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Abaddon
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« on: November 12, 2004, 05:58:40 PM »

In the past I have always built my own machines, well except for the first PC I bought back in 1990. Recently I came to the conclusion I don't really want to build another new machine and invest all the time and effort so I've decided to go with a custom built job from one of the "boutique" shops.

Specs:
eXFuel FX (939)
Service: 1yr Parts and Labor Warranty, Lifetime Support
Case: Cooler Master Wavemaster Aluminum 3x80mm (Black)
Case Skin: Samurai(?)
Window: Yes
Upper Light: Yes, PCI Switch  
Lower Light: Yes, PCI Switch
Processor: AMD Athlon FX-55 2.6GHz 1.0mb cache
External Box: eXfuel External Watercooling Unit (Black)
Video Card: Geforce 6800 Ultra 256mb GDDR3
Video Cool: Watercool video card
Tuning: Standard Performance Tuning
Motherboard: ASUS A8V K8T800 Pro, SATAx4, AGP8x
RAM: 1.0GB (2x512) PC3500 cl 2.5 OCZ GE Rev3
Bay 1: 16X/48X DVD/CD Reader
Bay 2: None
Bay 3: None
HDD: 36GB WD Raptor SATA 10Krpm 8mb cache
2nd HDD: 74GB WD Raptor SATA 10Krpm 8mb cache
3rd HDD: Note: Must select 4ch RAID card or Asus motherboard for 3-4th hard drive
4th HDD: Note: Must select 4ch RAID card or Asus motherboard for 3-4th hard drive
PCI RAID: Use Onboard 2 channel
Power: Thermaltake 560W w/ sleeved cables
Sound Card: SB Audigy 2 ZS 7.1
Floppy: 1.44MB Floppy
Network: Use Onboard Lan
Keyboard: Logitech Cordless MX Duo (MX700)
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

However before I dropped a hefty wad of cash on this puppy I have some serious concerns about the advent of the new PCIe technology. I realize that under normal circumstances any new PC is outdated within a few months of purchase and thats fine but from the small amount I have been able to read on PCIe it seems this will be a serious advancement that might be worth waiting for. Im not too worried about the new video card that is 6% faster then what I just bought or the new CPU thats 4% faster etc. but I am worried that PCIe will introduce a paradigm shift in Motherboards and just about any card/chipset that can be installed. So my question is does anyone have or know of a site with some good info on PCIe specifically how soon it will become prevelent in the market place(AMD market place smile)?
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004, 02:24:32 PM »

Check out toms hardware. There is always some good articles on graphics cards that are coming out with PCIe. Here is a generic article http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040310/index.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2004, 04:33:23 PM »

Short answer: yes, PCIe will cause a "paradigm shift," as you put it, eventually replacing both PCI & AGP slots.  Intel has been pushing PCIe very aggressively with its latest round of MB chipsets; but AFAIK there are no Athlon 64 MBs with PCIe out yet.  However, A64 MBs with PCIe, using nVidia's nForce4 and ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 chipsets, should be showing up soon.  You can check out a couple of previews of both here:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2269
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2248

Considering the amount of money you're proposing dropping on this system, I would definitely hold out for the PCIe A64 MBs, which are hopefully just weeks away.  If you can wait until, say, after Christmas, I think you ought to be able to find PCIe A64 MBs fairly readily.

BTW, interesting choice of HDDs.  But personally, I'd skip the 36GB Raptor; if I could afford it, I'd get a 74GB Raptor as my system drive, then some reasonably big `n fast 7200rpm drive as my data / games drive.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2004, 06:15:10 AM »

AHEM...buy an Intel based system and get PCIe now...AHEM... :wink:
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2004, 04:47:45 PM »

Quote from: "PaulBot"
AHEM...buy an Intel based system and get PCIe now...AHEM... :wink:


Maybe he wants to wait for the best CPU to have PCIe?  Just a thought...

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2004, 01:29:13 AM »

Quote from: "unbongwah"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
AHEM...buy an Intel based system and get PCIe now...AHEM... :wink:


Maybe he wants to wait for the best CPU to have PCIe?  Just a thought...

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