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i'm have a lan party, which one is your favorite

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April 23, 2001 12:20:41 AM

Well pick the best for games (overall) im having 8 people over w/ there pc's:

MY PC:
P3 733 w/ 120w peltier + FOP38
256mb pc133 sdram
i815ep ATX mobo
16x dvd, 15gb 7200rpm ata66
ATi radeon 32mb DDR
Philips rhythmic edge
Windows 2000
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Friend #1
Athlon 1.0ghz w/ FOP38
128mb PC133 sdram
SiS 730 matx
32x cdrom , 80gb 5400rpm ata100
Radeon 32mb sdram PCI w/ blue orb
soundblaster live! value
Windows 2000
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Friend #2
P3 700
256mb PC133 SDRAM
i815 ATX mobo
40x cdrom , 20gb 7200rpm ata66
Powercolor Kyro1 32mb
Sound Blaster 512
Windows ME
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Friend #3
Duron 800
128mb PC100 sdram
KT133 mobo
44x cdrom , 20gb 7200rpm ata66
ATi xpert 2000
TB daytona PCI
Windows 98se
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Friend number #4
Athlon 800
256mb pc133sdram
KT133 mobo
52x cdrom , (2)20gb 7200rpm ata 66 (RAID 0)
Diamond Viper 2
Onboard sound
Windows 2000
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Friend #5
P4 1.5 ghz
128mb rdram
i850 atx mobo
12x dvd , 30gb 7200rpm ata100
TNT2 ultra 32mb AGP
Soundblaster 512
WIN 98se
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Friend #6
Athlon 700mhz
128mb pc2100 DDR-sdram
ALi magik1 mobo
32x cdrom , 50gb 7200rpm ata100
G450 32mb AGP
Soundblaster live! value
Windows 2000
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Friend #7
athlon 1.2ghz
128mb PC150 sdram
KT133a mobo mtx
8x dvd , 20gb 5400rpm ata66
Martox g200 8mb AGP
(2)voodoo2 12mb SLI
TB santa cruz
WIN 98

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April 23, 2001 1:25:40 AM

Difficult to say since you do not quote clock speed or FSB on any of the systems.

Friend #7 is going to have a bad day with that 8MB Matrox card though, unless you are just planning on playing solitaire time trials.



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April 23, 2001 1:29:55 AM

CS is awsome with that many people on LAN um.... BW and D2 are good too depends what you guys r into

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April 23, 2001 1:40:54 AM

The fact that you can get that many people together with fast computers is pretty good. All my friends are starving college students with old rigs...nonetheless, almost all those rigs are bottlenecked to death. A p4 1.5 with a TNT???? Is that a dell? Your friends need good video cards and you'll be ready.

I'd bring Diablo2, Quake3, UnrealTourny, AOE2, and Counterstrike or Rainbow six and family to the table and see what flies...

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April 23, 2001 2:20:35 AM

Jeez - I missed that - typical vendor spec, a really fast CPU with a crippled video system and too little memory - probably PC600 at that.

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April 23, 2001 2:35:26 AM

UT or STARCRAFT, THE BEST LAN GAMES EVER BAR NONE!!!!!!!

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April 23, 2001 2:40:43 AM

RA2 anything 3d is going to choke. Hope you have a good 10/100 switch and not a hub

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April 23, 2001 2:44:34 AM

2 voodoo2's in sli is still pretty respectable actually better than some of the others

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April 23, 2001 3:09:15 AM

I'd take either friend 1 or friend 8 for best gaming system.

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April 23, 2001 6:11:21 AM

i have 6 comps hooked up my house... mine, my 3 brothers, my old one and my dad's... we get some good cs games goin. and d2
April 23, 2001 6:42:58 AM

your luky dude im the only person in my family into computers at all

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April 23, 2001 6:57:32 AM

What is a switch vs a hub? I use a 10/100 4 port hub.

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April 23, 2001 7:33:09 AM

A hub will work, its just that a switch is much more efficient.
A hub just basically broadcasts all of the data to all other connected ports. Only the system that the data is intended for actually acknowledges it of course. But this can bog down the networked systems, since the data is going to all systems instead of just the one that needs it.

