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My first computer

At least the first one that I built and it was incredibly easy. Here are the specs:
HARDWARE Setup:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.20E (Prescott) GHz 800FSB
Cooler: Zalman CNPS7700-Cu copper not using the speed sensor
Memory: 1GB: 2x Kingston KVR400X72C3A/512 PC3200 512MB DIMM w/ ECC
Video: ATI AIW 9800 Pro
Case: Antec Sonata, 2 fans
Power supply: Antec TruePower 380W
CD/DVD: LiteOn
DVD/CD Burner: Plextor
Floppy: El Cheapo!
HDD 1&2: Maxtor 120GB S-ATA (RAID 1)
Sound: using the onboard
LAN: onboard

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=empty, 4=empty, 5=empty
Pri IDE: master=Plextor
Sec IDE: master=LiteOn
SATA1: n/c
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: HDD 1 (RAID 1)
SATA RAID2: HDD 2 (RAID 1)
Pri RAID: n/c

Misc.
Had BIOS version 1018, updated to 1019. had no problems
 

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Here's my rig:
 

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HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.0E Prescott, HT Enabled
Cooler: Intel retail HS and fan
Memory: 2X512 MB OCZ Platinum Dual Channel
Video: 128MB ATI Radeon XT W/17” mag LCD
Case: Modified Antec Sonata
Power supply: Antec 380 Watt
CD Writer:
DVD Writer: Plextor PX-708A
Floppy: Gateway 1.44
HDD 1: Maxtor Diamond Max9 80GB IDE
Sound: Sound Blaster Live!
SCSI adapter:
Video capture:
Keyboard/Mouse:Microsoft Wireless Optical desktop
Network: Comcast Cable W/Linksys 4 Port hub/Switch
Other: Hauppauge WIN TV PCI TV Card

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=WIN TV Card, 3=empty, 4=SB Live, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: Maxtor
Sec IDE: Plextor
SATA1: n/c
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 2X120MM Antec quite cool.

BIOS Setup:
Version. 1018.

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP Home.

PURPOSE: Family PC in Master bedroom Sitting Room.


COMMENTS: When I first assemble the computer it would not POST. Nothing, NADA, ZIP. To resolve it I removed the RAM and everything plugged into the board except the CPU and I started it. Which I should have done anyway but I was in a hurry. It booted, 3 beeps, because no RAM. Reassembled, booted into bios, worked fine ever since.
 

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This is my first build and I have a working maching running the ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe board but I'm still having some issues involving the PRI_Raid Controller and SATA. Here's the specs for my maching. I'll explain my issues at the end.

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.0E Prescott
Cooler: Antec Aeroflow P4 Magnetic
Memory: 2x Supertalent D32PB12C PC3200 512MB :1GB total
Video: ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 128MB
Case: Thermaltake Xaser III V1000A
Power supply: Enermax ATX 12V v1.2 550w
CD Writer: Lite-On CDRW/DVD-Rom 48x24x48x16
DVD Writer: Pioneer DVR109 16x Dual Layer
Floppy: Generic 7-1 USB Card Reader
HDD 1: Maxtor 120GIG 6Y120PO ATA-133
HDD 2/3: Maxtor 120GIG 6Y120PO ATA-133/Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 300GIG SATA 150
Sound: Creative Lab Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS
LAN: Onboard, Auto
SCSI adapter:
Video capture:
Keyboard: Micro Keyboard, old, Waiting for my new keyboad and mouse that I ordered online. Thermaltake Xaser RF.
Mouse:
Network: Netgear RP614 Router
Other: CPU Temp. reader and Fan Controller that came with the case.

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: : 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=soundcard, 5=empty,
Pri IDE: Master=HD 1 for OS (for now,) Slave=HD 2 (for now,)
Sec IDE: Master=Pioneer DVDRW, Slave=Lite-On CDRW
SATA1: HD 3, the Maxtor300GIG, (this one I have a problem with. It's uninstalled for now, I explained at the summar.)
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 2 front and 2 left side connected to power supply controlled by thermaltake fan control switch. Both on max. 2 located in the back of case, and CPU fan are connected to motherboard. 1 directly on top of case in not connected.

