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My Current Computer

(December 2004 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 web site.

Motherboard: An Asus P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard houses all of my components quite nicely, plus comes with multiple RAID options, integrated Gigabit ethernet, and oodles of USB 2.0 ports.
Processor: An Intel Pentium 4 3.2 Gigahertz processor running with an 800 mhz. FSB with Hyper Threading enabled.
Memory: 4 512 Megabyte DIMMS of PC 3200 DDR memory keeps Windows XP happy.
Video Card: A BFG 6800 OC is a video card based on the Vidal Ge Force 6800 chipset. It comes over clocked out of the box for an extra performance boost. It doesn't have a256 MB frame buffer, but, so far, I haven't noticed any problems running newer games at a 1600 X 1200 resolution.
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 picture or sound quality. As a result, I purchased a Hauppauge PVR 250, which has similar functionality, but also gives me a hardware 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.
I wanted to be able to watch a television show while recording a different show. Therefore, I bought a second tv tuner card. I opted for an external USB 2.0 tv tuner from Hauppauge--the WinTV-PVR-USB2. It has the same hardware encoder as teh PVR 250 I also use, and both are supported by my TiVo-like software, Beyond TV.

Hard drive: I have 2 internal hard drives. The first is a Maxtor 200 Gigabyte 7200 RPM drive with 8 MB cache. The second is also a Maxtor drive, this one with a 250 Gigabyte capacity. It also spins at 7200 RPM. This gives me plenty of space to install games and record television shows.
In addition, I have a 120 GB external Western Digital hard drive.
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 shabby either.
DVD Burner: I was able to purchase a Samsung TS-H552B dual layer DVD burner for a steal..
Keyboard: I use the cordless keyboard that comes with the Logitech Colorless Comfort Duo. Once you start using a "natural" keyboard, there's no turning back to a "standard" one.
Mouse: The mouse that comes with the Logitech Cordless MX Duo is the same as the excellent Logitech MX 700 mouse, with one important differenc; The charger on this mouse can also act as the wireless receiver for my keyboard.

The Dell 2001FP 20.1 inch LCD is absolutely amazing. I can actually play games at lower resolutions than its native 1600 X 1200 without ghosting and other nasty artifacts.
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: My Logitech Z-5300 5.1 surround speakers are THX certified and sound amazing.
Scanner: An Artec E+48u is a simple, basic scanner.
Digital Camera: I wanted to experiment with a larger zoom lens, so I fell in love with the Canon S1 IS.
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 inkjet. Since it's a laser, it prints faster and cheaper than my inkjet.
Wireless Router: Since they aren't being made by Microsoft any more, I upgraded to a Microsoft MN-700 router to get 802.11G support for a good price.
PDA: I actually downgraded my PDA! I found I really didn't need all the features the Toshiba gave me, so I sold it and purchased an older Ipaq 3835 that does everything I need a PDA to do.

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