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In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems.

1st Socket 754 system (my main retro rig that I use everyday):
-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2 GHz (ClawHammer core) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard
-Cooler Master Centurion V case with front USB, audio and FireWire
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsinks) (2x 512MB DIMMs)
-ASUS N6200 256MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP) (NV44a core)
-Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA HDD (model HD160JJ) (connected to VIA VT8237 SATA controller)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW drive (model DRW-1608P, OEM Pioneer DVR-109)
-Sony 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive (model MPF920)
-550W RPC PSU
-Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP Expert TV Tuner
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official (dual-boot)

Any opinions? I have several Socket 754 systems to show.

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Reply 1 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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2nd Socket 754 system:
-AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8 GHz (Palermo core) (E6 stepping, so it have AMD64 and SSE3) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8V-X SE motherboard
-generic A-Line PC case with front USB and audio
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsink)
-Leadtek WinFast A340T 128MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)
-Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA HDD (model HD160JJ)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW Super Multi drive (model DRW-1608P2S, OEM Pioneer DVR-110)
-Alps 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive
-450W SPACER PSU
-Leadtek WinFast DV2000 TV Tuner
-1 DeepCool XFAN 80 L/B 80mm blue LED case fan on back
-1 Gembird FANCASE-4 80MM case fan
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandrake Linux 10.0 Community (dual-boot)

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Reply 2 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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3rd Socket 754 system:
-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2 GHz (Venice core) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboard
-ComRace Platinum-00 case with front USB and audio
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsinks) (2x 512MB DIMMs)
-PNY NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP (NV44a core) 512MB DDR2 video card
-Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 160GB SATA HDD (model WD1600AAJS) (connected to NVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb SATA controller)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW X Multi drive (model DRW-1608P3S, OEM Pioneer DVR-111)
-Panasonic 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive (model MPF920)
-450W SPACER PSU
-Leadtek WinFast DVR3100H (hardware MPEG-2 capture) TV Tuner
-1 DeepCool XFAN 80 L/B 80mm case fan with blue LED on back
-1 DeepCool XFAN 80 L/R 80mm case fan with red LED on back
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandriva 2006 (dual-boot)

Any opinions about my Socket 754 systems?

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Reply 3 of 12, by SScorpio

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Why only systems with XP and no Win98? Single core A64s are kinda weak for games that start requiring XP.

Are you only using integrated sound? EAX enhances many games, and SB Live and X-Fi cards are inexpensive. A3D 2.0 cards are awesome, but very expensive.

Reply 4 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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SScorpio wrote on 2022-06-03, 15:41:

Why only systems with XP and no Win98? Single core A64s are kinda weak for games that start requiring XP.

Are you only using integrated sound? EAX enhances many games, and SB Live and X-Fi cards are inexpensive. A3D 2.0 cards are awesome, but very expensive.

1. I know that Athlon 64 is weak, but for me it run my games fine. I prefer XP because it is time period-correct with age of systems.
2. I know these, but for me integrated sound it is fine. Even SoundMAX integrated audio supports A3D and EAX. SoundMAX is best integrated audio for me.

Also, when I will build more Socket 754 systems, I will post them there.

Reply 6 of 12, by Tetrium

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RetroPC_King wrote on 2022-06-03, 15:09:
In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems. […]
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In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems.

1st Socket 754 system (my main retro rig that I use everyday):
-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2 GHz (ClawHammer core) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard
-Cooler Master Centurion V case with front USB, audio and FireWire
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsinks) (2x 512MB DIMMs)
-ASUS N6200 256MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP) (NV44a core)
-Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA HDD (model HD160JJ) (connected to VIA VT8237 SATA controller)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW drive (model DRW-1608P, OEM Pioneer DVR-109)
-Sony 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive (model MPF920)
-550W RPC PSU
-Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP Expert TV Tuner
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official (dual-boot)

Any opinions? I have several Socket 754 systems to show.

Coolermaster Centurion 5 is 🥰I love that case!
I had a very similar build in mine actually, s939 A64 Venice 2.2GHz with 2*1GB DDR-400 and several Samsung Spinpoint HDDs.
Heck, mine also included a black FDD! ^^ and mine also ran WinXP (but SP2) because as you say it's the best fit for such hardware 🙂
ODD is fine. This rig does include a case fan so a thumbsup there.

The graphics card is somewhat underpowered for your rig though.
Is your VIA VT8237 SATA controller the PLUS variant which does work with SATA2 drives or is it the older non-Plus chip?

All in all, a nice rig. Only thing I'm not much of a fan of are the PSU (I don't know that brand) and the graphics card being somewhat underpowered (but I do like that it's passive or it seems to be a passive one judging from the pics).

Whats missing in your collections?
My retro rigs (old topic)
Interesting Vogons threads (links to Vogonswiki)
Report spammers here!

Reply 7 of 12, by Tetrium

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2nd Socket 754 system seems like a decent and balanced build. FX5200 is underpowered and I'm also unfamiliar with that brand for it but otherwise it seems fine to me.
The front of the case seems like the 3 top 5.25in bezel thingies are actually drawers 😋

Whats missing in your collections?
My retro rigs (old topic)
Interesting Vogons threads (links to Vogonswiki)
Report spammers here!

Reply 8 of 12, by Tetrium

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Your 3rd s754 rig is very similar to your other 2 rigs.
I do like the Venice core btw.
Is ComRace a local brand at where you live?

Whats missing in your collections?
My retro rigs (old topic)
Interesting Vogons threads (links to Vogonswiki)
Report spammers here!

