My New System in Progress

Trevor Schell

Supporting Actor
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Jan 6, 1999
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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
*[email protected] 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..

My HomeTheater S.E. Sonically Enhanced
*Outdated new pictures
due to recent upgrades!
**Equipment list current
 

James St

Supporting Actor
Joined
May 8, 1999
Messages
959
Damn
, 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.
 

Shane Martin

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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
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?
 

Dominik Droscher

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Sep 11, 2000
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I want the Sarah Michelle Gellar Wallpaper!
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."
 

Kelley_B

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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.
 

Trevor Schell

Supporting Actor
Joined
Jan 6, 1999
Messages
511
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!.

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.

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..

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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