BIOS Setup: I had the BIOS verson updated to v.1019. After having the BIOS updated, windows recognized the 3rd HD. I have not change any of the BIOS settings for fear of error messeging, the left it at the default stettings. Boot sequence as follows: 1)Floppy, 2)HD-1, 3)Pioneer DVDRW

SOFTWARE Setup: I did not have all my hard drives partitioned yet, I'm still trying to figure out how to set my 2, 120gig drives into RAID 0 array using the onboard PRI_RAID controller. I would some assistance from you clintfan if you don't mind, what I need to do first. I am willing to re-format my drives and re-install the OS.

PURPOSE: My purpose for this particular machine is for creating and editing videos from my home DV recorder collections. And also for Music editing, dubbing, mixing mp3 files using Mixmeister express 5 and Cooledit pro.

COMMENTS:
I also plan on managing the wires in my machine after I have everything set up. It's not to bad now, there is a lot of room for air flow. The Thermaltake case is a really heavy case. I'm mean it looks nice and all but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Even though the set up bays for the internal and external drives are really cool.

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. When I first ran my machine, I had set both 120gig drive, one master and two slave. Then hooked it up to the onboard pri_raid controller. I then went to the fastbuild utility and set the array in the performance mode like the manual said. At that point, I didn't change anything in BIOS. When I started to install the OS, it did not recognize Raid array. I tried going in the BIOS to see if I needed to change any of the settings but I didn't change anything. After 3 to 4 hours and trial and error, I unplugged IDE connector from the pri_raid and connected it to the primary_ide running both drives as master/slave. It worked, I installed the OS with no problems. However, I still want to run a RAID 0 array.
2. SATA1, I installed my 300gig drive on one of the sata port to see if windows recognized it. It didn't. After playing around with the sata hook up, sata1, then sata2, sataraid1, sataraid2, back to sata1. I finally went to ASUS site and updated the bios, plug in the drive to sata1 and it worked. But when i rebooted, windows did not reocognize it AGAIN. I unplugged the power to the 300gig drive, rebooted and then plugged the power back on and windows recognized the drive. But everytime I reboot, I run into the same problem having to do the same process again. So now I uninstalled the drive for now till I solve the issue about RAID 0 array.
Please, do you have any suggestions that I can try? Thanks
 

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Another working system !

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.2Ghz, HT Enabled
Cooler: Intel retail fan worked but too loud went to Arctic 4 pro-L
Memory: 2X256 MD4456UOE
Video: 128MB ATI AIW 9800 PRO W/ Arctic-cooling VGA silencer
Case: MGE Viper with Zalman fan in back (stock front and side fans unplugged)
Power supply: MGE 500w
CD/DVD Writer: Sony DRU-720A
2nd CD/DVD reader Sony DDU1613
Floppy: Mitsumi 1.44
HDD 1: Maxtor Diamond Max plus 60GB Sata
Sound: on board
SCSI adapter: none
Video capture: AIW 9800 PRO
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitec Wireless desktop
Network: Comcast Cable W/Linksys 4 Port hub/Switch
Other: 5 in 1 card reader plugged into internal usb port

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=empty, 4=empty, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: n/c
Sec IDE: Sony master/Sony slave
SATA1: Maxtor
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: Zalman and Arctic cool

BIOS Setup:
Version. 1018.

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP Pro.

PURPOSE: Video/Photo Editing, Games.


COMMENTS: When I first assembled the computer it would shut down after 5 minutes. It turned out to be a P.S. problem (low 12v) New P.S and all worked OK until I started playing games. The game would freeze but only that process not the whole computer. I called ATI in Canada for help and they walked me through the driver uninstall and re install, we loaded the driver from Intel for the 875p and the latest AIW drivers and all the problems went away!
I have never had an integrated sound card sound so good!

I began playing with overclocking and I can go 10% with no problems
If I go much faster the CPU temp gets too high.
I use Turbo mode, no problems.
On boot I notice sometimes the P4 logo has the HT on it and sometimes it doesn’t. I haven't found the cause for this yet, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

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Hey, I finally have my system running after having a wonderful experience trying to get it to POST. Learned where to begin troubleshooting my problems after stumbling upon this wonderful forum after Googling for some answers. Still ordering a few parts (2nd HDD, CD/DVD Burner, etc.).

