As some Foosters might remember I posted a while back about upgrading my old (3 years+) main PC, asking for suggestions and recommendations and a little help catching up on 3 years of hardware advancements. Out of that came a rather large order from Newegg.com that I installed into my old (really old, like 10 years) Antec SX1040 case that I had been using since before computers were using Ghz to say how fast they were.
The original plan was to take all my old hardware and sell it off to help finance the cost of this upgrade. A coworker offered to give me a case he had, and to my surprise it came with a good power supply, motherboard and processor already installed. This allowed me to put together a machine to sell and still have plenty of spare parts laying around. As with bicycles, having spare computer parts laying around my house is a dangerous thing to my pocket book. So I present to you, new computer 2.0. New case, new DVD-R drive, and a second new Hard drive.
Case is a Cooler Master 690, a very recently released model by the company. And inside I now have the following:
CoolMax 700W Power Supply (SLI certified)
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI MCP motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane (2.5Ghz) - OC'ed to 2.7 Ghz plan to go higher with new cooler soon
2GB CORSAIR XMS2 DDR 800 (PC2 6400)
MSI GeForce 8600GTS factory OC to 700Mhz
Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Lite-On SATA DVD-RW with LightScribe
Empy case fresh out of the box
Side-by-side with my SX1040. the Antec is sitting further back, height difference is more than it appears.
All the hardware moved over and powered back up. Cool air is being supplied and hot air removed from 5 120mm case fans, and one 80mm fan.
The SX1040 had less than half an inch clearance to the keyboard/mouse tray. Here I have 2+ inches.
Not the best cable management job, but best job I cared to do this evening. I'll likely go back in and work on the SATA cables a bit more later.
ASUS M2N32-Deluxe, AMD X2 4800+ Brisbane, MSI 8600GTS, 2GB Corsair XMS2 800, 250 & 320 GB SATA drives, etc etc.
The old Antec SX1040 was put back together with most of my old hardware for its new job as a file/print/game server. AMD 2800+ on an Epox nForce2 board, gig of ram, 120, 200 and 200 GB drives, and my old nVidia Geforce2 GTS 64mb vid card for those rare times I need direct video in instead of remote desktop.