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    Th3_uN1Qu3 is offline Member
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    Heh, might as well post this one. Looky what i have:

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        Version                                           EVEREST v5.01.1706 Beta
        Benchmark Module                                  2.4.258.0
        Homepage                                          http://www.lavalys.com/
        Report Type                                       Quick Report
        Computer                                          ARIADNE
        Generator                                         Th3_uN1Qu3
        Operating System                                  Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
        Date                                              2009-04-13
        Time                                              03:17
    
    
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        Computer:
          Computer Type                                     ACPI Multiprocessor PC
          Operating System                                  Microsoft Windows XP Professional
          OS Service Pack                                   Service Pack 2
          Internet Explorer                                 6.0.2900.2096
          DirectX                                           4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
          Computer Name                                     ARIADNE
          User Name                                         Th3_uN1Qu3
          Logon Domain                                      ARIADNE
          Date / Time                                       2009-04-13 / 03:17
    
        Motherboard:
          CPU Type                                          2x Intel Pentium IIIE, 700 MHz (7 x 100)
          Motherboard Name                                  Gigabyte GA-6BXDS  (3 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DIMM, SCSI)
          Motherboard Chipset                               Intel 82440BX
          System Memory                                     1024 MB  (SDRAM)
          DIMM1: NEC 4532CD647PF-A75                        256 MB PC133 SDRAM  (3.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)  (2.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)
          DIMM2: Kingston 32MX64PC100CL2168                 256 MB PC100 SDRAM  (3.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)  (2.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)
          DIMM3:                                            256 MB PC133 SDRAM  (3.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
          DIMM4:                                            256 MB PC133 SDRAM  (3.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
          BIOS Type                                         Award Modular (10/12/00)
          Communication Port                                Communications Port (COM1)
          Communication Port                                Communications Port (COM2)
          Communication Port                                ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
    
        Display:
          Video Adapter                                     RADEON 9800 SERIES - Secondary  (256 MB)
          Video Adapter                                     RADEON 9800 SERIES  (256 MB)
          3D Accelerator                                    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (R350)
          Monitor                                           Generic Television
    
        Multimedia:
          Audio Adapter                                     Creative SB AWE64 Audio Adapter
          Audio Adapter                                     Creative SB AWE64 Wavetable MIDI Audio Adapter
    
        Storage:
          IDE Controller                                    Intel(R) 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
          Storage Controller                                Adaptec AIC-7895 Dual Ultra SCSI
          Storage Controller                                Adaptec AIC-7895 Dual Ultra SCSI
          Storage Controller                                Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
          Storage Controller                                VAXSCSI Controller
          Floppy Drive                                      Floppy disk drive
          Disk Drive                                        WDC WD32 00AAJS-07RYA0 SCSI Disk Device  (298 GB)
          Optical Drive                                     ATAPI DVD A  DH20A1P  (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:8x, DVD+RW:20x/8x, DVD-RW:20x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
          Optical Drive                                     Lite-On CD/DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
          Optical Drive                                     Lite-On CD/DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
          SMART Hard Disks Status                           OK
    
        Partitions:
          C: (NTFS)                                         10244 MB (1948 MB free)
          D: (NTFS)                                         288.1 GB (76.8 GB free)
          Total Size                                        298.1 GB (78.7 GB free)
    
        Input:
          Keyboard                                          Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
          Mouse                                             PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    
        Network:
          Primary IP Address                                79.117.6.223
          Primary MAC Address                               00-00-00-00-00-00
          Network Adapter                                   WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface  (79.117.6.223)
    
        Peripherals:
          USB1 Controller                                   Intel 82371AB/EB PIIX4 - USB Host Controller
          USB1 Controller                                   VIA Vectro VT6212 PCI-USB Universal Host Controller
          USB1 Controller                                   VIA Vectro VT6212 PCI-USB Universal Host Controller
          USB2 Controller                                   VIA Vectro VT6212 USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    
        DMI:
          DMI BIOS Vendor                                   Award Software International, Inc.
          DMI BIOS Version                                  4.51 PG
          DMI System Manufacturer                           
          DMI System Product                                
          DMI System Version                                
          DMI System Serial Number                          
          DMI Motherboard Manufacturer                      Giga-Byte Technology CO., LTD
          DMI Motherboard Product                           i440BX-8671
          DMI Motherboard Version                           
          DMI Motherboard Serial Number                     
          DMI Chassis Manufacturer                          
          DMI Chassis Version                               
          DMI Chassis Serial Number                         
          DMI Chassis Asset Tag                             
          DMI Chassis Type                                  
          DMI Total / Free Memory Sockets                   4 / 0
    Here she is, Codename Ariadne.



