Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Case and Motherboard

Jennifer and I went to Fry's to get my cool looking case and motherboard. The MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard is a new model. It was released on October 8, 2007.


The specs
Front Side Bus: 2600MHz Hyper Transport
(A data transfer bus that carries information between the CPU and the north bridge of the motherboard.)

North Bridge :AMD 790FX
(Handles communications among the CPU, RAM and PCI Express slots)
A picture of the motherboard chips.

South Bridge: ATI SB600
(is a chip that implements the "slower" capabilities of the motherboard like power management, hard drives, ethernet, mouse, keyboard and audio)

Memory: 4x240pin slots with dual channel.
Expansion Slots: 4 PCI Express 2.0 slots, 1 PCI Express x1 slot and 2 PCI slots .
Storage devices: 1 ATA, 3 SATA 3Gb/s ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC888
Rear Panel Ports: 2 PS/2 (keyboard and mouse port), 4 USB 2.0 and 1 fire wire.
Onboard (extra to attach to the front of case) 6 USB 2.0 and 1 fire wire.
Link of it on New Egg.

Fry's had a special on the case I wanted while I was in California and it looked like they sold out. Jennifer happened to fine one buried with other cases. Thanks Jennifer.
The case so nice looking. It is an Antec 900 ATX Mid Tower that is black. There is a side panel window so you can see all my cool looking gear inside the computer.

The Specs
Expansion: 3 external 5.25" drive bays (DVD-CD) and 6 internal 3.5" drive bays (hard drives).
Front Ports: Power and reset button with blue LED activity indicator, 2 USB 2.0 and 1 firewire port.

Cooling System: 1 120 mm rear fan, 2 blue LED front fans and a top mounted 200mm exhaust fan.
Link of it on New Egg.

This is going to be a cool computer.

Posted by Eric at July 12, 2008 8:28 PM