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:
asus motherboard w/ agp
96/128 mb sdram
6.4 seagate udma hdd
riva tnt 16mb graphics card
win95 keyboard or yakumo keyboard
17" adi monitor
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)
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.
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.!
Creative PC-DVD 5x DVD w/ dxr3 decoder
Hp 7200i CD-RW 2x2x6
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
64 mb of ram.... getting more soon
And some other stuff too
Suits me well
[This message has been edited by ragnracr11 (edited 06-11-99).]
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
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.
heres what im building
abit bx6-r2 mobo
128 mg sdram
8.4 gig hdd
external scsi zip100
dat 8 surestore scsi backup
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.
[This message has been edited by samcurry (edited 06-12-99).]
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.
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.
sys that i built just a little while ago
here it is.
128 pc100 ram
10 gig IBM 7200rpm HD
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
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
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