My dream computer would have the ability to store all of my DVDs and music. I would also need to play them back, both on my computer and on my HDTV. My ideal computer would allow my family to play all the latest video games and use all the current and future software. My ideal computer would need to have plenty of memory for video games and hard drive space for storing my movies and music. The computer would also need to have an output for my big screen HDTV and with a surround sound stereo system.
For my motherboard, I picked the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ATX AMD. The contributing factors to this decision are based on the specs below. The main reason why I picked this motherboard is because this motherboard has the space for the all the components I need. Furthermore, the ASUS allows room for any future upgrades. A recommendation, from friends, is the reason why I picked ASUS as my brand of choice.
* CPU Type: Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64/Athlon X2
* DDR Slots: 4x 184 pin
* Maximum Memory Support: 4GB
* PCI Slots: 2 Express x16, 1 Express x4, 1 Express x1, and 3 regular
* Max Lan Speed: Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
I chose an AMD processor instead of an Intel processor. AMD has scored higher on benchmark test and is the main reason why I chose AMD over Intel, (Schemerer, 2004). The processor I chose is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, (www.newegg.com, 2006). This processor operates at 2GHz, has 64 bit support, and includes instructions for all my gaming and video needs.
* Operating Frequency: 2 GHz
* 64 bit Support
* Multimedia Instructions: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, 3DNOW! Professional
The PCI Express x16 slot, for the video card, was another factor when picking my motherboard. I could have gone with AGP, but the PCI Express graphics cards perform faster, (Campbell, 2004). BFG Tech Geforce 7900GTX is the video card that I chose. I wanted a card that allowed my family to watch movies and play video games on our HDTV, (www.newegg.com, 2006).
* Memory Size: 512 MB
* DirectX 9
* OpenGL 2.0
* PCI Express x16
* HDTV Out
When deciding on memory, I was not concerned with brand name; just the size. I wanted 2 GB of memory to make sure I had plenty of memory for playing games, watching movies, or running any applications necessary. Therefore, I picked the Patriot 2 GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM. The reason for this is because of the price and the lifetime manufacturing warranty. The Patriot also received good reviews on www.newegg.com.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 is the hard drive that I decided to use for my ideal computer. This hard drive has 400 GB, which has plenty of capacity to store all my movies and music. In an article, Geoff Gasior says, "By packing more data per platter than Seagate's previous Barracuda 7200.7, the 7200.8 also promises superior performance to its predecessor," (Gasior, 2005.)
The monitor was not a big concern of mine. However, when considering space, I would want a LCD monitor. ViewSonic VA902b Black 19" would fit my basic needs of a monitor, (www.newegg.com, 2006).
Keyboard and Mouse
When considering both of these, I would not purchase a wireless keyboard or mouse. The wireless keyboard and mouse became high maintenance because of constant battery changes. For the mouse, my choice would be Microsoft's Comfort Optical Mouse 3000. "High Definition Laser Technology Microsoft® High Definition Laser mouse devices are more precise, more responsive, and deliver smoother tracking," (www.newegg.com, 2006). For my keyboard, I chose Microsoft's B2M. The B2M has the Zoom Slider, which allows one to zoom easily in on pictures, maps, documents, and Web pages without taking the hands off the keyboard, (www.newegg.com, 2006).
I chose a combo drive for the DVD burner. The ASUS 16x burns and plays CDs and DVDs. This drive is also the same brand as my...
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