Archive for December, 2009


Darn !

I was building my new system today. But I didn’t complete it.
While inserting the board into the case, I accidentally detached the chipset heatsink (my finger slipped). It would be easy to simply reinstall the chipset heatsink but I don’t have any thermal grease or thermal pads (after all, I don’t build PCs every day) to reinstall the heatsink.

I will need to find some grease or pads to put that heatsink where it was.
Will think of something tomorrow.

I hate having problems on such a nice day.

New PC update.

Parts have arrived 2 days ago.
The system will be:
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 240 (AM3)
Mainboard: Gigabyte MicroAtx w/ AMD Chipset. AM2+ (AM3 ready)
RAM: 2GB Kingston DDR2 CL5 (2x1GB)
VGA: Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD4670 1GB (w/ Zalman Cooler)
HDDs: 500GB Seagate Barracuda SATA2, 640GB Samsung F1, 500GB Hitachi (external Iomega), 320GB Hitachi (external LaCie, slim). All from my main PC (will leave 2x160GB Samsungs alone. Should be enough for few more demanding games).
ODD: Not sure. Either Optiarc DVD-RW from my secondary or LG BD-RE from my main PC.
FDD: What ?
PSU: 400W FSP (not much room for expansion).
Case: some generic ATX tower (old case of my main PC, before upgrading to Antec 900).

Will probably start building tomorrow. Will post an update when the new system will be completed (or maybe earlier).

Happy holidays everyone !!

Another update !

I have ordered the parts for my new build.
Parts list:

1. Athlon II x2 240 2.8Ghz CPU (Socket AM3)
2. Radeon HD4670 1GB VGA (Gigabyte)
3. Gigabyte MicroATX board AM2+ (with AM3 support, don’t remember the exact model, this board has AMD chipset)
4. 400W FSP PSU

As you can see, this will be AMD based build (I would prefer Intel and Nvidia instead but AMD parts are cheaper and this is not a high-end build)

I will take out 2x1GB RAM sticks and 2 HDDs from my main PC. For optical, I will either take the LG BD-RE from my main PC or Optiarc DVD-RW from my secondary PC.

This new PC will also need a name.

Will post an update when the parts arrive (or maybe sooner)
That’s all for now.

Update on plans.

I’m planning to build a low power (400W maybe) PC which I will use as a File Server, DNS server, Web server, a TV (using IPTV) and a light gaming machine.

I already have a untested P4 CPU (2.4Ghz, Northwood Core 533 FSB) which I’ve salvaged from a dead Gigabyte motherboard (bad capacitors) a while ago. I also have 1GB of DDR2 RAM and I can get another 2GB from my main PC (it won’t need 6GB RAM without VMWare running anyway). I can also get some HDDs from my main PC (it won’t need 2.1TB just to store 10 or so newer games).
I already have the case (original case of my main PC, before I upgraded to Antec 900).

I don’t know if P4 CPU works (don’t have any socket 478 board) and I don’t want to waste money on socket 478 board in case if P4 is bad. So I will probably just get a low power AMD Athlon instead.

I will also need the PSU. I will probably get one of these Delta OEM Chieftecs.
I also think about getting some cheap PCI-E videocard so I can do some light gaming.

These plans are not final yet. I haven’t yet ordered any parts.
But I need to get this system built until the end of the year because electricity prices will rise dramatically (by about 30%) and I already pay too much for the power used by my main PC.

That’s all for now.

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