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Thing on a spring

… or things in the spring! I got my new rig set up finally! Almost done with installing all the stuff that I need for a convenient usage. This is what came out finally…

CPU: Pentium4 3GHz 800MHz FSB

Motherboard: P4C800-E Deluxe (excellent board!)

RAM: 2x 512MB Corsair PC3200 2-3-2-6 (one of the best… and expensive!)

HD: 2x 160GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA (bound together as a Raid0 Array) (quiet and fast)

Video: Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB (Top of the notch)

Sound: M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496 (Finally a decent Pro audio card)

Powersupply: Aopen AO400-12APN (not too bad)

Case: Antec SX1000II (love it!)

HSF: Thermalright SLK948-U + Papst 92mm 2200RPM silent fan

… Do I have to say more? Maybe that this is an excellent configuration for not too much money. I don’t want to boast around but it was about time for such a system. The components fit together like a foot on a well worn sneaker!

The motherboard is one of the top class overclocking boards and runs rock stable here. I haven’t approached any overclocking on this system now (will do that when I feel it’s about time speaking the hardware gets out-of-date again). For a full review of the board read here. I’m now able to switch on my computer by pressing CTRL+ESC on my keyboard!

The boxed heatsinkfan for the Pentium4 was good at cooling but also loud like a compact car. So I’ve replaced it with the Thermalright HSF and put a 92mm 2200rpm Papst fan on top of it, blowing into the HSF. The two Hitachi Deskstar are not only fast but also very quiet so it turns out now that the loudest thing in the case is now the graphics card fan.

The Aopen Power supply was a purchase in the heat of the moment as I first wanted to buy a Zalman but such ones couldn’t be found here in Jp. So the Aopen had to do the job and it is doing it good and quiet as long as I don’t turn the throttle knob which is attached at the backside. This knob controls the fan speed and gives the option to cool down the power supply (and case) fastly. But at full speed it’s unacceptable loud. At low speed it’s below 24dB which is nice.

The M-Audio soundcard is not a consumer card but a card for people who using the computer for music creation (as I do) so it’s price is a little bit above the average though it’s a compared low price card for high quality. I hadn’t any problems with the card yet, neither on the audio production side nor on the gaming side. Audio latency is at a constant 12ms in all applications here. Cubase runs like a charm with it! In an act of materialism I’ve also bought the (M-Audio) Evolution UC-33e MIDI controller which is a gold mine and I love it but that stuff might be part of a future review.

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