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My Current Computer

(October 2003 Posting)

This is my current computer configuration. Computers are my passion, so I take great pride in my computer system, which is why I created this page. Also, it's a great way for me to see all of the completely unnecessary upgrades I purchase, so it may result in me saving money in the long run!

Please note categories that appear in red are items that have changed since the last time i updated this website.

Motherboard: An Asus A7N8X Deluxe is a fantastic mobo running an NForce 2 chipset and supporting all the bells and whistles (such as Firewire, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, etc...). It's just a fantastic motherboard.
Processor: An AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (running at 1.73 Gigahertz) provides more than enough power for all but the most demanding computing tasks. This processor utilizes the new Barton core, allowing a 166 mhz. front-side bus and 512KB of L2 cache.
Memory: 2 512 Megabyte DIMMS of PC 2400 DDR memory keeps Windows XP happy.
Video Card: I wanted to upgrade to a fully Direct-X 9 compatible video card,so I choose the PowerColor Radeion 9700. For about $200, I got a card that is feature-identicle to the Radeon 9700 Pro. The only difference is the non-pro version is clocked slightly slower. However, an unofficial BIOS flash allows me to overclock the card. While overclocking and flashing the card's BIOS can be risky, it worked for me.
Sound Card: In my opinion, the Creative Labs Audigy 2 sound card is quite simply the best sound card on the market today. The clarity simply is something to be heard.
TV Tuner Card: I was not impressed with my old tv tuner card's picutre or sound quality. As a result, I purchased a Hauppauge PVR 250, which has similar functionality, but also gives me a harware encoder. It combines the best features of my last two tv tuner cards but doesn't have any of the negatives. Another bonus of this new card is that it is supported under Linux.
Hard drive: I have 2 internal hard drives. The first is a Maxtor 120 Gigabyte 7200 RPM drive with 8 MB cache. The second is a Western Digital 100 Gigabyte 7200 RPM drive. This gives me plenty of space to install games and record television shows.
In addition, I took my old 45 Gigabyte 7200 RPM Maxtor hard drive and converted it into a USB 2.0 hard drive for backup purposes.
DVD Burner: A Plextor 708A drive that can write a DVD-R disk at 4X speeds and a DVD+R disk at 8X. That means I can burn a 4.7GB DVD disc in less than 10 minutes! Plus, 40X CD-R burning isn't too shaby either.
CD Burner: A Lite-On 48X CD-RW/DVD combo. What can I say...burning a full CD in under 4 minutes is just so nice! Plus, I can now watch a DVD from either of my optical drives.
Keyboard: A Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro is an ergonomic keyboard with 2 extra USB ports and a great tactile response.
Mouse: A Logitech MX500 is a great optical mouse that is great to the touch, and great to the PC gamer.
Monitor: A NEC MultiSync FE950. This is a 19 inch Sony Triniton-style monitor that's perfectly flat.
In addition, I have a 15 inch IBM monitor that I use for testing my web sites at a lower resolution. Nothing is better than being able to edit your source code on one monitor while previewing it on another.
Speakers: Logitech Z-640 5.1 speakers sound incredible considering their relatively inexpensive price.
Scanner: An Artec E+48u is a simple, basic scanner.
Digital Camera: I loved my Digital Elph, but it lacked manual controls. I took a boat ride around Manhattan at night, and having a slow shutter speed that wasn't adjustable made all of my shots come out blurry as the boat zoomed along at around 40 mph.
To compensate, I bought a Canon A70 that is a bit bigger, but has the manual controls I want.
Printer: A HP Deskjet 6122 has a built in duplex unit and prints a great photograph too.
I purchased a Samsung ML-1710 laser printer to complement my color inkjst. Since it's a laser, it prints faster and cheaper than my inkjet.
Wireless Router: A Linksys BEFW11S4 acts as both a 4 port switch and a wireless router, so my family's computers and my laptop can share a cable broadband connection.
PDA: A Toshiba E755. This Pocket PC has a 400 Megahertz X-scale processor and 96 megabytes of RAM, plus a transreflective screen. In addition, it even has built in wireless (802.11b) networking! It really is the Pocket PC to beat!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at russell@smileytech.net.