    To sum it up, Gigabyte 6BXDS mobo, 2x PIII 700MHz, 1GB SDRAM running at 100MHz 2-2-2-5, Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro voltmodded @ 414/672 with Freezone Pentagram XC-70 Al+ cooler, Creative Sound Blaster AWE64 ISA, Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB on Silicon Image Sil3112a PCI SATA card, 4x USB 2.0 on VIA PCI USB controller, Lite-On DH20A1P DVD writer. All enclosed in a Frontier Tricorn case and displayed on a 24" Thomson TV. Controlled via A4Tech wireless kb/mouse kit, forgot the model name but they're really good.

    How does she run? Really nice considering the age of the parts. OS is Windows XP SP2, more specifically TinyXP Platinum 2, tweaked even further. Boots in 35 seconds, half of which are the hardware checks... Windows hasn't been reinstalled for 3 years, and been through one mobo change, two sets of CPUs, two HDDs and three video cards yet still running strong. Fans are very quiet, and lighted nicely. Will post a couple pics of the setup tomorrow.

    Background: I used to have an Asus P2B-DS with two PII 450s overclocked to 500. I then bought a pair of PIII 667s and modded the P2B to run 150FSB so i had a nice 750MHz going. That was the most sensitive system i ever had, and i mean that in a good way. I dunno how, but if i turned around when she was booting she wouldn't boot anymore. When i was chatting with my gf Winamp would always put on love songs even if i had my whole playlist on random. It was kinda freaky now that i think about it...

    Then one day the PSU blew my P2B-DS mobo. Lesson learned - never use no-name PSUs again. I then bought another Asus mobo which ran on RIMMs. That too failed, within a couple days.

    After almost an year someone brought me this 6BXDS. It lacked the BIOS chip and the chipset heatsink. I had a heatsink i could use, also found a BIOS chip and hotflashed it in a P1 board. She booted up first time, so i thought, what the hell, let's make 'er a rig again. Bought 2x 256MB SDRAM, put in a 120 gig hard drive and brought it to my grandparents' place here.

    Then slowly i've been adding up every year - a nice case, a PCI SATA controller and a 320GB hard disk, a USB 2.0 controller and two more sticks of RAM, one of those rare 9800 Pros that work on AGP 2x... And she's still running fine and doing lots of things that many thought impossible on such a computer. Sure, she is a tad slow but she's the most reliable system i have ever had. I NEVER could crash her, no matter what i ran. She just keeps going and going and going.

    Coming up this summer: Extreme mods to the board. I practiced on a Tyan mobo in modding the vregs, now all i need is a 133MHz oscillator and hopefully i'll be stable at 2x 933MHz. From my experience i know that the 440BX chipset can even do 150MHz FSB, and from that Tyan board i know that the CPUs can do 933MHz. But the Tyan doesn't want to run my 9800 Pro, so i'm gonna have to do it on this Gigabyte mobo.

    My dream: Finding two identical slotkets and running a pair of 1400MHz Tualatins. That should be as close to C2D as possible.

    Well, that's my achievement. Honestly i can hardly believe it's been three years already. Hope i didn't bore you too much.
    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    That's a nice oldschool setup, Gigabyte boards are legends for sure!

    Have you seen this contest? Maybe you could win >>>
    bit-tech.net | Gigabyte searching for oldest working motherboard

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    Yeah but it's open only to the UK and Ireland, booooo.

    Regardless, i'll have those pics coming tonight - the LEDs don't look so bright in the daylight.
    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    Oh, i forgot to post the pics, haven't i? Here we go.

