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Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: Help building an Atom 330 system from scratch? - 01-04-2009, 06:51 AM
Me too, I got a barebones MSI Nettop with a dual core 330 but I barely notice any difference (eg. websites with flash are still slow to browse, opening and closing windows still sluggish), but I am using Vista with only 1GB RAM... At least I can play 720P video without core-avc codecs...
Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: Help building an Atom 330 system from scratch? - 01-04-2009, 06:57 AM
I set up the rig teeth_03 listed in this thread.
With the exception of the GPU, this lil thing is really a lot better than I expected after reading the thousand or so reviews before buying. I yanked the 250 psu out of the case and used a 90w pico psu with a brick. I boot xp and ubuntu on one of the hdd's and tonight I'm going to try windows7 on the other drive.
Sometime next week I should get a 32gb ide ssd and cable from my uncle and I'll mount it in a billet aluminum adapter in the external hhd spot and boot OS's off that with the 2 SATA's for storage. As far as performance, this atom with the 2gb ram does everything I ask it(media server,file server, and I use it to rip DVD's to the HDD.
My neice just used it to put together a movie she made for her film class(its a 30 minute film with the mini 9 as co-star inter cut with 'commercials' for low power pc's). We had to upload the actual footage to my kids computer as I dont have a firewire on the 330 rig. It was all filmed in 780p except for the 'commercials' and my Ulead vid studio 10 handled it fine except when she had 4 firefox windows and her storyboard open in OO Impress it got severely laggy but I Imagine that was a ram issue as nothing has crashed from general use since I built it. My only issue is with that dang hot northbridge and the fact that the tv out on this board is only a screen clone and not independent . sorry for rambling, later-J
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: DeKalb, IL (near Chicago)
Re: Help building an Atom 330 system from scratch? - 01-08-2009, 04:33 AM
I ordered the parts I listed above from New Egg tonight. Time'll be sparse for a bit, but I'll delve into the build as I can and report back along the way.
Thanks for the suggestions and inspiration, both here and in this thread: check-this-atom-based-system-out-t986s20.html
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Olalla, WA
Re: Help building an Atom 330 system from scratch? - 01-14-2009, 04:40 PM
You might consider getting the free Windows 7 beta from Microsoft. It's everything Vista is, without the performance hit. The guys in this forum have reported it runs faster than even XP did. I think if you're ok with Vista on this machine (I wouldn't be, I didn't like the performance hit of Vista on my 3GHz Core2Duo), win7 will blow your mind. (I ran Win7 on my 3GHz C2D, if I didn't hate the interface, it would have been great. OSX for me.)
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