Here is what I have picked so far....
DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813136152
NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827152047
LEGACY 4.7GB 8X DVD-R 100 Pack Disc - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817131036
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148065
crucial 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820146541
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6837102153
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819103547
Update BFG Tech BFGR6600GTX Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814143026
Antec SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824179014
So I get EVERYTHING installed and configured, all is working great, and just about to settle in to a nice game of UT (I had tested it earlier and it was running great) and I am waiting for map downloads to occur, and pzzt a strange sound, I'm not sure where from, both monitors go blank and the computer simply shuts off. I was not even running intensive graphics since I was at the download screen when it occured.
I figure perhaps a power cord was a bit loose... So I check everything and it looks OK. I power it back up and I get a long delay, most fans go, and then one long beep and two short beeps! Oh no! The video card?!?!
I pop open the box, but something doesn't make any sense. The fan on the video card is not running at all, but the machine otherwise booted OK (without any graphics) after the beeps. At least it booted the first time and I can only tell by the sound of the hard disks.
I now don't know what went bad, the video card or the main board, or the case power supply? I am guessing that the PCIEx16 (or whatever) supply to the card died on the main board since everything else seems to be running just fine. Now I am screwed. I am supposed to be contracting this weekend and now this happens!
Has anyone else have a PCIEx16 video card die, and did the fan stop too?
With the video card installed there is a longer delay between power-up and the beep code than without.
Please, offer any insights! At least my old box is still in running form.
I have no way of checking another video card unless I buy another, but there may be risk in cooking that one too if something is really hosed up. The motherboard, well, crap. I need an exactly the same one if I don't want to re-install the OS (Damn Microsoft!!!!)
Looks like I have to go on the prowl for a new, identical motherboard and a video card too!!! Man, I could use a lot of beer right now.