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Small Form Factor SN45GV2 setup advice needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by scotty6435, 2 Dec 2004.

  1. scotty6435

    scotty6435 What's a Dremel?

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    Hello lovely modders,

    I've just got my grubbly little hands on one of these shuttles and I need some guidance on what to equip it with. I'm going to be using it primarily for HTPC use and some gaming (Up to HL2 and CS:S levels).

    I'm torn between the 3.2GHz and 2.8GHz athlon XPs but there's also the semprons. I could use PC3200 RAM on the 3.2 but it costs more. Which do you recommend?

    Will buy 1GB of dual channel DDR in two sticks but shall I go for value RAM or some good stuff? Might try a little overclocking but nothing drastic due to space and heat constraints.

    The MAJOR problem is the graphics card and TV tuner. I'd really like to have a dual tuner PVR sytem (one will have to be on graphics card) but I've heard that it's hard to get them to play ball. Any suggestions on a nice combination?

    Also looking at a spinpoint HDD. The 160GB is pretty cheap and as I will be using a fileserver, space isn't really an issue. Is there any way to make sure I get a good motor in the drive? Anyone know a good supplier?

    If anyone knows of a quiet DVD-R drive, it would be cool as well.


    Sorry for the long post, will split it up later if there's still unanswered questions.
     
  2. Diablo668

    Diablo668 What's a Dremel?

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    Okay; congrats on your shuttle xpc ;)

    I got myself the same SN45G last summer;

    My setup is as followed:

    Shuttle SN45G
    AMD Athlon Xp 2800+ Barton
    2X 512 DDR400 Cl2.5 (MDT)
    120GB + 80GB Maxtor Maxdiamond 9 Plus
    Ati Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB
    Soundblaster Audigy 1
    Thosiba DVD Drive

    I must say I'm very happy with this pc setup; and games run sweat as hell (and yes I do mean HL²);

    As for the temp; Well the ICE Fan is just great; it's speed controlled and my cpu never goes over 54°C Stressed and that is with the ice fan on low settings; when used at full speed the temp goes up to 48°C Stressed

    As for the ram; I personaly suggest you buy that pc3200 (ddr400) you can always run it at 333fsb if you us a athlon on a fsb of 333Mhz; and personaly i'd take the dualchannel setup; the extra performance isn't that much; but it's something and the extra price you pay for 2 instead of 1 of the double size isn't that much; sow...

    Hope this helped a bit; just my experience

    ps:

    The barton turned out to be a sempron core (used some prog for cpu id; don't know what I used); heard somewhere that the bartons where already sold with the sempron core; and this could be verry well true since (correct me if I'm wrong) the sempron just is the xp under a new name for budget use
     
  3. unrealhippie

    unrealhippie What's a Dremel?

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    Hate to sound like a git, but there is no
    - they are 2800+ (2.0Ghz)and 3200+ (2.4Ghz), get it right please!

    I'd say you should buy an Athlon 2500+ mobile preferably or if not the 3200+ chip would be good.

    Just this weekend I built:
    SN45G2
    Athlon 3000+
    1024mb pc2700

    The pc2700 is ddr333, 166fsb. The 3000+ model is 166fsb also so there a nice match for a stock system, however if you buy a 2500+ mobile or 3200+ XP you will want pc3200 for sure (200fsb).
     
  4. scotty6435

    scotty6435 What's a Dremel?

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    Sorry bout getting the + and GHz mixed up :blah: Effective speed isn't the same but it's pretty damn close. I will be going for the 3.2 XP as soon as I can scrape together 500 quid to equip my shuttle (excluding graphics card & TV tuner/s :waah: ).
     
  5. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

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    "Sempron" is a brand name, not a core name. I *think* the SocketA Semprons use a Thoroughbred (Previously of AXP fame) core. They might have changed the cPU ID, but it's still based on the T'bred core :)
     
  6. Leeum

    Leeum What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah, the Semprons are essentially locked thoroughbred's, they lack on L2 cache tbh but the thoroughbred b's are good overclockers. If i were you i'd go for a 2500 Mobile, 512 - 1GB DDR400 and a 9800 Pro. I run a similar setup and i enjoy HL2 just about highest settings (no aa or aaf mind ;))
     
  7. scotty6435

    scotty6435 What's a Dremel?

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    ATm I've got an old P4 2.53GHz (without HT), 512mb generic DDR on an old asus mobo that runs at something like 333MHz FSB. With my FX5900 I can run HL2 at 1024x768 with 2xAA and 2xAF with normal-high settings. it's pretty sweet but a bit laggy at points. I think I could do with the extra horsepower of a 3200+ with all the multimedia I plan to do on it. Getting 1gig of geil value RAM which is apparently a really nice combo with an XP processor in the 45g.

    Thanks for all your help/suggestions :D ,

    Scotty
     
  8. unrealhippie

    unrealhippie What's a Dremel?

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    remember a 3.2 Ghz P4 is going to slaughter a 3200+... AMD's 64 range saved them, there AXP range was good for the lower models which could be clocked it hell..

    Anyways im running happily with my 3000+..
     
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