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E Deluxe, Rev. 2.00
CPU: intel Pentium 4 3.0E Prescott 800MHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 478 Processor - Retail (OC'ed to 3.68 Ghz 980FSB w/HT)
Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS7000B-CU 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail
Memory: 1GB: 2x Kingston #KVR400X64C3A/512 512MB PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM
Video: Asus V9520-X 128MB AGP 8X - Retail
Case: Raidmax ATX-278WBP; Black w/ Acrylic Window & Blue LED Lights
Power supply: Aspire ATX-As500W 12V - Retail
CD Writer: ***Haven't Installed One Yet***
DVD Writer: ***Haven't Installed One Yet***
Floppy: SONY MPF920 Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
HDD 1: HITACHI Deskstar 7K250 14R9463 160GB 7200 RPM 8M Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
HDD 2: ***Haven't Installed One Yet (May get another one of the above)***
Sound: Onboard.
LAN: Onboard.
SCSI adapter: None.
Video capture: ***Haven't Installed One Yet***
Keyboard: One I found in the garage. Will replace with Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Wireless Bluetooth w/ Mouse.
Mouse: One I found in the garage. See Above.
Network: None.
Other: Installed Slot Protector Kit & RAM Heat Spreaders.

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=Modem, 3=empty, 4=empty, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: n/c
Sec IDE: MSI StarSpeed DVD-ROM Drive 16X - Retail
SATA1: HDD 1
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: Five 80mm Case Fans w/ Blue LEDs.

BIOS Setup:
Flashed from v.1014 to v.1021. (Whatever settings aren't mentioned are left on default settings)
Advanced < JumperFree Configuration:
-AI Overclock Tuner: Manual
-CPU External Frequency (Mhz): 245
-DRAM Frequency: 320 Mhz
-AGP/PCI Frequency (Mhz): 66.66/33.33
-CPU VCore Voltage: 1.4750V
-DDR Reference Voltage: 2.85V
-AGP VDDQ Voltage: 1.50V
-Performance Mode: Turbo
Advanced < Chipset:
-Configure DRAM Timing by SPD: Disabled
--DRAM CAS# Latency: 3.0 Clocks
--DRAM RAS# Precharge: 3 Clocks
--DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay: 3 Clocks
--DRAM Precharge Delay: 8 Clocks
--DRAM Burst Length: 4 Clocks
-Performance Acceleration Mode: Enabled
-DRAM Idle Timer: Infinite
-DRAM Refresh Rate: 7.8 uSec
-MPS Revision: 1.4
Advanced < Onboard Devices Configuration:
-OnBoard Promise Controller: Disabled
-OnBoard IEEE 1394 Controller: Disabled
Advanced < PCIPnP:
-PCI Latency Timer: 32
Advanced < USB Configuration:
-USB Function: 4 USB Ports
-USB 2.0 Controller Mode: HiSpeed
Boot < Boot Device Priority: DVD-ROM < Floppy < HDD

SOFTWARE Setup:
O/S: Windows XP Home Edition SP2 - OEM.

PURPOSE:
Intended for multiple uses: Graphic/Web Design, Gaming, Video Editing, Media, etc.

COMMENTS:
1. This was my first PC build. My only experience was a semester of Computer Technician Training at New Tech High. This PC ended up being overbudget and 11 months overdue (I began purchasing parts May 2004 hoping to have everything by June the following month). It wasn't until early-April 2005 that I now have it running.
2. I decided to take my first shot at overclocking the system. I started off letting the motherboard overclock it to 20% for my. However, I noticed that my RAM bandwidth grew a little narrow. So after tweaking it for several hours, I found my specific system's sweetspot: I have my CPU overclocked to 3.68 Ghz and underclocked my RAM, which strangely gave my RAM a performance boost over stock settings. I couldn't get my RAM to perform any better beyond that without my system becoming unstable. I decided to see how high I can overclock my system (with no regard to how narrow my RAM's bandwidth became), and hit a stable 3.82 Ghz - I didn't attempt anything beyond that.

