Project Gryphon: LAN Par-tay! (Planning and Gathering)
by, 06-16-2010 at 07:40 PM (855 Views)
Ah the joys of building your own rig! Or in my case, absolute budget-restrictive build for the purpose of toting the entire tower to a LAN party near me (whenever it is I find one). I've already dreamt of having a totable LAN rig and just haven't made to decision to do such a project rig until now. Rather, until now that I have a netbook for mobile computing and upgraded and powerful quad-core desktop rig for when I'm home and tied to a chair.
So with that said, I have some leftover parts to make this LAN Party rig a success:
1. Core 2 Duo E8400 // 3.0 GHz effective clock, FSB 1333 MHz, 6 MB L2 cache, LGA775 socket
2. 2 x 120mm Antec Tri-Cool Fans (Black)
3. 512 MB PNY GeForce 9600GT // PCI-E 2.0
4. Vantec 4-channel Fan Controller (this is old -- like from circa 2003 -- but it still works)
5. LG SuperWrite DVD Burner (EIDE) -- new drive, used once for a Linux install, but might drop it for a SATA burner
Oh and I just bought this rather nice lightweight aluminum case from Micro Center for $20 (after tax):
Quite a nice looking case and a great deal. Unfortunately, I think the back fan vent mount can only take up to a 92mm fan. I'll test it in a few hours with a spare 120mm fan to see if my suspicion is on the money or not.
Now I just need to save up some more money for:
1. ASRock mATX LGA775 Motherboard (G31/G41/P43)
2. Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 CPU Cooler -- I can't trust the stock cooler since temps hit 71 C on load
3. 250 GB Seagate 7200.12 HDD / 250 GB Western Digital Blue/Black HDD -- I'm leaning WD after the last two 1.5 TB Seagates failed on me
4. SATA DVD Burner -- I could probably get buy with just a USB drive, but I know some of my games are DVD/CD only. Plus I'm sure at some point I might need it for some use.
5. 400W+ PSU -- I might purchase the Antec one on NewEgg now that's going for $20 after a MIR with free shipping...or I can wait another few months.
6. Sunbeam LAN Party Bag and Strap
No LAN rig can be complete without one of these babies!