My Equipment

[Main Computer] [Audio Setup] [Laptop] [Home Server] [Network Equipment]

Main Computer

My main computer is my constantly changing work of art:

  • Corsair Carbide 300R Case
  • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
  • AMD Phenom II X6 Thuban 1090T PH-EO @ 3.8GHz (230 x 16.5) 1.440v Cool ‘n Quiet Enabled – 2770MHz Northbridge
  • Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme with AM3 Rev.2 bracket + Arctic Silver 5 + Arctic Cooling PWM12
  • 16GB (4x4GB) Samsung MV-3V4G3D/US @ 1840MHz 9-9-9-26 1T 1.5v
  • MSI 8600GT (pretty weak, I know)
  • 22″ CTL 220UW LCD Monitor (1680×1050) (horrible vertical lines, have to force resolution)
  • 20″ Acer AL2016W LCD Monitor (1680×1050)
  • Corsair AX850 Gold 850-Watt Modular Power Supply (Seasonic)
  • Samsung 830 128GB SSD
  • Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB Hard Drive
  • LG GH10L SATA CD/DVD Drive
  • Vantec Nexus NXP-201-SL Fan Controller
  • Logitech G5 Mouse on cloth pad w/Fellowes gel wrist rest
  • Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
  • USB – PS2 Controller Adapter w/OEM Sony Dualshock Controller
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Previous Revisions Pictures:
v1 – Inside
v2 – CPU Heatsink, Case with fans (1, 2, 3), Motherboard Naked, Motherboard Full, Test, Assembled, Inside Graphics, Inside No CPU Cooler, Front 1, Front 2, Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
v3 – Windows, Front, Right Side, Back, Left Side, Inside (1, 2, 3, 4)
v4 – Graphics Card (1, 2, 3)
v5 – Inside (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Back, Left Side, Front, Memory Fan Mod (1, 2), Desktop, GPU-Z, Whole Setup
v6 – Inside (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Back, Right Side, Front
v7 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
v8 – 1, 2
v9 – 1, 2, 3, Desk


Audio Setup:

  • Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 DAC
  • Sony TA-N55ES Power Amp
  • JBL L19A Speakers with new surrounds and rebuilt crossovers
  • DIY speaker & interconnect cables

JBL 1, JBL 2, JBL Crossovers, DIY Speaker Cables, DIY Interconnect Cables


Laptop

  • Dell Inspiron E1505
  • Intel Core Duo T2050 @ 1.6GHz 0.95v
  • 4GB (2x1GB) DDR2 533MHz 4-4-4-12
  • SDVD-8820 w/AD20 Firmware DVD Drive
  • Fujitsu MHW2120BH 120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit SP1

Certainly isn’t a replacement for my main computer but it’s a home away from home.


Home Server

This “Server” is merely a compilation of parts I’ve accumulated through the years. It’s basic specs are as follows:

  • NZXT Source 210 Elite
  • MSI 790GX-G65
  • AMD Athlon II X2 255  3.177GHz (205×15.5) @ 1.304v – CnQ Enabled for 820MHz @ 0.944v
  • Patriot ViperFin DDR3 1866 2x1GB @ 1640MHz 8-8-8-24-41-1T 1.92v
  • 550-Watt Antec TruePower Power Supply 80-Plus Bronze
  • 2x250GB Western Digital WD2500AAKS in RAID0
  • 1TB Samsung HD103SJ
  • 1TB Samsung HD103SJ
  • 1TB Western Digital Green WD10EARX
  • 500GB Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKS
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1

You may have noticed that I did not list peripherals. The reason for this is two-fold: I do not need them and this computer is a project of mine, of which the goal is to make a green computer. To me, a green computer must be RoHS compliant and use as little power necessary. To achieve low power consumption I have disabled/removed the following items: Monitor, Sound, Keyboard, Mouse, Floppy Drive and CD Drive. I have gotten rid of the peripherals by controlling the computer with Remote Desktop Connection, so unless I’m doing physical work on the computer, I never need to hook it up to a monitor.

Previous Revisions Pictures:
v3 – Front, Inside, Back
v2 – Full view w/Router, Inside
v1 – Full view w/Router, Hard Drives & Front Intake, Top of Motherboard & Exhaust


Network Equipment

Most people seem to be surprised at the fact that I’m technically on wireless internet. In fact, with such low pings around the country, even I’m amazed. My internet starts off with my ISP: First Step Internet. I get 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up. This is transmitted via a Point-to-multipoint wireless system that uses 2.4Ghz service. Due to a recent deal with First Step, I’m hosting a collocation tower (fancy repeater) and in turn, I get free internet with better reception due to them mounting antennas high up on a pole. From there it goes into my router which is a Linksys WRT310N modded with DD-WRT firmware (DD-WRT v24-sp2 std-nokaid-small – build 14929 NEWD-2 K2.6 Eko). I have a 8-Port Gigabit switch connected to the router for all computers in the house, this keeps high speed network transfers off the router itself except for my workbench. All ethernet cable is CAT6.