Wednesday, September 21, 2005

New and Improved

New and Improved.

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I’ve been very busy with my new computer. I decided back in spring to upgrade from my old Athlon XP to a new Athlon 64. Two weeks ago I finally went ahead with those plans. Unfortunately that meant more than just a few changes where necessary. In an attempt to make this “report” short and complete I will list all of the changes made from old to new by parts.

Motherboard: ASUS A7A266 - ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE.
CPU: AMD ATHLON XP 1600 + - AMD ATHLON 64 3200+.
Memory: 512MB DDR PC 2100 – 1GB Dual channel Kingston DDR PC3200.
Video card: ATI AIW Radeon 7500 – ATI AIW X600PRO.
Hard drive: Quantum 30GB ATA/133 – Maxtor 200GB SATA
As well as a new case and power supply.

The old computer has simply been moved over to the desk and given a new life as a test bed for new software. It is also being used to download large files and has thus earned the new name of “MULE”.

As with any new computer, assembling the hardware is the easy and quick part. The long drawn out process of installing and setting up the software just the way you want it takes many, many hours, or days, to complete.

It is very likely that I will never get it to run “just the way I want it to.” Still I’m happy with the new rig.