New computer in the house

After 5 years of being a Macintosh user and owner, I purchesed the parts to make my own x86 system. I did it to play the odd Windows-only game (CoD2 and the upcoming Spore) as well as for working on OpenSolaris.

It’s a Athlon64 3200 CPU, 1GB of Corsair RAM, and a GeForce 6600 on a Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard in a mico-ATX package (case by Antec).

So far I’ve enjoyed it. It compiled Solaris Nevada build 34 in 2 hours, 7 minutes and plays CoD2 really well on my 20″ Apple Cinema Display.

 Here’s some system detail courtesy of CPU-Z:

CPU-Z Report

CPU-Z version 1.32.1.

CPU(s) &nbsp
Number of CPUs 1
Name AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Code Name Venice
Specification AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Family / Model / Stepping F F 2
Extended Family / Model F 2F
Brand ID 4
Package Socket 939
Core Stepping DH-E6
Technology 90 nm
Supported Instructions Sets MMX, Extended MMX, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, x86-64
CPU Clock Speed 2009.1 MHz
Clock multiplier x 10.0
HTT Bus Frequency 200.9 MHz
L1 Data Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
L1 Instruction Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
L2 Cache 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
L2 Speed 2009.1 MHz (Full)
L2 Location On Chip
L2 Data Prefetch Logic yes
L2 Bus Width 128 bits
Mainboard and chipset &nbsp
Motherboard manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Motherboard model A8N-VM CSM, Rev 1.xx
BIOS vendor American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS revision 0702
BIOS release date 01/17/2006
Chipset nVidia GeForce 6100/6150 rev. A2
Southbridge nVidia nForce 410/430 MCP rev. A2
Sensor chip Winbond W83627EHF
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory &nbsp
DRAM Size 1024 MBytes
DRAM Frequency 200.9 MHz
CAS# Latency 3.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# 3 clocks
RAS# Precharge 3 clocks
Cycle Time (TRAS) 8 clocks
Bank Cycle Time (TRC) 12 clocks
DRAM Idle Timer 16 clocks
# of memory modules 2
Module 0 Corsair DDR-SDRAM PC3200 – 512 MBytes
Module 1 Corsair DDR-SDRAM PC3200 – 512 MBytes
Software &nbsp
Windows version Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
DirectX version 9.0c

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