First post, by God Of Gaming
Here's another one of these threads, this time for building the coolest PC of year 2003. Now, thing is, in september 2003 some cool stuff came out like the first athlon 64 cpus for example, but out of those parts that I would need to build the ultimate 2003 PC that includes everything released by the end of 2003, I only own a hercules 3d prophet radeon 9800XT, and an audigy 2 zs platinum. Im having very hard time finding the best of the first athlon 64s and the best motherboard for it, but when I find them, I will build such a machine, in this thread.
For now though, what I can certainly do, is build the best machine for early 2003, as I have basically all I need for that. Let's set a time spot of March-April of 2003 and see what kind of parts were the best at that time. First things first, we need a nice case to build in, and I have this Antec SLK3700AMB:
Pretty good condition, but as a small issue with it, I spilled a little bit of superglue on top, now I have no idea how to clean it off without destroying the paintjob 😒
Insides are already pretty populated, I currently have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe 2.0 in it, with AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (2nd best cpu of early 2003), and 2x512gb corsair xms pro (I'll try to upgrade to 2x1gb), as well as an ATi Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb, best graphics card of early 2003 (256mb version seems to have come out a bit later in the year).
I upgraded it with this random chinese gpu cooler I had since the og cooler didnt seem to do a good job at keeping it cool. I will not be adding a sound card, an Audigy 2 would be correct but I really wanna hear what the onboard nvidia soundstorm audio has to offer, supposedly it can do some 3d sound and eax 2, and is also same audio solution as in the og xbox.
As I said, the athlon xp 2800+ is 2nd best cpu of that time, the best was the 3000+, Im currently bidding on one, hopefully I win it. For storage I will want to use the then brand new WD Raptor 36gb 10k rpm hdd as system drive, I already bought one but it hasnt been delivered yet, and for game installs the best consumer hard drives of the time WD Caviar SE 250gb, and I just received delivery for one today, factory sealed too 😀
Sadly after unboxing it I found out its a newer revision from 2007, but its still same model so I guess it counts. I will probably want to have four of these, to fill up all the available 3.5" slots on the case, which also means I will need to add an extra ide controller. I won another used 250gb caviar se on ebay for very cheap, but Im having some trouble with the seller, he's complaining something about the delivery address and tells me to fix it, but there shouldnt be anything wrong with the address as Ive received hundreds of items on this address, and the guy is german and doesnt seem like he speaks english, so google translate is not helping me much.. maybe some of you will know german well enough to help me out deal with this guy?
Finally, for power supply, I won't be using this cheap delux from the photos above, of course, I have the original Antec SL350SP that was bundled with this case, and is apparently a very good unit, just with crap caps, a friend is recapping it with japanese caps for me right now. I also have another good 2003 unit, Enermax... EG... 375? something, it has japanese caps from the factory, its currently in use in another build but I can move it here if the recap of the antec unit fails.
p.s. forgot to show off the hercules 3d prohphet 9800xt, here it is, I wont be putting it to use till after I find the damn athlon 64 board to pair it with