the silver surfer

The last of the parts arrived today, so I could build my friend’s new machine.

Off the top of my head, the parts included:

  • ASUS M2N-X motherboard
  • AMD Athlon X2 4000+ processor
  • nVidia 256MB 64-bit PCI Express x16 video card
  • Kingston 1MB (2 × 512MB) DDR2 PC5400 dual channel memory
  • Western Digital WD2500KS 250GB SATA hard drive
  • Sony NEC 16X DVD+RW optical drive
  • Hanns G 19″ widescreen LCD monitor
  • a silver Raidmax case with a window with a blue LED fan. The front had a long horizontal red LED HD light and a long horizontal blue LED power light which looks pretty neat.

Building was fun and easy. The time consumer was setting up all the software. From start to finish, it took about three hours. The new computer runs very well, and I’m glad I didn’t stumble across too many issues.

The only issues I had were:

  • Putting the heatsink/fan combo on correctly. I had it right the first time but had my doubts ’cause the latch wasn’t clicking correctly.
  • The front USB ports were connected backwards, but I managed to troubleshoot that.

The software package included:

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Office XP (minus Microsoft Outlook)
  • Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
  • PowerDVD with a Sony skin
  • Nero
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • a library of essential video codecs including DivX
  • “ripping tools” (I wouldn’t steal a car.)
  • Adobe Acrobat (with Distiller, not just the Reader)
  • AtomTime Pro
  • the necessary drivers for the motherboard and video card

I forgot to take pictures, but I’m sure that I can get him to take me some. All in all, I really enjoyed building his new machine that will help him conform to the digital age.

That’s the highlight of my night. Tomorrow, I will have steak for dinner, make some cheesy bread and bring it to Wednesday: The Gathering.

Four-day work weeks go so much faster. The rain has been pouring lately, so I don’t think they’ll be paving the parking area I usually park in. I’m taking the risk. Peace out.


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Author: Sig

Modern Soapbox is the blog of Sig.

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