I am trying to put together the best machine possible and I'm kinda green when it comes to the best hardware. And what hardware components compliment each other the most. I am leaning at an Athlon processor on an Asus board with a 7200rpm hard drive. All DDR. Accompanied by a 24x10x40 cdrom, as far as audio and video go I've been looking at the soundblaster live xgamer and the Geforce2 Ultra. My problems are which athlon processor? Which Motherboard to go with it? and, What hard drive to go with those? With Money not an issue what components would you use for the ultimate gaming scream machine? Include exact details for components like the processor, motherboard, memory, hard drive, cdrom drive, graphics card, audio card, & operating system. feel free to throw in things like dvdrom, firewire cards, more usb ports, communication cards, software for optimum performance, or anything else that would make it the system you dream about. All responses will be greatly appriciated. Please include some reasoning about the components you select. Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoy conjuring up The Ultimate Machine.
The ultimate machine would not have a gf2 ultra, it would have a gf3 ti 500 or RETAIL radeon 8500, depending on which side of the religious vidoecard war you happened to be on.
Here is my money is not an issue uber gaming machine
athlon xp 1800+
abit kr7 raid mobo(kt266a with great tweaking)
512 megs corsair pc2400 ddr ram.
Run the system at 150fsb, use the pc2400 ram to its fullest and overclock the cpu, heatsink would be the 80mm swifttech I keep forgetting its model number.
3x 40 gig 60gxp deskstar(IBM) in raid 0 (courtesy of the kr7's onboard raid controler) get a fourth harddrive if you feel the need to have 160 gigs of warp 9 data access!
cdr deffinatly plextor 24x plexwriter, best cd burner bar none.
Video, I personally would get the gf3 ti 500 and overclock the sonofabitch, but the radeon 8500 is nice too, when they dont cheat on benchmark scores that is ;-).
Sound, that is a personal choice, the turtle beach santa cruz is a great soundcard, but I have not heard the sb audiology yet, I personally will most likely be getting an nforce board for its excellent super onboard sound. (at a small cost to performance compared to the kt266a).
for OS, I deffinatly reccomend windows xp, fast stable and compatable with nearly everything(unlike win2k) if you would rather have about 2-3% more performance go with win98se.
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>Run the system at 150fsb, use the pc2400 ram to its >fullest and overclock the cpu
hmm.. unlocking the XP isnt that easy, and I doubt it will do 150 fsb without reducing the mulitplier
>swifttech I keep forgetting its model number
You mean the Swiftech MC462A. superb heatsink. I would put a low noise pabst fan on it though. Keeps my hot athlon 1.4 very cool, even overclocked to 1.6 (less that 50° stressed)
>I deffinatly reccomend windows xp, fast stable and
>compatable with nearly everything(unlike win2k)
? I also have XP (though only RC1), and however much I like it, I cant say its compatible with everything.. far from from it. Im having issues with most virus scanners, Partition Magic and Kazaa to name just a few. Maybe because of the beta status of my XP, but I fear its not just that.
Audigy you mean. I just got one, and its very nice indeed. Of course there are no games yet to fully support it, and no XP drivers either (win2K drivers work though). I just got it for the built-in firewire; otherwise I think the Guillemot game/home theater XP or whatever its called is about as good.
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<A HREF="http://www.theoverclockerzstore.com" target="_new">The Overclockerz Store</A> sells unlocked Athlon XP CPUs for prices cheaper than most places have the regular versions. The unlocking processing voids any warranty from AMD, but they put their own warranty on the processors. I think it is 90 days.
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w00t! I forgot to check to see if they had them. Thanks
BTW, a reminder to everyone: last I heard, you can only change the multiplier if you have a BIOS-based multiplier adjustment. Those who can only overclock with jumpers or dipswitches, apparently you're out of luck
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