I built this machine to replace my Pentium 3 machine. This has become the main system that I use. I started building it in late 2002, but several of the components (notably the graphics and sound cards) weren't released for quite a long time, so the machine was sitting half-built in a corner for several months.

Name. Windows.
Introduced. Early 2003.
Processor. Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz (533 MHz FSB).
RAM. 512 Mb (Rambus).
ROM. Unknown (containing BIOS).
Motherboard. Asus P4T533 i850 motherboard, with on-board Promise RAID controller.
Operating system. Windows XP Profesional.
  • P/S2 mouse and keyboard.
  • Dual 9-pin serial ports.
  • Parallel port.
  • Two USB 1.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports (with additional USB header on motherboard).
  • On-board sound (speakers and headphones out, microphone in).
Monitor. Iiyama Vision Master Pro 450 19" (A901HT)..
  • 3.5" floppy drive.
  • Dual Western Digital WD800JB 80 Gb ATA-100 drives (run in RAID 1 configuration).
  • Pioneer DVD-106 slot-loading ATA-66 DVD-ROM drive.
  • Sony DRU-500AX ATA-33 DVD rewriter.
Expansion cards.
  • ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 (128 Mb RAM, AGP).
  • Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2 Platinum Ex.
  • Intel PRO/100S Desktop LAN card.
Peripherals fitted.
  • Yamaha YST-M15 speakers.
  • Canon BJC-6100 printer.
  • Asus USB media reader.

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Robert McMordie

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