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My Current Computer

(April 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: The Epox EP-8KHA+ is a mobo based on the VIA KT266A chipset, providing DDR memory support to feed the memory hungry processor. It's nothing fancy, but it does its job with aplomb.
Processor: An AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (running at 1.4 Gigahertz) provides more than enough power for all but the most demanding computing tasks.
Memory: 2 256 Megabyte DIMMS of PC 2100 DDR memory keeps Windows XP happy.
Video Card: A Nvidia Geforce 4 4200 supports Direct X 8 pixel and vertex shaders for the next generation in gaming. However, to give my card some extra umph, I've overclocked the GPU to 300 Megahertz and the 128 Megabytes of DDR memory to 490 Megahertz (245 Megahertz double-pumped). /td>
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: A Creative Labs Digital VCR television tuner allows me to watch television (in full stereo) while working on my computer. This one even inlcudes a hardware MPEG-II encoder for the best quality in when recording televeion shows to my computer.
Ethernet Card: Netgear FA310TX works well at 100 Megabits per second.
Hard drive: I have 2 hard drives. The first is a Maxtor 45 Gigabyte 7200 RPM drive. The second is a Western Digital 100 Gigabyte 7200 RPM drive.
DVD Burner: A Cendyne DVD-RW drive that can write a DVD-R disk at 2X speeds. It's actually a repackaged Pioneer A04.
CD Burner: A Lite-On 48X CD-RW What can I say...burning a full CD in under 4 minutes is just so nice!
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.
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: A Cannon PowerShot S200 takes great photographs at up to 2 Megapixels. The quality of the shots are amazing, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a digital camera.
Printer: A HP Deskjet 6122 has a built in duplex unit and prints a great photograph too.
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.