A switch on the other hand, routes the data to the correct port, so this keeps the other ports free of unnecessary traffic. In an office setup, or any large setup such as yours, I would definately reccomend a switch, as it will help greatly when people are transfering files at the same time. Also, it you have one 10 base t nic and the rest 100 base t, with a hub all the data gets slowed to the slowest transfer rate, with a switch this is not the case.

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April 23, 2001 12:09:04 PM

Friend #1

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I am the first and only one with a 16MB GeForce2 GTS graphics card! :smile:
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April 23, 2001 1:40:48 PM

16 Meg GTS?!!! Whats that? :) 

Aklein


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April 23, 2001 2:36:31 PM

its hard to tell who has the best system because they all have at least one obvious shortcoming. i would go with friend #1 but he has a radeon sdr and only 128 mb ram. friend #5 aint bad either with the p4 and a tnt2 ultra.

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April 23, 2001 6:11:28 PM

I think you made them up to grab our attention :)  Remember some games are more cpu intensive, some are graphic card intensive. It depends on what you're playing. I'd say that for most games Friend #1 has the best all round system (fastish processor with good graphic card). That said he does have a slow mobo chipset and hard drive.

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April 23, 2001 7:33:48 PM

That was great info. Thanks :) 

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April 24, 2001 6:38:07 PM

Well its 3 hub's (100mb fast ethernet)hooked together.

Well the server has:
Dual P2 450 xeon 1mb
512mb PC100 sdram
18gb 7200rpm SCSI2
(2) 10/100 fast ethernet cards

So all 8 pc's using 100mb connection should be alot of fun.

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April 24, 2001 7:13:24 PM

You all should play everquest!

Jeff
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April 24, 2001 7:32:55 PM

Aparently you dont seem to know something. You can only stack two hubs only not 3 you have to have a switch or a some sort of repeater. Hubs also cannot do 100 mbits.And why would you want a hub? They only run half duplex mode, can only send or recieve data to and from a node, switches can do sends and recieves at the same time. With hub you get shared bandwith by default hubs have 100mbits bandwith if distributed amongst 5 users they only get 20 each, with a switch it 200mbit fer each user (100mbits full duplex 20 mbits fer the 10 mbits guys). And the biggest fall back of hubs they waste a huge amount of bandwith by broadcasting the packets to all the nodes, while a switch send them right where they are supposed to go. Well since there is supposed to be Novel and mcse's here i find it hard no one other than me caught that. later guys.

SPUDMUFFIN

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April 24, 2001 7:43:20 PM

Sorry to say that is some of the worst grammar I have ever seen. I know how it all works, but even I had a hard time understanding that.

Jeff
April 24, 2001 11:33:26 PM

ncogneto said that already. Thanks for playing though...

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April 25, 2001 6:59:30 AM

When we do a LAN party over here, it's on these rigs:
T-bird 1 gig, mx, 256MB ram
Athlon 700, geforce sdr, 128
p3 450, voodoo2, 64
k6-2 500, voodoo2, 64

They're not near the perfect systems, but when you're only playing q3a you only want to kick the crap out of other people so you don't actually enjoy the scenery. We have them connected on 10Mb BNC nic and it runs fine. So I'm asking, if we get more people I guess we need a switch like that. How much does it cost? I found an 8 port hub (10Mb) for 40$. I can't see how any game can actually use 100Mb since people who play on 128 ISDN have a good time.


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April 25, 2001 4:24:11 PM

I as well as spud ( who despite his sarcasm was exactly right) have already explained why the switch is so much better. I used to have a hub as well and when I switched over to a switch I noticved a huge difference. Myself, I do not play quake however what game you are playing should not make a difference. I myself play ( with my kids) Homeworld cataclysm and RA2. What you keep forgetting is the more ports you add to the hub the slower you go ( assuming all ports/connections are sending and trying to recieve data at the same time). You can get a decent linksys 10/100 switch for around 50 bucks (4 port with uplink) and you can link two together just like a hub setup.

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April 26, 2001 3:32:50 PM

Well, Thanks Ncogneto. I didn't really ask for the difference between a switch and a hub. I only asked what its price was and if you can actually use the 100Mb speed of some of the switches in games. But now that you reminded me, what is the difference then between a router and a switch? I'd say the switch has a collision buffer and the router is the one that knows the address of each port.
Thanks.

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April 26, 2001 5:06:46 PM

Friend # 8??
hmmmm......
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