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Old 09-21-07, 07:31 AM   #1
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Computer Nerd Alert: Photos of my newly finished computer. Post yours too!

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.

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Old 09-21-07, 07:55 AM   #2
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Campy or Shimano drives?

Flip it.
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I just bought this sweet baby:


The guy told me it was brand new, top of the line.
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Me and my posse are puttin the finishing touches on this baby tomorrow.
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I'm saving up for one of these:


It's going to increase my computational power by at least....well I don't actually know by how much, I need to get it first to figure that out.
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Cool, but how many FPS does it get on Doom 3? Far Cry?

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The Antec Sonata towers house a Intel Core duo 6600 CPU each, 2 and 4 Gb of RAM and a few hundred Gb of HDD. They are built for silence over speed. Noctua NH-12 UF CPU coolers, Zalman GPU coolers and passively cooled mobos. The tower in the background is empty but I might build a htpc in it someday.
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Sweet!

I finished mine afew weeks ago and have been putting it through the paces with gaming and benchmarks. I'll try to take some pictures when i get home if i remember.

The only upgrades i'll do in the near future are getting a new monitor, DVD burner, and a second hard drive. While i was dreaming of having a RAID setup, i'll pass on that for now and use the second hard drive for storing, um, videos. Yeah. Videos.
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I'm saving up for one of these:


It's going to increase my computational power by at least....well I don't actually know by how much, I need to get it first to figure that out.
is that thing wireless? awesome!!!!!!
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It's going to increase my computational power by at least....well I don't actually know by how much, I need to get it first to figure that out.

Here Squegeeboo, you can practice on mine.
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The Antec Sonata towers house a Intel Core duo 6600 CPU each, 2 and 4 Gb of RAM and a few hundred Gb of HDD. They are built for silence over speed. Noctua NH-12 UF CPU coolers, Zalman GPU coolers and passively cooled mobos. The tower in the background is empty but I might build a htpc in it someday.
That sucka is humongous. I might get this one day:



* 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 1GB memory
* 120GB hard drive1

+ it doesn't need a fan to cool it so no noise...
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The Antec Sonata towers house a Intel Core duo 6600 CPU each, 2 and 4 Gb of RAM and a few hundred Gb of HDD. They are built for silence over speed. Noctua NH-12 UF CPU coolers, Zalman GPU coolers and passively cooled mobos. The tower in the background is empty but I might build a htpc in it someday.

Nice cases



Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS EAX1300/TD/128M Radeon X1300 128MB 64-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Low Profile Video Card
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA
LITE-ON 18X DVDR DVD Burner
LITE-ON Beige ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive
and a bunch of really quiet fans

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+ it doesn't need a fan to cool it so no noise...
Just to let you know, they let our a horrible high-pitched whine that cut through just about anything.
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It doesn't work in FF. And it's implementation is shoddy at best. They must have used my Commodore to program it.
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Better cable management then I tend to do. Enjoy the new pc.
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I always liked Antec cases, but the Sonta III was out of my price range and I think too tall for the space I had. The SX1040 required me to remove the feet from the bottom to give me the needed half inch clearance to my keyboard tray on the desk I have. The rotated HHD bays are really nice. The clearance between video card and HDDs was the big issue I was having with my old Antec. The new build in that box has a much smaller video card now so no worries about that any more.

Cable management is a breeze with this case. Between the opening right in front of the PSU to run cables behind the mobo tray, and the including cable routing guides it really wasn't a problem at all. Any and all spare cable is hidden behind the tray out of sight, plus the PSU has a modular cable setup where I only install the cables I need.
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Ohhh, BLUE!

I think I still have the first computer I ever built.
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Well, here is my newest. He has a big, silver brother too.

You know what they say, "once you go Mac, ..."


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Dude, is that a built-in tape drive? State of the art!! Back in my junior high days, we used to program on a PET, but not even the instructor had one with a built-in tape.
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Well, here is my newest. He has a big, silver brother too.

You know what they say, "once you go Mac, ..."


You then go black?

And I've heard there is more to that one as well...
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You know what they say, "once you go Mac, ..."

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