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. Needed to flash the BIOS to v.1021 since v.1014 doesn't support Prescott CPUs, therefore not booting the system or running POST. Unfortunately, I had to order a cheap Celeron in order to boot up the system so I can flash the BIOS. On the bright side, I now have a spare Celeron I can use to make a cheap internet PC.
2. Needed to RMA my HDD since it was DOA.
(These problems don't seem as difficult after learning what I can from what I've found on these forums. However, before I stumbled upon these forums, I didn't know what to do nor understand what was going on. It's tempting to formulate your own conclusions, but all I have to say is that patience and research pays off. Otherwise, I would have RMA'd everything in a blind rage.) :4-thatsba
 

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HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4c800
CPU: 3.2E @ 3.76Ghz (16 x 234) Vcore 1.424
Cooler: 1 Zalman 80x80 mounted on Hyper 6 I/S 42deg./45deg.
Memory: 1Gb pc3200 @ 2.0-3-3-6-4
Video: Radeon 9700 Pro 128 With zalman passive single heatpipe cooler @ 359.44/330,75
Case: on 90mm risers, Coolermaster Centurion, Musketeer 2, Areogate 2, 1x 120x120 fan in the bottom 80x80 in front and back.
Power supply: Aopen 400V with single 120x120 Fan
CD Writer: Sony CDRW
DVD Writer: NEC
Floppy: None
HDD: WD2000JD
Sound: Soundblaster Live!
LAN: 3com onboard
SCSI adapter: none
Video capture: Hauppauge PVR-150
Keyboard: Logitech MX700
Mouse: Logitech MX700
Network: 100Mbit
Other: Apacer Cardreader

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=empty, PVR-150, Soundblaster.
Pri IDE: NEC
Sec IDE: SONY
SATA1: WD2000JD
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 2x 120 2x 80

BIOS Setup:
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SOFTWARE Setup:
NTFS 50 50 100. WIN XP PRO SP2.

PURPOSE:
AMD SLAYER.

COMMENTS:
none

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1.none
2.
 

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another satisfied customer

p4c800e-d revision 2.00 bios 1021.007 w/mobile support
iv'e had 3 chips so far all worked flawlessly
3.2C(bios 1017),3.4E(bios1019) w/lock free bios that worked killer
and now the CT-479 & a mobile 2.0/533 dothan(watercooled :3-sqcold: )
running at 2.5ghz 665 fsb @ 30C 1.280v
2 x 512mb pqi turbo pc 4400,2 x 256mb geil plat.pc4400
6800 ultra w/NV5
2 x 36g raptors raid 0 on promise
2 x 36g raptors raid 0 on intel(not in new case yet modding a cage to fit
between the dual psu's)
antec true power 550W,austin 300W to run all accessories
52x cd burner
dvd rom
floppy
custom water cooling
microsoft internet keyboard
micro innovations optical mouse
e-d audio fx force feedback headset

hd's are formatted fat32,128k stripe,16kb clusters,32g partitions

never had 1 single problem on this board
http://atlas.walagata.com/w/bloodymess/DSC00334.JPG
http://atlas.walagata.com/w/bloodymess/DSC00331.JPG
http://atlas.walagata.com/w/bloodymess/mod_4.JPG

this one was with the 3.4E @ 3.5/1000 fsb
http://atlas.walagata.com/w/bloodymess/mod9.jpg

purpose for building this was to be an extreme gaming machine
 

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HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800 E-Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.2 GHz 1MB L2 Cache 800 FSB Retail (Prescott)
Cooler: Arctic Silver 3 thermal compound
Memory: 2GB: 4x Kingston #KVR400X64C3A/512 PC3200 DIMM
Video: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro 128 MB Retail
Case: Codegen Briza series case - Black
Power supply: 400W Coolmax Dual-Fan PSU - Black
DVD Writer: Plextor 712A DVD Recorder Drive - Black
Second Optical Drive: Samsung CD-ROM SC 148C - Black
Floppy: NEC FD1231H-302 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive – Black
HDD 1: 300GB Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA HDD
Sound: Creative Labs SB Live! Sound Card
LAN: On Board Network Adapter
SCSI adapter:
Video capture: Dazzle Digital Video Creator 80
Keyboard: Microsoft Internet Keyboard - Black
Mouse: Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Optical
Network: Linksys BEFSR41 router to Cable
Other: Sony SDM-HS94S 19" Flat Panel Monitor, Harmon Kardon HK 595 2.1 Speaker System

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=Sound Card, 3=empty, 4=empty, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: master=Plextor 712A DVD Recorder Drive slave= Samsung CD-ROM SC 148C
Sec IDE: n/c
SATA1: 300GB Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA HDD
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 3x case fans connect to PSU (unregulated), 2x PSU fans, CPU fan connect to mobo

BIOS Setup:
Version. 1021
Important custom settings: Promise Controller disabled, On Board Sound Disabled, 6 USB rig, Boot order: Maxtor HDD, Plextor DVD Drive, Floppy Drive

