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my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby billberet on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:31 pm

hey guys, doing a new XL build cause i have outgrown my existing machine.
i am going with HP Z200 business workstation with server 2003 standard.
HP owed me a few favors so they are 'donating' this to me, lol
i'll have the main drive mirrored (windows and XL), and the data will still reside on my Drobo as it always has.

i am going with the i5 processor because of the embedded instructions designed for multi media.
is anyone else using the i5 currently?



System features

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-650 Processor (3.20 GHz, 4 MB cache, 1333 MHz memory)
Number of Processors: 1
Chipset: Intel® PCH 3450
Form factor: Convertible Minitower
Featured Model: SmartBuy
Memory
Standard memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC Unbuffered RAM
Memory slots: 4 DIMM
Storage
Internal drive bays: Internal:
3 – 3.5-in
External drive bays: 3 – 5.25-in
Internal drive: 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA NCQ
Storage controller: Integrated SATA with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 support
Optical drive: SATA SuperMulti DVD writer
Graphics
Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro 600 (1 GB)
Expansion features
Ports: 8 USB 2.0
1 IEEE 1394 (optional)
2 microphone in
1 audio in
2 audio out
1 RJ-45
1 serial (optional)
2 PS/2
Slots: 1 PCIe Gen1 x1 mechanical (x1 electrical)
1 PCIe Gen2 x16 mechanical (x16 electrical)
1 PCIe Gen1 x4 mechanical (x1 electrical)
1 PCIe Gen1 x16 mechanical (x4 electrical)
3 PCI (full-height/length)
1 22-in-1 Media Card Reader (optional)
Communication features
Network interface: 10/100/1000
Audio: Integrated High Definition Realtek ALC262 audio
Power
Power supply: 320 W 89% efficient, wide-ranging, Active Power Factor Correction
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby Bill Lott on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:23 pm

Save yourself some headaches - load Windows 7

I ran Server 2003 for years but since moving to Win 7 my system is much more stable
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby billberet on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:44 pm

did you do server 2003 standard?

what issues did you run into? was it hardware related?
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby Bill Lott on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:08 pm

Mostly media related. Had problems running internal media player and in configuring sound cards. Since switching to Windows 7 profession I have not had any problems.
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby Jay on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:13 pm

Bill.
Current star-date is 2011.
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby S Pittaway on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:48 pm

I will second windows 7 professional as well :)
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby billberet on Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:26 pm

HA JAY !!!!
lol

i just figured server would be a stable platform, but i'll take the advice of the XL counsel and go win 7.
at least win 7 has all the codecs i need, so media should run smoothly with the i5 chipset.

my current machine has taken me years of trial and error, i am not looking forward to migrating to a new machine !!!!
but it needs to be done. wow, i can't believe i've been using XL since 2008 !!! I know it's not long compared to some of the ole timers here, ;)
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby billberet on Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:36 pm

sorry bill, can you send me your new cell number.
give me a buzz, i have your old one.

i have a few questions
thanks
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby samsonlov on Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:51 pm

+1 for Windows7
:)
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby billberet on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:46 pm

i dropped my win 7 idea and went back to xp, i was having too many issues getting things to work.
especially since they broke 'theater mode' for win 7.
i was no longer able to use Catylist control center to send my video to my tv's

after i went back to XP, all was well with the world!!!!
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Re: my new XL build - i5 processor / server 2003

Postby Jay on Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:58 pm

I guess it's time for xlOS.
Wes? Stephen?
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