Tuesday, January 8, 2008

pc specifications (technical jargon)

this is a posting to remind myself of my computing plans...

network configuration:
- Internet: SNBB 10mbps, Thomson Speedtouch 585v6
- Printing: HP LaserJet AIO 3030 served by HP Jetdirect 300x
- Wireless: Linksys WRT54Gv4, Tomato v1.14
- Backbone: 3Com gigabit 5 ports switch

- CPU: Intel Pentium M 730 1.6GHz (FSB: 533MHz)
- Motherboard: Asus P4P800-E Deluxe, i865P
- Memory: Kingston ValueRAM DDR400 2GB (4 * 512MB)
- VGA: ATI Radeon 7500 (BBA)
- HDD: Western Digital WD360GD and WD1600JD (36+160GB)
- Optical: TDK AID1616DLN
- PSU: Seasonic S12-430
- Casing: Lian-Li PC60USB

zq (power efficient desktop):
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (FSB: 667MHz)
- Motherboard: Asus N4L-VM, i945GM
- Memory: Kingston ValueRAM DDR2-667 2GB (2 * 1GB)
- VGA: ATI Radeon X800GT (PC)
- HDD: Western Digital WD3200KS (320GB)
- Optical: BenQ DW1640
- PSU: Seasonic S12-430
- Casing: Silverstone SG01 blk

my PC will be undergoing upgrading in 2008. Potential specifications:

- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz (FSB: 1.33GHz), 45nm Penryn 2nd gen
- CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 M0 stepping, overclocked to 2.66GHz (FSB: 1066Mhz)
- Motherboard: Asus P5K Pro
- Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 * 1GB)
- VGA: ATI Radeon X800GT (PC)
- HDD: Western Digital WD360ADFD and WD5000AAKS (36+500GB)
- Optical: Samsung SH-S203D
- PSU: Seasonic S12-430
- Casing: Lian-Li PC7+

the reason for downgrading my choice of CPU - since taking over my bro's single-core Pentium M, there wasn't much performance impact. In fact the experience was better, as i loaded less programs on startup. There are quirks though, when the CPU reaches 100% utilisation everything slows to a halt. So, Intel's E2000 series shall suffice. And if there's a pressing need to get the latest CPU, i'll wait for the 2nd revision to Penryn.

most parts will be reused, except for a new purchase of the Ballistix RAM (already on my table), Zalman fan controller and maybe a flashy heatsink fan. The damage? Definitely close to $800... ouch.

functionalities of the server will be taken down progressively with the PC upgrade, to reduce operation and maintenance costs. Then the server will be made obsolete and powered down:

- Web Server (IIS, Apache, Tomcat, Glassfish): Functionalities to move to PC
- File Server: Server storage drive(s) to move to PC
- DHCP/DNS Server: DNS to move to Speedtouch 585v6, DHCP already migrated to Linksys WRT54G.

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