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Bobo Balinski

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  1. Navinjohnson, Purdue does not require the freshmen to pick an Engineering major the first year, and they are exposed to all of the majors so that he will be better prepared to choose. With that said, he is strongly leaning towards a ME, and possibly also an EE. How was your first year at Iowa? One last question on the CPU's: What is the difference between a dual core Opteron and X2 Athalon, given the same ghz? Does the Opteron have any particular advantage over the Athalon?
  2. My goodness, GREAT commentary. I know that he was using Inventor at high school, but he'll know better in a couple of weeks as to what CAD sw he will be dabbling with. Fairly loud chorus above for the 3800+. Here are the current prices at Newegg: - X2 3800+ 2.0ghz $64 - X2 4200+ 2.2ghz $80 - Opteron 175 2.2ghz $140 - Opteron 180 2.4ghz $165 - Opteron 185 2.6ghz $235 :confused: How would you spend my money??
  3. 2.6mhz sounds like underclocking.... We haven't tried the overclocking gig yet, seems to run so fine I am a bit nervous to tamper with it. What would be a safe bet in the OC world? It is amazing to see that we have 11 CPU options for an obsolete motherboard - only in America. I appreciate your ideas on the value options. My son is going off to college (1st year Purdue engineering) in a couple of days. He says he needs the upgrade because of all of the heavy CAD work he'll be doing. Am I a sucker or what???
  4. So the Opteron 185 will work in this MB, and that is the end of the road.... Can I put any socket 939 in this MB? I noticed that there are not many 939's selling new (11 at Newegg), including the Opteron 185 for $235 and a X2 3800 for $64. I did not consider getting a used one, that makes sense I suppose. How does the FX compare to the X2?
  5. We have a socket 939 DFI Lanparty UT nf4 Ultra D with a AMD Venice 3200+ cpu. What is a good value CPU for an upgrade? How does the FX compare to the X2? BBB
  6. We just installed 2-7200.10 320GB drives as RAID 0. We follwed angrygames instructions for our motherboard. All went well except for the setup of Windows. We have been at the blue screen for hours waiting for Windows to "setup". What could we have done wrong? BBB
  7. Thx for the links, tjv. This warrants sitting down and doing a little figuring. I was trying to get in to Newegg's site but they've been having problems all evening. Maybe tomorrow. Thx again. BBB
  8. Thx for the replies, guys. You both seem to agree on the matter. I'll have to brush up on the perpendicular technology. So maybe we should get 3: 2 for the RAID 0 and 1 for data as you have done, Jamesvolta. I can't believe the size of disks now. I remember when 40 MB was huge. BBB
  9. I would like to replace my old, small drives in my LanpartyUT nF4 Ultra-D system. So I am looking for something that is very stable and reliable for a RAID 0 array. I am planning on 2 SATA 300 drives. I have checked the prices on 10000rpm drives but they seem quite expensive. Should I put everything on the one array, or is it wise to add another drive for data? Any thoughts and advise will be appreciated. BBB
  10. I am looking for 2 price point options: around $1500 and $2000. Darkorb, you are on target with what I was thinking. How do the Intel's and AMD's compare in this lower price range? Which is the best value?
