Thanks to my brother, who gave me an ancient Dell Dimension 3000 to fettle up for him and I decided to give his Dell a bit of a makeover using some of my bits and then upgrade my HTPC.
The guts got ripped out of the Dell and got replaced with an Gigabyte mATX motherboard and Athlon II X4 630 which I’ve mildly overclocked to 3.0GHz, and with the aid of a multimeter managed to reconfigure the Dell front USB port connector so it works with the Gigabyte motherboard. Currently stress testing on SIMAP and running a nice and cool 37 degrees with a Coolermaster TX3.
Now on to my HTPC…
It’s now acquired a Corsair CXM430 PSU and a ASUS A88XM-PLUS, a Coolermaster 212 EVO and 2x2GB of Kingston Hyper X 1866 DDR3… but haven’t quite made my mind up on the CPU… Might just wait until 14th January when the new AMD Kaveri core APU’s come out… I’m quite fancying the A10-7700K or maybe even a Richland core A6-6420K. That is, of course, if I can resist spending money in the next 9 days!!! :Plot: