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New Re: Thoughts on this Athlon64 system?
Have you considered one of the Shuttle boxes? Be sure to get the higher capacity, quieter PSU. And junk the Zip drive and stretch for a Radeon 9800 Pro. Yes, I know you said you're not buying it for gaming...
New Thanks Q.
When you say "Shuttle boxes" I assume you mean something like [link|http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=56-101-415&depa=0|this]. $300.

I'm a big fan of minimizing heat, so I typically have lots of case fans in systems I build. I would worry that cooling with such a small enclosure would be a problem, especially with fast hard drives and a fancy video card. I'm also a fan of having lots of free bays and slots as one doesn't know how it might be used 2-3 years from now.

But I'll reconsider before making an order.

Why is the 9800 Pro video worth $70+ more than the 9600 Pro if I don't want to play games? I care most about clear text at high resolution and reasonable refresh rates (e.g. 72+ Hz at 1900 x 1440 or so on a 21" Sony).


New If that's all you care about...
...then look at Matrox's equipment. They're really into the high image quality stuff.

At least they were the last time I checked up on them, which was several years ago.
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New Concur.
The Parhelia cards are renowned for high image quality.

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New Thankee.
I like Matrox and have for a while (see the top of the thread). But [link|http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-106-149&depa=1|$555 for a Parahelia] is too rich. :-)

I'll probably go with a G550, if the timing is right.

Thanks Peter and Thane.

New Re: Thanks Q.
I have no trouble with mine. It's currently idling at 36 degrees C, and behaves admirably in intensive stuff - Far Cry, Aces High, Toca, UT 2004 etc - when it runs happily at 51 degrees. It's a Pentium 2400 with a R9800 Pro. Given that you're avowedly not playing ganes, then you might as well go for the R9600, though even that might be overkill - would a R9200 not do?

Expandability isn't really an issue - you get one AGP slot, one PCI slot, one 5.25" bay and 2x 3.5" bays (one open, one hidden). Just about everything else (USB, LAN, sound, serial, kb, mouse etc) is onboard. Most people don't need more, but if you do - e.g. my main workstation has 4 drives in a RAID 0+1 config - then a Shuttle isn't for you. I'll echo the comments about Matrox, but I'd suggest you'd be better off spending your money on LCD monitors. Get yourself a pair of 19" ones and marvel at the amount of space you suddenly have on your desk.

It's small, it's easily transportable and you can buy a carry-case for it. I take mine to LAN gaming sessions, but equally you might take it to a client.
     Thoughts on this Athlon64 system? - (Another Scott) - (12)
         throw away the zipdrive and the speakers -NT - (boxley) - (4)
             Need the zip drive (long story). The speakers are cheap. :-) -NT - (Another Scott) - (3)
                 If you are older than 22 - (boxley) - (2)
                     :-) Point to Box. How about the rest? -NT - (Another Scott) - (1)
                         Do you need the floppy drive? -NT - (inthane-chan)
         NIC - (pwhysall)
         Re: Thoughts on this Athlon64 system? - (qstephens) - (5)
             Thanks Q. - (Another Scott) - (4)
                 If that's all you care about... - (inthane-chan) - (2)
                     Concur. - (pwhysall) - (1)
                         Thankee. - (Another Scott)
                 Re: Thanks Q. - (qstephens)

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