The systems that I own now are listed below with links to help me find support, updates and drivers in case of problems. Included are links to my favorite software for quick reference.
Primary Gaming Machine
My first computer ordered from an online store - built to my specs. I chose iBuyPower.com because they had a great reputation, and they had the motherboard, processor and graphics card I wanted - plus I could order it with Windows XP Pro (I don't like Vista, & Windows 7 wasn't out yet). Ordered on March 13th & received on April 7, 2009. This machine is awesome!
Case: Nzxt Alpha Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Black (blue lighting)
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 (4x 2.83GHz/12MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) (Driver: 5.1.2600.0 4/1/04)
Motherboard: Asus P5E3 Premium/WiFi-AP @n Intel X48 Crossfire Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, 10 USB 2.0 ports, IEEE-1394, PCI-E 16 (Bios version: 0803 06/22/09)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 320GB Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPC, 8M Cache (Driver: 5.1.2535.0 7/1/01)
Power Supply: 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TX, Quad SLI Ready
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
Memory: 4 GB [2 @ 2GB] DDR3-1333 Corsair Memory Modules
Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 9800GTX+ 1GB w/DVI + TV Out Video (Driver: v310.90 01/10/2013)
Sound: Analog Devices SoundMax 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard (Driver: 5.10.6310 4/2/09)
Keyboard: iBuyPower USB Keyboard with 18 Internet Hot/Multimedia Keys Black
Mouse: Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 (01/07/2013)
Speaker System: iBuyPower 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System
CD/DVD Drive: Lightscribe Technology LG22X HL-DT-SL DVD-RAM Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black (Driver: 5.1.2535.0)
Network Card: Onboard LAN Network (processor has 2 LAN connections)
Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 1.44 MB Internal 3.5" Floppy Drive
Advanced Build Options: Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower (to achieve exceptional airflow in the chassis)
Existing Hardware attached to this machine:
Monitor: Acer 19" TFT LCD Flat Panel Monitor AL 1917A (12/25/06)
Scanner: Canon LiDE 80
Printer: HP Deskjet 6940
ADSL: ZyXEL P-660R-D1
Router: TRENDNet TEW-731BR (Dec 2012)
Power Backup: APC Back-UPS Pro 1500 (Dec 2012)
This is a Great computer! The whole system is quiet and the cooling fans do an awesome job. iBuyPower makes a very nice machine. Everything was the way I ordered it, without the unnecessary software that is sometimes installed on a new PC.
But I do have a few complaints:
- There was no "recovery" disc
- I couldn't tell which of the 2 CDs contained the drivers in case I need to re-install
- No Serial Numbers for installed components were included
- Printed manual for the Motherboard only (no other components)
We travel so much and sometimes are gone for several weeks at a time, for business as well as pleasure. Keeping up with e-mail became a problem, so this machine comes in handy. This replaced our old Dell Inspiron 8100 which finally bit the dust after 9 years! Bought from Best Buy on August 6, 2010.
This is my first computer without a Floppy Drive. All copying in/out must be vis USB flash drives or on CD/DVD discs. Some people complain that it doesn't include Bluetooth technology, but that didn't bother me.
Impressions (8/26/10 - 3 weeks after purchase): I really like the overall sturdiness of this Samsung as well as the layout, appearance and functionality of the keyboard. It's a spunky machine with its i5 processor and 4GB RAM and boots up almost instantly. However, I don't particularly like Windows 7. It is pretty and modern looking, but the Home Premium Edition (like the XP Home Edition) doesn't automatically give me full control over my computer. Administrator rights are ridiculous in a "one-user" machine and put roadblocks to my full usage of the machine. I refuse to spend the extra bucks to buy the Professional version! Another irritation - Outlook Express has been discontinued in favor of Windows Live email. Luckily I did finally upgrade my Microsoft Office to the most current, so I have Outlook to use. The way "My Documents" is set up is also rather strange to me having used Windows XP Pro for so long.
Samsung Q430-11 Laptop Computer:
Size: 13.5" x 9.4" x 1.3" Weight: 5.26 lbs.
Processor: Intel i5 M 450 2.4GHz 4GB DDR3/5 (Chipset Intel HM55 - 3B09)
Bios: Phoenix Technologies Ltd., 02KF
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
Hard Drives: 2 partitions - C: 107.37GB | D: 376.52GB (9.5mmH SATA HDD)
RAM: 4GB (2 memory slots) DDR3 SODIMM (it will handle 8GB total)
Display Monitor: 14" HD LCD, backlit (Generic PnP)
Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 310M, Driver: 188.8.131.5211 - 314.07 (2/19/2013)
Sound Card: nVidia High Definition Audio (v184.108.40.206); Realtek High Definition Audio (v220.127.116.1183)
DVD/CD drive: TssTcorp CDDVDW TS-U633J (Toshiba)
Keyboard: Standard PS2 Keyboard
Speaker: 3W Stereo Speaker (1.5" wide x 2")
Network Driver: Marvell Yukon 88E8040 Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller Driver: 18.104.22.168 (Sept. 28, 2009)
Wired Ethernet LAN: 10/100 LAN
Wireless LAN: Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter v22.214.171.1241 (June 9, 2010)
Ports: 3 USB (2.0) (1 is chargeable); HDMi, 3-in-1 memory card
Samsung Recovery Solution 4
MacAfee Anti-Virus (Uninstalled after trial period)
Extra Software purchased:
Office Home & Student 2010 ($99.99)
Kaspersky Anti Virus (free) (Never installed)
Bought November 3, 1998, this "generic" computer was built by a different local shop. It had various problems over the years, especially because it came with the first release of Win98 and has an unsupported video card.
Our former work computer went south in July 2004, so it was ditched and this machine was converted to the work computer. It is used to run our engraving equipment for our trophy business. It is a clean, fast-booting machine since it's not connected to the internet and has no unnecessary software or frills. Now this is the only computer we own that will still run MS-DOS based games.
Processor: Intel Pentium II 400 MMX
OS: Windows 98 SP2
Hard Drive: 40GB
RAM: 256MB (upgraded Feb. 2002 - was 128MB)
CD Drives: Asus 520S 52x and PlexWriter 12/10/32A
Disk Drive: Generic 3.5" Floppy Drive
Video Card: Intel740 with Video Capture
Sound Card: Yamaha OPL3-SA
Speakers: JUSTef Multimedia AC-691N
Modem: Rockwell HCF 56K PCI
Mouse: Microsoft PS2 with Wheel
Printer: HP Deskjet 822
A Few of Jeanne's Favorite Programs