Monday, January 24, 2005

System: Disruptor-SLI / 300 : $5,730.00
CPU = AMD Athlon64 FX-55 (2.6 GHz) w/Zalman CNPS7000A-ALCU Cooler for Socket-939
MoBo = Asus A8N-SLI nVidia nForce4 SLI Retail
RAM = Corsair XMS PC-3200 2 GB DDR SDRAM TwinX Pack (Two 1gb Dimms)
Video = 2 x XFX GeForce 6800 Ultra PCIe 256MB in SLI dual-card configuration
Sound = Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
Temp/Fan Control = Silverstone SST-FP52 Thermal Sensing Drive Bay

A: Mitsumi 1.44 MB Black Floppy Drive
C: Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM
D: Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM
E: Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB 7,200 RPM
F: Plextor PX-712A Black DVD ± RW / CD-RW
G: Plextor PX-712A Black DVD ± RW / CD-RW

Case : Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ06 Black EATX Full Tower
Power Supply : Enermax Noisetaker 2.0 600W PSU (A64/P4)
GamePC Noise Reduction and Cooling Kit (Stage Two) includes extra fans and sound-dampening foam.
Kbd/Mouse = Logitech Cordless MX Duo Retail
OS = Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2 OEM


I have been putting this off for over six months - waiting until the hardware I wanted was released and became available. WOOHOO!

It's a lot of money, but it will be worth it. I'll finally have a fast computer again! My current Pentium 866 just isn't cutting it with the current crop of games. I have Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 on the shelf, unopened. Now, games aren't the only reason to buy a new computer, but it helps.

Just yesterday I noticed that the onboard USB on my old system is failing - the printer and mouse just stopped working. Then after a reboot they were OK for an hour or so, then dropped off again. Not good. I moved them to the add-on USB 2.0 card and everything is working fine!