  11. My friend asked for some help in buying a mid-range gaming PC. When I was active on the matter 9 months ago AMD was the clear choice. Now Intel has their new product line out. These folks want a gaming PC that isn't really a gaming PC. They just want to run SIMS games. I know, I know. Someone suggested a $2800 Intel E6400 with dual GeFource 7900 GT. So I am trying to come up with a strong running, good value option. I am thinking a dual core AMD and a single video card system. What wisdom can you spare me??? BBB
  12. Well, one would think that a 10000rpm SATA2 drive would be the way to go. But they are not on the market. So, should I get a SATA2 or a 10000rpm? The seek and latency times are better on the 10000rpm SATA1 than on a 7200rpm SATA2. So it seems like the data transfer rate (ie; SATA 1 vs 2) is somewhat inconsequential. Is that right? Does the SATA 2 3gb transfer rate prove important with massive data copying, as in doing a backup, but otherwise, is not important to running applications/games? Should Windows be put on a fast drive (10000rpm)? Do the games do better on a 10000rpm, or is does this only improve the initial loading of the game? I am starting to believe that the following is a smart config: 1. Windows goes on a pair of fast drives, RAID 0 (10000rpm), doesn't need to be large. The RAID 0 with 2 drives will nearly double the speed to the operating system. 2. Data, apps, and games go on a SATA2 7200rpm drive. 3. Get an external drive to back up the data. BBB
  13. I appreciate all of your comments thus far. However I am still seeking out wisdom on RPM, cache, seek time, latency, and SATA 150 vs 300? BBB
  14. We are putting our new system together and originally planned to use our old 40gb IDE drive until I can recover from the wallet shock of purchasing all of the goodies listed below. But now I am thinking I'll just sell my car or something and buy a nice HD system. I am looking for recommendations for both a non-RAID solution (assuming I do not get much for my car), and a RAID solution (assuming no one opens the hood and do not drive the car). Not knowing much about RAID, it seems that RAID 0 is the choice to get the OS operating fast, and RAID 1 is good for fault tolerance and diaster recovery for data files. What about seek time, latency, SATA 1 vs 2, 7200rpm vs 10000rpm, 8mb vs 16mb cache? Please advise. BBB
  15. Whoa, talk about some help and advice. Rgone, I am confused on the CPU "multiplier". How do you even find this info on a CPU? Can you recommend a specific model of CPU that represents a good "value"? What about "stepping"? I've noticed that you can select different 3200+: with either a E3, E4, or E6 step? Is the PC4000 a wise choice for me over the PC3200? Keep in mind that I have never even built a PC, much less OC'd one. But, I am fearless and foolish, so therefore, I am ready. BBB
  16. We (my son and I) are getting ready to buy the components listed in my sig below. We are not likely to do extreme OC'ing, and this will be our first build. Plan on doing some hi-end gaming, and homework....maybe some OC'ing (if it runs well stock first). Specific questions are: 1. The 3200+ Venice CPU comes in several available configs that I can see, with stepping being the differentiator (E3, E4, E6). What is recommended? Is there a wiser choice on a CPU that is a good value? 2. Is the eVGA 7800 GT another "good value" choice? Seems like it keeps up with the most modern games, but does not cost a fortune (but costs as much as the CPU and mobo combined!?!?!?!?). Any better ideas? 3. Is the OCZ Modstream 520w overkill? Or is there a less expensive option? 4. The Mushkin RAM is PC4000. Even if we are not going to do extreme OC'ing, does this OC make sense, or would PC3200 be sufficient? 5. Any thoughts on the hard drive? We have an old 40g and newer 80g available, non-SATA. I am thinking about getting a SATAII, but am looking for ways to save money wisely. 6. We have WinXP Pro. Would Media Center be a useful upgrade from XP? Your wisdom is appreciated.
  17. We'll I'm back from my hiatus. I still have not bought anything because we went on a trip back to CA for the holidays and spent the PC $$. But, I am ready to go again. I noticed all of the hot deals we were looking at are gone. Does anyone know of any good deals running now on MB's, VC's, and RAM?
  18. Here's the deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130238 eVGA 7800GT model N518 video card, with a free evga 133-K8-NF41 939 SLI MB. $379
  19. There is a deal running where you can buy an eVGA 7800GT video card for $370 and get a free SLI motherboard for free. You can guess the brand. Given the thought of putting the $$ into the video card and CPU, does this offer make sense?
