Well, we’ve broken down and ordered a new computer from Alienware. Here’s the specs:
Chassis: Alienware® Full-Tower Case (480-Watt PS) – Saucer Silver
Power Supply: Alienware® 480 Watt Power Supply
Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ Processor with HyperTransport Technology
Motherboard: ABIT AV8 – VIA K8T800 Pro Motherboard
Memory: 1GB Alienware® Dual Channel High-Performance Low-Latency DDR SDRAM at 400MHz – 2 x 512MB
Graphics Processor: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 GT 256MB DDR3 w/Digital and S-Video Out
System Drive: High Performance with Data Security – Serial ATA RAID 1 – 160GB (160 x 2) Seagate® Barracuda 7,200 RPM w/16MB Cache
Optical Drive One: NEC® ND-3500 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Recorder
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive – Black
Sound Card: Integrated 5.1 High-Performance Audio with Digital Out
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Portable Storage : Alienware® 8-in-1 Digital Media Reader / Writer with FireWire
I was torn between the alienware memory and the high performance memory (I think they use Corsair). The high performance has a CAS of 2, the alienware memory had some weird rating like CAS 2-3-5-2. And then I’ve read some reviews saying most of the time you’ll never know the difference.
Anyway, no to finish my paper before the machine shows up (it’ll be awhile).
So this is my first entry. We’ll see if this works out any better than Wallop. Evidently I’m one of the few that uses RSS readers :).