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afternoon in review [Feb. 15th, 2001|03:58 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
woke up at 1 or so.
good sleep.
skipped music, as did blythe and sherm. (no homework due)
went to dick's with blythe
went to a computer store to get quotes on parts
took blythe home
ran some errands
a file server will cost me $1,010.00, but then i'd have an extra computer being loud in my room.
instead... i'm thinking of just upgrading pieces of my linux box:
  • Keep:
    • case
    • video card (matrox g400 dual head)
    • sound card (sound blaster live)
    • one of my 16 gb drives (to boot off of)
  • Upgrade:
    • processor (from P2-400 to P3-800)
    • cdrom (from creative-labs dxr2 DVD to Sony 48x CD... who needs DVD? i have a real DVD player.)
    • floppy (don't have one now)
    • RAID 1 array:
      • maxtor 60gb harddrive (have this sitting around)
      • IBM 60gb harddrive (have to buy this)
    • motherboard (asus)
it'll end up costing about the same..... the money I save from reusing parts will let me get a faster processor, but I'll save on computer noise and space by only having 3 computers in here instead of 4.

BTW, what are good computer part stores in the Seattle area? I knew all the cool places around Portland, but I haven't been having very good luck here. :-/
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[User Picture]From: gorgonous
2001-02-15 04:18 pm (UTC)
$1010 for a file server? That must be a pretty serious file server..

You could make a machine with an i815 motherboard that has all the stuff on board, a Celeron, case, extra hard drive, etc. for pretty cheap.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2001-02-15 04:27 pm (UTC)
a NAS wouldn't meet your needs??

Something like that SNAP box?? They do cost a lot...but there's nothing to them and the fan is small...
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-15 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re:

those are so expensive for what you get, though..... they charge so much because it comes preconfigured..... if you do it yourself you can save a lot of money.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2001-02-15 04:57 pm (UTC)

Re:

right...I was thinking small and little noise...this room has four PC's in it, I know how loud it can get...

Had a Dell PowerEdge in here about two years ago...was so glad to get rid of it...
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[User Picture]From: warrend
2001-02-15 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hard Drives Northwest or Computerstop on NE 20th st in Bellevue is where I always go. I worked at HDNW for about a year, and they have good parts (Not a lot of RMA's or failed hard drives, procs, and RAM).
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-15 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hard Drives Northwest looks awesome.... thanks! they have some good prices, too.....

I'll go check them out this weekend.
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[User Picture]From: warrend
2001-02-15 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re:

as long as you know what you want it shouldn't be a problem. Now the sales people....thats another story. Dont talk to them, just go straight for the parts counter :)
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[User Picture]From: mrbad
2001-02-15 06:26 pm (UTC)

asus

Why not get a dual cpu motherboard ? (asus)
You may just be able to kill another physical machine at a later date if you add a second cpu and a disk(s) ?
[mind you , less redundancy]
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-15 06:28 pm (UTC)

Re: asus

yeah, i've been looking into that.... dual CPU boards aren't that much more expensive.

ASUS ones are all VIA chipsets, though, and Linux 2.4.1 has a bunch of shit disable for VIA chipsets because they're seeing file corruption in some of them.... I'm sure they'll work it out eventually, but if I'm getting it this weekend I'd prefer not to get a VIA chipset. :/
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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-02-15 10:40 pm (UTC)

Re: asus

check out the microstar 694D... it is a very very nice dual proc board that is well priced.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-15 10:44 pm (UTC)

Re: asus

everything's a VIA chipset nowadays it seems....

hrm.

looks damn nice, though.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-16 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: asus

found a place in town that has those.... think i'm going to pick one up
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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-02-16 05:21 pm (UTC)

Re: asus

its a nice board.
i actually went with a athlon platform for the pc that i am building at this moment. the parts are coming in piece by piece this week and next.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-15 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Parts

My dad's worked at Intel for like 17 years, I worked there 2 years, my brother has worked there awhile.... I only buy Intel. :)

I've bought a few things at CompuCare, but I didn't remember them having that big of a selection, and their prices were a little high I thought. I'll check it out again, perhaps.
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2001-02-16 03:28 am (UTC)

Re: Parts

I buy on AMD, no INTEL. INTEL is far more expensive than AMD... but I heard they are more reliable.
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[User Picture]From: kalei
2001-02-17 12:14 am (UTC)

Brad-

Would you like to sell your DVD player?

If so, how much?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-17 03:39 am (UTC)

Re: Brad-

it's very damn old.... next to useless.

you can probably go buy a new one for just a little more than what it'd cost to ship.
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