My first Computer was an IBM 133 Pentium 1.
After that finally died it was replaced with a HP 8575 Pentium 3 (550Mhz.).
After that was dying a slow death, I look around at the various outlets (Best Buy, Circuit City, Sams' Club) and discovered the major manufactures were producing PILES of Dung (Horse Maneur for the common man). Nothing personal, but HP placing the OS on a hidden partition of the hard disk, and not offering any disk back ups, (plus no open PCI slots on some models...no room for expansion), Compac, back to using proprietary parts (no thanks), Sony et all with antiquated IDE interfaces and limited hard drives.
On the other hand there are a few manufactures who do produce quality machines, but at a premium price. Falcon Northwest and Alienware do a great job, but I am not willing to lay out $3000 to $4000 for a new PC.
My first build with all the parts from New Egg was accomplished for under $1600.
That system had:
A xPCgear Pre-Modded XS-Alien Aluminum Windowed ATX Tower Case with Temp. LCD Display, Fan Speed Controller, 6x UV LED Fans, MoBo Tray, USB2.0, Firewire, Audio (Black) w/ xPCgear 520W XS-Alien Pre-Modded See-Through ATX Power Supply with Adjustable Speed LED Fans, UV Switch, UV Sleeving (Black)
The Motherboard was an ASUS Motherboard for Intel Pentium 4
Processors, 800Mhz FSB Model# P4C800-E DELUXE
Supported CPU:P478 Pentium 4
Chipset: Canterwood 875P + ICH5R
RAM:2 Channel (dual channel) DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB
IDE:Dual Ultra DMA ATA100/66 up to 4 Devices
RAID: Dual Channel 133/100/66/33 up to 4 Devices & SATA
Slots:1x AGP (8X) 5x PCI
Ports:2xPS2, 1xCOM,1xLPT,1x Audio, 1xLAN,2x IEEE, 8xUSB20
Onboard Audio:AD 1985 6 Channel Codec
Onboard LAN:Intel CSA Gigabit LAN 1000/100
Onboard SATA: Dual Channel Serial ATA up to 150MBs
Onboard Firewire: 2 1394 Firewire ports
built-in Intel PAT (Intel Performance Acceleration Technology
4 sticks of Corsair XMS Extreme Memory 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz. (2GB of DDR RAM total) Intel Pentium 4 / 3.0CGHz 512k socket 478 Hyper Threading Technology 800 MHz FSB w/ Zalman Al-Cu Cooler (this board will support Prescott to 3.6GHZ.) Lite-On Primary 16 X DVD ROM Optical Drive. Plextor 708 DVD all format recordable DVD drive; a Plextor Dual Layer DVD-Recordable DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+R DVD+RW MODEL DVR-716SA Secondary Optical Drive (SATA) Second IDE Drive -Iomega 250MB Internal ATAPI Zip Drive Model Z250ATAPI generic 3 1/3 " 1.44MB floppy drive 2 Serial ATA Hard Drives: Maxtor 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive (Diamond 9) and Samsung160GB SATA 7,200 RPM 8MB Hard Drive in RAID 2 +0 Configuration. (total drive size 300GB) Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy ZS2 and Creative 5.1 digital speakers to go with it. XFX GeForce FX 5700 256MB DDR 8X AGP w/ TV & DVI featuring the Nvidia chipset. Logitech Navigator Keyboard and Optical Mouse And finally Microsoft Windows XP Home O.S.
Well that system sort of outgrew it's usefulness, and I gave it to my Dad so he could get to the 21st century. He also got My old digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix 880 (http://www.nikonusa.com)
My next system was a bit more involved and includes
Accessories (After all, we all need toys to go with our Computers)
My main still camera (although not made anymore) is the Nikon 8700. It has enough features and can do just about anything I need it to do, and it's built very well.
(8.0 effective MP, 15 shooting modes, AVI mode and RAW content.... this is my camera for historical landscapes and historical photography trips)
My Power backup (2) Back-UPS 650 from American Power Corporation http://www.apc.com
My Hewlett Packard C6280 All In One Printer-Copier- Scanne. These are not made anymore, but this one seems to be holding out very well. http://www.hp.com
A Rosewill webcam for video conferencing.
A D-Link Router/ Print Server.
A logitech G15 Keyboard (I love it) and G 870 Left Handed mouse....why can't more manufatures make left handed mice?
A Linksys Cable Modem (CM 21, and a Linksys Wireless G Access Point to have a wireless network in the house.
In addition I have a 1 TB Western Digital External Drive for data storeage as well as multiple smaller portable USB drives and USB memory sticks.
I used a number of different programs in the manufacturing of these pages.
Here are the links to different software manufactures whose products were used the formation of these pages.
Moyea software make great multimedia
tools, Sony Vegas Movie Studio,
Microsoft Expressions Web 4,
Adobe Dreamweaver and In Design 5, as well as
Cisco Systems for the FLIP.
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