the upgrade

Last night about this time, I ordered my PC upgrade. The parts should be arriving by the end of the week. I am excited as any computer nerd should be.

This is what the current setup is:

  • Black Alienware Area-51 desktop case with Alienware power supply
  • ABIT NF7-M Socket A motherboard
  • AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.4GHz OC‘ed to 1.6GHz processor
  • Kingston ValueRAM 512MB (2x256MB) PC-3200 DDR400 memory running in dual channel mode
  • ATI Radeon 128MB AGP video card (unable to remember the model)
  • Western Digital WD400BB 40GB IDE hard drive
  • Western Digital WD1600BB 160GB IDE hard drive
  • Sony DRU-800 DVD±RW IDE burner
  • Sony DVD-ROM IDE drive

This is what the future setup will be:

  • the same Alienware case and power supply
  • ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 motherboard
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz processor (hoping to OC this close to 3GHz!)
  • Kingston HyperX 1GB (2x512MB) DDR2 800 memory running in dual channel mode
  • MSI Nvidia 7300LE 256MB PCI Express x16 video card
  • Western Digital WD2500KS 250GB SATA II hard drive
  • same DVD burner
  • same DVD-ROM drive

Yummy! This system should tie me over for the next few years.

I know the Phenoms and the Fusions will be coming out soon, but they’ll be too rich for my blood for quite a while.

The motherboard for this new system can only support two IDE/PATA drives, so I will be unable to use the two hard drives from the previous setup. I will move them to my current favorite desktop, Yang, a machine built with overclocking enthusiast parts from the Athlon XP era.

I’ll keep you updated with how the upgrading goes.


My brother will be searching for a house when his lease runs out. He is looking for one with a room he can convert into a recording studio. When he finally finds it, he’ll need to close the deal with the realtor. After everything is said and done, he will have a house with a garage and a lawn to mow.

Author: Sig

Modern Soapbox is the blog of Sig.

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