I currently have this:
2 * Athlon XP 1700+'s @ 2GHZ (modded to AthlonMP 2400+'s)
Tyan s2460 motherboard
2 * 512MB Kingston PC2100 ECC Reg DIMMS
Promise TX2 IDE RAID Controller
ATI AIW 8500 128MB AGP
1 * Acer 16X DVD-ROM
1 * LG DVD-R 2X Burner
1 * MSI 48X CDBurner
1 * 40G WD 8MB Cache 7200RPM
2 * 80G WD *MB Cache 7200RPM in RAID o array (160G)
Pix here: http://www.geocities.com/fmerante/dualathlon.html
The problem is that this machine is too damn loud!! I can hear it from three floors up!
I'm probably going to sell the components and "downgrade" to a single CPU solution that is hopefully a lot quieter.
I was thinking of an NForce2 based motherboard, Barton 2500+ and 1GB of PC3200 memory and keeping all my current systems' drives and peripherals. I figure what I''ll lose in CPU horsepower I'll gain in overall system bandwidth.
I've looked at replacing various components to reduce the sound level but the prices are out of whack. I'd rather replace the setup. My CPU fans alone sound like jet turbines. All other case fans are of the "silent type" Temps per CPU are around 35 - 49 C My case is a split case (CPU mobo on one side, drives on the other side. Sound levels should be good in that type of a case I thought.
Anyone else out there with Dual Athlons being deafened by their PC"
What did you end up doing to quiet things down.