November 14, 2007

Brand New Hardware

I'm posting this from my brand-spanky new computer.

This build took signifcantly less time than my previous two builds. A) because I had a better feel for what I wanted to achieve, and 2) because I had enough money built up to get all the parts in a short amount of time.

Thermaltake Aluminum Case (power supply I had already)

Asus P5K-E board

E6850 Core 2 Duo

2GB PC 6400

300 GB SATA drive (I'll monkey around with RAID after doing a bit of research and getting a second drive)

8600 GT OC (didn't really see the need to buy an 8800 right now, they'll becoming down eventually, or I can SLI another 8600 in here)

DVD RW drive (not going anywhere near HD until the war's been won)

Wireless keyboard and mouse (The keyboard's a little touchy, or not actually. You have to fully depress the key to get a reading. The keyboard I'm used to is much more forgiving.)

All in all I clocked in at about $1200, which seems reasonable for what I've got. (1200 includes a new copy of Windows XP. I can upgrade to Vista later. I'm always a very late adopter when it comes to an OS.)

Now I don't have an excuse to pick up some newer games.

My wallet is screaming in pain.

Posted in Computers by: Will at 07:15 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 New toys are fun, aren't they? Sounds like you got a good one for the price.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 15, 2007 12:41 PM (+rSRq)


I have a lot of fun just putting everything together. I tend to be very hands-on. It's wrangling with the software that drives me nuts.

For example...

My new machine has Wi-Fi native on the motherboard. I've managed to get into my network through the wireless and get an internet connection, but I cannot for the life of me get my two desktops (the other is wired into the router) to see one-another. I'm sure there's some stupid checkbox I'm missing somewhere. I've synced up workgroup names and set up shared drives on both machines. The wired desktop sees the wireless desktop in the "computers near me" window, but as soon as I try and connect, it says the computer can't be found. The wireless desktop can't see anything other than the internet.

And of course, I can't find the software that came with my router that may or may not be of help. 

Posted by: Will at November 15, 2007 06:19 PM (E3UGR)

3 I did that a couple of times, but I don't have the energy any more.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 15, 2007 07:53 PM (+rSRq)


If I thought I could make a living of it, I wouldn't have a problem building custom machines for people, but this networking nightmare is certainly sapping my reserves. I had the wired machine browsing the hard drive of the new machine a second ago, but I still can't browse the other direction.

Posted by: Will at November 15, 2007 08:44 PM (E3UGR)

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