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP Pro SP2

HDD formatting & partitioning: 3 Partitions
Patrtition#1=(130GB) OS, Registry, Programs, Partition#2=(50GB) 2 previous Backup Images of Partition#1, Partition#3=(100GB) Media (my documents folder, documents, music, photos, video) Browser Settings, miscellaneous program installer packages for easy retrieval

Norton Ghost is installed. Once a month I completely restore Partition#1 with the image from Partition#2. It takes all of ten minutes and keeps my computer in 100% working order with no bloated registries, program fragments, useless DLL files, etc.

PURPOSE:
Web Browsing, Gaming, and miscellaneous multimedia uses

COMMENTS:
First rig I built from scratch

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
none at this time
 

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My quiet but fast system

Since the death of my dear Abit IC7 after having hot plugged a PCI card late in the night (!!!!!), I have bought a P4C800-E but it was not so obvious in May 2005 (old CPU ...)

This is McLaurin's setup and is running fine:

HARDWARE Setup:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E Deluxe with a Swiftech MCX159 NorthBridge Heatsink (I put the original Asus heatsink on the SouthBridge).
CPU: intel P4 2.6 GHz 800FSB HyperThreading.
Cooler: Zalman CNPS7000-Cu with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound, and using the Fanmate.
Memory: 1GB: 4x Corsair Value PC3200 256MB DIMM.
Video: Matrox Millennium G550 32MB AGP 4X.
Case: Textorm 6A19 modded (acoustical foam) ; 2 quiet PAPST fans.
Power supply: Fortron 350W.
DVD Player: Pioneer Slot-in.
DVD Writer: Pioneer DVD-R 103.
Floppy: basic Sony.
HDD 1: Seagate, 20GB ATA-100.
HDD 2: IBM, 30GB ATA-100.
HDD 3: IBM, 60GB ATA-100 (PATA-SATA little interface).
HDD 4: Seagate, 120GB ATA-100 (PATA-SATA little interface).
Sound 1: using the onboard for 5.1.
Sound 2: Midiman DMAN PCI for MIDI (hard synth daughterboard Roland SC55) & default device.
Sound 3: STAudio DSP24 Value for 24 bit/96KHz processing.
LAN: Intel Gigabit on board.
SCSI adapter: none.
Video capture: Canopus EZDV (old but good device).
Keyboard: PS/2.
Mouse: PS/2, Microsoft Optical Intellimouse.
Network: SMC Barricade router to Cable Modem.
Other: Iiyama 17' LCD monitor; Bose Mediamate amplified speakers+5.1 Hercules speakers.

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=first soundcard, 3=empty, 4=video capture, 5=second soundcard (this layout was based on IRQ sharing table in mobo manual section 2.6.2).
Pri IDE: master=HDD 1 as main O/S; slave=HHD 2 as miscellaneous data
Sec IDE: master=Pioneer DVD-RW; slave=Pioneer DVD
SATA1: HDD 3 for audio data (samples, presets, plugins, ...).
SATA2: HDD 4 as temp video/audio storage
SATA RAID1: none.
SATA RAID2: none.
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: front & rear case fans set to an Enermax fan controller, CPU (with Fanmate) & nothbridge fans connect to mobo. Front USB connect to Enermax.

BIOS Setup:
updated to 1021.
CPU External Frequency set to 250 (CPU is running at 3250 GHz), DRAM Frequency to 320 (5/4 ratio).

SOFTWARE Setup:
O/S: Windows XP Professional with SP1a. All HDD's formatted as NTFS.

PURPOSE:
Intended as a digital video/audio/photo workstation, plus office work.

COMMENTS:
Textorm is a french manufacturer and he seems to sell the very same product than the Compucase LX619. I've done the same mods as there : http://www.mnpctech.com/SC195.html.
I'm honestly amazed at how quiet this system is ! :heartlove

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. The Temp (CPU, ...) are quite funny but not true !!!
2. the board has been delivered with a bad checksum bios (thanks asus for the recovery process).

-McLaurin - May 2005
 

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It's up!

And running great.

