- Apr 5, 2007
- 260 (0.07/day)
|System Name||Intel Quad Core|
|Processor||The 2.1GHz Turion 64 X2 TL-62|
|Memory||4 GB Corsair Vengence Ram|
|Video Card(s)||EVGA GEFORCE GTX 960|
|Case||NZXT MID TOWER CASE|
|Audio Device(s)||NOT SURE|
|Power Supply||750 W|
|Mouse||Using a Roccat Gaming mouse|
|Keyboard||CM STORM BLUE LIT Gaming keyboard|
|Software||Microsoft Windows 10|
|Benchmark Scores||Not sure|
I really like Asrock and their little nifty boards, they always cater to some specific needs: 2011 board with a floppy connector? check. 865G AGP based board released in 2012 for no apparent reason? check. A board drafted for 775 P4s that at its EOL supports Core 2 Quads? got you covered.
One of those curious boards is the AM2NF3-VSTA. It really shows a lot of Asrock's ingenuity: supports AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPUs up to 125w, DDR2-1066 and AGP cards. Basically a dream machine for any AGP user with a "high-end" card (HD 3850/4670).
There's a caveat though: due to nVidia's shenanigans, the nforce3 chipset doesn't have a working multi-core GART driver for 64bit OSes; only single core CPUs work in that configuration and, because of that, the usefulness of using a modern OS is lost and if you stick to XP 32bit with a working multi-core GART then you can't take advantage of the 4 DDR2 slots. My intent is to research this issue and, hopefully, get to a working solution.
Will I be able to overcome all of that and become an internet hero or will I cry frustration tears like all others before me?
Phenom II X4 965BE C3
HIS HD3850 IceQ3 Turbo AGP
4GB OCZ PC2-8500 Platinum LV (8GB if I can get 64bit to work)
BFG Ageia Physx 100
Cooler Master Hyper N520
Cooler Master Extreme Power 600
Thermal Master TC-101 (a.k.a. the old CM Elite 250)
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 Reds everywhere
- Sleeve PSU cables
- Cut 2 120mm holes on the top of the case
- Turn the PSU up to make it draw air from the top
- Add red LED strips