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Kickass machine
Saturday, May 29, 2004 | Permalink

I'm set for some serious development and gaming now with this kickass machine I've built.
Not only is it fast, but it's pretty good looking too. And the crown on top of this work of art arrived today. My manager passed an X800pro board to me. Nothing's like getting free highend hardware.
I brought my Radeon 9800pro and two HDs over from Sweden, but the rest of the machine is new. Now the 9800pro had to go though, so it's just the two HDs that aren't new. Well, they are secondary storage anyway since I also bought a new 160GB SATA drive. The final config:

AMD Athlon64 3200+
ASUS K8V deluxe
1GB DDR400 RAM
ATI Radeon X800pro
Maxtor 160GB SATA HD
IBM 120GB IDE HD
Samsung 60GB IDE HD
Pioneer DVR-107D
Nec MultiSync LCD1765 16ms TFT
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX audio system

Guess I'll be spending some time in front of this machine. And yes, you can probably expect some new demos showing off the capabilities of the X800pro in the not too distant future.

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GianT
Sunday, May 30, 2004

OK...

Nice config... and the screen looks good...
And the soundcard ? No Audigy 2 Platinum ?
You need a good 5.1 system for DOOM and the other big upcoming titles to be afraid from all sides :-)

Luke
Sunday, May 30, 2004

Damn. I'd be willing to sleep with several old men to have that system... :O





ok, maybe not

davepermen
Sunday, May 30, 2004

i thought about calling you an ass..

then i remembered, you deserve it.

congrats.

but the screen looks hell-small.. isn't that a little bit little?

Humus
Sunday, May 30, 2004

It's just a 17" TFT monitor that does 1028x1024, so it's a step down from the 22" CRT I had back home in Sweden, though a 17" TFT is comparable to a 19" CRT. I had a hard time to decide between this one or a more than twice as expensive 20" TFT that could do 1600x1200. Since I had no experience with TFTs and didn't know if it would be good for gaming (which I can say now though that it is) and all that I wasn't quite prepared to spend too much money on something I'd maybe have to replace at some point. So I thought it was best to buy the cheaper one, and in case I grow out of this one I can buy a larger one (which hopefully is cheaper by then) and use this one as a secondary monitor in a dual setup.

As for the soundcard, I don't have any soundcard yet. I'm using the integrated sound on the mobo. It's good enough for me right now.

NitroGL
Monday, May 31, 2004

I like my 19" LCD, doesn't have a very quick refresh (25ms), but it's BIG.

davepermen
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

hehe. the fear of tft==badforgaming.. hehehe.

you where not able to see what you get? i mean, i always look at the stuff i buy, and test it. (all input and output devices, that is)

NitroGL
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

I knew what I was buying, I don't really play many games these days. I just wanted a big sharp display.

bardsong
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

send me the stuff you don't need any more

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