Reply 9 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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Tetrium wrote on 2022-06-04, 21:46:

Your 3rd s754 rig is very similar to your other 2 rigs.
I do like the Venice core btw.
Is ComRace a local brand at where you live?

Yes. ComRace is a local brand.
I know that the K8N-E Deluxe is similar, but it was a rare motherboard here in my country. I am happy that I own a rarity.

Reply 10 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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Tetrium wrote on 2022-06-04, 21:44:

2nd Socket 754 system seems like a decent and balanced build. FX5200 is underpowered and I'm also unfamiliar with that brand for it but otherwise it seems fine to me.
The front of the case seems like the 3 top 5.25in bezel thingies are actually drawers 😋

They look like drawers, but are faceplates. It is a very stylish case, which looks like furniture.

Reply 11 of 12, by RetroPC_King

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Tetrium wrote on 2022-06-04, 21:40:
Coolermaster Centurion 5 is 🥰I love that case! I had a very similar build in mine actually, s939 A64 Venice 2.2GHz with 2*1GB DD […]
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RetroPC_King wrote on 2022-06-03, 15:09:
In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems. […]
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In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems.

1st Socket 754 system (my main retro rig that I use everyday):
-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2 GHz (ClawHammer core) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard
-Cooler Master Centurion V case with front USB, audio and FireWire
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsinks) (2x 512MB DIMMs)
-ASUS N6200 256MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP) (NV44a core)
-Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA HDD (model HD160JJ) (connected to VIA VT8237 SATA controller)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW drive (model DRW-1608P, OEM Pioneer DVR-109)
-Sony 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive (model MPF920)
-550W RPC PSU
-Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP Expert TV Tuner
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official (dual-boot)

Any opinions? I have several Socket 754 systems to show.

Coolermaster Centurion 5 is 🥰I love that case!
I had a very similar build in mine actually, s939 A64 Venice 2.2GHz with 2*1GB DDR-400 and several Samsung Spinpoint HDDs.
Heck, mine also included a black FDD! ^^ and mine also ran WinXP (but SP2) because as you say it's the best fit for such hardware 🙂
ODD is fine. This rig does include a case fan so a thumbsup there.

The graphics card is somewhat underpowered for your rig though.
Is your VIA VT8237 SATA controller the PLUS variant which does work with SATA2 drives or is it the older non-Plus chip?

All in all, a nice rig. Only thing I'm not much of a fan of are the PSU (I don't know that brand) and the graphics card being somewhat underpowered (but I do like that it's passive or it seems to be a passive one judging from the pics).

My VIA VT8237 is the older non-Plus one, so HDD is jumpered, but if I want a modern HDD in it, I can connect it to the Promise FastTrak 378 controller that supports even modern HDDs.

Also, check out my Socket A/462 rigs. I have several Socket A rigs.

Reply 12 of 12, by Tetrium

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RetroPC_King wrote on 2022-06-05, 05:46:
Tetrium wrote on 2022-06-04, 21:40:
Coolermaster Centurion 5 is 🥰I love that case! I had a very similar build in mine actually, s939 A64 Venice 2.2GHz with 2*1GB DD […]
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RetroPC_King wrote on 2022-06-03, 15:09:
In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems. […]
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In contrast to the topic where I showcased my retro Socket A rigs, in this topic I will showcase my Socket 754 systems.

1st Socket 754 system (my main retro rig that I use everyday):
-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2 GHz (ClawHammer core) with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard
-Cooler Master Centurion V case with front USB, audio and FireWire
-1GB DDR400 (PC3200) GeIL Value RAM (CL2.5-3-3-6) (with blue heatsinks) (2x 512MB DIMMs)
-ASUS N6200 256MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP) (NV44a core)
-Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB SATA HDD (model HD160JJ) (connected to VIA VT8237 SATA controller)
-ASUS 16X DVD-RW drive (model DRW-1608P, OEM Pioneer DVR-109)
-Sony 3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive (model MPF920)
-550W RPC PSU
-Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP Expert TV Tuner
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP1 and Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official (dual-boot)

Any opinions? I have several Socket 754 systems to show.

Coolermaster Centurion 5 is 🥰I love that case!
I had a very similar build in mine actually, s939 A64 Venice 2.2GHz with 2*1GB DDR-400 and several Samsung Spinpoint HDDs.
Heck, mine also included a black FDD! ^^ and mine also ran WinXP (but SP2) because as you say it's the best fit for such hardware 🙂
ODD is fine. This rig does include a case fan so a thumbsup there.

The graphics card is somewhat underpowered for your rig though.
Is your VIA VT8237 SATA controller the PLUS variant which does work with SATA2 drives or is it the older non-Plus chip?

All in all, a nice rig. Only thing I'm not much of a fan of are the PSU (I don't know that brand) and the graphics card being somewhat underpowered (but I do like that it's passive or it seems to be a passive one judging from the pics).

My VIA VT8237 is the older non-Plus one, so HDD is jumpered, but if I want a modern HDD in it, I can connect it to the Promise FastTrak 378 controller that supports even modern HDDs.

Also, check out my Socket A/462 rigs. I have several Socket A rigs.

Yes, it was bedtime for me 😋
I don't think I have a K8N-E Deluxe
I already saw your sA rigs, but I was too tired to type a message back xD

Whats missing in your collections?
My retro rigs (old topic)
Interesting Vogons threads (links to Vogonswiki)
Report spammers here!