By: Steffen Scheibler, September 18, 2002 Print this article
After many, many hours of searching high and low, I came up with a basic idea of what would be needed:
- Dual CPUs
- RAID 0
- At least 512MB of RAM
Anything else that is high-performance is, of course, nice, but not absolutely required. In the end I opted for a moderately decent 3D video card in case this guy's son wanted to play some games.
Here is what I came up with:
|Number||Description||Unit Price||Position Price|
|1||Chieftec Dragon DA-01DB, with 351W Enermax PSU||135.00||135.00|
|2||AMD Athlon XP1900+ CPU||107.00||214.00|
|1||MSI MS-6501L, K7D Master-L, AMD 760MPX, LAN, Dual (reg DDR)||257.00||257.00|
|1||Corsair DIMM 512MB PC2400 DDR CL2 (CM64SD512) (PC300)||230.00||230.00|
|2||Thermaltake A1239/A1267 Silent Viking (Copper Core)||18.50||37.00|
|1||MSI MS-8866 G4MX440-T, GeForce4 MX440, 64MB DDR, TV-out, AGP||105.00|
|1||SoundBlaster Live 5.1 Player||36.50||36.50|
|1||Aopen 1648Pro (Pioneer Drive), 16x DVD, 48x CD-ROM, Slot||55.00||55.00|
|1||LiteOn LTR-32123S/LTR-32125W 32x/12x/40x, Smart-Burn, Retail||65.00||65.00|
|3||Maxtor DiamondMax D740X 60GB (6L060J3)||105.00||315.00|
|1||Promise FastTrak TX2000 ATA133, PCI 66MHz, Bulk||131.00||131.00|
|1||Mitsumi 1.44MB FDD||11.00||11.00|
|5||Pabst 80x80mm Adjustable Fan (750 - 2250 rpm) (14 - 23Db(A))||12.00||60.00|
|1||Enermax 92mm Adjustable Fan (15 - 27Db(A))||15.00||15.00|
|Excluding Sales-Tax (rounded a little)||1,425.75|
Prices are in EUROs, but the exchange rate to the US$ is practically 1:1 (0.99 US$ to 1 EURO), and these prices include a 20% sales tax. The very last price is excluding sales-tax. What you may pay in your country for this system can vary quite wildly from what I paid, but I have listed a few similarly priced machines on the following page, and that should give an idea of its value in relation to the current market.
Purchasing all the parts proved to be an interesting experience, as they came from 4 different vendors (All internal components came from 1 vendor, the casing from another, the keyboard & mouse from high-street shop and the fans were bought from an electronics shop). Why 4 different vendors? Some of the vendors have a more flexible approach to "in stock" than I do. In any case, after 4 days I had all the parts which is not bad anyhow. I usually figure that 10 days is the upper limit before I start making nasty phone calls or declare the attempt a failure.
Why choose these components?
Performance vs Price
Extra Performance & Overclocking