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Kandiru
03-09-2004, 07:24 AM
I have been around the game with a PIII 860 rig. It took several upgrades but to no avail. My score, or anything i'd score would happen during the first 2-3 "reanimations"/takeoffs and after that stutter, stutter, with resultant increased turn rates and paradoxical invisile shields around the enemy planes, which after receiving a full magazine of ammo would gently reappear a few feet away w/o one dent. I have cable and latency is 40-80.

Now cometh the new rig!!! Finally after getting torn between the daughter's need for college and a torn roof, i made the leap. The beast is Dell-icious:

P4 3.4 800MHz FSB
Asus latest MOBO
2 G dual RAM
500 GB 2x250 Raid 0 drive
ATI 9800XT (what else???)
SB Audigy 2

Of course it will take 2 weeks to get it but the deed is done. I'll hook it with a DVI-I to 5BNC connector cable to my DGM-F500R super fine pitch (QAD designer grade) 21" Sony monitor. Of course the "head-chopper/tracker" (wife calls it so) and the full USB CH setup (x3) will help with the rest.

I am having dreams about decent gaming now.
Sorry had to show off. Now i have a knot in my stomch every time the better half looks my way http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif and have been an extra good boy to regain acceptance...

I enjoy flying with you boys and galz and i also love your stories.


Kan

Kandiru
03-09-2004, 07:24 AM
I have been around the game with a PIII 860 rig. It took several upgrades but to no avail. My score, or anything i'd score would happen during the first 2-3 "reanimations"/takeoffs and after that stutter, stutter, with resultant increased turn rates and paradoxical invisile shields around the enemy planes, which after receiving a full magazine of ammo would gently reappear a few feet away w/o one dent. I have cable and latency is 40-80.

Now cometh the new rig!!! Finally after getting torn between the daughter's need for college and a torn roof, i made the leap. The beast is Dell-icious:

P4 3.4 800MHz FSB
Asus latest MOBO
2 G dual RAM
500 GB 2x250 Raid 0 drive
ATI 9800XT (what else???)
SB Audigy 2

Of course it will take 2 weeks to get it but the deed is done. I'll hook it with a DVI-I to 5BNC connector cable to my DGM-F500R super fine pitch (QAD designer grade) 21" Sony monitor. Of course the "head-chopper/tracker" (wife calls it so) and the full USB CH setup (x3) will help with the rest.

I am having dreams about decent gaming now.
Sorry had to show off. Now i have a knot in my stomch every time the better half looks my way http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif and have been an extra good boy to regain acceptance...

I enjoy flying with you boys and galz and i also love your stories.


Kan

rgoodrich1978
03-09-2004, 07:42 AM
Dang, I bet that beast was pricey. Go to newegg.com and find all those parts and add up the prices and try not to kick yourself though...

-PURGE-
its good for you

SUPERAEREO
03-09-2004, 08:13 AM
You must have been really extra good to her: I was looking at the specs of your new rig and I could not afford to buy the PARTS to build it, let alone get a ready-made PC...!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

S!

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-09-2004, 08:32 AM
Nice!

I swear the game developers own stock in the hardware manufacturers...and if they don't, they should.



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Heavy_Weather
03-09-2004, 08:36 AM
it looks like you might not have enough space on your hardrive to play AEP http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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LuckyBoy1
03-09-2004, 09:39 AM
Don't do it! Don't buy a Dell or any other brand named computer! Post your desire to build your own in the community help forum or trust me, you'll regret it later on.

Solutions for internet security & spyware problems... http://www.geocities.com/callingelvis911/s_s.html

Luckyboy = Senior hydraulic landing gear designer for the P-11 & Contributing Editor to Complete Users magazine.

LuckyBoy1
03-09-2004, 09:40 AM
If you have a problem with your computer and it relates to this game, Dell will blame it on the game and not their PC. I've seen it over and over again.

Solutions for internet security & spyware problems... http://www.geocities.com/callingelvis911/s_s.html

Luckyboy = Senior hydraulic landing gear designer for the P-11 & Contributing Editor to Complete Users magazine.

Kandiru
03-09-2004, 11:41 AM
Thank you all for comments.I knew i was goin to get my head bashed for ordering a "ready to wear" comp but i just cannot program a BIOS and components seem to be tricky to make work together. A small company in Florida made a custom deep discounted rig and i returned it twice for repair in one week, then just plain returned it. I come from Compaq (10 or so years ago) and Dell was a quantum leap for me. Please don't get me wrong, i don't recommend them but i have 5 computers at home and 8 at work and all one company http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I could pour coffee into the motherboard through the fan slots and ill still get it fully replaced for 4 years.

My computer expertise extend as far as to changing drives and sound and video cards, the MOBO and BIOS stuff are pure VOODOO. Don't get me wrong, i,m a tweaker, i maintain my cars and tractor in my home's garage.

Kan

JG27_Arklight
03-09-2004, 11:56 AM
No offense but half that stuff won't effect gameplay at all.

250GB in Raid-0 cinfiguration?

2GB of RAM?

Neither one of those will matter at all with regards to gaming. What is important is the latency on the RAM and the timings you can get. if the RAM is some crappy retail junk they slop in every machine then the performance could suffer big time. RAID-0 configuration HDs won't effect gameplay at all.

