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10-30-2000, 09:53 PM
I'm getting a new PC and looking at getting it from www.hypersonic-pc.com (http://www.hypersonic-pc.com) and just want to know if anybody has any experience with this company and what it's like.
the general specs for the comp im most likely going to get are
*CPU:1GHz thunderbird
*MOBO: Asus A7V KT133
*HD: IBM deskstar 30GB
*DVD: Toshiba 12x DVD with software decoding
*CD-R: Plextor 12xW, 10xRW 32xR (burn proof)
*3D CARD: Voodoo 5 5500 64MB
*sound: Creative Blaster SoundBlaster, X-Gamer
anybody see any problems with these? also do i need a RAID controller for anything? and what does it mean when a CD-R drive is burn proof? and whats better for a DVD-ROM, hardware decoding or software decoding?


Charles Kozierok
10-30-2000, 10:19 PM
First, standard plug: http://www.PCGuide.com/buy . Read it, memorize it, recommend it to friends. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
Sounds like a good system from here, but check out that vendor in detail before you buy. I never buy from unfamiliar vendors any more without thoroughly researching.
RAID controllers are needed only for RAID arrays; see http://www.PCGuide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid . You don't need one.
"Burnproof" is a new buffering technology that lets CD-RW drives write blanks without creating coasters due to buffer underruns. It's a Good Thing. [tm] http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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10-31-2000, 06:47 PM
thanks for the answers, but which is better for a DVD-ROM hardware decoding or software decoding? and would you suggest the voodoo5 or a Hercules 3D prophet 2 GeForce GTS DDR 64MB AGP for 3D gaming?

[This message has been edited by will729 (edited 10-31-2000).]

11-01-2000, 05:03 PM
actually for video cards I'm either going to get the voodoo5, an ATI Radeon w/64MB DDR, or an NVIDIA GeForce 2 ULTRA w/64MB DDR TV-OUT (All three have 4x AGP) which one would you guys suggest for good looking 3D gaming? I heard the voodoo5 can't run well at high resolutions but gives good FSAA which counters that, but not much about the other two. and if you know th answer to the DVD-ROM question from above too could you tell me please. I'm also getting my PC from www.alienware.com (http://www.alienware.com) now, I hear it's good, anyone know anything about them?

11-01-2000, 06:29 PM
DVD hardware decoding is generally thought to be better, but when I recently tried to configure a PC with WinME (only choice) and hardware decoding the configurator said WinMe does not support hardware decoding.

nVidia has so many flavors of the GEForce out there now, it's hard to keep them straight. At http://www.anandtech.com/, you'll find thorough reviews the nVidia and the 3Dfx cards. IIRC, the review of the 5500 said it was not a match for the latest of nVidia cards, but I don't remember if the ULTRA is the latest. I think not, but may well be wrong.

You can check on vendors at:

You may also be able to check online to see if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and see a summary of their file:
http://www.bbbonline.org/ or http://www.bbb.org/

Alienware's systems are cool looking, but the prices seem high to me. I don't see anything particularly special in the configurations to warrant the price. You might check:
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/ for comparison (this is not an endorsement)

which sell highly configurable AMD systems.


11-02-2000, 10:28 PM
if you don't endorse them does that mean there is something wrong with them?


Paleo Pete
11-02-2000, 11:52 PM
Nope, it means she doesn't want her post to be interpreted as an advertisement.

If you had everything...Where would you put it?

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