Thursday, June 21, 2007

And the Winner Is...

Computer retailers across the land can rest easy. They won't have me bugging them for a while. The great computer hunt is over. I have decided to go with a Velocity Micro system. Here are the basic specs:

CaseLX Black - Velocity Micro Signature Case - Pure Aluminum for maximum cooling, with easily removable front door
LX Wheel KitLX Aluminum Wheel Kit (LX case only) - Pure aluminum wheels make your case easy to move, with wheel lock
Power Supply500 Watt Velocity Micro® Power Supply with Dual Blue Lighted Fans
MotherboardIntel® P35 ATX Motherboard with DDR2, PCI Express, 1333MHz FSB, RAID DP35DP
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo processor E6600, dual 2.4GHz cores, 4MB L2 Cache
CPU CoolingArctic Cooling® Freezer 7 Pro Heatsink, Ultra Quiet Fan, Copper Heat Pipes, plus Arctic Silver™ 5 Thermal Compound
DDR2 Memory2048MB Corsair™ DDR2 PC6400 DDR2-800 (2x1024)
AudioIntel® High Definition 8-channel Audio
Hard Drive 1320GB Hitachi 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 300 w/NCQ
Hard Drive 2None
Optical Drive 120x Lite On® DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Dual Layer, Black Bezel
Optical Drive 216x DVD/48x CD-RW Lite On® Combo Drive, Black Bezel
Floppy Drive & Media Reader8-in-1 Floppy Drive & Media Reader Combo, Black Bezel
Network AdapterIntegrated 10/100/1000MBps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
Network Adapter 2 or WiFi AdapterLinksys WMP54G 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter
FireWire2 Integrated IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports, 1 front & 1 rear
USB 2.0 Ports6 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 front & 4 rear
KeyboardVelocity Micro™ Keyboard with Lighted Palm Rest - Black, USB
MouseVelocity Micro™ Mouse with 800 dpi Resolution, USB
Operating SystemGenuine Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium 32-bit

Notice I sacrificed memory for a better video card...and went with a system using pretty standard parts with some hope of an upgrade path. Cost is just a speck over $1800. Software I can get elsewhere and there is plenty of room to expand. So far the support people have been very helpful-so we shall see. I spent a bit more than I had hoped, about $2200 with the monitor but it isn't that much more than I spent on my last computer five years ago.
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