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Which one for the wife?

Keep the one with the data! (SN21G5)
5
56%
Newer is always better! (SB81P)
4
44%
 
Total votes : 9

Help me pick a winner

Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:31 am

I have two Shuttles sitting here. I told a friend I would build one for him, the other goes to my wife. Here's the rub....she has been using the older one for a while, and it's all set up for her (docs, shortcuts, and spyware included). If I give me buddy her Shuttle, and give her the newer one, it means reformatting and reinstalling some stuff. If I leave her with the one she has, and give my buddy the newer Shuttle, it saves me time....

On the other hand...30GB < 200GB, and PCIE capability is nice, since I could throw my 6800GTS into the SB when I upgrade someday.

What do you guys think? Is there a big enough difference between the two to justify swapping the files and settings, or should I keep what I have and hand off the Intel based Shuttle?

What my wife has been using...
<a href="http://global.shuttle.com/Product/Barebone/SN95G5%20v3.asp">Shuttle SN95G5</a>
AMD 3700 San Diego
Graphics: AGP GForce FX 5200 (128MB)
30GB Hdd
2x1GB Ram *same
DVD R/W *same

The new one I just built...
<a href="http://global.shuttle.com/Product/Barebone/SB81P.asp">Shuttle SB81P</a>
Intel LGA775 650
Graphics: On-board (Intel GMA900)
200GB Hdd
2x1GB Ram *same
DVD R/W *same

Which to keep at home and which to give away?

edit: added "Graphics" because the card vs. on-board might be a factor worth considering.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:43 am

Give her the bigger one, enjoy having another PC around with more storage space and upgradability.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:59 am

Why did you build a system with a p4 in it?
If it weren't for that, I'd say keep the new one, but 3.4 ghz is alot of heat, and well I can't imagine that's good for the sff.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:06 am

Give her the SN21G5. Spend $50 and get a 2nd harddisk ~200gb.

The G5 is a much nicer case than the P and it does everything your wife will want to do on it and CnQ is a very nice feature.

Side note: Why arent you using the SN21G5 onboard graphics? They should be the same if not better than the addon cards.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:26 am

dragmor wrote:Give her the SN21G5. Spend $50 and get a 2nd harddisk ~200gb.

The G5 is a much nicer case than the P and it does everything your wife will want to do on it and CnQ is a very nice feature.

Side note: Why arent you using the SN21G5 onboard graphics? They should be the same if not better than the addon cards.


Dang it! It's an SN95G5....does that change your opinion?

I didn't catch my mistake until I wondered why I hadn't gone with the on-board graphics. :-?

As far as the cases go...I think it's a wash.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:28 am

Usacomp2k3 wrote:Why did you build a system with a p4 in it?
If it weren't for that, I'd say keep the new one, but 3.4 ghz is alot of heat, and well I can't imagine that's good for the sff.


They've both been running side by side for over 24 hours, and I can not tell a difference in noise between them.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:25 pm

Looking for Knowledge wrote:Dang it! It's an SN95G5....does that change your opinion?

I didn't catch my mistake until I wondered why I hadn't gone with the on-board graphics. :-?

As far as the cases go...I think it's a wash.

Nope, i still run my SN95G5v3 as my main PC, even though the P180 is "faster". I only use the faster machine for games that need it and server tasks.
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Postposted on Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:41 pm

did you ask your wife's opinion?
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Postposted on Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:19 pm

lex-ington wrote:did you ask your wife's opinion?
That's where I started! :wink:

Her opinion, "What ever you think is best."

BTW....I went with keeping the one I have up and running with her data on it (The older AMD Shuttle). The newer one is a gift, and it saved me some time reinstalling Windows on the older system by giving it to our friends.
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