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Custom-Built Desktop



The Machine

  • Enlight 7 BAY WHITE ATX MID TOWER W/250W +FLOPPY
  • Asus: A7V 5PCI
  • AMD: DURON 800mhz cpu & heatsink
  • PC-133 CAS 2 16X64, 384Mb, 133Mhz, 168 Pin
  • Maxtor: 30.4GB ULTRA ATA/DMA
  • Teac: 1.44MB 3.5" INT. FLOPPY DRIVE (CREAM)
  • HP 2/4/24X INT EIDE CD-WRITER PLUS 8100I-PC
  • Creative: SOUND BLASTER LIVE! VALUE
  • Actiontec: CALLWAITING PCI VOICE MODEM
  • NetGear: FA310TX PCI 10/100 ETHERNET ADAPTER
  • ATI: XPERT@PLAY 98 3D 8MB AGP
  • ViewSonic: PS790 19"(18.0) .25MM 1600X1280
  • Logitech CORDLESS DESKTOP PRO KEYBOARD
  • Logitech CORDLESS MOUSEMAN WHEEL
  • ALTEC LANSING ACS45.1 POWERCUBE PLUS 3PCS SPEAKERS W/SUBWOOFER
  • HP: DESKJET 932C 9PPM
  • Microsoft: WINDOWS 98 SE AND REDHAT LINUX 7.0 W/ KDE

Why Build a Computer?

I decided to build a computer from parts rather than buying one because I knew I would learn a lot. By assembling a computer from the ground up, I have learned how all the components in the computer work together. I also learned how to troubleshoot computer related problems when something in the computer wasn't working. I also learned how to find good deals online, and search around for the parts I wanted. Last but not least, building a computer is fun!

On-line Retailers

NECX
http://www.necx.com/
I highly recommend this online retailer. NECX has very fast delivery and very low prices and many different items. I received my packages within 4 days of my order from them. They had a large selection of products and good reviews about all of them. I ordered all of my computer parts except the RAM and monitor from NECX.
MemoryMan
http://www.memory-man.com/
I moderately recommend MemoryMan. Their prices are a little high, but the memory they sell is top-of-the-line quality. I guess you get what you pay for. Shipping took 1 week from when I placed my order. If you plan to overclock your CPU or bus speed, you need high quality RAM, which is what the Memory Man provides.
Multi-Wave Direct
http://www.mwave.com/
I moderately recommend Multi-Wave. Their prices are rock-bottom low, but their service and shipping are not top notch. It took 1 week to get the monitor I got from here. I chose to get my monitor here because it was $30 cheaper than at NECX and it was in-stock at the time.

Computer Hardware Links

AnandTech
http://www.anandtech.com/
Tom's Hardware Guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/
PC World
http://www.pcworld.com/

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