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  1. #1
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    specs for dream machine?

    this is fun.
    i need specs for a "dream machine"...well not really a no-holds barred sort of thing but about a really good machine.

    im looking at a:
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    asus motherboard w/ agp
    p-II 450
    96/128 mb sdram
    6.4 seagate udma hdd
    40x cdrom
    riva tnt 16mb graphics card
    win95 keyboard or yakumo keyboard
    intellimouse
    17" adi monitor
    awe64 soundcard
    lan card (any ideas for this?)
    external zip drive (for back-ups as well as file transfer to and from places)\
    flatbed scanner (need ideas)
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    take into consideration:
    - budget a bit loose but not too expensive
    - machine used for graphics-intensive work like photoshop graphics and flash web design
    - not a gaming machine but would like to use good 2d/3d performance

    please provide specific specs and other options if possible as well as problems that could arise.

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    Just make sure you get a SCSI ZIp drive. The parallel one will bog your machine down when transfering files. and with a fast machine like that, get a kick pci soundcard, either the SB Live! or the Diamond MX300. That rig is gonna fly,(well except for Photoshop, theat damn program never seems to be able ot have enough speed:P
    I should be receiving today a Dual P3 450, 256Mb of Ram, a 6.4GB UDAM system drive, a 9.5Gb U2WIDESCSI Data drive,32MB Viper770, 32xSCSI CD, Mx300 Sound, Now hope fully, Photoshop won't drag whwn I apply a damn filter.!
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    This is my the machine I built 4 myself:

    AMD K6-3 400Mhz CPU OC to 450
    128 MB of PC-100 SDRAM will add 64MB to 192MB
    EPoX MVPG-3M mobo (with 1mb L3 Cache)
    daul WD 6.4G UDMA33 HD+Promise Ultra33 PCI RAID controller
    TEAC USCSI CD-RW 4x6x24 with Adaptec Ultra SCSI AVA-2940 Adapter
    CL GB RIVA TNT (retail)
    CL SB Live! Value (retail)
    CL MB 56K V.90 PCI (full duplex)
    CS FPS1000 speaker set (with subwoofer)
    MAG Innovision XJ-900 19" FST Monitor .22mm
    Logitech 104Key Deluxe Keyboard
    Logotech 3 button wheel mouse

    Windows 98 soon upgrade to Windows 2000 after release


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    GyX

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    I also just built myself a system---

    PIII 450
    Creative PC-DVD 5x DVD w/ dxr3 decoder
    Hp 7200i CD-RW 2x2x6
    Se440bx MB
    Voodoo 3 3000 agp
    Soundblaster 16 pci (didn't need a fancy card)
    IBM 56k internet kit isa (very nice modem)
    Fast Etherlink XL (3com) 10/100
    Sony 15" monitor
    Enlight Case 250w
    3.5 floppy
    64 mb of ram.... getting more soon

    And some other stuff too

    Suits me well

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    I'm planning on building:

    celeron 300a (450)
    256meg PC100 (133 maybe?)
    WD 10.2gig UDMA/66
    ABit BX6-2 (until the camino's come out)
    Adaptec AHA-2940 ultra wide
    Internal SCSI Zip
    Plextor Internal SCSI 8/2/8(?) CD-R
    Diamond v770u 32meg
    no modem (ADSL route)
    Boston SubSat Speaker Set (not shielded)
    ViewSonic P810 21" (or 19", not sure yet)
    300watt ATX Full Tower
    SB Live! value
    and the basic peripherals

    hope it kicks ***

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    okay. thanks for your replies.
    lets take a looksie...
    first, ill get the pIII-450, fine
    then, g200 matrox (how much memory?)
    pci soundblaster live
    128 sdram
    40x cdrom
    external zip (or should i get a usb one?)

    now i have a problem with the hard drive:
    do i need a promise Ultra33 PCI RAID controller for a wd 6.4G UDMA33 HD?
    or should i get a wd ultra ata/66? what the hell is the difference?

    i also need ideas for a flatbed scanner and lan card.

