Read on to find out about the main PC and peripherals. Click on thumbnail
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Core PC

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ processor Cuts through picture tasks quicker than you can say "knife"
Gigabyte K8N Pro-SLI motherboard nForce 4 SLI motherboard that won all sorts of awards.  Not too stupid on the feature front, so cheap enough too.
2Gb Crucial PC3200 DDR Ram  
2xMaxtor DiamondPlus 9 160Gb 7200rpm 8Mb buffer HD About half full now - its amazing how big some of these photos actually are.
2xXFX GeForce 6800 DDR Dual TV PCI-E Top cards which were half price - so I got two!
Microsoft Wireless Desktop Elite Keyboard Nice action, extra keys useful.  Just a shame there's no way to set the 'F-Lock' to be on by default.
Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 Comes in the desktop with the keyboard above.  Not quite as comfy as the wired version, but still nice bit of kit!
Floppy disc drive Rarely used.
D-Link DWL-G122 USB wireless network Fast 54Mb/s access to the net
52-in-1 memory card bay A bit of a cheat as it counts different ratings of the same card as a different card.  Still, takes all cards and has a front USB socket as well to go with the two on the top
NEC ND-4550A DVD-rewriter
NEC ND-4551A DVD-rewriter
For when CD just isn't big enough...
Read Speed: DVD:16X CD:48x
Write Speed: CD-R:48x, CD-RW:32x
DVD-R:16x, DVD-R DL: 6x, DVD-RW:6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD+R:16x, DVD+R9:8x, DVD+RW:8x
Drives are near identical - the 4551A also does LabelFlash.
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Platinum eX Almost the best Audigy out there at the moment - works a treat with my MIDI keyboard.
Cooler Master Praetorian 732 case Aluminium case in silver.
4x5.25" bays (exposed) 3x3.5" bays (exposed) 4x3.5" bays (hidden) 120mm front fan 2x80mm rear fans
Tagan Easycon 530W Switchable cables, switchable 12V rails, quiet and very stable.  A dream!

The other bits of kit found lying about the desk...

Sony X52-B 15" TFT display Crystal clear, not a single dead pixel.  A lovely bit of kit.
Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera See more on my camera page.
HP Photosmart 7350 printer Read about the printer on the output page.
Wacom Graphire 3 tablet Ideal for editing photos - the pen gives you far more control than a mouse.
Sennheiser HD 25-SP headphones The Plantronics headset is good if you want a microphone - if what you really want is crystal clear lightweight sound from the Audigy, these are great.  And they'll also work with my Yamaha keyboard.
Canon CanoScan 3200F I guess this is part of my digital photography toolkit as well.  I use it mostly to scan in older photos from before I had the digital camera in order to make up montages and the like.
Thrustmaster TopGun Afterburner II Joystick Not quite as good as separate yokes, pedals etc. but for the amount I play Flight Simulator 2002 it's great!
Plantronics DSP-300 Digital USB headset Crystal clear for listening / recording - someone in Dixons clearly didn't know what this was as they'd priced it up at only £9.99!  A bargain!
Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad USB Same as my old Gamepad, but the USB version.  A snip at £15 for proper plug'n'play - just what I need to try and steer RalliSport Challenge!
Creative Inspire! 5100 5.1 speakers Nice new speaker set - full surround sound and thumpin' bass!

Other items
The other gadgets that make up the system

BT Voyager 2210 ADSL Wireless Router Kitchen sink not included!  However, a very versatile device - with the wireless adapter I no longer need cables draped all over the place (and that came free with this box), plus it's great for sharing the connection with 'visiting' PCs - and the firewall works wonders.
HP iPaq 4510 PocketPC Keeps me organised, and useful for viewing images on the move.

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Last updated: 31/10/2005 This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence. İ2004 R GillinCreative Commons Licence