Archive for January 20th, 2004

New computer

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

Got my new computer all put together. Ended up with:

  • Antec Sonata w/ 380W power supply
  • MSI K2N2 Delta L NFORCE2 Ultra 400 motherboard
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton 333MHz FSB
  • Kingston HyperX PC3200 512MB (2×256) CAS 2-2-2 RAM
  • Western Digital 80GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM hard drive
  • Leadtek A350 GeForce FX 5900 128MB RAM video card
  • Speeze Falconrock CPU heatsink / fan

It’s perty fast! Really happy with it. Carried over the optical drives (DVD and CD-RW) from the old computer. Figure I’ll pick up a DVD burner in a few months when the dual format drives get a little cheaper.

Unfortunately, the video card hard to be returned because it had some problems playing full screen stuff — like games. I tried a game that was included with the card, 3D Mark 01SE and 03, and the dxdiag Direct3D tests under Windows. Under Linux, I tired to play RTCW: Enemy Territory and the glxgears test. All of them yielded the same results. I’m using my GeForce 2 MX from the old computer for right now. Heh, only got like 2900 on 3DMark 01SE.

Got everything up and running in Gentoo pretty quickly. It compiles stuff MUCH, MUCH faster than the old computer. Pretty rediculous. I used a binary version of KDE to get up and going quicker, and because KDE 3.2 is due to be released soon. I’ll just wait until then.

The Falconrock cooler does a pretty good job. Keeping my system at 34C idle, and around 44C loaded. Quiet too. Right now, I have the FSB up to 180, so just a mild overclock. I looked at the markings on my chip before I put the heatsink on, but didn’t bother to write them down so I’m not sure if I got an unlocked chip or not. I’ll have to play around with it.

The Antec Sonata case is really high quality. Nice rounded edges. Big 120MM fan in the back for exhaust. The hard drive cage is roatated 90 degrees compared to a normal one. Makes mounting the drives a little interesting, but not too bad. Seems pretty quiet too. I was kinda disappointed with the noise level when I first built the system. Then I swapped the video card and things got really quiet. Real nice for a change. When I get a new card, I may have to look in to quieter cooling methods.