My New System in Progress

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Trevor Schell, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. Trevor Schell

    Trevor Schell Supporting Actor

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    Hi!,
    The current system I am using which is coming up to 4 years old, is a Dell PII 266mhz.
    So far I have the following peices.
    Will finish it off with a AMD Palomino Processor when they become available.
    I also plan to pick-up a GForce 3 Graphics card as well. Other than that I beleive I have everything I need.
    *Antec SX-1040 Tower with 400W PS
    *102X Blacklight Neon Bolt Kit
    *Abit KG7 – RAID Motherboard
    *Dragon ORB 3 ThermalTake 7000RPM Cooling Fan.
    *4- 80mm Sunon 50CFM Cooling Fans
    *Digital Doc 5 Thermal Sensor,Fan & Voltage Monitor
    *3DFX 64 meg Voodo5 Glide Graphics Accelerator
    *1024 Mb Crucial PC2100 DDR RAM
    *40Gb Quantum AS 7200 Hard Drive 8.5 NS
    *40Gb Quantum AS 7200 Hard Drive 8.5 NS
    *6 Gb IBM,Spare Drive
    *1.44 MB High Density Floppy Drive
    *Sony 52X CD-Rom EIDE
    *16 x 10 x 40 Plextor CDR-W
    *16 x Pioneer Slot Load DVD Rom
    *Soundblaster Live 5.1 Soundcard
    *Motorola CyberSurfer Cable Modem
    *3Com Home Ethernet Gateway
    *Klipsch Promedia 4.1 Speakers
    *HP K-80 OfficeJet Printer/Fax/Scan/Copier
    *HP P1000 Photo Smart photo printer
    *HP ScanJet 5370 42-bit scanner
    *SanDisk CCF Card reader
    *Belkin 7 port USB hub
    *Microsoft Intellimouse Optical
    *Microsoft Internet Keyboard
    *Microsoft Sidewinder Digtal Game Pad
    *Gravis BlackHawk Joystick
    *V4 Forcefeedback Steering Wheel
    *Dell 21" Trinitron Flatscreen Monitor
    *Intel USB Webcam
    *3Com USB Webcam
    *Kodak DC-4800 3 Megapixel Digital Camera
    *Windows ME
    *Sarah Michelle Gellar Wallpaper
    *Shaw@home Cable modem service
    I should be set for HTPC and may use this when I upgrade to a FPTV system.
    Thanks,
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    Trevor..[​IMG]
    My HomeTheater S.E. Sonically Enhanced
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    due to recent upgrades!
    **Equipment list current
     
  2. Darren Lewis

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    Damn [​IMG], great setup. I upgraded to an Asus A7M266 recently and have been happy. The specs on the KG7 look awesome, do you have it running yet or just sitting in a box.
     
  4. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Abit supports DDR now?
    A word on the Geforce 3 and its capabilities on HTPC. The Radeon beats it hands down in picture quality. I've seen both. I own a Ge force 3 btw as well and only use it for gaming. IF I were going to build a new HTPC only for that use, I'd go with the Radeon card in a heartbeat. In fact what you are building is flat out overkill for HTPC and in this case I'd be more correct than if I told you your main system was overkill as I'll give you that much in the audio realm [​IMG] The difference in video quality between the Radeon and Geforce 3 was that big of a difference. On games however the difference goes the other way by the Geforce3.
    1gb of ram is entirely too much as there really isn't a piece of software out there to really push that. Why buy more than you really need when you can upgrade more of your theater, buy a FPTV, or buy more dvd's with the difference?
     
  5. Dominik Droscher

    Dominik Droscher Supporting Actor

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    I want the Sarah Michelle Gellar Wallpaper! [​IMG] And I would recommend using Win2k instead of WinME (even if it is just for gaming and DVD watching) but that's just me.
    And yeah, go with the Radeon - Nvida may have the fastest cards but Matrox and Ati beat them easily in image quality. I am still using my good old Matrox G400 (even Max Payne runs decent in lower resolutions) with as far as I am concerned still the best TV-out available.
    I wish you a lot of fun with your kick ass system!
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    -Dominik Dröscher ICQ: 25318265
    "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes."
     
  6. Kelley_B

    Kelley_B Cinematographer

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    If you want the best of both worlds, gaming and video quality wait for the ATi Radeon 8500(aka Radeon 2, R200, etc). That will be a sweet card, if ATi can make a set of drivers that don't suck in 3D performance.
    Radeon users,
    Did ATi ever fix the W-Table Fog problem that their drivers had? I owned a Radeon for about 9 months and then traded it after getting let down driver release, after driver release.
     
  7. Trevor Schell

    Trevor Schell Supporting Actor

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    Thanks,
    I may consider the Radeon 2 card since I am in no rush at the moment to purchase a new card. I already have a 64 meg card onhand so it will keep me going for a while.
    Shane,,There is no such thing as Overkill in a computer system since there are so many potential uses for it.
    This one should keep me current for a couple of years at least.
    My prior system was sluggish a few months after purchasing it and I don't want to make the same mistake.
    Shane,,Also there is no such thing as Overkill in a HomeTheater system either. You should know that by now my young man!. [​IMG]
    quote: 1gb of ram is entirely too much as there really isn't a piece of software out there to really push that. Why buy more than you really need when you can upgrade more of your theater, buy a FPTV, or buy more dvd's with the difference?[/quote]
    At 23 cents per Meg it was not an issue, plus I can still upgrade my Theater at any time. [​IMG]
    The Abit KG7 was just released a couple weeks ago and does support DDR and RAID.
    There are about 3 versions of the Motherboard available.
    I will be using Windows XP when it comes available.
    Thanks,
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    Trevor..[​IMG]
    My HomeTheater S.E. Sonically Enhanced
    *Outdated new pictures
    due to recent upgrades!
    **Equipment list current
    [Edited last by Trevor Schell on September 18, 2001 at 12:31 AM]
     

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