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by lahaine
Wed May 22, 2002 3:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4X333 - how fast is it? Is it faster than an RDRAM rig?
Replies: 5
Views: 1594

Re: PC1066?

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I haven't seen any bm's with pc1066 ram. The stuff at HardOCP was overclocked pc800. I would think we will see better results from mb running true 1066 ram. Rambus' site is also touting pc1200. The bm's from that should scream. Not touting rambus in the least. Just...
by lahaine
Wed May 22, 2002 3:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big problem when playing games
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

If you're using the onboard sound, take out your sound card! Especially as it's an SB Live! <rant> I had problems with lockups and freezes for months, and couldn't track it down - and as soon as I replaced my SB Live with a Santa Cruz/Sonic Fury, the problems went away and stayed away. Also recently...
by lahaine
Mon May 20, 2002 5:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4 options
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

OK, now it's clearer - the i845G is the boy if you want DDR333 - but the PC1066 is still clear at the top for gaming. And they used the Asus you mentioned! However, they continue... If you want top notch performance, consider i850E motherboards with officially unsupported PC1066 RDRAM and 'not valid...
by lahaine
Mon May 20, 2002 5:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4 options
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

And so the world turns... while I wrote the above message, this

http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/02q2/020520/index.html

appearedon Tom's Hardware. Looks like more options afoot for you... reading it now!
by lahaine
Mon May 20, 2002 5:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4 options
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

Asus do a i850e board but it has no raid, but it has RDRAM 1066 support so I could opt for that, but I recently heard that DDR333 will out perform RDRAM 1066 :S Yeah, the P4T533-C, it looks very nice! Abit and the others will very soon release their i850E stuff, and RAID will be on them. I'm sure A...
by lahaine
Sun May 19, 2002 3:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4 options
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

Any decent i850 or i850E motherboard will do it. Don't get the Intel motherboard, it's excellent, fast and stable but zero overclocking features. Asus or Abit should be your first ports of call. Add a couple of Samsung-based 256 MB RIMMS and away you go! Run the RAM at PC1066 speed, throw a decent c...
by lahaine
Thu May 16, 2002 4:56 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Best fan for a P4 423 socket cpu
Replies: 1
Views: 2155

http://www.swiftnets.com/mcx462.htm

The socket 423 version of this shoud do the trick - I'm just waiting for the 80mm version of the fans with the motor around the edge, and then the combination should be sweet indeed![/url]
by lahaine
Thu May 16, 2002 4:39 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Craz-eeee thought on HSF design! Yee-haw :-)
Replies: 19
Views: 7458

http://www.swiftnets.com/mcx462.htm

This would appear fairly close to what you described - without the holes up the middle. By all accounts, this puppy works very, very well.
by lahaine
Wed May 15, 2002 1:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Good setup 4 graphics?
Replies: 5
Views: 1534

IndigoK7 wrote:
Looks OK to me - I didn't think Creative made any of the GF3's though. Boy I missed the boat on that one then.


As far as I know, Creative stopped doing graphics cards only in North America. Here in Europe and elsewhere, they still do them... who knows why...
by lahaine
Wed May 08, 2002 9:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing windows XP on a home built machine
Replies: 14
Views: 5404

Yes, it is certainly possible given your computer's specs, however, you would need some other OS other than DOS to install winXP from. Nope not necessary, I had booted on a DOS floppy to remove the previous partitions. So there were no partitions or OSes on my machine. I then booted from the XP upg...
by lahaine
Fri May 03, 2002 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The best Home server processor
Replies: 12
Views: 2267

Abit ST6, and as fast a Pentium III as you can afford, 512KB-cache version if at all possible. Cheap, fast, everything you need in a server and nothing you don't, and stable in a way Via-based boards can only dream of.
by lahaine
Wed May 01, 2002 2:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: undeletable "new folder" on destop Win XP pro
Replies: 13
Views: 5379

Two apps I use regularly hold directories and sometimes files open, even after they've apparently been closed down; they are... Acrobat Reader (I'm using 5.0.5 English with search) ACDSee (an image browser) Sometimes files or folders I've been in with them are undeletable, so I have to go into Task ...
by lahaine
Tue Apr 30, 2002 3:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What res do you play at?
Replies: 21
Views: 7065

Old, fast games (Unreal Tournament) I can use [email protected], as then I can see and shoot at things a long way away. Pretty-looking, slower things (Empire Earth) [email protected] with Quincunx does me fine - and it works well for driving games as well. Most newer FPS games [email protected] is optima...
by lahaine
Fri Apr 26, 2002 7:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Suggestions on a new DVD-ROM drive.
Replies: 22
Views: 9717

I had two of the Pioneer slot drives, which were excellent while working, but both broke (one the eject mechanism failed, one made a nasty noise and couldn't read any more) in under a month. Not good. :evil: Since then I bought the Toshiba SD-M1612, and it's no slower (in fact at audio ripping it's ...
by lahaine
Fri Apr 26, 2002 7:42 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: XP losing drives-should I be worried?
Replies: 8
Views: 3600

