Computer #3 : AURIGA, my first tower homebuilt system.
It replaced DIOS as my main computer in September 2007.
CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz)
MB : Asus P5KE WiFi
RAM : 2×1 GB – PC2 8500 (1066 MHz)
GC : ATI Radeon HD 3850 (512 MB GDDR3, 2 x DVI)
HDD : 500 GB RAID 0 + 1 TB RAID 0
OS : Windows XP Home 32 bits
Case : NZXT Lexa Blackline Red
Dimension : 522 x 569 x 220 mm, 18 kg
Date : 1st September 2007
– Samurize : make custom monitors to display any information about the system like disc space, CPU charge, network speeds, time, memory usage, etc…
– Desktop Architect : Windows classic theme editor. Set colors, fonts, sizes, sounds, wallpaper, icons, etc…
– Winroll : rollup windows and optimize screen space. It’s a small portable exe very super giga useful ! I can’t imagine using a computer without the roll-up feature.
First time I tried to build a computer. Back then, I didn’t have much knowledge about it but I had the help of Kenzuka, a friend from school, who selected the best parts according to my taste. The case is nice on the outside with the side windows, piano black finish and red LED fans but the cable management is kinda bad, dust filters are very hard to clean and there are some annoying vibrations in the front door.
When we first turned it on, we had the surprise to discover that the Crucial RAM modules had red/yellow and green LEDs blinking like a Xmas tree with blue LEDs at the bottom lighting the mother board and making a nice contrast with the red lights of the fans.
I spent a few months with serious memory modules serial failures (blue screen orgy). I changed them 2 times, then I suspected the mother board and the power supply (that I changed too) but in the end I figured it must have been the electromagnetic field created by a cold cathode red neon controlled by sound level that was damaging the RAM modules. I removed it and no more problem since then.
Auriga has more power than I needed to make my AMVs from HypnoStar to Pure Thrust, the only limitation was the memory. 2 GB is not much but a 32 bits system can’t do much more, 3.5 GB maybe. Last summer, I’ve been thinking of upgrading it but since it was already 3 years old and I like having new toys, I decided to make something new starting from 0 and send Auriga to the basement. It still works perfectly and maybe I’ll need it one day.
20-03-2011 update : AURIGA WinXP Theme available