Computers

I’ve been told that I have too many computers! I tend to agree especially with the number I have acquired in the past few years. Thankfully I’ve started pruning them out..

History:

My first computer was an Amstrad cpc464 with colour monitor. Great for simple games, and it kept me occupied as a kid.

First PC was an AST pentium 133 with a 2.1gb harddrive and 16mb ram running Win95. It got upgraded and frankensteined over the next few years up to 64mb of ram, 2 harddrives for 20gb, a cd writer and other goodies like a network card and a voodoo1 card.

After I got bought some components from various people in UL such as a p3-500 chip, 265mb ram, 9gb scsi disc, 73gb scsi disc, a SoundBlaster Live! 64 soundcard and a TNT 16mb pci graphics card. I built up a rather nice pc from these, and I watched my first downloaded film on this – ‘The Matrix’ and I went to the cinema twice to see that film based purely on this!

I upgraded the motherboard, the graphics card, memory and a few other bits over the next year or so. It was great as a college machine, multibooting linux and various windows installations. This was the first case that I prepped and painted, and I installed a side-window in it as well. All long before it became popular.

I started overclocking this machine too, after buying a p3-650/100 socket chip on a slocket adapter. This chip ram at over 900 safely and booted at 1.1ghz. Fantastic performance from a cpu that I paid €150ish for.

I did an upgrade jump then to an AMD64 3000+ with 1gb of ram, geforce 6600gt vivo graphics and a Chieftec case that I prettified with EL cable along the louvres in the front, LED illumination inside, UV cable sleeving and UV cold-cathode lamps as well. This was a fantastic machine, and my girlfriend at the time bought me a 200gb harddrive as a wonderful Christmas present, I added another 400gb later. It’s a pity that this machine was stolen from the house in 109, and this pretty much killed my casemod desires. (may that thief get crotchrot.)

I bought a Lidl special athlon64 4200+ a few years later. I have a few issues with it but it is serviceable for the moment. I ordered a new upgrade/replacement motherboard as I was getting fed up of not being able to populate all 4 memory slots and I was getting fed up of the bluescreens and crashes in all operating systems caused by high SATA i/o. That new motherboard fixed a few issues for sure. Since then I had upgraded my graphics card to an MSI HD5770 Hawk as the 7600GT was no longer giving DVI output which was a bit of an issue. I also got a few harddrives which I’m using in Raid for speed and reliability. I also got my hands on an Athlonx2 5000+ Black Edition chip to allow me to move from the then standard 2.2ghz to about 3.2ghz for a faster machine.

My current desktop machine is a Behemoth of a machine: Intel Core I7-3930 running at ~4.3Ghz, 32Gb of ram, 4x1Tb drives in RAID 1+0 with an 240gb SSD for the OS, currently with an Asus GTX660, running current Gentoo and Windows 7. Definitely don’t want to downgrade to Win8 or Win 1-0 as those are terrible UI experiences plus information leakers.

Machines I own:

  1. 4.2Ghz 6-core 32Gb desktop
  2. Asus Eeepc 1000h linux 160gb with Bluetooth, in white
  3. Galaxy S6 standard.
  4. p3-866 Dell desktop as a firewall in 102.
  5. An AMD 3000+ with 128mb as a torrent server in 102
  6. p3-800 beigebox desktop as a video capture box in 102
  7. Little cappucino p3-1.4 lunchbox, idle
  8. p4-1.4 desktop with 128mb rambus memory, idle

Other machines that are lying around.

  1. HTC Wizard pocketPC on O2 network, upgraded rom from WM5 to WM6.5 (thanks to TNT)
  2. iPhone4 3G 16gb, black, iOS 5.1, cydia (sold)
  3. Lidl AMD4200+ desktop/frankenbox.
  4. P2-450 beigebox awaiting repurposing.
  5. p3-1000 beigebox.
  6. p3-866 beigebox.
  7. P3-1.13 dell Inspiron laptop. (effectively retired)
  8. Nokia ip330 firewall, running Smoothwall (retired).

Here’s my desktop’s current performance metric, and it’s quite the beast especially for being about 4 years old now!:

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