Hi David. I bought the steel Xaser II case it was much cheaper than the alumnium version. I bought it because of the good air flow design and I like the way it looks too. That hardcano is nice also, I can run the processor fan on medium speed most of the time, and turn it to high speed when I'm pushing it too hard.
I almost made a door mat out of that motherboard. I had to flash the bios to support the barton processor. During the flash process the flash program went out to lunch. I waited 30 minutes to see if it would finish normally. Finally I had to power cycle the PC to continue. Luckily the flash process had completed. Boy that was a close one!
That was just one of the many things that went wrong on that install. I was sure glad to see the system finally up and going after many hours.
wow, that really is lucky! flashing a BIOS has to be one of the most nerve wracking PC installation/maintenance operations.. sitting there crossing you're fingers that nothing's going to happen while it's in the process! one of the reasons I went with the Gigabyte board is it has a proprietary feature which is the dual BIOS, so if you kill one of them, or it gets hit by a virus, the second one will automatically take over. they've also got something called @bios or something which is a windows program which will let you download a bios update directly from they're servers then apply it from the program and reboot, both these features greatly reduce the chance of having a dead bios from a failed flashing..
Interesting thread. Certainly proves there is no set formula for getting the job done. For me...
- 2.4ghz Pentium
- 512MB RAM
- 80GB and 120GB drives (you should see my closets!)
- ATI 9500PRO graphics card
- Intuos 2 4X6 tablet (still practicing with this rascal)
- Canon I850 printer (which I LOVE!)
- Epson 3200 Photo scanner
- Samsung 17" LCD monitor (model 174V).
- Altec Lansing speakers with a subwoofer (let there be music!)
Just acquired the Samsung LCD yesterday and what a HUGE difference it makes after suffering with a very, very ancient 17" CRT. The downside...I now see huge defects in stuff I've done that I thought was just grand. Ah, well.
At work, aging Mac G4 with 512 mb ram.
At home, 2.8ghz P4 w/ 512 mb ddr ram (somehow, 512 is a LOT more on the PC than on the Mac!?!) and 120mb hd and ATI Radeon 9000 128 mb graphics card...and 2.4x DVD burner and 44x CD burner. It's still only about 2 mo's old and spoils me ROTTEN.
- Windows XP Pro SP1
- 3.02Ghz Pentium 4
- ASUS P4G8X mainboard HyperThreading.
- 2GB PC2700 DDR RAM
- ATI 9800 Pro graphic gard 128Mg ram
- 2 x 120Gig Seagate Barracuda serial 133 H/Drives
- Antec tower, 5 fans
- LiteOn 48x24x48 CD-RW
- LiteOn 16 x DVD
- 19" LG Flatron T910B Monitor & 19" Packard Bell 970 Monitor
- D-Link DSL 200 ADSL Modem
- HP 840 Deskjet
- HP3400C Scanjet Scanner
- Altec Lansing Sound System.
I've been good - sort of I'm hoping Santa will find it in his heart to give me a Wacom Intuos2 6x8 tablet.
** Paris **
AMD Athlon 550 -Win 98 SE (I know, I know)
512 Mb ram PC 133 running at PC100 CAS2
2xWD 40Gb 8mega cache
GeForce 1 DDR
17" Philips monitor
Wacom 6x8 graphire2
Epson 2100 (european 2200) printer (running on usb2)
Epson 2450 scanner (running on usb2)
not needed to say that I intend to upgrade soon...
I think I'll go for a
Intel P4C 2.6Ghz 800fsb / Amd Barton 2500+/Amd Athlon 64 Win XP pro
A P4P800 or an Nforce 2 mobo
1 or 2 Gb of ddr400
1 or 2 WD Raptor 74Gb 10,000 rpm
A cheap graphic card-Matrox or ATI dual capable
1 LaCie Electron Blue 19" with calibrator, maybe a second later.
An external HD
running the Printer and Scanner on Firewire...
using a Dell 1.8 ghtz 256 ram 40gb hard drive, epson 2400 scanner and an epson r300 printer which i really like .
AMD Barton 2500+ @ 3200+
1GB PC3200 Winbond CH-5 ICs Dual Channel Matched Pair
ATI R9500PRO @ 9700PRO Sotmod 128MB
Chieftec Dragon Case
17" KDS Flat CRT
80GB ATA133 7200RPM 8MB Cache WD
4x/2x DVD-R/-RW Drive
Win XP Pro SP1
AMD Athlon XP1700+
512MB PC2700 DDR
2x40GB WD 7200rpm drives
52x CDR-W Burner
19" KDS VS CRT
Win XP Pro
AMD T-Bred 2100+
512MB OCZ PC2700 DDR
32x CDR-W Burner
GF4 Ti4200 Gainward GS 64MB
17" KDS Flat CRT
40GB WD 7200RPM drive
T-Bird 1.2GHz @ 1.4GHz
768MB PC150 Ram
64MB GF2 Ultra
40GB WD 7200RPM Drive
15" HP CRT
Win98SE/Red Hat 7/Mandrake 9
My system is sufficient for me and I am not going to change parts in near future. Maybe I will add 512 MB RAM, but not now.
Athlon T-Bred 2000+ (1667MHz) overclocked to 2400MHz (12x200) cooled by water.
2x256MB TwinMOS 333MHz overclocked to 400MHz
Sapphire Radeon 8500
Western Digital Caviar 80GB
Teac 12x CDRW, LG 12x DVD
Chieftec case with 360W chieftec PSU
21` Eizo F931
Windows 2000 SP4
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