- Aug 11, 2011
- 4,335 (1.84/day)
|System Name||STEAMBOX | GAMECUBE | EQC (Everyday Quad Core)|
|Processor||i5 email@example.comGhz |i7 3770K@4Ghz -|- Athlon firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz|
|Motherboard||GA-B85N PHOENIX | Asrock Z77E-ITX | Asus AM1I-A|
|Cooling||Stock | Antec Kuhler 620 | Reeven Vanxie|
|Memory||2x4GB ADATA XPG 1600Mhz | 2x4GB Kingston 1866Mhz -|- 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix@1920Mhz|
|Video Card(s)||RX 480 Nitro | Sapphire RX 480 w/Accelero Mono Plus | HD 8400 @ 720Mhz (IGP)|
|Storage||LiteON 128GB mSATA+3TB Seagate | Seagate 1TBxSamung 64GB SSD (Intel RST) | Kingston v300 240GB|
|Display(s)||Daewoo 49" 1080p | ASUS PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS|
|Case||Corsair 250D | CoolerMaster Elite 110 | Acteck Fiji|
|Power Supply||Seasonic SS-660XP2 | Silverstone SFX-450 | 200w mini FLEX PSU|
|Software||Windows 10 64bit|
I really like Asrock and their little nifty boards, they always cater to some specific needs: 2011 board with a floppy connector? check. 865G AGP based board released in 2012 for no apparent reason? check. A board drafted for 775 P4s that at its EOL supports Core 2 Quads? got you covered.
One of those curious boards is the AM2NF3-VSTA. It really shows a lot of Asrock's ingenuity: supports AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPUs up to 125w, DDR2-1066 and AGP cards. Basically a dream machine for any AGP user with a "high-end" card (HD 3850/4670).
There's a caveat though: due to nVidia's shenanigans, the nforce3 chipset doesn't have a working multi-core GART driver for 64bit OSes; only single core CPUs work in that configuration and, because of that, the usefulness of using a modern OS is lost and if you stick to XP 32bit with a working multi-core GART then you can't take advantage of the 4 DDR2 slots. My intent is to research this issue and, hopefully, get to a working solution.
Will I be able to overcome all of that and become an internet hero or will I cry frustration tears like all others before me?
Phenom II X4 965BE C3
HIS HD3850 IceQ3 Turbo AGP
8GB OCZ PC2-8500 Platinum LV
Asus Physx P1
Cooler Master Geminii
Cooler Master Extreme Power 600
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 Reds everywhere
- Sleeve PSU cables
- Put a black acrylic panel to cover the 3.5" bays and provide space to hide cables
- Add red LED strips at the front