Dell....ripping folks off since the beginning. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/52.gif

Ark

I have seen the cheese, and it is good.
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2.4C @ 3.6 Default Volt.
ASUS P4C800-E (Rev. 11)
1GB Mushkin PC3500 LvL2 Black @ 2-2-2-5
Radeon 9800XT (Cat. 3.10)
SB Augigy Gamer
Antec True550
Zalman 7000A-CU HSF
4 Case fans/1 120mm Blowhole

_VR_ScorpionWorm
03-09-2004, 12:09 PM
Isn't a Raid config. supposed to help with page/file swapping? If is does it won't need the help 2GB of RAM..WOW. I was barely able to get $85 scrapped togther just to get a 512MB PC2100 memory stick.

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BaldieJr
03-09-2004, 12:21 PM
That sounds like a really nice computer. I'm sure you will be very pleased.

My parents bought a Dell last year and have had a great time with it. No problems what-so-ever.

I don't blame you for not wanting to build something from parts. No support contract means spending your time trouble-shooting... when you have a family, you don't want to waste your time tweaking and fixing, you just want to play a game or two.

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JG27_Arklight
03-09-2004, 12:22 PM
I have never had any HD swapping with 1GB of RAM.

2GB is completely unnessacary and something a few retail computer chains like to do to jack the price up of their computers, whereby screwing people out of their money.

Ark

I have seen the cheese, and it is good.
------------
2.4C @ 3.6 Default Volt.
ASUS P4C800-E (Rev. 11)
1GB Mushkin PC3500 LvL2 Black @ 2-2-2-5
Radeon 9800XT (Cat. 3.10)
SB Augigy Gamer
Antec True550
Zalman 7000A-CU HSF
4 Case fans/1 120mm Blowhole

JG27_Arklight
03-09-2004, 12:23 PM
If it is done right then there is no troubleshooting. LOL

And it only took me a few hours to put my computer althogether and install my favorite programs.

If somebody doesn't have the time to do that then how is there time to play FB?

Now if somebody doesn't want to or doesn't know how then that is a different story altogether!

P.S. BaldieJr, which takes more time?

A. Me fixing the computer I BUILT at home.

or

B. Taking the computer to a Dell Service center or mailing it to Dell for service?

Now which one do you think is more time efficient. And how about upgrades...does Dell allow you to go inside your machine and upgrade it without violating the service agreement? If not...how do I upgrade? Do I have to order the parts and then pay a Dell Tech. to install my equipment?? How much is that an hour?

Although I must admit, if I had to buy retail it would be a Dell. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ark

I have seen the cheese, and it is good.
------------
2.4C @ 3.6 Default Volt.
ASUS P4C800-E (Rev. 11)
1GB Mushkin PC3500 LvL2 Black @ 2-2-2-5
Radeon 9800XT (Cat. 3.10)
SB Augigy Gamer
Antec True550
Zalman 7000A-CU HSF
4 Case fans/1 120mm Blowhole

[This message was edited by JG27_Arklight on Tue March 09 2004 at 11:37 AM.]

arcadeace
03-09-2004, 12:34 PM
Yes, congrats on your new purchase, now you should enjoy gaming in all its glory. I build my own and do all the tweaking but sometimes I've wondered if the time invested is worth it. Assuming nothing out of the ordinary...its time to relax and be a sim pilot. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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LuckyBoy1
03-09-2004, 12:38 PM
I'm not talking about playing in the bios or overclocking or buying someone elses mistake. Just order a 875 Intel motherboard from intel and 2.8 or better CPU and RAM to match and a 9800 XT Pro video card and an Audigy sound card and plug 'em together and play the game! It will be more reliable, easier to fix if it ever breaks (and chances are it won't). Get a 400 Watt Antec power supply to go with it and you'll meet most users power requirements and then some.

Solutions for internet security & spyware problems... http://www.geocities.com/callingelvis911/s_s.html

Luckyboy = Senior hydraulic landing gear designer for the P-11 & Contributing Editor to Complete Users magazine.

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-09-2004, 12:47 PM
I build my own for 2 reasons.

1. I think I do a better job than the typical mass-produced boxes.
2. I enjoy the tweaking and performance modifications as a hobby.

If I were uncertain about building OR if I didn't want to spend the time "fiddling" with it now and then, I would certainly buy a ready-made gaming rig ala Falcon Northwest or some other reputable company.

I've heard good things and bad re: Dell, but a friend of mine who had never owned a pc before just bought one and after I plugged it all in for him he jumped in and hasn't looked back.

Your rig sounds like it's got some juice and you should be just fine...better than most even. Enjoy



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1.JaVA_Razer
03-09-2004, 01:11 PM
I will never buy a pre-assembeld computer espesially not for a gaming rig.
I have a :
-AMD XP 2500+ barton core,unlocked
-512MB single channel RAM
-ATI 9200(this thing blows,but good enough to play for now)
-ASUS A7N8 X-X
Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM
-Benq 52 speed CD rom
-Samsung syncmaster 753dfx monitor

I paid 750 for the ENTIRE rig. from scratch.
It's a beaty. I'm modding the case right now whith some CCFLS,led fans....

I can tell you building your own rules. It costs less,it's quicker to repair(Yes it is...)
You KNOW WHATS IN IT EXACTLY. My neighbour had a HP computer and it's a motherboard with functions removed from it to drop prices.

besides. You don't have to do annything in BIOS except if you start overclocking. then you need to be in BIOS(for the Vcore) So voodoo smoedoo http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

it isn't hard at all. if you read a good tutorial over a BIOS and how you reset it in case you make a booboo you'll be fine

But annyways,enjoy the new rig!!!

Cossack_UA
03-09-2004, 01:34 PM
Waiting for Socket 939 and PCI Express to arrive, going to upgrade to a new mobo-cpu-vid