Is this compatible?

By MatthewGillespie21234 ·
Some info: I am building a CD tower for a record company. I am upgrading the computers main board, power supply, memory. Also I am adding a PCI SATA RAID card, 4 CD\DVD\light scribe burners, and the HDD.
I am hoping I can salvage the Pentium 4 processor from the old machine. I can get the specs on the processor if needed.

Are all these hardware components compatible:

CD Burn - http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product_info.php?products_id=10075

SATA Card -

Main Board - http://www.pcprogress.com/product.asp?m1=pw&pid=ABAG8


Memory -


Is the wattage correct for all the drives that will in the PC?

I have linked the parts that I have picked out, if you could take to the time to look at them. It would be helpful!

I am linking this question to this previous thread.


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by TheChas In reply to Is this compatible?

In a word, NO, your chosen hardware is NOT compatible!

The DVD burner has a standard IDE interface and not a SATA interface as required by your motherboard and SATA card.

You have selected the wrong RAM for this motherboard. DDR2 will not work here.

If the CPU in the old system is an standard socket 478 Pentium 4, then it will not work in this socket 775 motherboard.

For that matter, I would want a full up dual-core motherboard and CPU for this application.

I would not cheap out with a no name power supply for this system.

For about the same money, you can get a 700 watt supply from NewEgg.


While your reviewing your hardware, consider getting at least all of the main components from a single source. You can save on shipping, and will not get stuck in the blame game if a problem could be caused by different parts.

While I trust Adaptec for interface cards, you might get better performance if you choose a PCIe rather than a PCIx slot controller board.


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by seanferd In reply to Is this compatible?

Regular CD burners are not compatible with "record company" quality CDs.

For example:

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by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Is this compatible?

Look at better DVD Burners. The Pioneer one you listed is a Bottom of the Range Domestic Quality Burner and you'll get better results over a longer life with a more upmarket Burner.

Might be a bit of a Hard Find as all the Budget Hardware sellers only cater to the Bottom of the market so you may have to look at different suppliers who cater for Professionals who need better hardware. Or if you are prepared to have a higher % of returns that you can not improve on and willing to replace Burners a couple of times a year or two you may be happy with the Base Line units.


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