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    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    Nah, it's a fair bit newer. And the board was a few years old already when i picked it up. I liked the cases they had at a local internet cafe so i decided to get a similar one but with a different color scheme. The temp sensor is hooked to the video card, it never goes over 50C. And of course, the whole thing is as quiet as a whisper. Not that i'd really need her to be quiet, as you can see, i got a loud ass sound system. And my neighbours are deaf so it never bothers them, hehe.

    Oh and notice the homemade mouse pad, ghetto engineering ftw. That A4Tech wireless kit really does a good job, it even came with two pairs of rechargeables for the mouse and there is a charger on the receiver. 3 years down and still working like brand new.
    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    Ahh I just wondered as it did not look like any cases I had seen recently. HAHA, Ya I use funky things for mousepads often myself, manuals, couch arm wrest, ect.

    Hey, I used to make speaker boxes like that when I was young, how's it sound? You have a air port in it anywhere?

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    I believe it's still available here, it's called the Frontier Tricorn. However i don't know about anywhere else. Comes with a lit 80mm fan on the side panel, the 120mm on the back is my own job. As a matter of fact i had bought the fan without LEDs and later wired them myself.

    As for the speaker box, it's my first serious one, previously that sub lived in a cardboard box. Obviously not the best sounding thing. To be honest i was surprised of the quality and loudness when i finished building the box, i'll have to do something about all the windows on the cupboards/shelves/whatever they are called in english, you know what i'm talking about. The shelves in my room have those big glass windows and they shake like crazy. And that's considering it's powered by like 20W. That sub was pretty cheap but it's got great sensitivity.

    The amp i have built for it needs a bigger power supply, it's built with a TDA7294 so it can output up to 75W, however, if it shakes all the glass in my room with only 20W i can imagine what will happen at full power... Still, i am gonna put a bigger power supply there.

    No, it isn't ported yet as i did not have any ports at that time and didn't want to make ghetto ones. I'll take care of that this summer when i'll go to my grandparents' place again (if you didn't catch it, all this stuff isn't at my place). Indeed it doesn't really go lower than 40Hz (audible), however in games that use low frequency effects i can feel the desk shaking under my hands when i play. But yeah it should be even better with ports, i believe i'm gonna tune them to 32Hz.
    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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    Really cool man. I would consider dual booting with Linux. Youd be able to get far better performance web browsing and youd probs be able to set up some nice vis affects too.

    I want to get together an old rig when I get the chance just for that purpose :P
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
    CPU: E8400 C0
    Memory: Team Xtreem Dark PC2 8500 DDR2 1066MHz CL5 (2*2GB)
    GPU: XFX GTX280
    Sound: Xonar HDAV Deluxe
    HDD's: WD VelociRaptor, WD Blue AAKS, WD Blue 2500BB
    PSU: Corsair HX620
    Case: Sharkoon Rebel12 Value
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Achilles S1284C
    Fans: Intake & Extract Top: Sharkoon 140MM 5v mod, Intake Bottom Opposite HDD's: Scythe 120mm Low RPM Drive Bay
    HDD's In 5.25 bay held in 2x Nexus DoubleTwins
    Disc Drives: Blu Ray/HDDVD LG GGCH20L, Pioneer DVR-216DBK
    Monitor: Samsung LE40M86B
    Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR255
    Speaker System: Q Accoustics 5.1i System

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    Default Re: Oldschool Gigabyte board still kickin - 6BXDS

    I considered installing Linux in the past, however, i also game on it. You'd be surprised what that thing can play. Same XP install has been kicking for 3 years, and i don't see any reason to change that.
    CRT 4 LIFE!!!

    Codename Kaori:
    P35-DS3 F14 + E6550 @ 3.67GHz lapped/Scythe Mugen
    8GB Corsair DDR2-1066
    Sapphire HD3870 512 DDR3/Accelero S1
    Western Digital WD3200AAKS + Teac/Lite-On opticals
    Creative Audigy (blown onboard HD audio, whoops!)
    Akasa Zen Black + Seasonic SS-500HT
    and NOKIA 920C 19" CRT - 1440x1080 @ 85Hz - who said HD is flat panel only?

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