Good old trusty
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Posted: 07/06/2008 11:06 AM
This machine is getting on in years now but it has lasted the test of time.
This was built by myself and has had some small improvements made to it over time.
It is an old P4 3.0Ghz (478 chipset) which with the standard intel heatsink was a bit noisy so it got swapped with a zalman variable fan control heatsink. would recommend this to anyone.
Also has 2GB of DDR, which has been more than enough for most of the stuff i have done on it.
Even a VM's open. I have been running windows xp pro for years as well as experimenting with linux. Used to have a couple of ide 80gb drives but a while ago upgraded to some sata drives. Seagate is my choice of drive, working in the pc industry i have seen many other drives fail but not to many seagates and i have found there support for replacing drives pretty good.
Did have an asus p4p800 mainboard until that recently pooed itself.
Through an old acer board in i had lying around and got this going, had to search a bit for drivers and jumper settings for the board, mainly the onbaord sound card.
Got a nvidia 6200 card ages ago and this runs my dual 17"s with no problems. I dont do much gaming so i didn't need something to high end. Now has a thermaltake 550w power supply, have brougt a couple of cheap and nasty's which haven't lasted so i have learnt my lesson and this hasn't missed a beat.
Also have a compro dvb card and a dvico dual, i have found the dvico to be a much supperior card. less drop outs etc. Have couple of dvd burners etc that just keep working, had a few problems with pioneer burners so tried a sony and havent looked back. Have a logitech webcam and some nice altec lanseng speakers to make the tunes pump.
Perfomance wise i have been happy with this. It is getting a bit long in the tooth now and am shortly hoping to upgrade to a quad. probably the Q9450, 4 or 8 gb ram, 750gb drives etc. maybe vista, maybe x64, not too sure about OS yet.
I have a pentium d at work and i do notice a substantial difference in speed, but no complaints from me about this old beast as you would expect that from a machine a couple of years older. If it needed to im sure it would keep kickin me on for a few more years to come.
All in all RESPECT!!! for the old trusty pc
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