Jump to content
  • entries
    422
  • comments
    1540
  • views
    490590

A new PC by next Tuesday...

Sign in to follow this  
jollyjeffers

116 views

I've just parted with GBP489.97 of my hard-saved cash. I paid a premium to get it delivered ASAP as I'm moving out soon.



The details:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3800+ CPU. I chose not to go for an X2 or other dual-core as I'm still hearing far too many stories about things going wrong.

  • Sony 16x DVD drive with all the RW/CDRW and dual layer stuff

  • 1.44mb floppy. Hopefully 1980's technology is no longer required but it could help with flashing BIOS's and formatting HDD's...

  • Internal 12-in-1 flash card reader. Nice gimmick.

  • 160gb SATA-II HDD. Probably nothing special generic job.

  • ASUS A8N-SLI SE nForce4 SLI Chipset with SATA/RAID/PCI-E/LAN/USB/5.1 Audio. This will be the part I rely on most for getting Vista alive [oh]

  • 1024mb PC3200 RAM. Apparently from Corsair but probably bargin basement stuff anyway.

  • Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE 256mb GPU. Likely to be the weakest link - seems to be a derivative of the IGP-style chipsets. Hopefully wont matter as I'll be upgrading to a D3D10 GPU at some point. I always have my beastly 512mb GeForce 6800 to do the "real" work on



I hope it all works out - if Vista chokes on that hardware then I'll be flying over to Seattle on Wednesday with more than liquid explosives in a drinks bottle [evil]
Sign in to follow this  


12 Comments


Recommended Comments

You are now being monitored for flight and soda activities. Nice machine. Can't wait to see the matching sofa set.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Kerist, not bad for < £500. Personally, I have an AMD 64 3800 X2, and haven't had any problems at all with it (Aside from that D3D_DEBUG_INFO thing, although that might not be an Xt thing [smile]).

Share this comment


Link to comment
Wewt! :) I hope you get Vista working on that baby (or else I will be one sad panda for you)

BTW, are you going down to the Vista Tester Get-Together in October? If so, I will see you there!

Share this comment


Link to comment
I didn't have any issue with my dual core Athlon64 X2 4800+ until I downloaded some stupid patch for the dual core issue then my clock went crazy and I am not in the mood to reinstall WinXP. Funny thing is under DX IIRC my timer worked fine, but GL it goes nuts... and its the same code base. Got me... Anyway nice system, case looks sweet.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Quote:
I have an AMD 64 3800 X2, and haven't had any problems at all
Seems that for every 2-3 people who have no problems what so ever theres a report from someone else that sounds really bad...

Quote:
are you going down to the Vista Tester Get-Together in October?
First I've heard of it! I've not really been following the beta so closely (haven't got the newsgroups configured on this machine) so I may well have missed some stuff. Will have a look into it, but given you're in the USA and I'm over in the UK I'd imagine it'd be unlikely [oh]

Quote:
I downloaded some stupid patch for the dual core issue then my clock went crazy
Strange... I thought the patch was supposed to stop the clock going crazy [lol]

Jack

Share this comment


Link to comment
Cool system [smile].

I've had some problems with my X2 as well, but nothing serious. Before installing the patch, both System.DateTime.Now and QueryPerformanceTimer would return jumpy results, making time based movement extremely jumpy.

After installing the patch, any issues I've had were solved by setting the affinity of the application to only one core.

On the good side - it's performance feels great. Windows just never chokes up, it always feels like there's still more power if you want it. Just feels nice.

I've heard good stuff about the single core Athlon 64s too, though. [smile].

Share this comment


Link to comment
I replaced my motherboard with a new one (Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe) today, so I could plug in the Radeon X1800XT I won at Rage3D. I hate replacing motherboards, and I ended up with the power light showing the hard disk activity, but apart from that, and the discoloured boot image and message about the CPU fan not being fast enough, everything seems to work okay. Although my UPS now beeps alarmingly when I run ATI 3D samples. Which probably means a new UPS is needed.

Now maybe finally I'll be able to install Vista. NForce 4 SLI should cause less problems than the ULI chipset I had before. But I think I'll still wait for the release candidate, because IIRC the new DX10 doesn't work with the current Vista build.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Quote:
Original post by ET3D
Now maybe finally I'll be able to install Vista. NForce 4 SLI should cause less problems than the ULI chipset I had before. But I think I'll still wait for the release candidate, because IIRC the new DX10 doesn't work with the current Vista build.


That’s right. August SDK needs RC1 and the June SDK needs Beta 2.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Quote:
Cool system [smile]
Thanks!

When I get around to making my next proper replacement system (as I think I mentioned, this new one is just a test-rig) it'll definitely be multi-core. I'm hoping things will have settled down a bit and there'll be less horror stories!

Quote:
I replaced my motherboard with a new one (Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe) today
Sounds like the slightly better version of my motherboard ('Deluxe' instead of 'SE'). Will be interested to hear how it works out if/when you try installing Vista.

Quote:
Although my UPS now beeps alarmingly when I run ATI 3D samples. Which probably means a new UPS is needed.
Could it just be that your PSU can't provide enough power? The latest GPU's seem to suck up as much electricity as they can get their hands on [oh]

Quote:
That’s right. August SDK needs RC1 and the June SDK needs Beta 2.
I just hope that RC1 gets released before the end of the month otherwise I'll have to go back to B2 until I get a decent internet connection again...

Cheers,
Jack

Share this comment


Link to comment
Quote:
Original post by jollyjeffers
Quote:
I replaced my motherboard with a new one (Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe) today
Sounds like the slightly better version of my motherboard ('Deluxe' instead of 'SE'). Will be interested to hear how it works out if/when you try installing Vista.

I probably won't try it any sooner than you will. Because ASUS had warning on their site about the latest BIOS causing disk corruption if the chipset drivers aren't installed (and of course you need to boot from the HD to install them), I backed up everything (well, most things) to the second drive, and didn't connect it. Didn't feel like opening up and connecting since then. That's the drive where I plan to install Vista, so when RC1 comes out I'll connect it.

Quote:
Quote:
Although my UPS now beeps alarmingly when I run ATI 3D samples. Which probably means a new UPS is needed.
Could it just be that your PSU can't provide enough power? The latest GPU's seem to suck up as much electricity as they can get their hands on [oh]

My PSU can support the card, luckily, but my UPS can't. I think it's telling me: "if electricity goes, there's no way my battery will support that power hog of a card."

Share this comment


Link to comment
BTW, checking the SE vs. Deluxe version, seems like the SE has only 4 SATA ports (vs. 8), only 6 channel sound (vs. 8), one network port vs. two. Probably also missing the software bundle and some cables.

I didn't really intend to go for the ASUS at all, but a cheaper DFI board, but the store didn't have that, and then the Gigabyte I thought of buying was also hard to find (it was available when I was supposed to get the Radeon, but since they forgot to send it, by the time I reminded them the Gigabyte was out of stock). So I ended up buying a more expensive board, and I don't really need 8 SATA ports and 8 sound channels and all that, but the geek in me really likes having all those useless extras.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Advertisement
×

Important Information

By using GameDev.net, you agree to our community Guidelines, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy.

We are the game development community.

Whether you are an indie, hobbyist, AAA developer, or just trying to learn, GameDev.net is the place for you to learn, share, and connect with the games industry. Learn more About Us or sign up!

Sign me up!