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moreau
3rd May 2000, 07:36
(Please realize the folowing is tounge-in-cheek)

I don't mean any disrespect to my 2 human children. But, since I am a male of the species, I am genetically incapable of experiencing the joy of creating life.

Hence, I build computers.

Back in the fall of 1998, I built my first computer: G200, FIC PA-2013 1MB, 128 PC100, K6-2 333@350 (a modest overclock), 6.4 GB WD ATA33, SBlive! Value, 3Com ISA Winmodem.

I was very proud. Good in games, except OGL. Excellent in desktop.

After a year I grew tired of the MVP3 chipset and it's idiosyncracies. So I swapped out the chip and mobo for an Asus P3B-F and a celeron 400, which I clocked to 500. Rock stable, and I'm happy.

But now, I need new functionality. I want to do more. So... I swap out the G200 for a G400, a very, very nice upgrade. Soon, I add a RR-G. (Anyone considering one, but are unsure, get it. Unless you want something hardcore in the RT2000 vein, you won't be disappointed). Then I add a few "grey market" software apps, and I feel I'm rocking along nicely.

But, soon I'm storage limited. Luckily, for Christmas and my birthday(which are close together), my lovely wife gives me a new ATA 66 harddrive. To this I add a Promise U66 controller. I'm happy.

But, as all things go, soon I'm thinking about upgrades. So, I sell my 2 PC100 128's and buy one Crucial PC133 128. Very nice stuff. (I can even overclock is to CAS2!).

More time passes. now I'm salivating over the idea of the PIII coppermines, and how they overclock. I break down. In a moment of weakness at a local computer show, I buy a PIII 550 and a second ATA66 harddrive.

I install the PIII, and instantly have a 733 MHz computer. I then solder a resistor to my Promise card, upgrade the firmware, and stripe my two ATA 66 drives together. Now I'm RAIDing away, and am in heaven.

Some more time later, I realize that for vid editing, a lot of people recommend a separate boot drive. So I trade some stuff for an Adaptec 2940U and 9.1G IBM drive. Yet another OS reinstall, and I've now perfected my system.

Truth is, Now I'm a little tired of adding hardware. And this is from a self-labled hardware addict. I've no expansion slots left, one IRQ, and no more desire to reinstall win98. Actually, I feel rather exhuasted.

But, in spite of all the labor (its a pun, dammit), I'm very proud of my little computer. It's grown from a bargain machine built on a tight budget into a pretty decent a/v editing rig. All in baby steps. I'm happy.

Now, if only I had a little more RAM, or a CD-RW, or a ...

DuRaNgO[MU]
3rd May 2000, 16:13
if you had more ram, you would prolly have more than two kids http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif
jim

moreau
4th May 2000, 05:48
http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif Actually, the ram I have is adequate. After all, I've used it over, and over, and over... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by moreau (edited 04 May 2000).]

DuRaNgO[MU]
4th May 2000, 13:03
http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

Greebe
4th May 2000, 16:07
Think what would happen if you added another monitor? OMG, she'd put YOU on the pill!!! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

[This message has been edited by Greebe (edited 04 May 2000).]

Dilitante1
4th May 2000, 16:15
OH NO, i forgot what I was going to say ....oh yeah...beats childbirth!

Greebe
4th May 2000, 16:18
Or getting it... CUT! Oy!!!

Jorden
4th May 2000, 16:26
Mike's hormones are going wild I think http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

Paddy
5th May 2000, 06:50
Is is just me or does the RAM get smaller and smaller these days?

Paddy
5th May 2000, 06:52
Having a PC is much cheaper than having a kid.

DuRaNgO[MU]
5th May 2000, 11:13
It's also much faster than it used to be http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif

Paddy
5th May 2000, 11:52
Ah! The good old days!

Genom
5th May 2000, 13:04
Ya know, I have been doing the same thing here, upgrading little by little, but for some odd reason, I never have any old hardware left over.


Oh wait, I know. It's the band of ravenous leeches that raid me for my old hardware every couple of weeks http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif

If I ever have a juman child, I'll see if I can get them to take it also. Might have to entice them with some nice P3's though....