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Steve's PC Buildout
Update December 2009
December 10, 2009

Installed a Liteon iHOS104 BD-ROM blu-ray drive.

August 27, 2009

Installed two additional Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 drives, and a IOGEAR GBU321 bluetooth USB wireless to allow file transfers between cell phone and PC.

December 29, 2007

Installed another Hitachi Deskstar E7K500 to allow extra storage for video editing.

June 16, 2007

Installed another 2GB of Corsair memory.

May 20, 2007

The Antec TPII-550 power supply that was installed last year went out. Still under warrenty, but could not wait the several weeks for the replacement to come in, and purchased a Antec TruePower Trio series TP3-550!

December 9, 2006

Installed Hitachi Deskstar E7K500 to allow extra storage for video editing.

March 11, 2006

The new computer is now in production, and the HDTV tuner is so cool on my 21" monitor!

February 19 - March 5, 2006

Past several weeks reloaded XP and Linux (multiboot) numerous times, performing hard drive failures under a Raid0 environment.

February 18, 2006

Restarted the buildout today and loaded XP loaded for the first time. Experimented with different raid types.



February 6,7-11,12-15,17, 2006

Emailed Antic on the 6th about having the wrong rated power supply in the Sonata II, which they responded. Basically it became a daily one email a day exchange, and with another day for the response. The power supply was exchanged and I was able to upgrade to the TPII-550 model for only $40, which arrived on the 17th.

Plus during this stand down period, reviewed the case cooling requirements for the future and ordered the TriCool 120, 92, 80 Antec fans from Microcenter onlineon the 12th, which arrived on the 15th.





February 4, 2006

Begin PC buildout today. Installed the A8N-SLI in the Sonata II case with no problems. Reviewed the generic AMD processor documentation: Read This First section reads as follows:

Thermal interface material is required for all AMD processors. Use only the recommended thermal interface material for for this processor (see Thermal Cooling Guideline on AMD's website for a complete list of approved material for the specific processor you are using).

Now I don't mind looking things up on web, but it sure would've been nice if AMD would've supplied the URL for a quick search. I did find the approved list, but in my navigating around did run across the following comment about Thermal Interface Materials which contained the following note:

Note: PCM (Phase Change Material) is not recommended for AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Athlon 64 FX systems due to the strong adhesion created between the processor and the heatsink.

Further reading from the website mentions that heatsinks automatically have PCM applied. Now, why didn't they state that in the enclosed processor box with a note that PCM material has been applied?

Pressing on, decided go ahead and cable up the power supply to the motherboard and low and behold the connector is wrong? Just great, the motherboard has a twenty-four pin connector, but I can only find a twenty pin coming from the power supply. Checked the enclosed doc that came with the case, and it mentions it has both? Hmm, so I follow the cable bundle back up to the power supply and I find that this is a 380 watt not the 450 as stated on the packaging box? Odd, so I read over the A8N-SLI Premium user guide power requirements compared what my future expansion needs, and decide I need to obtain a beefer power supply and I'm looking at getting a 550 watt this time, so the PC buildout has been put on hold!

Ok, with the PC buildout on hold, time to get all of these rebates sent out! Now where did I put that sales slip and UPC?

February 3, 2006

The Parts finally arrive, begin reviewing the install manuals friday evening.

January 30, 2006

The Parts were ordered from newegg.com

January 14, 2006

The Parts were ordered from Dell.com Electronics & Accessories.

January 10, 2006
The Parts were ordered from newegg.com

October 8, 2005

Finally after over twenty years in Information Technology, it was about time that I built my own PC! This past summer I've been doing the research, and now it's time to start acquiring the parts over the next couple of months. I'll document my progress in this undertaking, and mention the components I've selected and provide links for those who may be interested.

This has been long time in coming, since I've been very conservative on my PC spending over the years. The first complete PC system was back in the spring of 1994, which was a AST 486/66MHz system. This system was upgraded over the years and was replaced with a 450Mhz, and that was replaced by a 1Ghz system (both hand me downs). Yes, I'm a patient person, but finally this P3 is just way to SLOW to handle all of the website development and video editing. Time to get with the program, and join the 21st century in PC computing.

The research tentatively has lead me down the path to the AMD processor (939 socket) using the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium motherboard. Why, because I'll be keeping this baby for a long time, and has a very good upgrade path for several years. This factors into the up front cost, since I can choose which quality components go into my system.

October 3, 2005

The local BestBuy had the better price on the Plextor PX-716A DVD burner, which was given a kickass rating by MaximumPC.

September 19, 2005

The first step began today as the new Antec Sonata II PC case and power supply was purchased at CompUSA! Why this case, because it's design allows for a low noise level, known in the industry as a quiet case!

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