I finally got my PC (I still have to put it together)...

Athlon 64-bit 3500+,
Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard ($269, ouch) (support Athlon FX)
1 GB Corsair DDR2 memory
80GB SATA Harddisk (because my 300+GB is on the server, I don't need the local space)
XConnect Ultra 500W power supply (how can I explain this one... uses only the cables that you need rather than a bundle of unnecessary cables... slick)
Xoxide acryllic case.

I'll let you know how it turns out when I am done putting it together...

Posted on 2004-10-16 20:11:15 by _Shawn
You should have waited a few weeks for nForce 4 motherboards. :P Cheap, socket 939, PCI-Express, and all other goodies...
Posted on 2004-10-17 04:49:37 by C0D1F1ED
Does nForce4 have SATA NCQ?
Posted on 2004-10-17 12:36:24 by f0dder
Does nForce4 have SATA NCQ?

Not sure, but I highly expect it on the Ultra and SLI versions. The 'Scaled' version will probably have to do without.
Posted on 2004-10-17 16:13:12 by C0D1F1ED
nice machine, I wish I had an AMD64, but I'm just a poor uni student lol.
Posted on 2004-10-17 19:55:15 by x86asm
That power supply is a nice idea, but I went with one that had a higher 5V output (38W, iirc). What are you going to do for the video card? When longhorn gets here the video card will be just important as the CPU - even for 'work' PCs, imho. I am still dreaming about having more registers... :)
Posted on 2004-10-18 09:33:00 by bitRAKE
talking about the nForce4, i just read that it will have a hardware firewall on board :shock:

and about amd64, you'll have additional registers, r8..r16, won't you? quite odd imho, usually risc processors have many registers while cisc don't.
Posted on 2004-10-18 10:03:08 by lifewire
firewall or firewire? :-)
Posted on 2004-10-18 10:07:04 by f0dder
I just got the video card intended for a different machine (1.7GHz P4) that is my server but its existing card is crapping out. That MOBO doesn't support this card because I get a long beep and 3 shorts whenever I put it in.

I'll upgrade to a 6500GT (or whatever it is called as soon as the price drops below $400 (currently $499).

I keep putting in Corsair memory but so far their has been a conflict with every Corsair stick I've put in. I expect it to work considering a $269 MOBO and $329 1GB Mem. Searching online reveals no shortage of people with this problems and it seems this memory/MOBO have incompatbilities. So I'll have to go find a cheaper memory stick to prevent weird memory dumps.


The performance is impressive. It takes about 7 minutes to install WinXP SP1 (splistreamed) from scratch (including a quick format in the setup utility). Once Its done, it takes about 5 seconds before Windows is waiting for me when I boot the machine. When I double-click Word, I don't have to complete the second click before the program is already waiting for me to input something.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (on my old machine) went from about 1 FPS at low quality settings to about 40 FPS on high quality settings (still can't figure out why "very high" and "extreme" just kill the performance on this thing, must be the video card.

RadASM? <~.5 seconds to load (not that it matters).

I'm already looking at the source for PearPC and making changes to give the CPU core native 64-bit optimizations.

And yes, there are 16 generap purpose registers and 16 FPU 128-bit registers. I think there are others for the SIMD and such... still everything is only half what the PPC 970 (Apple G5) but much easier to make optimizations for. If the FPU isn't in use, those registers can probly be used somehow to augment the general ones, of course, not without some performance hits. The architectuer of the G5 is interesting, because each register has a purpose with certain instructions so I'll have my hands full.

Posted on 2004-10-18 10:34:55 by _Shawn
firewall or firewire? :-)

no no, firewall: http://www.vnunet.com/news/1158799
Posted on 2004-10-18 12:26:42 by lifewire
pretty cute, thanks for the link.
Posted on 2004-10-18 12:30:43 by f0dder