has any one used these parts and what do you think of them?

Mach Speed Venom MSA2-6100V Motherboard CPU Bundle - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Processor 2.80GHz OEM

XFX GeForce 8600 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR3, PCI Express, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card


you would be better getting a 256mb 8800 then a 512mb 8600

dont know about the motherboard bundle

i don't know about that mobo, but the processor is a good one. what do you plan on doing with the system? if gaming is involved (on any level) i would echo jbennet's recomendation of an 8800 series vga card.

either the 8600 or 8800 will do.

The 8600 runs cod4 on medium, far cry on max, bf2 on max

thanks all i'll check out the 8800.
i play hl2 and tf2 the most. should i stay with an ati VC? will nvidia VC work more smoothly since the mobo has nvidia chipsets?

the chipset will only come into play when overclocking or when running multiple video cards. i foolishly bought an 8600 about six months ago, two weeks ago i bought an 8800gts (g92) and the difference is unbelievable. even an 8800gt will perform 4x better than any 8600.

yes. 512mb is a waste. My 256mb x1950 totally owns my 512mb x1650 pro by like 800% in benchmarks

sold. thanks, thats exactly what i wanted to know.

yeah, its generally the clock/memory speeds that matter the most.

Its the same with SLI. 2 cards does not = double performance. In fact, you are better getting 1 very good card than 2 medium/good cards