View Full Version : My New PC!

03-02-2004, 23:27:26
After the ridiculous situation of having as much memory on my gfx card as on my motherboard. I decided to bite the bullet and buy my new PC. (also the fact it was starting to age.. badly)

This is going to be my first self built system. (fingers crossed)

Athlon 64 3200+
Asus K8V Deluxe (Socket 754) Motherboard
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus9 Serial ATA 160GB 8MB Cache
2x Crucial 512MB, PC3200 184-pin DIMM
Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb (already have!)
Black Soundproofed Midi-tower case (Quiet PC)
Zalman radial AMD heatsink/fan
120mm quiet case fan

I'm reusing the DVD drive from my current machine and the PSU which is a QuietPC model and relatively new anyway. No floppy drive. :)

03-02-2004, 23:36:12
Neat. Total cost?

03-02-2004, 23:46:33
984.51 inc VAT and Postage!

03-02-2004, 23:49:16
You've almost got the exact same system as I do. Freak.

03-02-2004, 23:50:36
My system:

Athlon 64 3200+
Asus K8V Deluxe (Socket 754) Motherboard
2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB HDs (8MB, SATA) in RAID 0
2x OCZ Platinum EL 512MB, PC3200 184-pin DIMM (2 CL)
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
Black Soundproofed Midi-tower case (Quiet PC) (same, but specifically mine's an Antec Sonata)
Zalman radial AMD heatsink/fan
SoundBlaster Audigy 2

03-02-2004, 23:50:53
why no floppy?

03-02-2004, 23:51:41
I had to go buy a $10 floppy as I was installing the damn thing, only because WinXP is gay and requires you use a FLOPPY to install 3rd party RAID drivers...grrrrrr!!!

03-02-2004, 23:55:51
With firewire, wi-fi (lan), internet etc, and the fact all stuff nowadays comes on CD, I just won't need one.

The case is this one: AcoustiCase C6607B Black Super Midi Tower, it's a more recent addition (cant tell if it's Antec Sonata or not) http://www.quietpc.com/uk/cases.php#acc6607

04-02-2004, 00:03:45
That's not an Antec Sonata, but it seems to do the same thing.

This is the Sonata: http://www.arstechnica.com/reviews/003/cases/sonata/sonata_product.jpg

Those lights don't photograph very well. They're ultra-bright blue LEDs that have a mirrored backing like car headlights, but angled down so they illuminate the floor infront of it.


04-02-2004, 00:08:54
that one isn't available in the UK i guess.

04-02-2004, 01:09:01
I'm extremely jealous. I envy your units.

No longer Trippin
04-02-2004, 07:50:17
Nice comp Nav and Ash. My specs are about the same as before in some thread long since lost and I can't be arsed to type it out.

04-02-2004, 13:58:34
Had a change of mind about the case, reason being my current DVD drive is beige and will stick out like a sore thumb in the Quiet PC box.

So when i saw the antec sonata on overclockers.co.uk, cheaper including the PSU, I went for it and cancelled the other one. It will probably be a bit louder, but I made sure all the components were as quiet as possible!

(and I don't have to have that silly blue led on!)

04-02-2004, 14:41:41
woo that should be quick.

When I upgraded I just went for 2.5ghz. Thought the 64s looked too expensive at the moment.

04-02-2004, 15:28:13
the 64 3200+ has recently come down, it only cost approx 200 from overclockers.co.uk

04-02-2004, 16:41:21
How the hell did you get that so cheap?!

04-02-2004, 17:01:43
Got any hard drives or RAM?

04-02-2004, 17:05:22

04-02-2004, 17:41:35
protein, you can buy my old machine if you wish.

Athlon 1.2ghz
256mb ram
90gb hd (LOUD)
Soundcard (probably Soundblaster)
+ Dust free

make me an offer. :D

04-02-2004, 18:14:52
bloody hell I bought my stuff from overclockers and it was waaayyy more than that before christmas

04-02-2004, 19:05:32
How much is it worth?

04-02-2004, 19:31:53
One with more stuff on it...more memory, a monitor, two hard drives, and software (xp and Photoshop) and speakers went for $345 on ebay last week (188 pounds)

04-02-2004, 20:54:43
Originally posted by Beta1
bloody hell I bought my stuff from overclockers and it was waaayyy more than that before christmas
The new Athlon 64 3400+ pushed the price down on the 3200+ and 3000+s.

04-02-2004, 21:20:11
hmm. Do you think it would be able to handle 24 tracks of audio with effects?

04-02-2004, 21:39:34
I'd want at least 512MB of memory to do that, but you could

04-02-2004, 22:03:40
yes a memory upgrade would help.

ok I'll throw in a 19in monitor as well for nothing extra. :)

No longer Trippin
04-02-2004, 22:04:09
Intel still holds the edge in audio encoding, though not by much, a few percent. 512 of memory is a definant, I'd prefer a gig with 24 tracks especially on longer tracks.

04-02-2004, 22:35:18
Hmm. Well, the problem is that I am unemployed and have no money but I need a computer. Can you hold it for me?

04-02-2004, 22:41:04
And can you deliver it to Reading? ;)

04-02-2004, 22:53:55
I'll pay for shipping. If it's 100 I'll buy it very soon.

