Up and running

My new machine is up and running. Actually, it's been running for a while, I've just been playing with it so much I didn't post.

One annoying thing to remember if you're building a new system and expect to play any game made in the last 4 years. Many of the game publishers are putting DRM on their discs now which won't allow you to play the game from a CD or DVD writer drive. You'll need to add a CD-ROM drive to pass their system check, usually every time the game starts up. One more BS thing to keep in mind.

So, my system as running currently is:

  • MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard (Model 7030)

  • Athlon 64 3400+

  • 512 MB PNY PC3200 RAM

  • 120GB Maxtor SATA 7200 RPM Hard drive

  • BFG Tech GeForce 6800 OC 128 MB video card

  • Rosewill Combo Drive (52x32x52x16x) Model C523216

  • Dynex 52x CD-ROM (Model DX-CDR100)

  • Thermaltake Silent PurePower 480W W0013

  • OEM Floppy drive

  • Antec CS400B Case

As soon as I get a little more RAM and a KVM switch, I'm all set.

Oh, and just for the record, while time-consuming (it probably took me a decent 5 hours to assemble and configure the OS), this was way easier than I imagined it to be (knock on wood). A great learning experience and something I'll have to do again, if for nothing else than the joy of actually building something that works. I can finally imagine what all the gearheads in the '50s must have felt when that GTO finally turned over after a rebuild.

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