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Main Test System

Main Personal Desktop:

* ASUS P5K Premium WiFi-AP GIGABYTE GA-P43-ES3G
* Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.66GHz
* 8GB (4x2GB) OCZ Reaper DDR2-800
* ASUS GeForce 9800GTX+
* SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 soundcard
* Prolink Pixelview TVcard w/ radio chip
* Logitech quickcam webcam
* Epson 1200u usb scanner
* Epson Stylus Photo R220 printer
* Logitech cordless optical wheel mouse
* Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard
* ACER X193W+ widescreen lcd monitor
* ACER V173 LCD

Secondary Test System:

* MSI K9N6SGM-V V2 Micro-ATX Mobo
* AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
* 1 GB RAM
* Nvidia MCP61P GPU

Main Test System:

  • MSI K8T Neo2 (K8T800 chipset)
  • AMD 64 3700+
  • 2 gig of DDR432 memory
  • Antec True 430 (430 watt) powersupply
  • BFG Nvidia 6800oc 128mb agp graphics
  • on-board Realtek 8110SC ethernet controller
    • alternatively, Realtek rtl 8139 ethernet card
  • Maxtor 6Y160P0 ata hard drive
  • (another) Maxtor 6Y160P0 ata hard drive
  • Asus DRW-1608P2 dvdrw
  • LG CD-RW CED-8120B

Server:

*Gigabyte GA-M51GM-S2G Micro-ATX Mainboard*

*AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (AM2)*
*2 Gig DDR2-667 Corsair C4 RAM*
*16x IDE DVD-RW DL Burner*
*3.5" Floppy Drive*
*Seagate 80G SATA-II HD*
*Seagate 250G SATA-II HD*
*Antec Mid-Tower Case w/500watt Power Supply*


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