seems the site dosen't have a 'Hardware' forum, so i will have to post here.
I'm finally puting a new box together A Cooler Master Praetorian PAC T01-E (not their latest) with an Antec-480W PSU. Along with some periferal Cooler Master fan/temp control/sensing additions.
I walked into a shop in the city today to enquire about AthlonXPs' and Giga byte boards, along with 1gb Kingston ram.
A got a bit of a chastising from the attendant (grin). He suggested, though didn't state directly, that i would have to be a 'half wit' to build something like that. What he called using "dinosaur" technology
Hey, he's probably right, as i haven't really had much to do with box builds and hw in general. Though i have enquired here a few times on basically the same theme. It's a pity the old data base isn't available.
So, he got me thinking ... for a few hundred dollars more ... it does make dense.
So now i'm thinking of a 64 bit Athlon and an Asus board with possibly a Giel or Cosair 1gb ram module.
A few confusions have cropped up.
On the spec page for the ...
"asus A8V Delux"
it states ...
Storage South Bridge
- 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
- 2 x Serial ATA, support RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
Promise 20378 RAID controller
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
- 2 x Serial ATA
- Support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and Multiple RAID
Does the seconf reference to UltrDMA 133/100/88/33 refer to the RAI Controller mentioned above it ?
And the first is just the standard ide controller. Which mean it has two different disk ide facilities. I guess it does but i'm not to clear there.
and for the
Storage South Bridge
-2 x ATA133
-2 x SATA, RAID0, RAID1
Promise R20378 RAID controller
-1xUltraDMA133 supports two hard drives
-RAID0, RAID1, RAID 0+1
Again, i guess it's similar to the first one. That is, the second ide references are for the RAID controller. If not, whats the difference between 2 X ATA 133 and 1XUltraDMA 133
Are they saying there that the standard ide controller dosen't support DMA, it must if it's ATA 133.
I'm a little unclear on that.
The bloke wasn't very impressed with my idea for "Kingston" ram either. He suggested that they were ok a few years ago but therv'e dropped back on the quality of materials they use and now just trade on their name ???
What do folks think on that, and what might be your thoughts on Cosair and Geil modules.
Strangely, Kingston is the only site iv'e found that has a compatability list for different Mobo chipsets. At least, on Cosairs site i couldn't find anything. And on Giels' it was even worse.
Another thing, when it comes to 64 bit Athlons ... what kind of cooling strategy have people been using. In the kind of fans used.
The actual price difference for all of this compared to my original dinosaur plane, only amounts to a few hunfred dollars extra. Except for the ram. There is a big jump in price on the Geil and Cosair, compared to the Kingston. But, i can delay a little longer if needed.
Any ideas people may have on this would be much apprieciated
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