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Motherboard:P5E3 Workstation ProfessionalCPUIntel Socket 775 Core™2 Quad/Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Duo/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4 Processors Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors Support Intel® 45nm CPUChipsetIntel® X38 with Intel ICH9RFront Side Bus1600/1333/1066/800 MHzMemory4 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered MemoryExpansion Slots2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 1 x PCIe x1 1 x PCI 2 x PCI-XStorageSouthbridge 6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10 Ext PATA and SATA controller 2 xExternal SATA 150/300 (RAID 0,1,10,5) 2 xSATA 150/300 (RAID 0,1,10,5) 1 x ATALAN2 x Marvell88E8056 Dual Gigabit LAN controllerAudioADI® AD1988B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports ASUS Noise Filter Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streamingUSB12 USB 2.0 portsBack Panel I/O Ports1 x PS/2 Keyboard 2 x External SATA 1 x S/PDIF Out 1 x IEEE 1394a 2 x LAN(RJ45) port 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 8 -Channel Audio I/O

Case: Coolermaster Mystique with 460W Zalman 460B-APS, only just enough power really.


RAM: 2GiB of DDR3 OCZ Platinum 2 (two 1GiB sticks)


Graphics Card: Gigabyte 8800GT 512MiB (only 1U high heatsink with fan, hot, windowkit 120mm fan required)


Hard Drives: Four. GUID 300GB Velociraptor (10000RPM) HFS+Journalled(100GB)&FAT32(rest), MBR 400GB Seagate 7200.11 16MiBcache NTFS(100GB)&HFS+Journalled(TimeMachine), 1000GB FAT32 for File Storage, and 640GB FAT32 for Music storage.


Optical Drive: Pioneer 215D SATA DVDRAM drive. Good solid optical hardware.


Input Devices: Logitech Media Keyabord 600 & Logitech MX518 Gamer mouse. Quality wired interfaces, much more reliable than anything wireless, although just built a system with the DiNovo Media Combo, even works to fiddle in a motherboards BIOS, very cool, not quite worth the $ yet though.


Monitor: Philips 109P 19inch flat-screen CRT. Almost seven years old, still perfect color reproduction as the day I bought it, has been rained on twice (long stories), dried out, moved a dozen times, and many more times to LAN parties, I always stipulated that the monitors upgrade cycle would be "when I can afford dual 24inch displays." And as yet I cannot afford the Dual-AUD$939 for Dual Samsung 245T's. damn my standards. But buying the very top of the line monitor hardware has been a good seven year investment thus far, and I see not reason to alter that standard.


BIOS set to AHCI for SATA interface (not IDE or other-option-can't-rem)

BIOS set to "Auto" for all overclocking stuff, so the Asus smarts are probably clocking it up even as I install the KalyMOSX10.5.2DVD for the ninth time in a week. Next post I'll summarise the problems I have come across.



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