So.. I had to open up my computer the other night to have a look at one of my PCI cards, and I decided to take a few pics and post them here in case anyone is interested. I talk quite a lot about it, so here's my custom built desktop:
I called him Rainbow Dash ^_^ (yes I know on the show Rainbow Dash is a girl but itís my computer so shut up ) I built him on the 27th of June, 2015 using parts and a case my friend gave me when he was clearing out his garage. All I had to buy was a CPU, heatsink and RAM. Itís a bit hard to date this computer since it uses components of varying age, but the motherboard is from 2002 so thatís what Iím going off. Itís not a perfect build; half the front panel connectors arenít connected because I canít get the front panel off to see what each cable is. And for some reason it needs about 3-4 minutes to warm up before booting properly. I dunno
Yeah it's a bit of a mess inside. But the cables are just long enough to be annoying but not long enough to route behind things and hide And we all know what itís like trying to clean up and hide IDE cables :
Here are the full specs:
Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz single-core
4GB DDR-400 RAM (maxed out)
1.08TB Hard Drives (1*80GB Maxtor 2004 drive, 1*1TB WD Caviar Green from 2010)
CD-RW drive, DVD-DW drive, 3.5" HD floppy disk drive, external Zip100 drive
nVidia GeForce FX5200 128MB
PCI TV tuner/capture card; ethernet card; firewire card; + other random things
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. Up until August 15th I ran Windows 2000 but I had to give it up when web browsing became too much of a trial.
Unless he randomly dies and Iím not able to fix him, I plan on using this computer as my main system for another 1-3 years maybe. Itís kinda hard to predict when itíll become too slow. Iíve been using old and outdated computers all my life and I donít mind the speed of this system at all ^_^
Iíve never really understood people who want to always upgrade their computer every few years just so they can have the ďlatest and greatestĒ. Itís just a waste of money in my opinion. It may be nice to have a really new system for the speed, but I honestly couldnít justify the price of a new custom build because it would be wasted on me, this computer performs great for me and Iíve used much lower end systems. Up until about May I used a 466Mhz computer as my main and I loved it. My laptop is 18 years old and it works fine for me. All you have to do is just use older versions of the programs youíd normally use and they run great
If youíve seen some of my posts where I mention my computer, youíll know that the ONLY part of it that I get annoyed about is the graphics card. Iíd love a new one but I want to get one of the highest end AGP cards made so I can bring this system up to the present day as much as I can High end AGP cards are very hard to find because everyone who has an old AGP PC wants them..
Iím open to any questions people may have! But please, if you just want to tell me to upgrade and get a new computer, then this isnít the thread for you