  20. Mr M.U.P.C.: Memory questions: If I put a 2-1GB kit in now, can I later add another 2-1GB that is a diff brand, model, rev? Or does the matching of modules only pertain to a specific pair of slots? I am trying to hold the cost down, but am looking for the sweet spot when it comes to value. This G-Skill memory appears to be the best price ($233) of the PC 4000 variety. Here is the model: G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ. The CAS latency / timing is 3-4-4-8. The other brands seem to be the same. Is this considered decent memory? They have only been around about a year..... I am having a 2nd thought on the PSU. The PowerStream can be had for only about $20 more now with a rebate. Would that be $$ well-spent, or overkill? I do like to research the options, but I strongly value an expert's opinion on my specific situation. I am getting great help here. I will look at the x800 GTO2 and contrast it to the 6800 GS. I wish I could try these things out before buying them. BB
  21. Things are starting to make more sense. I am planning on making what would most likely be considered an upper-mid gamer PC that will likely be run at std clockings, but would likely be pushed a bit once we have it running stable. So I have decided to get the following, and have listed my thoughts (right or wrong...): - DFI LANParty UT nF4 Ultra D; will forego the SLI, I have not read any compelling reason to go with SLI (I cannot afford 2 VC's now anyway, and this appears to be able to be modded to run SLI) - eVGA GeForce 6800 GS: Just released, only $209, expected to out-perform the x1600 XT , and out-performs ATI x800 GTO (at least on the majority of tests), keeps up with the 6800 GT (plus its cheap) - OCZ Modstream ATX 2.01 520w Not sure on the memory yet. It seems like high quality PC4000 is commonly used by you guys. Is this a no-brainer overclock? We don't expect to really push this thing, but if this OC doesn't introduce stability issues then I am willing to do it. I also noticed that PC3200 OCZ EL Platinum Rev 2 is popular. Your thoughts on the RAM are encouraged, and anything else here. Oh yes, a suggestion was provided on going with the AMD 3200 Venice, as a good balance on cost and performance (aka "value"). Oddly enough, I haven't really spent anytime on the CPU! But it seems quite affordable... Thx, you wild and crazy OC'ers. Bobo
  22. I have noticed a few posts on the street talking about the ultra D motherboard having problems with stability, and difficulty with even high quality memory. Being a noob to building a sophisticated system like you folks do, am I biting off too much? I do not have a problem reading manuals and the like, but I want to make sure we will end up with a stable system that will not take too long to get running. Opinions, please. BB
  23. What a great forum. My Ugly PC: Nothing like a real-world experience to quelch some concerns. Sounds like you have quite a system. Thx for such a detailed and useful post. I am sure it will help others too. I will take a look at the suggesions for the VC and I am sure I will have some questions. Your guys/gals help is wonderful. BB
  24. I have read a number of professional reviews on the various nF4 boards and the chipset location, heat generation, and cooling system seem to be an area of focus and in many cases a concern. I hear things like the chipset fans can be cheap and don't last long, and heat sinks and fan are made short in order to fit under the VC (and are consequently not effective cooling systems). I just want to make sure the system is stable. You analysis on the SLI is good. I had heard that buying a decent (eg, $200 or so) VC now, and the same one later (for less) and putting in a SLI setup made sense. Has anyone benchmarked identical systems with a dual VC setup with mediocre cards against a single VC with a good card?
  25. Well, that's 3 votes for the LanParty UT nForce 4 Ultra-D. The only concern I have with it is the location of the chipset (under one of the PCIe slots), and it does not come with SLI. The Infinity SLI had caught my attention because the chipset location looked just right, but it is not advertised as being able to run a dual core down the road (although it appears there is a BIOS upgrade that will make that possible). Here are some more specific questions for your consideration: 1. Why are 2 LAN ports important? 2. Can the Infinity SLI be upgraded to run a X2? 3. Can the LanParty UT nForce 4 Ultra-D be upgraded (easily) to be SLI? 4. The use of the system will be mostly for surfing, and non-extreme games (although I'll bet my son will move towards extreme because he's getting excited about getting a DFI and being able to OC it) 5. I want to do video editting (20hrs on VHS of my son eating baby food and playing baseball) 6. What would be a good VC for what I have described above? My son is talking about getting into Half Life and Doom 3 if we get a system that is worthy. Again, I am not ready to drop over $300 in the VC, that is, unless you guys end up convincing me to do it.... I really appreciate your guy's expert opinions and expertise here. Great advice and comments from all.
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