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Postby Bhairav on Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:01 am

Hey cfitz, just wanted to let you know that the review of the AOpen drive was A-OK!(Please excuse the horrible pun..;))
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Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:35 pm

Thanks bhairavp, it's good to be back. And you must be one fast reader! :wink: It looks like you wrote your message a couple of hours before Ian posted the review. :o :D

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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:46 pm

cfitz wrote:Thanks bhairavp, it's good to be back. And you must be one fast reader! :wink: It looks like you wrote your message a couple of hours before Ian posted the review. :o :D

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:lol: Ian was slow at posting the review to the news section and forum, but it has been on the reviews section for a while and off to the left hand side on the main page for a while before bhairavp posted.
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Postby cfitz on Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:52 pm

Ah, now I understand. :lol: I guess bhairavp isn't psychic after all... Darn, that could have come in handy. :wink:

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Postby F1Pilot on Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:49 pm

Heya cfitz! Welcome back!
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Postby Ian on Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:08 pm

aviationwiz wrote: :lol: Ian was slow at posting the review to the news section and forum, but it has been on the reviews section for a while and off to the left hand side on the main page for a while before bhairavp posted.


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Postby cfitz on Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:06 am

F1Pilot wrote:Heya cfitz! Welcome back!

Hi F1Pilot! Thanks for the greets :D Anything good going on down your way?

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Postby Bhairav on Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:24 am

cfitz wrote:Ah, now I understand. :lol: I guess bhairavp isn't psychic after all... Darn, that could have come in handy. :wink:

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Yeah.. more's the pity. I mean, imagine the possibilities. Cue Haley Joel Osment voice.."I see... DUAL LAYER DVD RECORDERS!"
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Postby pranav81 on Tue Mar 09, 2004 1:22 am

Good to see you back cfitz! :)
And that is a nice review.

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Postby cfitz on Tue Mar 09, 2004 2:51 am

Hi Pranav! It's good to be back. :) And I'm glad you liked the review.

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Postby BuddhaTB on Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:37 pm

Read the review last nite and it was very well written.

Looking forward to reading more reviews from you :wink:
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Postby F1Pilot on Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:20 pm

cfitz wrote:Hi F1Pilot! Thanks for the greets :D Anything good going on down your way?

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Nothing special here, fitz! Same old. Although I do need to get more toys here soon. :wink:
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Postby cfitz on Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:25 pm

BuddhaTB wrote:Read the review last nite and it was very well written.

Looking forward to reading more reviews from you :wink:

Thanks, BuddhaTB. :)

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Postby cfitz on Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:26 pm

F1Pilot wrote:Nothing special here, fitz! Same old. Although I do need to get more toys here soon. :wink:

Well, same old isn't all bad. :wink: I'm working on some new toys myself. I'm slowly acquiring parts to assemble my first computer from "scratch".

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Postby Bhairav on Wed Mar 10, 2004 2:56 am

Sweet! AMD or Intel,cfitz?
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Postby cfitz on Wed Mar 10, 2004 3:45 am

I was giving serious consideration to AMD, but finally chose Intel. The 64-bit AMDs with top performance are (I never thought I'd be saying this) a little too expensive. Besides, it seems like the AMD processors take the lead in gaming while Intel still holds a lead in multimedia processing (e.g. transcoding). Since I plan to use my computer for multimedia processing and not gaming, my choice was fairly clear. As for which Intel to get, I have decided on a Northwood core since I don't want to attach a refrigerator to my case. :wink: I really can't figure out why the Prescotts are going for a few dollars more than the Northwoods right now. Less performance, more power, more dollars - what's up with that? Maybe later when Prescott frequencies increase they will be worth it, but not now, not for me.

My current struggle is chosing a motherboard and memory. For motherboards I've been looking at ABIT's AI7 and IC7-G Max2 as well as ASUS's P4P800, P4P800 Deluxe and even P4S800D-E Deluxe. For memory I was looking at Mushkin but I've read too many stories about not even being able to get into the BIOS without first substituting a stick of other memory and increasing the RAM voltage of the motherboard. I don't want to buy an extra stick of memory just so I can use it once to bootstrap the Mushkin memory. So now I have started looking at Corsair XMS, OCZ LL and possibly even Kingston HyperX. I don't plan on doing much overclocking, so I want to get low latency memory to run at 400 MHz.

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Postby F1Pilot on Wed Mar 10, 2004 6:34 am

Damn! Sounds like it's going to be a killer Frankenstein box! I just need to do a few things with my laptop. I use it a lot for work. I need to get 2 sticks o' 512, a bigger drive (hopefully a 60 spinning at 7200 and a better CD drive...if I can swing it, with a DVD burner. I need to get a few things for my music stuff first. :P
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Postby BuddhaTB on Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:58 pm

Enjoy the new toys!

Get us some pics when you're all done assembling it. :wink:
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Postby UALOneKPlus on Thu Mar 11, 2004 3:57 am

Pretty cool cfitz. I built nearly the same PC, with a Lian-li case, all at monarchcomputer.com. I didn't have the time to do it all with a baby on the way, and they did real nice work.

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Postby Bhairav on Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:42 am

cfitz wrote:I was giving serious consideration to AMD, but finally chose Intel. The 64-bit AMDs with top performance are (I never thought I'd be saying this) a little too expensive. Besides, it seems like the AMD processors take the lead in gaming while Intel still holds a lead in multimedia processing (e.g. transcoding). Since I plan to use my computer for multimedia processing and not gaming, my choice was fairly clear. As for which Intel to get, I have decided on a Northwood core since I don't want to attach a refrigerator to my case. :wink: I really can't figure out why the Prescotts are going for a few dollars more than the Northwoods right now. Less performance, more power, more dollars - what's up with that? Maybe later when Prescott frequencies increase they will be worth it, but not now, not for me.

My current struggle is chosing a motherboard and memory. For motherboards I've been looking at ABIT's AI7 and IC7-G Max2 as well as ASUS's P4P800, P4P800 Deluxe and even P4S800D-E Deluxe. For memory I was looking at Mushkin but I've read too many stories about not even being able to get into the BIOS without first substituting a stick of other memory and increasing the RAM voltage of the motherboard. I don't want to buy an extra stick of memory just so I can use it once to bootstrap the Mushkin memory. So now I have started looking at Corsair XMS, OCZ LL and possibly even Kingston HyperX. I don't plan on doing much overclocking, so I want to get low latency memory to run at 400 MHz.

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May I suggest the Corsair XMS3200LL in conjunction with the Asus P4P800D? Stick with the Intel chipsets, and that Asus is a really good motherboard,with support for PAT-like BIOS settings.If you're not overclocking, how about an Intel motherboard? The D875PBZ and D865PERL are very stable,fast performers.
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Postby pranav81 on Fri Mar 12, 2004 1:54 am

Yes,I think bhairavp is right.If you are not in overclocking then you could go for the original Intel board.I have seen that the systems built using original board rock solid.Asus is good.You could also look in some new boards by MSI.About RAM,I hear that Crucial is good.


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