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Sure Would Appreciate Your Opinions of My NEW BUILD!

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by Carl, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Carl

    Carl Guest


    I plan on ordering the following parts in a few days from Newegg. But
    before I do, was hoping to get some of your learned opinions of my product
    choice. Any suggestions for change?

    Thanks in advance.

    Aspire X-Superalien Blue Aluminum Server Case w/500W PS Retail

    Gigabyte nForce3 AMD Scoket 754 "GA-K8N Pro" Retail

    AMD Athlon 64 3200 Retail

    Thermaltake SILENT BOOST CPU Cooler All Copper Retail

    2x Crucial 512MB DDR PC-3200 OEM (From Crucial)

    WD Raptor 74GB HD "WD749GD OEM

    ATI Radeon 9800Pro 128MB DDR Video Card Retail

    Plextor Black 8x DVD-RW "PX-708A/SW-BL"Retail

    MSI Black 16x DVD-Rom "MS-P8216S-707" OEM

    Creative Labs Audigy2 ZS PCI "SB0350" Retail

    MS Windows XP Pro Full Version OEM

    Thanks again,

    Carl, Mar 3, 2004
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    Daniel P Guest

    I know that the 74 gig raptor is fast but, personally i like more storage
    right now i am about to get two 250 gig WD SATA HDs mybe if you don't want
    to go that big a second raptor would be great.
    Daniel P, Mar 3, 2004
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  3. Carl

    Carl Guest

    Dan, are you going to run the two drives in Raid?
    Carl, Mar 3, 2004
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    Daniel P Guest

    The thing is i have never tried SATA before. The only hard drives i have
    ever put together were ATA and Maxtor.
    Daniel P, Mar 3, 2004
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    Minotaur Guest

    Sounds great, but would grab a 256M 9800 if I where splashing out that
    much on computer gear. It depends really on how long you wish to keep
    using the box, into 2005? If just for this year, 128M should be fine,
    but if your a hardcore gamer... Not sure about HL2 or Doom4, they might
    push it (not that they havn't pushed our patience already, waiting..)

    Minotaur (8*
    Minotaur, Mar 3, 2004
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    BarryNL Guest

    Well, you don't mention what you want it for, but if you are intending
    to use it as a door stop I'd suggest buying a house brick instead.
    BarryNL, Mar 3, 2004
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    Wes Newell Guest

    500w is probably OK, but I'd get 600w minimum.
    nf3-150 chipset sucks. Don't buy this board. No PCI/agp lock like the
    NF2 and HT only runs at 3/4 speed.
    This isn't fast enough. Get PC4000.
    64 bit Linux? No extra charge.:)
    Wes Newell, Mar 3, 2004
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    Fitz Guest

    I'm running the GA K8NNXP motherboard and AMD64 3200+ processor- I'd do it a
    little different if I could (I am going to replace my memory).

    The motherboard has a "best performance" option in the BIOS- it provides a
    moderate overclock from 2000 MHz to 2080 and steps the memory up to 416MHz.
    I'll be replacing the PC3200 Kingston HyperX with Corsair or Mushkin PC3500
    as I suspect some instability with the memory (crashing in games, or exiting
    back to desktop).

    I run 2 36GB SATA Raptors in a RAID 0 config for my operating system and
    programs with a separate IDE harddrive partitioned for storage/backup/video
    editing and the swap file. Works well, and 72GB is plenty of room for the OS
    and programs.

    Having a few issues with the ATI Radeon 9800Pro, but I think it may be
    memory related. When getting crashed out of games, the error is often the
    ATI driver stuck in infinite loop and references relaxing the memory
    timings- hence the thoughts of replacing the memory. The 9800 Pro is a good
    choice, as the extra money for the XT version doesn't increase the
    performance proportionately.
    My Aquamark 3 scores are a little over 44000.

    I'm using the Plextor 708A and am very pleased with it. Using Nero 6
    Ultimate and DVD X-Copy with no problems.

