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New postby Bud » Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:33 pm

Curt, what was the Asus motherboard you recommended for that CPU?

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New postby Curt » Sun Oct 17, 2004 4:40 pm

P5GD1.

I love mine, and the sound on it is great.

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New postby Bill » Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:39 pm

Curt wrote:the sound on it is great.
Curt

No kidding? Good 3- or 5-speaker-worthy stereo type sound? :shock:
...on a motherboard?

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New postby Curt » Mon Oct 18, 2004 7:11 am

As in on board 5.1 iirc.

Go to Asus.com and check it out.

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Edit: It has 8 channel HD sound.

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New postby Bud » Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:09 am

Well, yessterday I received the monitor mounting arm that everybody got me for X-mas. It's awesome! Very nice looking and very functional.

THANKS FOLKS!

Now, I've started designing the "computer end-table" to mount it on and shopping for parts to build the computer. This will be the ultimate living-room gaming setup. I'll post pictures when I get it all done.
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Monitor decisions

New postby Bud » Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:50 am

Well, now that I have that cool monitor mount arm, I have to choose a monitor to mount to it. Which brings me to the wide-screen vs. standard screen decision. I REALLY like the wide screen on my laptop, but most games have some trouble filling it since they mostly use a fixed set of standard resolutions. I guess my criteria are as follows:

Has to be an LCD (to mount to that arm)
>= 1024x768 (prefer 1600x1200 or 1600x1024)
>= 17" diagonal (>=19" diag if wide screen)
>= 250 brightness
>= 400:1 contrast
<= 20 ms response time (prefer <= 17ms)
~.25mm dot pitch
Has to be fairly sexy (since it's gonna' mount in my living room)

Right now I'm leaning toward this one: http://www.viewsonic.com/products/desktopdisplays/lcddisplays/proseries/vp201b/index.htm. NewEgg.com has them for $730 right now.

However, there's a sweet old-school SGI wide screen available (the 1600SW): http://www.sgi.com/products/legacy/displays.html for $500-or-$600 that would definately be sexy (if maybe a little tight, dot pitch is .23mm and brightness is a little low).

Then, take a look at this deal: http://www.legendmicro.com/store/more_info.asp?product_ID=3974.
(edit: OMG! Dell has it for $600: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/ProductDetail.aspx?TabPage=techspecs&sku=320-4111&c=us&l=en&cs=19&page=external. Dig the 12ms response time!)

Any input would be aprreciated.

Decisions, decisions...
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New postby Bud » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:41 pm

Well, I've started ordering stuff for THE system. Here's my case, how do you like it?

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New postby Jeff » Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:30 pm

Looks great.
What is it's specs?
How many fans?
How much air will it move?
Dust filters?
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New postby Bud » Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:56 pm

Manufacturer's site: http://www.coolermaster.com/index.php?LT=english&Language_s=2&url_place=product&p_serial=TAC-T01&other_title=TAC-T01Wave%20Master
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Fan Dimension:           80x80x25 mm
Fan Speed:               2100 rpm
Fan Airflow:             26.79 CFM
Fan Air Pressure:        1.91 mmH20
Fan Life Expectance:     30,000 hrs.
Bearing Type:            Sleeve Bearing
Voltage Rating:          12V
Input Current:           0.12 A (0.14A max.)
Input Power:             1.44W
Noise Level:             23.0 dBA
Connector:               3-pin or 4-pin

In case you missed it.
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New postby Jeff » Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:09 am

Very cool.
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New postby Bud » Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:18 pm

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New postby Curtis » Fri Jan 14, 2005 2:02 pm

VERY nice monitor.

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New postby Jeff » Fri Jan 14, 2005 4:56 pm

I have monitor envy. :mrgreen:
I guess I'll just have to move in.
You'll support me won't you Bud?
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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New postby Bud » Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:05 pm

That depends on how well you can cook & clean house. Oh, and how good you look in a Victoria's Secret French maid's outfit.

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New postby Bud » Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:14 pm

OK, it's all ordered! This is gonna' be awesome. The ultimate gaming system.

Pentium 4 HT 3.6GHz
800 MHz Front-side bus
2 GB DDR400/PC3200 RAM
Gigabit Ethernet
USB 2.0
16xDVD burner w/2MB buffer (all formats except DVD-RAM, including CD)
8-chanel HD Audio (24-bit/128KHz)
1/2 Terabyte of SATA hard disk storage (that's 500 GB)
WSXGA LCD monitor (1680x1050@75Hz, 600:1, 300cd/m2, 12ms, 20.1")
nVidia 6800GT PCIE w/256MB video card (350 MHz GPU, 1GHz DDR3 RAM)

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