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.2 Northwood 800fsb (no oc)
Cooler: Stock
Memory: 2G Crucial PC3200 DDRAM (4 x 512)
Video: Matrox P650
Case: Antec Sonata
Power supply: TruePower 380
CD Writer:
DVD Writer: Plextor PX-716A
Floppy: Generic Sony
HDD 1: Seagate Barracuda 250G SATA
HDD 2: None yet, but see below
Sound: M-Audio Revolution 7.1
LAN: On board
Mouse: Logitech M1000


HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=D-Link 5 port USB 2.0 (thanks, clintfan), 3=empty, 4=Revolution 7.1, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: Empty
Sec IDE: Plextor (master)
SATA1: Seagate Barracuda
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 1 case, 1 psu, 1 cpu

BIOS Setup:
Version. 1018 All USB, Firewire and onboard sound disabled.

SOFTWARE Setup: Win2k

PURPOSE:
Mp3s, wav editing, photo editing, word processing, surfing

COMMENTS:
Went together very easily, largely because of this forum! No problem recognizing the whole 2G of memory. CPU is idling at 33c, hasn't gone over 45. Ran memtest 18 hrs with no errors. Didn't connect any connectors on the front of the case. Bought everything from Newegg, great service.

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. Stock CPU cooler is loud, have a Zalman CNPS7700-CU ordered.
2. Win2k won't recognize all 250G yet, but we'll fix that.
3. I've got the Plextor as master on the secondary IDE with the primary IDE empty so that Windows doesn't get confused by being on the SATA1. I'd like to add an 80G IDE drive with SuSE 9.2 already on it, and can't figure out where to put it :4-dontkno . Secondary slave, maybe?
 

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Just got my new machine up and running

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: Asus PCP800-E Deluxe
CPU: P4 3.2 OCed to 3.36
Cooler: Thermaltake HS/Fan
Memory: 1GB Corsair (2x512) Dual channel
Video: XFX Nvidia 6800 GT (OCed to around ultra specs - still messing with it)
Case: Coolermaster
Power supply: ATX - 450W
DVD ROM: LG 16x
DVD RW: LG 8x
HDD 1: WD 37 GB 10,000 RPM Raptor SATA
HDD 2: WD 37 GB Raptor 10,000 RPM SATA
HDD 3: WD 200 GB Caviar 7200 RPM SATA
RAID: HDD 1/2 RAID 0
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Wireless MX

SOFTWARE Setup:
Win XP SP2

PURPOSE:
Little bit of everything

COMMENTS:
Everything put together fine with no problems except ones that I encountered with RAID drivers but that was due to 2 bad floppies that I was using to create the RAID drivers disk. After that everything was smooth sailing and so far (knock on wood) everything has been great. I OCed up to 15% using the AI booster and everything ran great, but i backed it down a bit
until i get used to everything (first time OCing anything). Just left it set to 5% in the BIOS.

Well i guess that's it :smile: Any questions feel free to ask in PM so as not to bastardize the thread :wink:

Jeff
 

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no problems whatsoever

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: asus P4C800-e Delux Retail
CPU: P4 3.0 HT Retail
Cooler: Intel heat sink/fan arctic silver 5 thermal compound
Memory: 1GB: 2X Kingston 512 DDR400 PC3200, Model KVR400X64C3AK2/512
Video: XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB Retail
Case: DAX Achilles
Power supply: Magna 600W OEM
CD Writer: AOpen 5232combo
CD Rom: uknown OEM
DVD Writer: none
Floppy: uknown OEM
HDD 1: Western Digital 80GB IDE OEM
HDD 2: Western Digital 200GB IDE OEM
Sound: Creative Audigy 2 ZS
LAN: Onboard (auto)
SCSI adapter: none
Video capture: none
Keyboard: ezkey wireless
Mouse: ezkey wireless
Network: d-link 504 T
Monitor: 17'' sony, 15'' video7
Speakers: Logitech 7.1 surround
HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=Audigy2, 4=empty, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: WD 80 HDD
Sec IDE: WD 200 HDD
SATA1: n/c
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: #1 80mm on top of case, #2 120mm at back of case #3 80mm in side of case

BIOS Setup:
nothing special

SOFTWARE Setup:
Duel boot : Windows XP Home SP2 and Mandrake Linux 10.1
HDD 1 partitions: 10GB for windows/70GB for linux
HDD 2 Partitions: 100GB for FTP,50/50 for other files
(i hate partitions grr)

PURPOSE:
My all round slugger; Games,movies,music,work,programming,FTP server,net :heartlove