04-02-2004, 23:00:28
120 and you collect. :)

04-02-2004, 23:05:18
125 including shipping. :hmm:

04-02-2004, 23:06:05

I thought you were supposed to meet me halfway.

If you want the monitor you'll have to collect, far too big to ship (would probably cost a fortune)

04-02-2004, 23:16:42
I don't need the monitor.

My finances are a little dry right now. Could you possibly wait a couple of weeks? I will have the money when I have finished recording the current band.

Cheers buddy. :)

04-02-2004, 23:25:28
just take the bloody monitor, it was delivered by mistake when I bought the PC. :)

04-02-2004, 23:38:51
Where do you live?

04-02-2004, 23:44:21

I might have a box to send the PC in when I get the my new case through.

05-02-2004, 10:38:14
That's a faster/better machine than my PC. Can't believe how little it's worth. :lol:

05-02-2004, 11:10:04
I know it's almost not worth bothering to sell it.

05-02-2004, 11:19:39
It is for protein. Much faster than his current machine.

05-02-2004, 11:45:59
So, is a memory upgrade easy and cheap?

05-02-2004, 11:46:32

05-02-2004, 12:02:35
Excellent. I currently have minus 100 in my bank. When I get it to plus 100 I will buy.

05-02-2004, 12:03:58
I can do the memory upgrade for you if you want.

05-02-2004, 12:07:27
Yes please. This computer means that I can mix music properly now. Perfect studio quality.

05-02-2004, 12:08:30

05-02-2004, 12:11:53
Another 256 meg DIMM will probably be about 30, not sure what type it is exactly.

05-02-2004, 12:18:48
I want it now. :cry:

05-02-2004, 13:33:11
I think it's PC133, at the moment there are two 128mb dimms in, definately should be able to accomodate one more.

btw it also has a firewire card I knicked off my dad, though you'll probably need XP to get that working?

seems my motherboard, cpu and harddrive are delayed for some reason. :(

The case, memory and extra fans arrived today.

06-02-2004, 11:53:57

The motherboard seems to be out of stock. It said it was in stock when I ordered it. bastards. Probably won't get all the core components to mid next week now.

11-02-2004, 16:29:35
fucking motherboard/cpu/harddrive still havent arrived.

11-02-2004, 16:59:07
Good. I still can't afford your old one. How about I give you a fiver, a bottle of multi vitamins, a couple of old CDs and a Sonic Undermind T-shirt as payment?

11-02-2004, 20:47:02
how about I give it to you for free and charge you 10% of all your earnings on the machine. ;)

11-02-2004, 21:49:08

How about I give you some left over pizza and some aluminium foil?

12-02-2004, 01:48:13
left over PIZZA?!



But 200 worth of Aluminium foil would be fine.

14-02-2004, 23:45:30
ooh all up and running. Just ran 3dmark 2001 se.

14300 ish. at 1024x768 NoAA :) (that's compared to my old PC's 7000 odd with the same graphics card).

Come on release half life 2 already.........

16-02-2004, 19:15:27
forgot to install latest ati drivers. re-ran test score came out as 16892 (with AA). weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. :D

17-02-2004, 14:11:05
Are those benchmark tests free? If so, link?

17-02-2004, 14:57:51

free version of 3dmark01 se


17-02-2004, 15:22:06
Thanks. 18660. Based on your reaction, I imagine that's good, although it doesn't mean diddly to me.

17-02-2004, 17:29:47
good. I just redid mine at the standard settings and got 19148.

What's your system?

19-02-2004, 01:23:02
my quiet PC ain't so quiet. Seems my GPU fan is a bit noisy, I've gone to the expense of one of these for a much quieter PC!

http://www.quietpc.com/uk/vgamb.php#zm80chp (with fan)

19-02-2004, 01:32:32
I've already got that installed on mine. Copycat, etc.

BTW, see if you can beat 51,900 in Aquamark. *flex*

To hit that, I had to have my Radeon 9800 Pro at 486MHz core. As far as I know, that's a record.

19-02-2004, 11:22:45
My computer is making a lot of noise as well. So I would like to make it silent (the pc is now in the living room).

So that zm80chp would be good for my graphics card. How about a silent cooler for my CPU? Anyone any tips?

19-02-2004, 19:56:55

19-02-2004, 20:52:38

19-02-2004, 22:54:05
Originally posted by Asher
I've already got that installed on mine. Copycat, etc.

BTW, see if you can beat 51,900 in Aquamark. *flex*

To hit that, I had to have my Radeon 9800 Pro at 486MHz core. As far as I know, that's a record. Damn lost 43200. ish.

I'm not doing any sort of overclocking. Don't want to fry anything!

19-02-2004, 23:37:52
Radeons and Athlon 64s shut themselves off when they reach critical levels. Both of these are implemented in hardware and are fairly foolproof.

When your videocard is overclocked too much, it'll first have visual artifacts (ie, white specks everywhere). Eventually, it'll reboot the computer.

When the CPU is overclocked too much, Windows BSODs, freezes, or reboots.

20-02-2004, 12:07:04
well I did try overclocking the cpu with the utility which came with my motherboard (MSI K8T Neo). System reset at 2.2ghz.

20-02-2004, 16:51:45
I installed the zalman cooler on the gpu. My pc is now noticably quieter.

Now I'll be able to leave it on downloading porn all night. :D

21-02-2004, 00:39:23