I will be buying the EMU soundcard and KRK Studio monitors soon and thought it would be nice to change my computer as well.
Have wanted to get back into gaming again and my aging ATI Radeon 9700, while best in its day when I purchased it, struggles if you try to turn eye candy on in the latest games. Also started showing artifacts the past couple of months so I haven’t been gaming.
I bought the procesor, mb, and memory from newegg.com. Case and PSU were purchased locally. Still need to get a SATA hd. Just have my old drives in it for the time being.
AMD Athlon 64 AM2 3800+
Epox - MF4ULTRA NFORCE4
2 Gigs of OCZ DDR-2 PC2 5400 - Gold Series
EVGA GForce 7900GT KO
Antec SmartPower 500 Watt PSU
Antec Super Lanboy Case
Also, nforce4 is a pain in the ass. I had a feeling I would run into problems after reading posts here and elsewhere. I was so excited about the nvidia integrated hardware firewall until I realized it was currupting every download. That was exciting. Also takes like 1 minute to boot windows. My xp2200 based system took approx 10 seconds. Something about a possible USB issue & Nforce4. I think that’s the last issue for me to work out.
Onboard audio is tons better. Still want the emu, but this Realtek ALC850 is a major improvement over the older realtek on my last MSI mb.
Also, I don’t know if my motherboard processor temperature monitor is accurate.
The ac right now is set to about 73 degrees. My processor temp is reading 73 degrees/23 celsius.
Damn idle is so cool, without cool & quiet enabled as well.
Am running PRIME 95 right now. Torture test for the past 5 minutes and the temperature is @ 95 degrees / 35 celsius.
I had no idea these processors ran so cool. Funny thing is I didn’t use any artic silver like I have in the past, but the stock thermal compound on the AMD Retail heatsink/fan combo that comes with the processor.
Read somewhere that the compound they use is excellent.