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After about 4 years with my current PC, I've finally ordered my new one :green:

 

Here are the specs:

 

-ANTEC Black Solution Series ATX Mid-Tower Case with 350W Power Supply, Model "SLK3700-BQE"

 

-Lite-On Black 52X32X52 CD-RW Drive, Model LTR-52327S

 

-Pioneer Black 8X DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model DVR-107

 

-2x Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD

 

-Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB(256MBx2) DDR PC-3200 Level One Dual Pack

 

-ABIT 875P Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU, Model "IC7-G MAXII ADVANCE"

 

-Intel Pentium 4/ 2.8C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology

 

-SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP

 

I really wanted a 9800Pro All-in-Wonder, but at $100 more than the plain 9800 I decided to wait for the prices to drop. I also plan on adding another 512MB of RAM in a few months. Either way I'm eagerly awaiting my new parts :green:

 

Ordered it all from NewEgg.

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Originally posted by JTello@Mar 25 2004, 07:11 AM

Congrats Scott! Don't those specs make you giddy! What games might you be playing once that puppy's up and running?

 

Isn't NewEgg great! A real one stop shopping site. Great parts at low prices! And lots of free shipping. :tu:

I'll be playing a lot of UT2K4 that's for sure :D I'm sure I'll wind up giving Far Cry a run as well as BF:V. Plus, there are the games I play now that I'll have to check out in higher resolutions, not to mention Quake 3 at over 400FPS :shock:

 

I've used NewEgg for years and have never had a single problem with them. I built a couple of PC's for my mom and sister a few months back and had a bad HDD, a simple email to get a RA number was all it took for replacement :tu:

 

Speaking of cheap shipping from NewEgg, my entire order cost $28 to ship. I'd spend more than that in taxes locally :tu:

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2x Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD

 

Scott, are you going to run those in RAID0? I'm curious because I'm contemplating doing the same, but I have a 10,000RPM drive (WD Raptor), so the expense of adding a second would be a little silly if I'm only going to see a minimal increase in performance. People's opinions vary so wildly on the various message boards (and 'professional reviews' for that matter), that I don't know what to beleive. Just wanted to know your thoughts on it.

 

Looks like a killer machine at any rate, enjoy :tu:

 

Gary

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Originally posted by Gary P@Mar 25 2004, 01:04 PM

2x Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD

 

Scott, are you going to run those in RAID0?

RAID1 (mirrored) actually. After working on PC's for sometime now and seeing how easily you can lose a HDD, I can't bring myself to run a striped setup without some redundancy.

 

I almost sprung for the Abit IC7-MAX3 which has RAID 0+1 capabilities (not to mention 6 SATA ports), but decided the extra money would be better spent on the graphics card.

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It seems UT2K4 doesn't like when you change it's default key for screenshots :wtf: So, here is one I grabbed real quick:

 

UT2K4_1.JPG

 

Everything is set to highest, with 4x AA and 8x AF at 1024x768. I'll take some shots later at 1280x1024.

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RAID1 (mirrored) actually.

Good man! I looked long and hard at the benefits of RAID0 and found none for a desktop PC. In fact, in some cases performance was a bit worse, not to mention the rate for failure doubles.

 

Nice PC too! I have an older Antec case and i't great.

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Originally posted by merlot@Mar 29 2004, 11:53 PM

Good man! I looked long and hard at the benefits of RAID0 and found none for a desktop PC.

The main benefit is double the storage space.

 

Here are some Halo PC pics. Click on the image for 1280x960. No AA was used as either Halo doesn't support it or something was set wrong, the game was running at about 5 FPS with AA enabled.

 

Halo_1_thumb.JPG

 

Halo_2_thumb.JPG

 

Halo_3_thumb.JPG

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How does Halo perform for you Buck? I just recently was given a new mobo and processor (nForce mobo and Athlon XP 2500+), but will still be using my GF4 Ti4200 for a while longer. But in a timedemo at 800x600 I got around 37FPS. A vast improvement in playability for me (coming from a PIII/667). I'm curious how that Radeon 9800 Pro does with it.

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Originally posted by ColdForged@Apr 1 2004, 11:32 AM

I'm curious how that Radeon 9800 Pro does with it.

I haven't run a time demo yet, but at 1280x960 with no AA and 8x AF the framerate never drops below 35, at least not yet.

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