COMMENTS:
has never let me down to date.... Dont use SATA HDDs cause i didnt have any when i was building it...but its fine without them.
Case looks great...bright red and fully lit. a bit loud for all the fans but runs cool and i keep the music loud so its not an issue :grin:

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
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HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: ASUS PC800-E Deluxe
CPU: 3.4GHz Prescott
Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 LED
Memory: amnt & part# 2x512 Crucial
Video: Leadtek GeForce 6800 GT 256Mb
Case: Lian Li PC-60
Power supply: Enermax EG651P-VE FMA 550 Watts
CD Writer: Samsung 348B DVD Combo
DVD Writer: NEC ND-3550A
Floppy: Mitsumi?
HDD 1: Maxtor 160Gb
HDD 2: etc.
Sound: Audigy MP3+
LAN: onboard
SCSI adapter:
Video capture: Firewire onboard Audigy
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Elite Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech
Network: none yet
Other:

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=empty, 4=empty, 5=Audigy.
Pri IDE:
Sec IDE: n/c
SATA1: n/c
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: n/c
SATA RAID2: n/c
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans:

BIOS Setup: nothing special
Version. Important custom settings.

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP SP2
HDD formatting & partitioning. O/S and any special setup of it/ tweaks.

PURPOSE: backup workstation
What you intend to use this PC for.

COMMENTS: It might become my primary workstation
Any observations, positive or negative.

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. none
2. keeping the Prescott cool
 

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Two year old system, has had P4C800 Deluxe in it from day one, very solid system until recent RAID trouble.

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
CPU: 2.8C GHz
Cooler: Swiftech MCX478-V + SilenX 92mm + AS5
Memory: 2GB, 2x 1GB OCZ PC3200 EL 2-3-2-5
Video: ATI Radeon X850 PRO 256MB
Case: Foxconn Supercase 146 plus a window kit
Power supply: Thermaltake PP 420W
CD/DVD Combo: Lite-On
DVD Writer: Sony +/- RW 4X
Floppy: White (Panasonic?)
HDD 1: 2x120GB =240 RAID
HDD 2: 200GB SATA
Sound: Audigy 2 Platinum
LAN: onboard
SCSI adapter: none
Video capture: none, I use Firewire
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Elite
Mouse: Logitech Wireless Elite
Network: 100 mbps LAN
Other: Logitech z5300 speakers, APC 800VA UPS, 19" CRT

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=Audigy, 2=56k Modem, 3=Firewire Ports, 4=empty, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: Lite-On CD/DVD Combo (master)
Sec IDE: Sony DVD +/- Burner (master)
SATA1: 200GB Western Digital
SATA2: n/c
SATA RAID1: 120GB Western Digital
SATA RAID2: 120GB Western Digital (RAID-0 with above)
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 80mm intake and 80mm back panel on fan controller, 92mm on CPU powered by motherboard header, two in PSU

BIOS Setup: 1019, stock speeds

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP SP2

PURPOSE: Everything- games, video editing, music, programming, web dev., photo manipulation

COMMENTS: None

PROBLEM SUMMARY:
RAID-0 failed. In the process of moving to a WD Raptor 74GB + 250GB + 200GB and turning off RAID, instead of current setup.
 

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Latest Update from a previous post (can't edit ? )

HARDWARE SETUP:
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz Prescott (HT)
Cooler: Intel P4 CPU fan, Vantec Stealth fans (1 front case fan, 2 rear case fans), 3 power supply fans, XFX Video Card fan
Memory: 4Gb GEIL Dual Channel Linear Mode 400MHz - 4 x 1GbMB PC3200 DDR400 CL=3-8-4-4 (Displaying 3327Mb due to ICH5R resource allocation)
Video: XFX GeForce 6600GT (nVidia 6 series) 128Mb running at 1920x1200 60Hz 32bit.
Case: AOpen HX08
Power supply: ToPower 570W
DVD ROM: Pioneer DVD-ROM DVD-115
DVD Writer: Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-109
Floppy:
Generic (Teac?)
HDD 1: Segate 80Gb ATA (IDE)
HDD 2: Segate 250Gb S-ATA
HDD 3: Segate 200Gb S-ATA
HDD 4: Segate 200Gb S-ATA
Sound: Creative SB Live 5.1 DE
LAN: OnBoard (Intel PRO/1000 CT )
SCSI adapter: OnBoard Promise RAID (on SATA-RAID1 and SATA-RAID2)
Keyboard: MS Natural
Mouse: MS IntelliMouse Optical (5 button)
Tablet: Wacom Intuos3 PTZ680
Network: D-Link DI-524UP
Other: ServerLink Infinity SL-421 Ver 4.24-7.2 (12-02-2002) running 2 computers to MS Natural Keyboard, MS Optical 5 button mouse, Dell 2405FPW

