Thursday, August 28, 2008

3 years already?

It's been about three years so I'm going to retire my old home workstation.
I picked out the parts at NewEgg. My wonderful wife will get barraged with a slew of packages in a few days.

Katy, you're awesome.

The reason I ship parts to my wife is because she works in a small office. I work in a large office as a contractor. I'd consider myself very lucky if any of my packages would find themselves to me.

I've made a few decisions on the new workstation:
1) Dual monitors--two 22" monitors.
2) Windows XP Pro SP3. Sorry, don't need Vista yet.
3) Micro ATX case with an Antec EarthWatts power source.
4) External Hard Drives for media storage.

The big thing I'm looking forward to is having a couple of big monitors. I love multiple monitors. This is the first box I've made for myself since I became enlightened to the benefits of multiple monitors.

Staying with XP shouldn't be a big surprise. I just don't feel like I have a compelling reason to use Vista. I felt the same way with 2000 before switching to XP.

The decisions to go with a smaller case and with an 80 Plus power source is to try and reduce the power consumption by the system. My previous system was created with absolutely no consideration to power consumption or noise. This one should run much quiter.

The external hard drive decision is an attempt to further reduce power consumption. I can turn the external off whenever it is not in use.

I hope this new system gives me as much good use as its predecessor.

1 comment:

Brian said...

have not had a single problem with it. My wife went out and got widgets for the desktop and we now have a slide show of all out pictures on the desktop.