Saturday, March 25, 2006

Reader - Dan's custom build

Cory-apn says blog reader and middle aged geek Dan, has sent in his custom build. It's a well designed machine with some nice specs. In his own words, here they are:

CASE - Thermaltake Armor Series Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower with 120mm front filter.

COOLING - Two Thermaltake 120mm ball bearing, sleeved, blue LED case cooling fans (1- 120mm intake and 1- 120mm exhaust through the radiator for CPU water cooling); Two Thermaltake 90mm ball bearing, sleeved, blue LED case cooling fans (1- exhaust and 1-top mounted blow hole); ATOP thermal controller (lousy device, don't like it). If anybody knows where I can get a "Super-Flower Fan Master", let me know.

MOTHERBOARD - Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9, Socket 939, NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX.

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego, 1GHz HT, 1MB L2 Cache, Socket 939 Processor (O/C'd to 2.4 GHz with plans to crank it up further).

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master 120mm Aquagate, Mini R120 Liquid Cooling System (keeps the CPU running at a nice 80 degrees F idle).

POWER SUPPLY - Coolmax "EZ Wire" CU-600T ATX 600W.

RAM - Corsair XMS Pro 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM, unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory.

GRAPHICS CARD - EVGA GeForce 6800GT, 256MB GDDR3, PCI Express x16.

HDD - Hitachi Deskstar 250GB, 7200 RPM, 8MB Cache, SATA, 3.0Gb/s.

OPTICAL DRIVE - Plextor black, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD+R DL, 16X DVD-R, 4X DVD-RW, 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 48X CD-ROM, 8M Cache, SATA 16X DVD±R DVD. This device is sweet, fast and quiet!

FLOPPY - Sony black, 1.44MB 3.5" internal.

SOUND - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum.

KEYBOARD & MOUSE - Logitech Cordless Comfort Duo Black, 105 Normal Keys, 12 Function Keys, PS/2 RF Wireless, Ergonomic.

EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE - Manpower (black) Aluminum 3.5", USB 2.0 with a 120mm blue LED fan (keeps 6 year old Western Digital 40 GB, IDE Hard Drive nice and cool).

SPEAKERS - Altec Lansing 2/2.1 w/sub woofer (temporary). Planning to get Logitech Z-5500, 505 Watt, digital 5.1 speakers.

MONITOR - Planar 17" DVI, LCD (temporary). Planning to get a HYUNDAI Imagequest L90D+, Silver 19" 8ms LCD, 300 cd/m2, 700:1 contrast ratio, 0.294mm pixel pitch.


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