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    Building a Shuttle Gaming XPC
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: August 30th, 2004
    Bottom Line: When Shuttle announced an XPC with an AGP slot, gamers could finally use this machine and loved the systems because they offered equal performance as their desktop counterparts, yet were stylish, light, and easy to build. SLCentral set out to build one spending under $1000, read on to find out more....

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    Installing Drivers and Updates

    Many times, people forget to do this crucial step. Driver and Windows Update installation are extremely important steps in the building process, and can greatly effect performance. It is also important you do this before doing anything else.

    Chances are, when you start up IE to download drivers/updates, your internet won't work. This is because we don't have the network drivers installed. Since the only way we can get them is from the CD that came with your XPC, put it in your optical drive and install the network drivers only (nothing else!). Once this is done, restart, and you should be able to access the internet.

    The first thing you want to do is download Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 will be released in a few months, if it's already out by the time you are reading this, download that) and install it. It is a huge download (multiple hundred megabytes), but is is extremely important to the speed, security, and stability of your system. At this time, don't download any other updates. Once it completes, restart, and continue.

    First driver we should install are the chipset drivers. Since I have an ATI chipset, I need to head over to and download the chipset drivers there. Don't use the ones on the CD, as those are not the latest versions. Since I'm already at the ATI site, I decided to grab the display drivers as well (you can do the same if you have different chipsets/graphics cards).

    Install the chipset drivers now. It should be straight-forward. Don't restart just yet though. You can install the graphics drivers now. Restart after these are done installing.

    At this point, you can install anything left, such as audio drivers, or anything else you may have installed that is not yet installed. You should also download all updates on the Windows Update website to make sure your computer has the latest patches.

    From here, you can start installing games, programs, and your anti-virus. Read on for a few tweaks in Windows to speed things up a bit.

    Windows Tweaks Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing The Parts
    3. Other Accessories
    4. Buying Everything
    5. Putting It Together
    6. Installing Drivers
    7. Windows Tweaks
    8. Conclusions
    9. Gallery

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