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My Systems Page

There is a custom on many of the PC performance sites to post your system specifications in your signature. I have been reluctant to do this for reasons that will soon become clear. Instead, I have this page that list each of my systems with their peripherals in decreasing order of when I build them. Thus, the newest system will always be at the top for you to see first.

Mozo is my video editing system and consists of a Tyan Trinity 400, 600 MHz celeron, 128mb ram, Matrox Mystique 220 PCI video, Matrox Rainbow Runner video capture card, Turtle Beach Montego sound, Conner 1280 system disc, maxtor 6gig data disc and an ibm 75gxp/20 video disc in a addtronics 6896a case.

Wimpy was an impulse buy I made when a friend told me about upcoming BP6. From what I can tell, Wimpy's page was one of the first BP6 reviews on the net. Wimpy consists of an Abit BP6 motherboard with two 400 MHz celerons, 64mb generic ram, a buslogic bt-958 scsi card, an IBM DHFSS2W hard drive, a Matshita CR-8005A scsi cdrom, a generic DS21140 Tulip LAN card and some old ISA VGA card I had lying around finish the system in a SuperMicro SC750 case. Wimpy runs linux and is my play machine.

The family computer was built by HiTech USA to my specifications based on reviews on the net. I have been building computers for over 20 years and my wife still blames the system I built every time windows locks up. So I paid a local clone shop a few bucks extra to have them assemble it. The system consists of an Asus P2B with 128 meg of ram, a seagate 4gig hard drive, a generic S3 Trio AGP video card and a Memorex CDROM in a generic case. It has a Viewsonic 17GA monitor with built in speakers that I absolutely love.

My Windows web station is a hand-me-down from the family computer that I built several years ago based on reviews on the net. It is the one that kept locking up on my wife but now serves me just fine. It consists of an Asus TX5 motherboard, an AMD K6-266 @ 300, 2 x 32meg PC66 SDRAM, a Seagate 4 gig boot drive, and IBM 13 gig data drive and a generic IDE CD drive. It has an Adaptec 2930u scsi card driving a Phillips CDD2000 cd burner, an external SCSI zip and a Microtech digital photo album pcmcia reader. A generic pci video card, a generic sound card and a Netgear FA310 lan card round out the system.

Standby is my home server. It is another hand-me-down from the family computer that we bought from Belmont Computer Proucts many years ago. It and consists of a Gold Star MP064 Triton motherboard, Pentium 120 cpu, 32 meg FP ram, 32 meg EDO ram, an adaptec 1542 ISA scsi card with a quantum LPS340S system drive and a seagate ST43400N full height 5 1/4 data drive. A Headlands Technology 1024i ISA video card and a 3com 3c509-combo nic complete this system in a generic case. It runs linux and provides DNS and mail routing for the house.

My router is pieces of computers I found in the garage. It is a 486/33 in some funky VLB motherboard with a VLB video card, a mix of 72 and 36 pin memory, an old maxtor 7456AT hard drive and a NE clone lan card complete this system in a generic full tower AT case. It currently dials a US Robotics Sportster 14,400 fax modem on demand and provides NAT and firewall services for the house. I am waiting for my DSL to get installed at which time I will add another LAN card to this router and let it continue its job.

Albert is my public web/mail server that is hiding under a workbench at my parents house on their DSL. It consists of a generic TX motherboard, an AMD K5/166 cpu with 16 meg of ram, a seagate ST34310A 4 gig ide hard drive and 3com 3c509 net card in a generic 29 dollar frys special minitower case. An APC UPS provides power regulation for this system which has currently shows an uptime of 223 days.

Other systems in various states of decay include an Ampro littleboard Z80 system I used extensively in college and Blue Baby, an Imsai 8080 I bought as a kit from the original Byte Shop in 1978. I still turn it on every few years just to watch the blinking lights.

Last modified: 27-July-2000 by Michael Spann