RetroPC_King wrote on 2022-06-04, 06:29:
This is my 1st Socket AM2 build. It is from December 2007, and it wasn't upgraded over time, it was kept as is, with all it's or […]
This is my 1st Socket AM2 build. It is from December 2007, and it wasn't upgraded over time, it was kept as is, with all it's original components. Only replaced the PSU and CMOS battery.
-AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 1.9 GHz with AMD stock cooler
-ASUS M2N-E SLI motherboard
-Spire case with front USB and audio
-2GB DDR2-800 (PC6400) Kingmax RAM (in dual channel) (2x 1GB DIMMs)
-ASUS EAX1550 256MB video card (ATI Radeon X1550) (expands to 512MB)
-Samsung SpinPoint S166 160GB SATA HDD (model HD161HJ)
-ASUS 18X DVD-RW drive (model DRW-1814BL)
-it runs Windows XP Professional SP2
Any opinions? It is my only assembled Socket AM2 rig.
I see you've posted a LOT of rigs, will take me a while before I've read all of them 😋
This rig seems decent at first glance. One of the slower dual cores made by AMD, a good amount of nice RAM (I would personally also have used 2*1GB DDR2-800), it seems like a nice rig combined with WinXP, yet the parts are easier to come by then for instance my A64 single core WinXP builds which relied on higher tier (but older gen) AGP cards.
X1550 seems like a good fit for the rest of your rig, nobody really needs SLI unless you got a good amount of graphics cards in your stash. And as someone who also build a LOT of rigs just like you I can imagine you not really being up to use 2 graphics cards for just one rig if you could use them in 2 rigs, especially if you're short on decent graphics cards.
Stock AMD HSF is fine, the ones from the AM2 era were decently silent, unlike the Intel stock HSFs which for as long as I can remember were never truly silent (please correct me if I'm wrong).
I loved those late Samsung Spinpoints. Kinda a shame they left the harddrive business. Your 160GB drive should be perfectly fine.
The case looks nice, though I don't recognize this one. Personally I would still add a case fan though. And I'm not much of a fan of that PSU until I know what exactly it is.
I've personally only ever build a single AM2 rig. Also 2*1GB DDR2-800 but with a 250GB WD drive iirc and a 8600GT or something, also a single optical drive. Single core 2.4GHz CPU. That µATX case of mine was also missing its harddrive cage but the rig worked alright. Crashed in BF2 but all other games seemed to run fine, I never tested that rig a lot because I ended up lending it to a friend who only brought it back yeeeaaars later 🤣).
Mine was also with WinXP and basically made of parts I had laying around.