How to build from scratch?, Athlon 64 X2 with Fatal1ty AN8 SLi

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Sitti, Jul 9, 2005.

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    Sitti Guest

    Hello everybody,

    This is my first time visiting and posting here.

    I need some advise. I currently have P4 2.4Ghz PC and going to upgrade to
    Athlon 64 X2 4400+. For motherboard, I am going to get Abit Fatal1ty AN8
    SLi. I am now ready to order everything online, but I just noticed one big
    problem. I just found out that all motherboard need BIOS update in order to
    support Athlon 64 X2, otherwise it will not post. Now how am I suppose build
    from scratch? I do not have any older AMD CPU, and do not want to buy one
    just to update BIOS. Anybody here know how to get around this issue?

    Thank you for your help.
    Sitti, Jul 9, 2005
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  2. Borrow one from a friend? =D
    angrygoatface, Jul 9, 2005
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  3. No, everyone is in the same boat! It is one thing to say compatible
    with all 939 motherboard with the lastest bios, quite another to make
    sure you get the mothrboard with the latest bios.

    Maybe some good retailer will make sure the latest bios is installed
    when you buy the motherboard and processor from them.

    Alfred Kaufmann, Jul 9, 2005
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    John Lewis Guest

    Have patience, wait for the old stock to get purged ??

    Do not buy in a retail store, where the stock could sit on the shelf
    for months. Suggest buying from, they turnover stock
    pretty fast. Before ordering, phone them with regard to:-

    (a) whether they know whether the Fatal1ty AN8 boards in stock
    will support X2. They should know -- it may not be the first time
    the question was asked.

    (b) their return policy in the event of the BIOS not supporting
    X2 ( being 1.5 or higher. )

    (c) their return-policy in the event of complete non-functionality
    or shipping damage ( pretty generous when I have dealt with

    Anyway, in the event you get a board with an older BIOS, all is not
    lost. BIOS 1.3 supports Rev E. cores, so you may well be able to
    boot one core anyway and flash the BIOS.


    * to read and understand the user manual thoroughly before doing
    anything !!! ( You will probably find that some of the actual BIOS
    entries wlill not correspond with the manual. Side-effect of rapid
    BIOS updates -- check if the on-line manual is more current...)

    * very careful assembly,

    * all correct power connected,

    * no shorts to the case - no stand-offs where they should not be.

    * only one video board in the correct slot, no other PCI/PCIe plug-in
    peripherals on first powerup.

    * memory in the correct pair of slots
    etc, etc.

    You can read the BIOS version on the (black) statup screen
    after the memory test and disk recognition.

    John Lewis
    John Lewis, Jul 9, 2005
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    Jeff Guest

    Jeff, Jul 9, 2005
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    John Lewis Guest

    That may be a good idea, depending on which X2 the OP wants to
    purchase. For example, Newegg's price on the X2 4400+ is extortion.

    John Lewis
    John Lewis, Jul 9, 2005
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    Sitti Guest

    Thank you guys for your advises. They helped me a lot.

    I am going to order from where Jeff suggested. This store is great!!! Thanks
    for the link!!!!!
    Sitti, Jul 10, 2005
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    Jeff Guest

    Jeff, Jul 10, 2005
  9. I am planning on building a new system with an AN8 Ultra and an AMD 64,
    but haven't decided on which model cpu.

    I have seen AMD 64's with Rev. E cores advertised on, but
    don't know what it means. Where can I get some info on this?
    Jeff Lindstrom, Aug 19, 2005
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    John Perry Guest

    I've just built one using the AN8 Ultra (not SLI as I don't need
    games). I went for a 3.2GHz Venice core as it is supposed to run
    cooler than the older cored. Looks good in a Thermaltake Armor case,
    and quiet too.

    Just one prob, I thought I could boot it from a USB memory stick, but
    the option doesn't seem to be available.
    John Perry, Aug 21, 2005
  11. Haven't seen a discussion of the Venice model or an explanation of the
    Rev. E on AMD's website.

    Do you know what they are?
    Jeff Lindstrom, Aug 22, 2005
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