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First post, by RetroPC_King

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Hello Vogons! Today I will present my old PC, a retro rig now. I have some pictures.
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-AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Barton 1.917 GHz with AMD Stock Cooler (no overclock, stock voltage) (used Arctic MX-4 as thermal paste)
-ASUS A7V600-X motherboard (VIA KT600 northbridge + VIA VT8237 southbridge, essentially VIA KT600 chipset) with stock Revision 1002 BIOS
-Some generic grey case with blue vertical LEDs (maybe Delux but I am not sure) with front USB and Audio ports)
-400W Powerlink LPJ2 PSU
-Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 + Mandrake Linux 10.0 Community Dual-Boot
-512MB Kingmax SuperRAM DDR400 at CL2.5-3-3-7 (red PCB)
-Palit NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X 64MB video card with VGA, S-Video and RCA TV-out
-Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP Deluxe TV Tuner with Conexant BT878 chipset on PCI slot 3
-Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 40GB ATA133 Hard Drive
-ASUS DVD-E616P1 16x DVD-ROM Drive
-LG DVD-ROM/CD-RW 16x DVD, 52x32x52x CD-RW combo drive
-Alps 3.5 inch white bezel floppy drive
-ViPowER Super Rack with Fujitsu 1.7GB ATA33 drive

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    Cool at night! It looks so cool!
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Reply 3 of 13, by chinny22

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Always nice to find a use for your old daily driver.
I'd add a creative sound card. EAX is one of XP's big selling points, SBLive! upto the PCI X-Fi's will work in XP

Reply 4 of 13, by RetroPC_King

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RoyBatty: What benchmarks to run on it? Any advice?
Chinny22: I have a Sound Blaster Audigy PCI in a box. Maybe worth to put in there? Because I use onboard sound, and the SoundMax is good however.

Reply 5 of 13, by chinny22

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The Audigy would be a very good card for a XP build.

Quality may/may not change but If any of your games support EAX 4 or earlier you'll get more realistic sound.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_Audio_Extensions

Reply 6 of 13, by RetroPC_King

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I have an Sound Blaster Audigy SB0230 PCI. It is good? What Audigy is this from the part number (SB0230)?
I wasn't sure that had EAX 3. It is true?

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Reply 7 of 13, by chinny22

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Looks like the SB0230 is a OEM version, That doesn't matter it can still do EAX3.
You just need the drivers from here rather then the generic ones
Sound Blaster Audigy SB0230 Windows 98 and XP drivers

Most important is the Audigy chip if it has EMU10K2 written on it then EAX will be done in hardware.
If it has CA0106 then EAX will be in software, but as you already own it I would still use it rather then going out and spending more money.

Reply 9 of 13, by RetroPC_King

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Here are the benchmarks for this PC. Used CineBench 2003 and 3DMark2001SE. Any comments and opinions are welcome.

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Reply 10 of 13, by RetroPC_King

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Second wave of benchmarks. Used PassMark Performance Test 6 and PCMark 2002.

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Reply 12 of 13, by Samopal VanoZ

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As i remember i've got 9300 3dmarks 2001 on radeon 9100 back in the days.. on athlon 1700+ palomino.. so results seems to be pretty low.
9100 is sure better video card, but not so much better, maybe it's the test4 (fisher etc) which doesn't run at all on mx..
//up to now i have sempron 2500+ as my second quake1/3 machine.
//your Burton is qool for sure! Congratulations!