the Creative Soundblaster Live Value sound cards (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sblivevalue/). Throw in some Cambridge PCworks speakers (http://csw.creative.com/products/pcworks/) and you will not believe your ears. I use AOpen video cards for the average computer. The AOpen PA3000 4X AGP Display Adapter, 16 MBytes, nVIDIA Vanta Chipset (http://www.aopenusa.com/products/vga/default.htm) is good board at a good price. Other readers may have additional suggestions.

Don’t use the CD that came with the motherboard. More up-to-date drivers, etc. are available on VIA’s (http://www.viatech.com/drivers/index_new2.htm) and EpoX’s (http://www.epox.com/html/english/support/Default.htm) web sites.

I am not really up on the video part of your question, but you will need a TV capture card such as the ATI TV Wonder (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Vidcard/ati/tv_wond/atitvwon.htm). Other readers may have more suggestions, and comments about software.

You may find http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/buildcom/super7/build1.htm useful. Larry

2. RE: Building a computer
copperpipe Apr-27-01 07:44 AM
In response to message 1
Just want to pass on my 2 cents of advice here:

1) Since it is his first computer, I think using that Epox motherboard will give him some practice before moving onto faster and more $$ systems. After he's got the system working satisfactorily, then he will be better prepared to move up to something more powerful. But I agree that he should probably look into buying a good case like that Antec KS 282, or perhaps the newer SX830 model.

2) If he plans to do serious video work, I think he will need a more powerful processor - I think he will be disappointed with the results he gets with that socket 7 system. But then, he can try it out to see what kind of product he can get with it.

3. RE: Building a computer
lbyard Apr-27-01 12:14 PM
In response to message 2
Good thoughts. Practice with a clunker. Larry

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