Category: Hardware


My somewhat new computer

It’s been a few months since I bought and built my new computer and since I haven’t had the chance to brag about it yet, I decided to take this moment to skip straight to complaining about how it still isn’t good enough. just kidding, i think.

 

Blogging about the computers that I build for customers seems like the easiest way for me to keep track of each one. So whenever I sell a new custom built system, I will make a new post including the specs of the computer or server.
Custom Built Workstations (3):

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 2.13ghz (1066mhz FSB)
  • Memory: OCZ 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 (PC2-8500z 5-5-5-15 1066MHZ nVidia Sli Certified 240-PIN) w/Heat Spreader
  • Hard Drive: 160 GB SATA2 (NCQ)
  • CD/DVD Burner (CD-RW, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW)
  • Case with 450watt Power Supply
  • Logitech UltraX Media Keyboard
  • Microsoft Mouse Comfort 1000 Optical (USB)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
  • Other Features:
    • Supports Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium D Processor
    • Intel Graphic Media Accelerator950
    • Optimized Gigabit LAN connectivity
    • 8-channel Intel High Definition Audio
    • Integrated new generation SATA 3Gb/s interface:
      • 4 SATA2 (3 free ports)
      • 1 IDE port (2 connectors – 1 free)
    • Available Expansion Slots:
      • 1xPCI-E (X16)
      • 3xPCI
      • USB 2.0
 

If you have any questions related to computers (hardware or software), Information Technology, or technology in general, go ahead and ask away!

Any problems that you may have or even something you don’t fully understand.

If you were ever scared to ask your IT administrator something because you didn’t know if you were using the right terminology, I might be able to help you out. There is no such thing as a stupid question.

You will never know if you don’t ask, so go ahead, ask me something and I will do my best to answer your questions.

 

I used to pride myself on having one of the fastest computers of its time. For you fellow geeks out there…I will tell you the stats of my computer in a second.

I used to always compete with a neighbor (actually 2 neighbors), about who had the faster computer. Of course, at the time, it really depended on who had the parent with more money. But we never thought of it that way. Honestly, we thought that we were competing 1 on 1 on 1 with each other where we all had an even slate. Of course, after a while, 1 of us so-called geeks fell out of the race. But we didn’t realize until years had passed that the only geeks that we were competing with, were ourselves. Anyways, back to the story…

I can imagine that most geeks had some sort of competition as they grew up. To us, it was sort of a superiority complex that we all had to get over. If you have yet to get over it, then I feel sorry for you and your lack of friends.

 

So last week, I showed a co-worker of mine how to apply Arctic Silver and explained to him how you are supposed to use very little. I made sure that he knew how little to use by repeating it a few times then telling him some more and did I mention he was watching me?

Anyways, one day when I wasn’t at the office, I asked him to help me troubleshoot a server. I thought that it might be a CPU that went bad so I asked him to try each one (dual processor motherboard) individually which of course, meant that he would have to remove the processors which in turn leads to cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound (See “How to apply Arctic Silver.”)