Sunday, 18 May 2008
The past two Saturdays I've worked on cutting my case to about 10x12. I used a jigsaw with special blades to cut down the case. That was a chore - I went through three of them the first Saturday (8 days ago). It's uglier than I was hoping for, but I'm going to get some paint when I'm finally done and get it looking nice again. It's been... years since I was in Junior High metal shop class. Yesterday I got the sharp edges turned up and a plate cut for the new face however I wasn't able to find the riveter! Next Saturday I'll be able to finish up the case and put the computer in it.
Today I've thrown together the computer as much as I'm able to put an nLite'd XP on it and play around with front ends to find the one that I like. I really really like the look of Centrafuse, however I don't like the $250 price tag. I also have RR that I'll try out. Honestly, I would prefer to play around with Linux because a Beryl-supported front end would blow all the other front ends out of the water, in my opinion, but just like most things Linux, development is slow. Maybe when everything is put together.
I was able to get my hands on 2 E6850 processors for just $96 each (price mistake at Dell's website), which was actually CHEAPER than the $100 I paid for my E4500. The difference would probably be minimal if ANYTHING for my uses of it, and the E4500 does have a few degrees C on the E6850 in terms of max operating temperature, but I have a hard time not wanting MORE POWER!!! I might do a side by side comparison to see if one is better than the other in terms of loading windows and whatnot.
I put the computer together running on AC to make sure everything works and installs before I switch to DC power. I have a battery and I wonder if I can have the battery hooked up to a trickle charger while I am running the DSATX DC power supply off it. I will search around.
I would prefer to have the OS on a SSD, but I cannot find one that is fast enough and cheap enough yet so I'm experimenting on an old 10Gb PATA HDD for the OS and a 60Gb USB drive for media. If these work well in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter here in UTAH (two extremes) then I will invest in a decent SSD for the OS and a huge fat mother of a HDD for media. I think 750Gb would be OK for all my movies and music
Well, installing windows right now and hope to play around with the setup during the week before I finish the case and put it in. I hope the processor heatsink/fan isn't too high for my case, otherwise I'll have to buy a low profile heatsink/fan.