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moondog
11-01-2004, 09:22 AM
Looking into buying a microatx Shuttle style computer. The main reason is for portability, being a Florida 'snowbird' everything gets packed into the car twice a year. I now have a DELL pentium 4 1.8 with 380 RDram. I need more ram but cannot see investing in old technology. I am planning on using the old DEll as a server ( have 4 hard drives in it.) The new one is basicly for speed and increased ram (2 gig). The shuttle is a very nice system put the largest power supply is 250 in th G5 series, so although it has a PCI16 slot I am not sure if it has the power to drive a 6600 nVidia.
So I am leaning toward a Monarch Computer "Hornet" with Athlon 3400 64. It has a 350 power supply, using DFIK8M800 motherboard, which I have never heard of. I am using the Athlon instead of Intel for the 64 bit compatability with future release of windows.

System config:

Monarch Hornet Aluminum Case
Topower TOP350FX 350 Watt Power Supply
DFI K8M00-MLV Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3400
2 Gig Corsair 32000PRO Memeory
Price $1162

This is the bare bones price, to which I will install myself a lower end video card (nvidia FX5700 128 mb, and a SATA drive(s).

Would like some feed back from the PC guru's here very much.

Thanks

mdwainwright
11-03-2004, 07:55 AM
Dont worry about power consumtion mate, I have a Shuttle G4-something with 1 GB of RAM, an 80 Gig HDD, a DVD/CD burner, an A64 2800+ and 6800GT in the sucker and it runs it fine. I can online deathmatch for 6 hours plus and also Lightwave all day and then let it render out for days and the shuttle doesnt have any power consumption problems.

Matt- Hope this helps!

Jalle
11-03-2004, 10:01 AM
I agree with mdwainwright.

I have almost same system (AMD64 3400+) and no problem with power supply.
And new Shuttle cases comes with external PSU (no?) so cool :)

/Jalle

moondog
11-03-2004, 04:08 PM
Thanks for the help!! Its between the Monach Hornet and the Shuttle, though I am leaning towards the Monarch because its a little larger and has 3 slots.
Thanks again.