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ASUS M2NPV-VM w/ Sempron 3400+
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Author:  knappster [ Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:24 pm ]
Post subject:  ASUS M2NPV-VM w/ Sempron 3400+

# Video type: SDTV
# Type of system: combined front- and back-end
# Noise level: In between "I can tell it's on until I play some media" & "I had to put it in my closet because it was too loud"

# CASE: Linkworld 6280-01 Black body/ Silver strip Steel MicroATX Mini tower/ Desktop Computer Case 400W Power Supply - Retail - 34.99 (
# PSU: Stock 400W
# MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M2NPV-VM AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - (
# CPU: Sempron 64 3400+ Manila - 39.99 (
# RAM: G.SKILL 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-512NQ - Retail - 29.99 (
# CPU HEATSINK: stock (with cpu)
# NORTHBRIDGE HEATSINK: stock (with motherboard)
# CD/DVD-RW: Pioneer DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DVR-111D - OEM - 29.99 (purchased from newegg long ago)
# HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - 74.50 (
# GRAPHICS CARD: on motherboard, using S-Video Output
# SOUNDCARD: on motherboard
# TUNER CARD: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder - Retail - 125.00 (
# REMOTE CONTROL: Streamzap PC Remote Control - 29.99 (

Total cost: $475.83 shipped

Using the proper Ultra DMA cable for the DVD drive, everything worked right away. I think that I was even able to use the streamzap during part of the setup. I'm happy so far except for the volume. I belive the main source of sound is coming from the 2 60 mm case fans, so I will hopefully replace them soon.

I had actually purchased a DVR-112D from newegg, but I swapped it with the DVR-111D I had in my desktop because I had problems reading from it. Turns out I was using the wrong cable. The one marked "CD-ROM cable" is the wrong cable to use. You want to use the "HDD Cable". Hopefully this is useful :)

BTW: I plan on writing my step-by-step "tutorial" with hardware photos soon, so if you have further questions, look for it :)

Author:  click [ Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ASUS M2NPV-VM w/ Sempron 3400+

knappster wrote:
# RAM: G.SKILL 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-512NQ - Retail - 29.99 (

What kinds of desktop memory kits (or simply desktop memory chips) have you used?

Author:  knappster [ Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:11 am ]
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Sorry for the lack of response. The one listed in my original post is what I used for SD only. When I upgraded to HD I replaced it with this:
Patriot 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PSD21G8002 - Retail - 11.99 (Newegg)
At the same time I upgraded the processor to:
AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH2350IAA5DO - OEM - 37.99 (Newegg)

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