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HCPC setup - comments

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by smallangryboy, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. smallangryboy

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    Just wondered what people thought of the following lineup for my HCPC as regards performance and noise ?

    Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro upto Radeon 9800 XT
    Mother Board Asus P4R800-VM
    Processor Intel P4 ‘northwood’ 3 Ghz [with Zaleman cooling or similar]
    RAM Corsair 1Gb DDR 3200 matched pairs
    HDD Seagate Barracuda 200Gb [as many as necessary]
    DVD burner NEC ND 2510A
    Audio Card M Audio Revolution 7.1
    TV tuner Nebula Digi TV card [includes remote]

    Chassis STRATA 390M [silver with green LED]
    Power Supply STRATA supplied 465w silent

    Software Showshifter DVB and TheatreTek

    Inputs Gyration cordless keyboard and mouse
     
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    I've got quite a few of those bits & pieces...

    3 x 200gig seagates, noise not a problem and luvverly and cheap too..

    9600 is all you should need for HTPC unless you're a serious gamer?, 9600 runs fanless without any heat problems..

    got an M-Audio delta 2496, VERY impressed with sound quality.

    got the Nebula too... You'll love it.

    for CPU ( AMD for me ) i use a Scythe Kamakaze, totally silent at 1800 rpm and keeps my athlon below 52deg whatever i throw at it... VERY good heatsink..

    It's a helluva system you're looking at mate, performance should be awesome. :)

    Let me know how you get on with the Gyration kit.. been tempted myself but I'm a bit hesitant...
     
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    Would you go for the M-Audio delta 2496 over the M Audio Revolution 7.1 ? Can the M-Audio delta 2496 decode 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel sound into a AV amp ?
     
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    The 2496 wont decode DD, but I just use SPDIF to pass the signal into my amp and let that do the decoding..

    I went for the 2496 on the assumption that the 2496 would be a better quality card, (more £ and less channels), and i didn't need any onboard processing, but all depends on your circumstances as to which is the better option I suppose..

    There are quite a few peeps round these parts using the 7.1 though, so it must be a decent sounding card..

    You'll need a custom breakout adapter to get the best out of the 2496 ( I use one by Mark Grant Cables ) so the 7.1 may actually be the better option..
     

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