HARDWARE Connections:
PCI slots: 1=empty, 2=empty, 3=empty, 4=Sound, 5=empty.
Pri IDE: {Disk0} [m] Segate 80Gb HDD (ST380011A), {CD-ROM0} Pioneer DVD-ROM DVD-115
Sec IDE: {CD-ROM1} [m] Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-109
SATA1: {Disk1} Segate NCQ 250Gb (ST3250823AS)
SATA2: n/c
SATA-RAID1: {Disk2} Segate 200Gb (ST3200822AS)
SATA-RAID2: {Disk3} Segate 200Gb (ST3200822AS)
Pri RAID: n/c
Fans: 1xFront, 2xRear, 2xPower Supply, 1xCPU, 1xVideo

BIOS Setup:
Version: 1019 (10/26/04 P4CED106)
Important custom settings: Onboard sound and IEEE disabled, OnBoard IDE set to enhanced SATA, No RAID. Operation Promise Controller Enabled in IDE mode.

SOFTWARE Setup: Windows XP Pro SP2 (Auto Update activated with prompt)
A: Floppy drive
C: IDE1m 57.26Gb NTFS "SYSTEM" (Partition 1 on Disk0 - system partition Windows XP sp2 + patches)
D: SATA1 120.58Gb NTFS "Data1" (Partition 1 on Disk1 - Primary data drive for high access files)
E: SATA-RAID1 120.61Gb NTFS "Data2" (Partition 1 on Disk2 - Secondary data drive for static files)
F: SATA1 112.30Gb NTFS "Scratch2" (Partition 2 on Disk1 - Secondary temp storage for data not requiring backup)
G: SATA-RAID1 65.70Gb NTFS "Scratch1" (Partition 2 on Disk2 - Primary temp storage for programs running on D: data)
H: IDE1s DVD-ROM
I: IDE2m DVD-RW
Z: SATA-RAID2 65.70Gb NTFS "Backups" (Partition 1 on Disk3 - Local drive / Network share for backups)

PURPOSE:
Development, graphics design, video editing

COMMENTS:
It has always been fast.
GHOST backups to SATA 50% faster now (yea!)
8 USB ports, only using 3, 4, 5 and 6. USB ports 1, 2, 7 and 8 share IRQ with AGP slot.


PROBLEM SUMMARY:
1. When first built RAID on IDE3 given up on as striped on single channel a waste of time, SATA-RAID installed no issues.
2. Adding SATA drive had Windows failing to boot, (Wrong Promise RAID controler installed by Windows see Tech Support forums for
answers by Clintfan (search clintfan + SATA378)
3. Unexpected reboot .... nhas not happened since upgrading to BIOS 1019 (26/10/2004 released)
4. System hang while reading DVD-ROM from IDE1 slave. Replaced IDE ATA133 cables with CoolerMaster cables. (18-April-2005)
5. Random reboots / Ghost 9 failing to backup / then no C drive. Replaced Hitachi 60Gb with Segate 80Gb and recovered from Ghost 2003 backup, all OK and Ghost 9 now works.
6. 6-Jan-2006: BIOS failed to load. Got to the “Hit DEL to enter setup” but no keyboard/mouse and would not go any further. Pulled the CMOS battery and reset the CMOS. Booted and gave errors requiring me to enter setup. Did so and all is OK so far.
7. Monitor refused to display BLUE, died. Replaced with Dell 24inch TFT (Dell 2405FPW) running 1920x1200. Graphics card only supported 1600x1200 so it also got replaced.
8. Needed to upgrade memory on another machine so replaced 4x512Mb DDR400 sticks with 4x1Gb DDR400 sticks. Failed to display video, replace old memory and gave me an overclocking message (I do not overclock !!). Put new memory back and all OK. 4Gb only displaying 3327Mb due to resource allocation from ICH5R (as indicated in manual)
 
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