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dmeyer
01-07-2003, 03:32 AM
I'm putting together a Shuttle for a friend of mine (at least if decided to not wait for the newest nforce2 one to become available). Experts please review and post any potential problems.

I am buying this all from NewEgg to ensure decent price and good service.

Shuttle SB51G - 845GE DDRAM FSB533MHz SOCKET 478
P4 Northwood 2.66 ghz 533mhz bus proc
2x CORSAIR MEMORY XMS CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz (512mb)
Western Digital: WD800JB SE 80 gig
Lite On 40X12X48 CDRW
ghetto Floppy
Gainward Ti4200 128mb 3.6ns AGP 8X

total about $1300.

Rig will be used for almost exclusively Maya. One question is whether the XMS modules are overkill - i have no plans to OC the system - but dont want to skimp as stability is #1 priority.

GregHess
01-07-2003, 03:34 AM
I was actually going to suggest getting Cas 2 PC2700 DDR Corsair XMS dimms...that way you can run the memory at 333, and at Cas 2 on that board...be some nice bandwidth for the p4.

(Increasing memory bandwidth has a greater effect on pentium IV's, due to its architecture)

dmeyer
01-07-2003, 03:43 AM
Yeah those are Cas 2.

CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz w/ Heat Spreader - OEM
512MB 64x64, Non-ECC, 184-Pin, CAS 2.0 -Unbuffered Requires DDR supported Motherboard - Lifetime Warranty

GregHess
01-07-2003, 03:45 AM
Doh. Completely missed that. Must be close to bedtime.

Those dimms are just pure money. :)

singularity2006
01-07-2003, 06:39 AM
those RAM chips are nice nice.. but to save money, I'd go for Mushkin. Just as good w/out as high of a price tag. But yeah, the platinum PCB... :drool:

anyh0w, I don't know much about Shuttle ... I've always thought it to be some generic low end board ... I kinda like Gigabyte because of its backup BIOS just in case u overflash your original and just jack it up permanently beyond belief. :applause:

GregHess
01-07-2003, 02:04 PM
You can also purchase bios saviors at various retailers. They take up a a slot though. (Not an actual slot, but the space) Its pretty cool how you just flip a switch on the back of the case to swap to the secondary bios.

http://www.alltechbox.com/reviews/ioss_rd1_bios_savior_eng.php3

Gainward's solution is a bit more friendly though. This is just an alternative solution.

I have actually fux0red a bios once. On an intel i850 motherboard. Damn intel had a windows flash utility. Oh man what a bad idea that was. Had to recover using the boot block. Word to the wise, always flash from the command prompt if at all possible.

empleh
01-07-2003, 02:28 PM
LOL.

I have never had to go to such extravagant measures to ruin a box. The first time I built my own I had to wait about 6 or 7 hours to get everything put together and the os up and running. I then immediately installed 98 drivers on 2000 and got to start all over with the snail-like windows installation.

Those lessons learned hardest are those learned best, eh?

ww

dmeyer
01-07-2003, 03:03 PM
Originally posted by GregHess
Doh. Completely missed that. Must be close to bedtime.

Those dimms are just pure money. :)

System ordered. May be posting back if any problems arise.

dmeyer
01-11-2003, 04:24 AM
Wow. That was easy. Tossed the machine together, installed OS and did some stress tests all inside of 2 hours. Runs like a demon.

One question...cpu temp. The 2.66 idles in the upper 30's / low 40's Celcius, and under load is in the mid 50's or so. What is optimal and dangerous levels? I set the throttling temp in the bios in the mid 60s i believe.

Other than that, the system is great. My first build from scratch and it was almost insultingly easy.

LeeTN
01-11-2003, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by dmeyer
One question...cpu temp. The 2.66 idles in the upper 30's / low 40's Celcius, and under load is in the mid 50's or so. What is optimal and dangerous levels? I set the throttling temp in the bios in the mid 60s i believe.

You can find out all about the thremal ratings for this chiphere (http://www.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/thermal.htm)

Glad everything went smoothly

LeeTN
01-11-2003, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by dmeyer
One question...cpu temp. The 2.66 idles in the upper 30's / low 40's Celcius, and under load is in the mid 50's or so. What is optimal and dangerous levels? I set the throttling temp in the bios in the mid 60s i believe.

You can find out all about the thermal ratings for this chip here (http://www.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/thermal.htm)

Glad everything went smoothly :thumbsup:

damn double posts

elvis
01-11-2003, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by dmeyer
One question...cpu temp. The 2.66 idles in the upper 30's / low 40's Celcius, and under load is in the mid 50's or so. What is optimal and dangerous levels? I set the throttling temp in the bios in the mid 60s i believe.
that's well within the acceptable range. if your load temps start creeping into the high 60's or low 70's, then you've got some issues.

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