Sunday, April 20, 2008

New PC

Our 6-year old Pentium 4 mini PC's power supply finally gave up today. This PC was a gift from Cols' mom when we got married. Although its hard disk has been swapped a couple of times and its memory upgraded to 700+MB already, its only now that the power supply conked out. The power supply is non-standard since the casing's form factor is smaller than the usual desktop. So since I don't know where else to buy a power supply to fit this casing, I decided to just go ahead and buy a new PC altogether.

I went to PC Express at Shaw in the afternoon. I bought a new Intel motherboard with a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo Intel processor. It has 6 x USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire Port, SATA connectors, built-in sound system, 1GB RAM and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The built-in video card can now support our 19" widescreen AOC monitor full 1440 x 900 resolution! Unlike the old PC which had to stretch the display to fit the widescreen aspect ratio, this new board can display the proportions correctly. I transferred over the hard disk and floppy drive from the old PC, but decided to go for a new DVD re-writer (since the old PC only had a CD writer).

Total damage to my wallet = PHP 16,000. But the upgrade should make creating picturebooks a better experience on the home PC.

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