MacQuarium Goes Intel...
gojomo at usa.net
Wed Dec 3 00:23:39 PST 2003
Great writeup. Two other details would be interesting...
- What was the grand total for all components?
- How loud is it?
Anyone have any experience with http://www.endpcnoise.com/ or
other providers of x86 desktop systems engineered for quiet
Wayne Baisley wrote:
> Someone asked who builds their own anymore (who buys MS, and a few
> related questions). The day after Thanksgiving was just such a day for
> the women in the house. I've built so many machines I lost track, but I
> wanted them to experience the joy before it goes the way of
> This latest system started out as a relatively modest affair to add
> Office XP to the tools available for some college classes that required
> it. It ended up as a toy that wouldn't embarrass the average gamer/case
> modder. It all started with the motherboard.
> After reading endless Tom's Hardware reviews, I settled on the Intel 875
> chipset, realized in the form of the MicroStar Neo-FIS2R. It's got all
> the niceties like USB2.0, Firewire, 1000BT ethernet directly piped to
> the CPU, ATA-100, ATA-133, SATA. And, the 875 Northbridge chip has a
> fan with 3-colored leds, the review said. I didn't much care one way or
> the other.
> But when I went case shopping, I thought I should look at the models
> with windows in the side, too. I wasn't going to pay extra for it, but
> I wouldn't rule it out. Turned out the best deal at
> Global/Systemax/Tiger Direct/Dartek (their warehouse is 15 minutes from
> home) happened to have a window, and then some. 3-colored leds on the
> exhaust fan (and I had to add a second, you know). Blue led-lit pillars
> on the front. And an olympic flame (or is it a steaming cup of
> Barrera?), um, light stage I guess you'd call it, with a multicolored
> led. Its colors range over the rainbow about every 8 seconds. Kind of
> reminds me of the motor-driven wheels and spotlights people used on
> their Christmas trees in the 60s.
> And then the fan on the motherboard turned out to have 3 pairs of leds
> which gyrate through various patterns about every 3 minutes.
> The whole thing has become quite marvelously tacky.
> http://www.unicom-pc.com/files/cases.htm (4th one down)
> Other features:
> 2.8GHz 800MHz FSB hyperthreaded P4
> 1 GB PC3200 ECC ram
> AOpen 48X CDRW+DVD drive
> I/O Magic 4X DVD+/-RW drive
> Sony SDM-X73 1280x1024 LCD Two Tone Gray 17" DVI Monitor, 16ms response
> time. Not the 23" Apple Cinema Display, but a very nice monitor for $460.
> The system disk is a WD 120GB 7200RPM 8MB cache unit I got over the
> summer when Office Max had a $100 rebate. About $71 after taxes.
> And for no good reason at all, I got the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro
> 128MB 8XAGP video card. Now I can time-shift .hack//Sign. I can have
> live TV wallpaper, which is like being drunk except it lasts longer. I
> can stay on my old 266MHz W98 machine paying bills while the kids play.
> Most of it I got via newegg.com, a very good experience. The case,
> monitor and the DVD were local/Global purchases. ;-)
> Should I get bored with that much horsepower, it's apparently possible
> to overclock the system from 200 to 250MHz. That gives it a FSB speed
> of 1GHz (who needs Rambus?), and the processor then goes to 3.5GHz.
> I'll need more tricolor fans.
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