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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by fatrich, Aug 20, 2001.

  1. fatrich

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    Hi Jeff<br />Can you please tell me what you think of my shopping list thus far (Have some of the software at work ie win 98se (os) :

    cooler master ep5-6111 SktA/370<br />AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1Ghz (Skt A)<br />Asustek A7A266 SDR/DDR SktA<br />ATX Midi Tower H-01 (300W)<br />256Mb Dane-Elec "CUBE" SDRAM PC133<br />20.4Gb Fujitsu<br />64Mb Radeon VIVO OEM<br />3.5 Floppy Disc Drive 1.44MB<br />x16x40 Pioneer DVD IDE OEM (Slot Model)<br />Genius Wireless Kbd/Mouse Combo<br />15" Proview Digital NILR SVGA (HP Grey)<br />Sonic Fury

    Can you tell me what are:<br />YxY 1.6 (aspect Program)<br />DVD Genie 4 (multiregion control + other)<br />DScaler 3<br />Girder (PC automation software)

    and where can i get them and are they essential to the cause.Don't think i need a tv card will put on-digital through my iscan unit.

    if there is anything missing off my shopping list or you think i've lost the plot would you tell me what is missing

    many thanks

    richard

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  2. Nic Rhodes

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    Richard

    excuse me for butting in but many of the links you require are listed in Jeffs article on Kryton on this site. If you haven't seen it, it is a good read though I expect Kryton is a more grown up beastie nowdays.

    It is a good first port of call for HTPC newbies. Perhaps this can be developed into the evolving FAQ.

    Thought it might take a little pressur of Jeff who is busy with Kryton, The Scaler for the event on sun.
     
  3. JohnAd

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    Richard

    To back up what Jeff said, I've got one of those DVD players and it has to be the noisiest one ever, I'd hunt around for an older quieter one.

    Also you mention you don't want video in yet you've gone for a VIVO Radeon, I'd just go for the standard Radeon if I were you.

    John

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  4. Nic Rhodes

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  5. EddyHorn

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    Just thought I'd mention this, according to my local PC parts supplier the motherboard you have selected is not compatible with ATI cards.
     
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    I cannot recommend this motherboard. I have it and :

    1) Bios version 1003B (as supplied) is not compatible with many ATi cards (dunno about radeons but check the ati site as they have details).

    2) I cannot get it to see my maxtor hard drive when using any subsequent BIOS revisions (1004, 1005 1006 beta all tried), despite having no problems with the original 1003B BIOS.

    3) Apparently you gain very little benefit from DDR memory with this board - I admit I have no evidence to support this, only what I have heard.

    4) My 2 emails to tech support still have not been replied to.

    I will never buy an ALi chipset board again as I have never encoutered so many problems with incompatibilities before.

    If I was buying another socket A motherboard I personally would go for an Abit as I have used many of their boards in the past without a single problem (maybe I have just been lucky!). The reason I didn't go for Abit this time was the fact they had no DDR boards.

    Don't mean to moan too much - just don't want anyone else suffering the same problems unnecessarily.

    Good luck!

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  7. ReTrO

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    FatRich: You may want to consider buying a faster procesor, the 1.4 Ghz Athlon has just dropped from around £165 to £120 inc. vat.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Jeff

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    Hi Richard,

    The spec looks fine although I wouldn't go for AMD <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> , just a couple of notes, you may run into driver problems with the Sonic Fury, a Sound Blaster 5.1 would be a safer bet (and works with Windows 2000). The other thing is if noise is an issue you might want to look for a different DVD drive, otherwise good choice. The Radeon is of course a very good, just bare in mind that a new card is just around the corner that has improved DVD support. Once you get the hardware and put it together that is when the fun starts, as a starting point I would go for Windows 98SE and make sure that you have some drive image software so that you can take regular backups. If you create a 4GB partition for the C drive and use the rest as the D Drive you will be able to save the image to the D partition making restores very easy.

    Jeff
     

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