The Machine

This is a old page copied from my static site, and as such publish dates aren’t accurate.

I built it in Summer 08, with recent additions in Jan 09. I originally had it overclocked, but then decided I like quietness, so now everything’s at stock speeds minus the RAM (and a lot quieter too!).

 

  • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz (maxes out at 3GHz)
    I replaced the stock fan with an Arctic Cooling Freezer (set to “silent”)
  • ASUS P5K Motherboard
    With 7.1 HD Audio Onboard (although not using it!)
    Gigabit LAN
    and 45nm ready (for when I need a Core i7 :-)
  • 2 x 2GB OCZ Reaper HTPC RAM
    featuring some crazy looking heatsinks, this is PC2-8500 at 2.1V
  • CoolerMaster 620 RP PSU (a Dec08 addition, since the first one blew up)
  • Antec P182 Gun Metal Grey case
    with 3 Tri-Cool fans (all on low) – Liking the “wind tunnel” for PSU and harddrives)
  • 1.8 Terrabytes of storage
    1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1
    2 x 320GB Seagate Barracuda’s
    and an old Samsung IDE drive with 160GB
  • LG Combodrive (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
  • Logitech X540 5.1 Surround sound speakers

I currently have an nVidia 8600GT (made by no one special) but because it has the smallest fan ever, and is easily the loudest component I have, it’s being replaced with a ATI HD4650 made by HIS which has a Zalman VNF100 passive heatsink on it instead of a fan. Could’ve bought a much better card, but couldn’t find one any better which didn’t have a fan – at least its silent! The Zalman cooler takes it to about -10 C under stock, so theres room to overclock if I can be bothered (maybe to HD 4670 speeds minus the DDR3 ram).

Future purchases will be possibly watercooling, a better graphics card and maybe having to install my own passive cooling on it, and maybe a Core i7 when the world decides four cores just can’t handle it anymore and we all need four cores with hyper-threading which was a failure in Pentium 4 – even the guy at Intel said it was more of a test run.