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Monthly Archives: December 2009

So a minor setback on my reasonably priced PC – Newegg sent me a combo (which they promote) that doesn’t actually work… More details later I guess…

So someone dropped off a computer at my office door at SWOCC the other day with a note attached “please recycle” – so I took it home. Inside was an ASUS A7V 333 with an Athlon 2.2 GHz cpu inside (mind you that’s the performance rating – its probably like 1.5 GHz or something – the chip’s manufacture date is 1999…) – all the parts were floating around inside (including the PSU) and it had no memory. It also had an 80 gb hdd, and a network card (both of which I gave away). However the case looked solid. Its actually an old Falcon Northwest machine. Little known fact: before their meteoric rise they used to be a local computer shop here in Coos Bay – so its not uncommon to find them at peoples houses around here.

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Its a common misconception that super fast PC’s are expensive. So I thought it might make a nice project. How cool a machine could you build for like $500? So far I have (on order) 2x 2GB DDR3 DIMMS (core memory), an AMD Phenom II X4 3 GHz cpu, an ASUS M4A79XTD motherboard, and a Corsair 750 watt power supply. I have a 9800 GX2 I’ll drop in there for video, eBay has that priced at around $100 – so its around $600. I also have a 1 gig hdd coming as well. The machine has a Sony DVD-Recorder already installed – no clue if it works, but everyone knows you can get those for like 30 dollars these days. The OS will probably be Windows 7 Pro x64 (OEM). I noticed Newegg tacked on a printer as well :/ – one of those Canon’s with the $50 rebate… Anyone want a printer?

A similarly configured machine from Falcon today will cost you about $1900. The biggest difference is the case doesn’t look like it was dragged around someone’s car (it has scratches on it…), Falcon NW doesn’t seem to sell AMD systems anymore and it has a GTS 260 – 9800 is older, but should be faster actually since it has 2 GPU’s, and a higher clock speed. Another thing missing from this PC is technical support, but then – if you’re into hardware hacking who needs that right?

Funny note btw – long ago I had an A7V 333 – this was around 2000-2001 I think? I know I was still working at Rulespace :). This feels like some stripped down OEM version of the board however since it only has one IDE port. The one I had back in the day had four.

Anyhow once assembled I’ll do some benchmarks and give you my impressions of the relatively affordable uber PC. Once working it will be a nice machine for media (like on my HDTV or something) and a computer I could drag around to lan parties without worrying about getting the case work dinged up. The only thing I’m really worried about is that it will be faster than my demon PC (I call it a demon because its an un-natural machine that really shouldn’t exist) which has cost so much to build at this point I try not to think about it.

So I moved with my friends from the realm Staghelm to Korialstrasz, and to be honest I’m kinda regretting the decision. For one thing the guild he joined I was rejected from, so I haven’t been on a raid in weeks, but the biggest problem is just how many noobs are on that server. I’ve run into players wearing gear with stats that don’t benefit them what-so-ever, people who use resist gear as their main set of gear, and people doing less damage than my poor Shaman has ever done – even at lower levels.

Its really pretty awful :/.