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New computer whats everyone think?

by tb582 / May 5, 2004 11:18 PM PDT

Everything should be staying the same except for the Matrox card which i have decided to go with a 3D labs Wildcat VP 880 Pro. Also I will be using a 120GB ata hard drive to store stuff on, the Raptors will be stripped. I will use Swiftech heatsinks. Also any mod's that are really worth it such as the Vantec cable sleeving kits would be appreciated, i have already bought the psu and sleeved it and it looks much better, not to mention the air flow will be improved. I will be using it primarly for Animation and video editing. Any comments are welcome.

Cables - Round
1 VANTEC ROUND, 18-Inch, ATA 66/100/133 IDE Cable, 3-Connector ( BLACK ) -RETAIL
For IDE Hard Drives, CD ROM, DVD ROM or CDRW, 66/100, Please see image for the actual look. CBL-100IDE18-BKmore info-> -See It! N82E16812104202 $5.99 $5.99
1 Antec Cobra F16 Round FDD Cable, Model "77216" -RETAIL
Highly flexible 16" round cable with one device connector, one motherboard connector
Wrapped with nylon mesh tubing for maximum air flow improvementmore info-> -See It! N82E16812105003 $7.05 $7.05

Cases (Computer Cases, ATX Form)
1 ANTEC Performance Plus Case with 430W Power Supply, Model "PLUS1080AMG" -RETAIL
Case Type: SOHO File Server
Color: Antec Metalic Gray
Material: 1mm SECC Steel
Drive Bays: 5.25" x 4/0, 3.5" x 2/4 (external/internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Front Ports: 2xUSB & 1xIEEE1394
Power Supply: 430W
Cooling System: 3x80mm installed Fans
Mainboard Compatibility: up to Extended ATX
Dimensions: 20.6"x8.1"x18.6"more info-> -See It! N82E16811129115 $106 $106

Controllers, Panels, etc.
1 ENERMAX Aluminum (SILVER + an additional Black Aluminum front face plate) Multifunction Panel, Model "UC-A8FATR4" -RETAIL
4 Fan RPM & Temp. display
Adjustable Fan speed knobs
Overheat & Low RPM fan alarm
3 levels of overheat temperature setting
Fits In Standard 5.25 Drive Bay
Dual color monitor display with shift button
2 stylish aluminum panel included: Black / Silvermore info-> -See It! N82E16813999216 $36.05 $36.05

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
5 CoolerMaster Blue 80mm Neon LED Fan, Model "TLF-R82" -RETAIL
Compatibility: Case
Bearing Type: Rifle bearing
Nominal Speed RPM 2500
Max Air Flow CFM 32.11
Max Pressure: Not Specified
Fan Material: Plastic
Heat Sink Material: N/A
Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Noise(dBA): 25.0
Special Features: 4 LEDs implemented for bright glowing resultmore info-> -See It! N82E16811999051 $8.99 $44.95

Hard Drives
2 Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD740GD, OEM Drive Only
Capacity: 74GB
Average Seek Time: 4.5 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 10000 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA
Features: High Performance SATA Interface
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 years
Remark: OEM Drive Onlymore info-> -See It! N82E16822144160 $225 $450

Memory (System Memory)
2 Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-2700 with Platinum Silver Heat Spreader- OEM
Manufacturer: Corsair
Speed: DDR333(PC2700)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2-3-3-6
Support Voltage: 2.5V
Bandwidth: 2.7GB/s
Organization: 64M x 64 -Bit
Special Features: with Platinum Silver Heat Spreader
Warranty: Lifetimemore info-> -See It! N82E16820145412 $135 $270

Motherboards - Server
1 IWILL i875P Chipset Server Motherboard for Dual/Single Socket 604 Intel Xeon CPU, Model "DH800" -RETAIL
Supported CPU: Dual/Single Socket 604 Intel Xeon Processors
Chipset: Intel 875P MCH + Intel Hance Rapids ICH
FSB: 800/533MHz
RAM: 4x DIMM for Dual-Channel DDR400/333/266(ECC) Max 4GB
IDE: 2x ATA 100 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP Pro50 8X, 2x PCI,32-bit/33MHz, 2x PCI-X 64-bit/66MHz
Ports: 2xPS/2,1xCOM,1xLPT,8xUSB2.0(Rear 4),SPDIF Out,1xLAN,1xIEEE1394,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: AD1980 6-Channel
Onboard LAN: Intel Kenai II CSA GbE
Onboard SATA/RAID: 2x Serial ATA w/ RAID
Onboard 1394: TI TSB43AB22A, 2 Ports
Form Factor: ATXmore info-> -See It! N82E16813129131 $359 $359

Power Supplies
1 Antec 550W Power Supply, 24-Pin, Model "TRUE550 EPS12V" -RETAIL
Type: EPS12V
Maximum Power: 550W
Power Good Signal: 100-500ms
Hold-up Time: 17ms min.
Efficiency: 68% min.
Over Voltage Protection: +5V trip point<+6.5V;+3.3V trip point<+4.1V;+12V trip point<+14.4V
Overload Protection: Latching Protection+5V @<47A;+3.3V @ <48A;+12V @ <18A
Input Voltage: 115 VAC / 230VAC
Input Frequency Range: 47Hz-63Hz
Input Current: 10A/6A
MTBF: 80,000 hrs. @ 25

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I think you'll have buyer's remorse.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 12:46 AM PDT

32-bit machines may be a passing fancy. Look at 64-bit capable ones if you are going to spend this much.


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Re:I think you'll have buyer's remorse.
by tb582 / May 6, 2004 2:00 AM PDT

Thats why I'm using the Iwill DH-800 mobo, which will support next generation 64 bit processors.

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Don't have buyer's remorse.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 3:13 AM PDT

No need to pay today for tomorrow's promise. There is no assurance you are getting 64-bit support...


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64-bits or bust.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 5:58 AM PDT
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Re:64-bits or bust.
by NickFalky102 / May 8, 2004 9:30 AM PDT
In reply to: 64-bits or bust.

Xeon is going to be a useless 64-bit pc. Windows XP 64 will not work with the xeon because they are going to be use the design of the amd 64 which intel will soon use.

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Re:Re:64-bits or bust. That's what it seems to be.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2004 9:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:64-bits or bust.

AMD is shaking it up on the 32 to 64 bit path.

As to your comment about Xeon with the 64-bit extension being useless, both the Linux and Microsoft camps are engaging this as we converse.

What does it all mean?

Here's my take. I've observed and been around from 8-bit (Apple, Atari, Commodor) to 16-bit (early Apple, IBM) and now 32-bit. As well I've seen the 9 month flip from 32-bit to 64-bit in the SUN computers where the nay-sayers on that ate it big time on quickly eclipsed 68K hardware.

My input is simple. If you can get the 64-bit capable box, then do so. But don't OVERSPEND on 32-bit today unless you agree to not whine in a few months.


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