A friend's PC was doing this with a CD-ROM. Usually while using the drive, it would disappear from Explorer and Device Manager, and whatever program was reading from it would crash or complain. It turned out to be he's put the drive in the middle of the IDE cable with no other drive at the far end. ...
by lahaine
Fri Apr 26, 2002 7:37 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing windows XP on a home built machine
Replies: 14
Views: 5404

Re: Installing windows XP on a home built machine

I am planning to build my own pc for the first time. I want to install win XP Home on it. My question is it possible to install winXP using the upgrade version on a new machine? Yes, it's possible. I bought the upgrade version for my laptop, as it had come with Windows 98 SE. I just booted on the X...
by lahaine
Thu Apr 11, 2002 2:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Need opinion on the "BEST" Motherboard for intel p
Replies: 18
Views: 3306

ABIT TH7-II

I agree totally with Fugazi, the Abit TH7-II RAID, or even without the RAID if you need ATA-133 or whatever, is awesome. Absolutely stable, all the features you need, and beautifully put together. In 20 years of owning and running PCs, I've never had a better-performing, more stable motherboard. As ...
by lahaine
Tue Apr 09, 2002 8:37 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Silencing the Enermax Whisper PS
Replies: 7
Views: 5288

I have the 430 W Enermax Whisper Quiet, and it is VERY quiet, even though it a has two decent fans in it. Certainly quieter than the old generic one-fan el cheapo I had before. I have 3 more case fans working at their slowest speed, plus the CPU fan (Intel original P4), the whole system is the quiet...
by lahaine
Tue Apr 09, 2002 8:30 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Motherboard
Replies: 8
Views: 4657

Another option if you're rich is to look at laptops.

A mobile P3 1Ghz with 512 KB cache connected to a lot of RAM and a GPU from ATI or nVidia - that would be very nice, and VERY portable. In the laptop's bag take some speakers/headphones, and a decent mouse, and you're laughing.
by lahaine
Wed Apr 03, 2002 10:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: R they gonna get me( Scared)
Replies: 26
Views: 4931

A guy at a company I was working for got sacked and prosecuted because he had porn on his work laptop - he gave it to us for upgrading, and as we backed up his drive (just using robocopy) we started seeing *thousands* of .JPG files flying up the screen. We had a quick look, and there were animals an...
by lahaine
Wed Apr 03, 2002 10:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Building my 1st system, Want to run it by you guys
Replies: 6
Views: 1800

Looks good, you're avoiding the pitfalls of a VIA chipset at least...

One thing - unless you already have it, I would maybe go for DDR RAM - it makes a 10-20% improvement for very little extra money.

Dan
by lahaine
Thu Mar 28, 2002 7:18 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: P4 Overclocking Fun, Everone should read this
Replies: 24
Views: 10326

Get the latest TH7-II BIOS from ABIT - IIRC, it allows up to 2.2 V to be set...
by lahaine
Tue Mar 12, 2002 12:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Share with others what you have in your system
Replies: 22
Views: 5443

P4 1800 (Willy) 512 MB ECC RDRAM ABIT TH7-II RAID 2 x 40 GB IBM GXP60s in RAID0 Asus GF3 Lian Li PC-60 aluminium case Toshiba SD-M1612 DVD-ROM Plextor 24/10/40A CDRW Compaq P900 19" FST CRT Turle Beach Santa Cruz Very, very happy with it, under 2K Pro and now XP Home. Running 24/7 for months, one se...
by lahaine
Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: P4 mobos
Replies: 13
Views: 5421

Are you only looking at 845D motherboards? I have an Abit TH7-II (850) and have been very, very happy with it. RDRAM is faster, and the price of DDR has been rising recently.

In 6 months use, it's been the most stable PC I've had in 18 years experience.
by lahaine
Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Home Version of XP and Gaming
Replies: 25
Views: 7969

On 2002-01-17 10:57, Rancid_Meat wrote: Anyone have any experience with this? I'm curious, and would love to replace Win98se as my CS/Starcraft (I know) platform. But historically new MS OS's get worse for gaming, not better. Anyone taken the plunge, so to speak? I found XP more stable and not noti...
by lahaine
Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: XP virgin wants some tips...
Replies: 2
Views: 3084

Above message is right, should be fine with the hardware.

The install is very similar to the Win2k install, but anyone who knows how to install Win9x should be fine.
by lahaine
Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is XP laptop friendly?
Replies: 11
Views: 6016

I have an IBM T20 - PIII 700/SpeedStep, 256 MB, 20 GB, 3COM miniPCI NIC, S3 Savage/IX (damnit, no GF2G), etc. - and XP has installed and run very well indeed since release. The out-of-the-box drivers found all the hardware fine, and there have been regular updates of drivers for graphics, network an...
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