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[Oct. 18th, 2004|03:23 pm]
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OK, here's my plans for my next PC, and some other crap to freshen up my itty bitty LAN. First, the PC:

Well, after some further research, I think I'm going to go with a 925 chipset mobo and use the onboard ICH6R controller. It's just as fast, and a lot cheaper. Here's the updated list:

Mobo: ABit AA8 DuraMax - LGA775 socket for the 1MB L2 Prescott, DDR2 slots, ICH6R southbridge... But no god damned AGP slot. Anyone know of a board with an LGA775 socket, DDR2 support, ICH6R southbridge, and an AGP slot?

Proc: 3.2GHz Prescott Pentium 4 - More than enough. New-school LGA bumps, bigger L2 cache, execute disable bit support...

RAM: 2x512MB Crucial DDR2-533 ECC - I'd love to use a direct link for this, but Crucial doesn't list this part number on their site yet. It'll probably be available soon.

Hard disks: 2xWD 74GB 10KRPM Raptors in RAID0 on the fastest desktop-class SATA RAID controller. Goodbye, disk bottleneck.

Optical: Teac 8x DVD-R/40X CD-R - I've always had the best luck with Teac. I still don't know if it's pronounced Tee-ack or Teek.

Video: Abit X600 Pro - God damnit, Matrox doesn't make a PCI-Express video card yet. Fuckers.

Sound: M-Audio Revolution 5.1 - I have two itty desktop speakers and a sub. This is more than enough.

Mouse: Logitech MX900 - Sure, there's a laser-guided rechargeable cordless mouse of doom out there, but this is all I need, plus a bluetooth hub.

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 4 - Rolled edges, good construction quality, good looks, plenty of space...

PSU: Antec TRUE380 - Reliable, even power, nice and quiet, decent price, no lame LEDs...

And for the rest of the network:

Asus MyPal A716 - Yes, I'm getting a PDA. I need something I can physically strap to myself that says "*BZZRT* Hey dumbass, go to the meeting!". Plus, mobile MP3, and I can even make it in to a phone and give it more-or-less nationwide net access.

3Com 8-port unmanaged GigE switch - I've got dual Broadcoms in the server, I'll have dual Intels in my workstation... Might as well use them.

3Com 802.11G firewall/router - For net access on the PDA. WPA encrypted, of course.

Canon Pixma MP750 Scanner/Printer - 25PPM black, lowest CPP of all inkjets. Disturbingly good quality.


[User Picture]From: thehaloproject
2004-10-18 03:42 pm (UTC)


come to butthead
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-10-18 04:25 pm (UTC)
Swap out the Revolution 5.1 for a Delta 410 and you'd have yourself one damn fine 24bit/192KHz audio workstation.
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[User Picture]From: thehaloproject
2004-10-18 04:45 pm (UTC)
I love the Delta series. I have a Delta 44 right now and it kicks some major ass.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-10-18 05:32 pm (UTC)
That's the consensus I've been getting from pro audio guys, that M-Audio is good gear for good prices. I could go with some crazy-ass ESI or RME card, but I imagine it wouldn't do any good unless I bought a pair of badass stuio monitors too.
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From: princeadam
2004-10-19 07:38 pm (UTC)
hey, my girlfriend just gave me her old busted presario 2720 notebook. the display doesnt turn on, and an external monitor hooked up to it doesnt display anything either, but it sounds like everything else is booting up just fine. i am thinking that it is a vid driver problem, but i cant tell if its integrated into the mobo or not. it has an ati mobile inside, do you know if that is on the board? if so, could i get a cheapish one somewhere? im clueless. any help would be greatly appreciated, oh god of all things techie.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-10-19 08:38 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, that's probably the video chipset itself, which is more often than not soldered directly to the motherboard along with the processor. That thing's had it unless you can get a replacement mobo. I'd say it's probably worth you while to disassemble the thing (remember where each screw goes, they're usually different sizes/threadings) and see if anything's loose. It may just think that there's an external monitor attached when in fact the db15 connector is just loose. Dunno, never worked on a Compaq laptop.
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From: princeadam
2004-10-19 09:02 pm (UTC)
thanks d00d, ill let you know if i find anything out at all.
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