ASUS A8N-E (nForce4 Ultra Athelon 64 FX, Skt939 ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA (4GB DDR, 2000MHz FSB) with 1 PCI Express interface
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Processor Socket 939
CPUCOOL ZALMAN-CNPS7000B-CU LED
OCZ DDRAM #OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K (“Platinum” 2 x 512 matched pair, 3200 DDR/dual channel)
ADAPTEC-29320A-R SCSI RAID CARD (single channel 320)
Fujitsu MAU Series MAU3036NP 36.7GB 68pin U320-SCSI -15,000RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer
Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500SD 250GB Serial ATA 7200RPM w/8MB Buffer
NEC ND-3520A 16X Double Layer DVD±RW
VGA MSI- NX6600-TD256E RT (PCI Express interface)
ADAPTER - DVI TO VGA ADAPTER
Antec P160 Anodized Aluminum Super Mid Tower Case
Antec TruePower 2.0 TP-II 550 550W Power Supply
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
I built this computer specifically for working in Photoshop with a dual monitor setup. I intend to use the 15,000 RPM SCSI drive for my “scratch disc”… I want to eventually fool with overclocking….
As you can see, I am using an adapter (off the digital TV output-“DVI-I”) for my second (VGA) monitor out. Right now, on the new PC, I have two small VGA’s hooked up for setup/testing but will use my 21” BENQ CRT and a digital LCD monitor in the final setup. FYI: with my old rig, I am using a PNY GeForce 5200FX 128 mb (dual monitor) card, and I like it fine.
The new PC booted up fine. I loaded the OS and all seemed well until I installed drivers for the video card and tried to use them. I get a frozen image and frozen computer, with lots of small scattering of the image (not a technical term) when I try repositioning a window with my cursor. Also, the computer seems a little slow. I tried installing the last release driver “71.89” from MSI and that seemed to make the symptoms worse.
This is the first PC I have built from scratch and I may have done something grossly wrong or missed something. I thought the MSI board would go nicely with the ASUS board and suit my (non-gaming) graphic needs. I have not touched the BIOS…
The only other (probably unrelated) weird thing is that I can “see” the SCSI drive in my system’s hardware, but I do not see the drive, as an option in Photoshop or elsewhere!