I always try to build with nVidia and if the mobo has a nVidia chipset, so much the better.
This P4 is failing and I have another AMD board waiting in the wings for a case I ordered.
Not frelling around, I went and bought a G-series Seasonic PS [the X-series are still out of my
budget range] plus the cheap Orion in this machine is dropping its voltages, though it has outlived
the expensive Cooler Master it had and died one month out of warranty. I couldn't go without communication
at the time, so waiting for mail-order was out of the question, went to a bricks & mortar. Then I had issues,
after which I unplugged the DVD burner and it stabilised, so either there's a problem with the Philips burner
or it needs more juice from the 12 volt rail. I'm going to Google/Yahoo that but these days at 20 bucks a pop,
went to a new B & M and got a LG OEM for new build.
Even then I won't have a machine to experiment with and try my theory on [abject poverty] not until i save my
(oops, Canada got rid of 'em
) nickels and get another G-series Seasonic, only then
will it be my experimenting/spare box, as I have been using the PortableApps suite since it first came out,
then I had to learn how to migrate the Mozilla profile folders and .ini files as I buy new drives all the time.
So would prefer to stay in Windows, as I had to migrate from an Atari ST, a TT with a whopping 256MB
and a 16MB Falcon to Win'98 after there were no more dealers or active user clubs
While I can go to Linux for a true desktop experience ( been dual-booting 2000 with Mandriva's unique "Flash"
product) the product hasn't seen any upgrading since 2010 and I moved on to PCLinuxOS as they have an
active forum and monthly magazine as well as frequent updating for new hardware as well as backward compatibility.
The main drawback to that is I won't be able to use the PortableApps thumb drives and it is a little bit trickier [more work]
to migrate into and preserve the /home directories, so you can go on from where you left off install to each new install.
Plus will have to retire my favourite TV Capture Cards, which still work under W7,just use the compatibility tab, doesn't work
in VM. Though that's for 2020....by then I would have learned Myth-TV to use with the HDHomerun which I'm adding to the
first MyHD MDP-130 this summer.