...from my usual abuse of Sprocket.
Two weeks ago I got a call from my sister in Chicago asking when I might be coming up to visit.
Oh, Thanksgiving or Christmas says I, little realizing there was a hidden agenda unfolding.
Can you come sooner, I need help with my computer, says she.
The PC she's talking about was one I had built over three years ago- Barton core Athlon 2500, NF7-s board, 120GB HDD...pretty nice at the time but definitely getting long in the tooth today.
Unlike me, P. (my sister) actually uses her computer...she and her husband own/manage a volleyball league and she does all the design/maintenance of the website, reservations, league postings/notifications, etc, from home.
I realized that I had almost enough stuff sitting on the shelf to completely move her into a s939 system, an upgrade that would make a real difference to her (and a platform I'll be abandoning in the next few months).
So she thinks I'm flying up next weekend to massage her current machine when in fact, I decided to build her a whole new one (well, new to her at least).
The only major part I was missing was a case- an odd situation for me to be in, but none of my behemoth waterlooped monsters would be suitable for her- so I started cruising Newegg and was oddly attracted to this Lian-li G50B.
This is weird since I really hated the v2000 that I had last spring, but I decided to give them another try.
The case arrived last Wednesday.
Parts I had laying around-
_DFI LP SLI-DR mobo (I moved up to an Expert version)
_Hiper 580w PSU (currently powering Sprocket but soon to be replaced with either the Seasonic S12 from the old Stacker or another PSU, yet to be determined)
_250GB WD KS HDD (a nice enough drive but not as nice as my other Seagates)
_4x1GB gskill PC3200 RAM (late of the iRam setup...not sure what's going to happen to that)
_NEC 3500A DVD-RW or Plextor SATA DVD-RW.
P. will probably make better use of the x64 4400 dual core CPU than I, so that chip come out of Sprocket and I'll go back to the Opteron 148 (oh, poor me!).
Naturally, I have all the bits and bobs to assemble the whole thing- upgraded NB HSF's and several CPU heatsinks to choose from.
Today I assemble it.
Shall keep you posted.