||[Oct. 18th, 2004|03:23 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
OK, here's my plans for my next PC, and some other crap to freshen up my itty bitty LAN. First, the PC:
Well, after some further research, I think I'm going to go with a 925 chipset mobo and use the onboard ICH6R controller. It's just as fast, and a lot cheaper. Here's the updated list:
Mobo: ABit AA8 DuraMax - LGA775 socket for the 1MB L2 Prescott, DDR2 slots, ICH6R southbridge... But no god damned AGP slot. Anyone know of a board with an LGA775 socket, DDR2 support, ICH6R southbridge, and an AGP slot?
Proc: 3.2GHz Prescott Pentium 4 - More than enough. New-school LGA bumps, bigger L2 cache, execute disable bit support...
RAM: 2x512MB Crucial DDR2-533 ECC - I'd love to use a direct link for this, but Crucial doesn't list this part number on their site yet. It'll probably be available soon.
Hard disks: 2xWD 74GB 10KRPM Raptors in RAID0 on the fastest desktop-class SATA RAID controller. Goodbye, disk bottleneck.
Optical: Teac 8x DVD-R/40X CD-R - I've always had the best luck with Teac. I still don't know if it's pronounced Tee-ack or Teek.
Video: Abit X600 Pro - God damnit, Matrox doesn't make a PCI-Express video card yet. Fuckers.
Sound: M-Audio Revolution 5.1 - I have two itty desktop speakers and a sub. This is more than enough.
Mouse: Logitech MX900 - Sure, there's a laser-guided rechargeable cordless mouse of doom out there, but this is all I need, plus a bluetooth hub.
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 4 - Rolled edges, good construction quality, good looks, plenty of space...
PSU: Antec TRUE380 - Reliable, even power, nice and quiet, decent price, no lame LEDs...
And for the rest of the network:
Asus MyPal A716 - Yes, I'm getting a PDA. I need something I can physically strap to myself that says "*BZZRT* Hey dumbass, go to the meeting!". Plus, mobile MP3, and I can even make it in to a phone and give it more-or-less nationwide net access.
3Com 8-port unmanaged GigE switch - I've got dual Broadcoms in the server, I'll have dual Intels in my workstation... Might as well use them.
3Com 802.11G firewall/router - For net access on the PDA. WPA encrypted, of course.
Canon Pixma MP750 Scanner/Printer - 25PPM black, lowest CPP of all inkjets. Disturbingly good quality.