View Full Version : The Entertainer (UPDATE)

25-07-2002, 04:23 PM
I still need help on the Entertainer. The revised speficiations i have are

AMD XP1800+ Processor
384mb DDR 333 Ram
80gb Seagate Barracuda IV Hard Drive
16 x 40 Pioneer DVD
40x12x48 Asus CDRW

Leadtek Geforce 4 MX440 64mb DDR Video Card w/ TV Out
Pinnacle Systems PCTV Pro
Creative SB Audigy Digital Entertainment
56k V90 Modem
10/100 Ethernet NIC

Thrustmaster Fox 2 Joystick USB
Microsoft Intellimouse USB
Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro USB
Philips 107T Flat-Surface Monitor w/ USB Base
Plantronics HS1 Headset
Creative Inspire 2.1 Slim 2600 Speakers
Asus A7V333 Motherboard

Case w/ Extra Cooling and Floppy Drive
3-Year Full Warranty
MS Windows XP Professional


MS Office XP Standard w/ Frontpage and Publisher
Adobe Photoshop Elements
TVNZ NZ Encyclopaedia
Powerquest Partition Magic
Roxio Go back Deluxe
Sim Golf
Flight Simulator 2002 Pro
Hit Man
Half Life Platinum Set
Ulead Video Studio 6
Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
Sonic Foundry ACID Music
Panda Antivirus Platinum (Special Order)
Zonealarm Pro (Special Order)

Any help would be greatly appeciated

25-07-2002, 04:29 PM
what do u need help with?

my only question at the mo is why 384meg of ram?

25-07-2002, 04:35 PM
If you looked at the software list you would see that i am planning to be doing some work with multimedia (Video and Sound). I am looking for flaws in the component specification. Recommendations on fans , cases and where to buy. Any known problems with the components


25-07-2002, 04:44 PM
with ram try tto keep the amount of dimms (ram sticks) to a minimum. not many people buy a 256 and a 128. either 2x256 or preferably 1x512. for some reason a lot of motherboards get a little touchy when you start useing all the dimm slots. so if you are planning on adding more ram in future try to get just a single stick of ram.

cases- it all depends on what room you have to put one(hard to fit tower cases in desks) looks of course, cooling, and power supply (300watts min, prefer 350)

29-07-2002, 04:03 PM
512 ram, 1 stick , DVI Video Connection. For the cooling i will have the included heatsink connected to asus q-fan. A Thermaltake A1357 Smart Case Fan II as an Input fan in front of case and output fan at rear of case. A Enermax 350 Watt Power Supply with Adjustable Fan Controller , a Graphics card cooler and a asus IPanel Deluxe. Do i need a graphics card or chipset cooler. I will also have a dual display temp probe.

Can anyone help me on connecting midi to my audigy sound card.



29-07-2002, 06:12 PM
>a Graphics card cooler

why? unless you are going to be overclocking keep the stock one.

most motherboards have chipset cooler as standard.

i would wait till after you have got pc built and running before you start tweaking it out.

midi to audigy sound card? explain please.

29-07-2002, 06:53 PM
midi out from like a keyboard (music) to the audigy sound card.

Not sure exactly on how to do that.

31-07-2002, 06:46 PM
I have sorted out midi over audigy. Any more help


31-07-2002, 08:18 PM
have you read the latest PCworld?
feature in there about home studio.
says something about Audigy not cutting the mustard when it comes to audio capture and realtime playback.

don't know about the actual process of capturing sorry. you might try asking at a local music shop (rock-shop for instance)

31-07-2002, 08:23 PM
i did a music video for a uni project....
running athlon 1700+ w/ 256 mb ram.
used adobe premiere, which is good, but 256 doesn't cut it.
we only worked at 15fps and 320x240 res.
honestly if you're doing it seriously (say as a business venture) pack in as much ram as you can (and can afford).
like a gigabyte or something. heaps and heap, more and more.

01-08-2002, 06:32 PM
How is 512mb, Athlon 1900 +
Its not a business venture its just a new found hobbie. Price is not two much of a problem but i don't think i need more

01-08-2002, 08:14 PM
it's a good hobby...
you might also think about buying norton ghost or powerquest drive image too
don't want to be losing all that stuff... ;)
good luck

02-08-2002, 05:05 PM
No ,
I haven't
But i will read Augusts Issue


03-08-2002, 08:00 PM
After reading the latest pcworld i am getting rid of Panda Antivirus and Partion Magic and replacing them with Norton Systemworks 2002 Pro

I will be replacing my sound card choice

Sam H
03-08-2002, 08:48 PM
I would also go with an Athlon XP 2000 now as the prices are dropping.
The longer you take to get the computer brought and built the harder it is going to get to choose what you want to put in it. The technology keeps advancing so your best bet is to just get out there and get it now as everything on your list looks sweet. But definitely go with 512MB DDR Ram.