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    If I were you I would go with the IBM idea scan... black model

    and as for a Network card I would go with the 3COM Officeconnect 10/100 3CSOHO100-TX very nice fast PCI card with 3com quality and a low 70 dollar price (cheap for a 3com) I own one myself.

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    heres what im building
    pIII 450
    abit bx6-r2 mobo
    128 mg sdram
    8.4 gig hdd
    external scsi zip100
    dat 8 surestore scsi backup
    32x cdrom
    hp 7200 cdrw
    mx300 sound card
    acs44 alteclansing sub and speakers
    all in wonder 128 16mg video card
    intel 10/100 nic
    17" mag tube
    epson 3000 color printer
    and acer plus scanner with ability to scan slide and negative.
    they want to add video editor system and change my ati card. still looking for a decent editor.
    finally they let me have something at work.

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    Hm, nice machines, I have a 300MHz klamath, but in magazine I saw realy cool PC.

    It was a dual PIII at 500MHz running on NT
    minimum 256RAM (in standard it has got 512 or something so, dont remeber exactly)
    32MB TNT2 (but no Ultra version)
    24,6GB 10 000rpm
    17'' Viewpont monitor.
    This one was for a few thousands of dollar, wow this is one, eh? I think only Silicons graphics are better.

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    Klymacks,

    The 21" Viewsonic is a nice monitor. I got one in January when I built my machine.

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    "This one was for a few thousands of dollar, wow this is one, eh? I think only Silicons graphics are better."

    - Lucas


    Uhm... SGI machines are good if you're doing _HIGH END_ graphics.

    In terms of "the dream machine", it just depends what you want to do.

    Intel PentiumIII 550 for games
    Intel Xeon 450 for workstations/entry level servers
    Sun Sparc for high end server machines
    SGI for specialty 3D graphics

    for a gaming machine... that's kinda lame acctually
    you don't need more than 128ram as of now

    and anything running on nt is lame. =P

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    now i have a problem with the hard drive:
    do i need a promise Ultra33 PCI RAID controller for a wd 6.4G UDMA33 HD?
    or should i get a wd ultra ata/66? what the hell is the difference?

    i also need ideas for a flatbed scanner and lan card.

    by the way, kylmacks; why is nt lame?
    its stable for photoshop and graphics-intensive work like 3d.

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    The only time u need a Promise Ultra33 controller is that u mobo doesn't support UDMA33 but u have a UDMA33 HD, same rule applies to Promise Ultra66 controller.

    The reason I use Ultra33 controller is due to the controller card will boost the maxinum theoratical burst rate (transfer rate) of UDMA33 HD to another 30%, so it gives u about the Ultra SCSI performance.

    The sad thing about this is Windows 98 has difficulties to run on such speedy HD, the crash become more frequent compare to the original setting. so I advise u to wait till the release of Windows 2000 then get the Ultra66.

    We should all blame on Microsoft.

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    sys that i built just a little while ago
    here it is.
    celeron 400
    Asus P2b
    128 pc100 ram
    10 gig IBM 7200rpm HD
    SB live
    Diamond v550 (AGP)
    Iomega zip drive
    Sony DvD5 cd-rom and DVD player
    Real Magic hollywood plus decoder card
    no modem cause i have a cable modem


    prod.

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    I rebuilt my system starting last fall and "mostly" finished this spring. Most of the periferals I got at Best Buy on KILLER sales.

    FIC VA-503+ (1MB L2)
    AMD K6-2 350
    Memerex 40x CD ($40)
    Western Digital 4.3 HD (paid only $29)
    96MB PC66 (the performance gust isn't worth replacing it yet)
    56k V.90 PCI Modem
    CL PCI128 with 4+base speaker system
    Voodoo3 2000

    I am planning on dropping a K6-III 450 in when the hit $150.
    AMD Phenom II x4 945 3Ghz | ASUS M4A77TD | 2X WD 1TB SATA 2 hard drive | 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 | nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS | ATI TV Wonder Theater Pro 550 | Antec P-160 case | Antec 650w Earth Watts | LG Blu-ray Super Drive | LG DVD RW | Windows 7 Pro

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