Back To Building Computers

Something I love doing and don’t get to do too often (because of the cost involved) is to build computers from the ground up. Sure, when you know what you’re doing it doesn’t take long at all but it’s nice knowing that your computer is working (and working right) because you made it so!

So this evening, having put away the few pennies for the rainy day, I decided to break open the piggy bank and start ordering my pieces. I’ve added pretty much everything I need except for a new monitor. I’ve got a few 17″ CRTs knocking around which will do for now but I’m looking at a duel monitor setup down the line, or at least moving the home PC over to flat-panel TFT.

So for those of you techie-geeks that are interested, the machine will be housed in a black Chieftec case w/400W psu (firewire, usb 2.0 and audio sockets on the tower), holding a 3.0Ghz chip (EM64T w/2mb cache), 2 gigs of RAM, black issue two drive setup for dvd/cd and dvd±RW (16x dual layer), 200gb HD (SATA2), 13-in-1 multimedia drive bay and a few additional extras.

Should take the load of the machine I’ve got at home which seems to be finding it harder and harder to get up in the morning!


  1. Sean January 7, 2006 at 1:11 am

    nice… very nice.. llike the RAM.. do you use firewire often? for what?

  2. Ken January 7, 2006 at 1:21 am

    firewire for filetransfer…. the iPod, or for sound recording. planning for the future (should be ordering the home studio setup next) week

  3. Kentar January 9, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    Sweet machine dude; using the firewire for DV editing? really nice setup though! I’m a big believer in komplett myself.

  4. Ken January 9, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    maybe some DV, most likely sound – tis the new way 😉 Plus its handy with the whole external HD, iPod thing going on…

  5. Natasha Webster May 4, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    A man after my own heart, but when its your job and u build about 3 a day and hav to giv them away at the end of the day, its not dat satasfining!!

  6. Ken May 4, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Hey Natasha….

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Sucks about having to give them away alright. Mind you, the last machine I built (the one in this post) is still rocking away. Those Chieftec cases are great, loads of room in them. You get to build a lot then I take it?

  7. Natasha Webster May 4, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    Yea dats da most of my work, it really sucks cos ive done quiet alot of modified ailen wear cases, like really class, my babys!!! and hav had to giv then to sum1 else!! when you spend that long planning and building u get attached!!! weird i know!

  8. Ken May 4, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    Modified alienware gear as well? Nicely done. Anything picture wise online at all that one could take a gander at? At least if you get paid well for them it can’t be too bad!

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