Sadly the disk choice is rather anemic.
WHERE IS MY SCSI320??
4 - 15K RPM Disks in a raid 1/0 config would give you tons of space and blow the doors performance wise off the IDE crap.
Not really much faster than raptors raided for practical use., and a four disk raid array is not the best situation for your average HTPC/Gamer.
All my machines here at home are SCSI, if I could get for my laptop it would be too.
wouldn't you really want raptor/s in a laptop running at 7200 RPM with 'native SATA? When it becomes truely native - much more cost effective
The vid card is a compromise is understandable but all things considered maybe the article should have been delayed a month.
Even though not 3.0 pixel spec'ed the ATI card is finding it's place (faster) with DX9 centered games (read HL2). For all the hoopla over Doom 3 - people running out and buying the 6800 class cards, the same thing will happen with ATI cards and other games. In other words the ATI card is just as good, and just as fast, and not as bulky (although the <6800 GT is not bulky)
Sound card is a good choice. Not much choice out there since Creative has taken over the industry pretty much.
I agree with that, bit look for motherboards with the new CMI 24 bit codec to really catch on.
CPU cooling could have been managed with a peltier cooler and really pushed the CPU, maybe to 4.2 or higher
I have had some really good results with peltier coolers.
True again. I agree, but I think a stable OC at 3.9 is about target for everyday use if it's stable.
The case was not bad but rather plain. Certainly not worth the $400 for the paint. At least there was no fancy lighting and case windows.A mediocre effort with a lot of money wasted in silly places. If I want a fancy case I can get that anywhere. I prefer the plain understated elegance of the coolermaster wave. Why paint it?
Totally agree. I'm sick of light shows in cases or way too expensive paint jobs. I remember an issue a few years back with an awsome MaxPc paint job (done by a staffer I think) - was blue. Much better. I would like to have seen it more interesting though. It was kind of bland even though expensive - so I do get your drift. It looks like they just went to best buy for the huge screen, and newegg for all of the parts. Nothing really looked different or slighly off the map. There are parts that are kick a$$ that MaxPc has never reviewed or had in their mag.
Time to upgrade to Windows 2000 Pro and see real performance. Win XP is a bloated pig and slower then 2K.
I don't agree here. Easy to make winxp perform the same as 2000. You do this with preferences and tweaks. Takes 20 seconds. Overall XP is far better for multimedia - and the DM is geared towards that from what i saw.