Single Status Update
Okay, so I've been tinkering around with building a new (old) computer using the desecrated remains of my recently deceased motherboard. In order to get the full picture, a short backstory is necessary. A couple of months ago, I got home from work to find my computer off. Upon turning it on, I was greeted by, well... nothing. Nothing really happened when I turned it back on. I started to panic, and ended up spending a good few hours tinkering with the computer trying to diagnose the problem (pretty much taking out/replacing as many vital components in the computer with backup parts as I had at my disposal). Having narrowed the problem down to either the CPU or the motherboard, I ended up replacing the motherboard and CPU. I figured since I'm gonna have to shell out a good bit of money to do that, I might as well just go for a substantial upgrade rather than just buying replacements of about the same power. I ended up with this motherboard and this CPU.
That's all fine and good, and hopefully this motherboard will last me a good 5 or more years, but that's not really the point of this post. Jumping ahead to... just a few days ago, a thought popped into my head that had not previously occurred to me for some idiotastic reason: I haven't bothered trying to pop out the CMOS battery on the old motherboard to see if that'll fix it. Lo and behold, it did. I did some tinkering with the motherboard out-of-case and managed to get it to boot up and function (as much as a motherboard with nothing but some RAM and a crappy PCI video card in it would function, anyway). I felt pretty stupid for a while, seeing as how I spent a good amount of money replacing the motherboard in the first place, but at least that gives me another decent computer to work with.
To start I bought a cheap case, a hard drive, and a cheap DVD burner and started my little experiment. It's all done and built, but there's still a couple of problems I've gotta get worked out. I ended up having to buy a bigger case fan for the case because the stock fan was two times smaller than any normal case fan should be, and put the stock fan on the side of the case to replace the plastic air duct that was there before. It runs pretty loud, and the computer still runs hotter than it did in its original case, so that's something I'm going to have to keep messing with.
Since I often have company over and play LAN games a lot, it's nice to actually have two decent computers for gaming handy. When it's not being used for gaming I'm sure I can think of something more useful and productive to use it for (a local web server maybe).
Main computer specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16Ghz Processor
GPU: GeForce 9600 GT
RAM: 4GB DDR2
OS: Windows 7 Beta 64-Bit
Secondary computer specs:
CPU: 3.4Ghz Pentium 4 Processor
GPU: GeForce 9600 GSO
RAM: 3GB DDR2
OS: Windows 7 Beta 32-Bit
On another note, I've actually gotten to like Windows 7 so much that I have it installed on both of my computers and my laptop, no dual boot. I'm gonna be sad when August rolls around and the beta stops functioning. :(