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Had a blast yesterday getting together with my pals, it was so much fun I'll have to confess: we were playing Rock Band. We didn't get far enough into it to go start playing Heroin Hero, but there's always next time.

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5. Compy: Resurrection Jan 5, 2008, 19:19 Dan =0)
 
Well, I finally broke down and went over to MicroCenter tonight to pick up a Xion 450W power supply, AMD Athlon AM2 socket CPU, an AM2-compatible motherboard (ECS, not my first choice, but it was on sale), and Buffalo memory (1GB, $13.00 after rebate).

I'll be tooling the thing together tonight, hoping my x700 vid card still works... though I can at least work with onboard video (nVidia Quadro-based) if the x700 doesn't.

As long as the system as a whole works...

Gonna be in Live Chat if anyone wants to, um, chat.

Dan =0)

EDIT stuff: gah. it's this board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135067&Tpk=ecs%2bgeforce6100sm

and I'm seeing this in the specs:

PCI Express x16 - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (runs in x8 mode)

If this is true, then why have a PCI-E x16 slot at all...?

(Yes, it's v 1.0A..)

more EDIT stuff: Okay, never mind on the x8 concern - a friend of mine mentioned that most (current) video cards don't use the full 16-lane bandwidth, so until the next generation of cards comes out I should be okay. It was a bit confusing when I read that spec, though. I'll let you guys know how I make out with the buildout.

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