    Not a Creative Labs fan- went with a M-Audio Revolution 7.1 with Logitec
    Z-680's. Drivers and software interface very straight-forward, stable and

    Good Luck,
    Fitz, Mar 3, 2004
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    Roger M Guest

    Hi Carl, after careful consideration it has been determined that you will
    need to forward your components to me for assembly and evaluation. I will
    promptly return them once they have been thoroughly evaluated (approximately
    two years). Thanks for your request.

    Product Evaluation Manager

    Roger M, Mar 3, 2004
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    borolad Guest

    Posted in a.b.cd.i.linux - Xandros 2.0 Desktop - 2 cd set
    Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 06:32:05 -0500

    borolad, Mar 3, 2004
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    Bob Adkins Guest

    I always keep 2 drives. My primary drive is a 37GB Raptor, and I keep
    Windows XP and my every day apps on it for speed. I have a separate WD 120
    GB SATA drive for backing up my documents and family pictures, and keeping
    lots of "stuff".

    Man, defragging a 250MB drive sounds like a nightmare! :)


    Remove "kins" from address to reply.
    Bob Adkins, Mar 3, 2004
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    Larry Gagnon Guest

    Carl: don't waste your money making Gates and Co. any wealthier than they
    already are. To show the true power of your new build install Linux instead!

    Larry Gagnon
    Larry Gagnon, Mar 3, 2004
  13. You will need better memmory for a monster like that, Get Corsair or OCZ.

    I Would also get a better board such as the Gigabyte K8VNXP with the VIA
    chipset, which i am using. The best preformer by www.tomshardware.com.
    But if you want NF3 get the K8NNXP.

    Apart from that you will have a very nice system.
    Mercury Scythe, Mar 3, 2004
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    ray hartman Guest


    Which Linux would that be? I've got a (less impressive) new BARTON2600 build running
    WinME -- love to pick a *nix distro, but since RedHat scr*wed me dropping
    rhn on my older P4 RedHat_8 system I really have little trust. Neither ENTERPRISE
    nor ENTHUSIAST that's me ...and lots of other *nix lusrs. Just looking for
    a solid platform for MYSQL & some C-code. Where do we go for
    a stable, well_supported v2.6 *nix ?

    ray hartman, Mar 4, 2004
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    Carl Guest

    Mercury Scythe

    Tried to email you, but got the message returned.

    As you suggested, I switched the mb to the GA-K8VNPX and 512 x2 Corsair XMS
    3200 CMX5123200LL. I also switched the hd from 1 74GB Raptor to 2 WD 120GB
    SATA hd's.

    I noticed that you have pc3700 Corsair on your board. Is there a lot of
    diff between 3700 and 3200?

    Thanks for the tip. Your PC looks Great. Would like to see it in the dark.


    Carl, Mar 4, 2004
  17. Thanks Very Much.

    As i later found out 3200 memmory is faster than 3700 when not
    overclocked due to its faster CAS timeings. All 3700 memmory is is 3200
    that has been tested to 3700 (466MHz). If you want the best memmory get
    4000 as it is Astual 500MHz chips and has good timeings.

    (Thanks for pointing out the email, it wrong on the signeture. arent i
    Mercury Scythe, Mar 4, 2004
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    wm Guest

    Actually...I think 250MB would go pretty fast these days. ;)
    I remember having to defrag my 16MB HD way back in the day though...that
    took forever.
    wm, Mar 5, 2004
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    Kluge Guest

    I have a 74 gig Raptor and it is FAST and very quiet .
    Very noticeable increase in performance over my 100 gig WD with 8 meg
    buffer .
    Kluge, Mar 6, 2004
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    Erez Volach Guest

    The only reason I can see for keeping a 250GB drive as one partition is for
    video capturing / editing. In most cases it is reasonable to make several
    partitions for different purposes (apps, games, back ups, iso-cd-images,
    file storage (not back up), documents, etc.). Then, defragging need only
    done on one partition at a time (and you know which partition changed more
    and need defragging), so time of defragging is reduced (according to
    partition size. and cluster size)

    P.S. even my tiny 20GB HD is divided to 2GB system, 512MB swap, ~9GB apps,
    ~9GB files. defragging C most ofen, and blazing fast. neither apps nor files
    partition change all that much... but take less than 50% of 20GB would be
    Erez Volach, Mar 7, 2004
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