The New Computer Case

We bought our computer 2nd hand for a good price last November, but quickly found out that it ran very hot and sometimes crashed - mainly when we were playing games. Previously I'd installed 2 extra fans that reduced the problem, but didn't fix it completely. So, a new case, with a couple more fans, was in order.

Last weekend we picked up a new computer case, and we (Olivia, TJ, Maya and I) moved the bits from our current case into it. This is something that hadn't been done before in our household and I was probably a bit out of my comfort zone - but I was determined to give it a try, and had the time (and money to spend on the case) to do it.

Fortunately, the new case was really easy to install things into because no screws were required for the hard drive, CD drive or graphics card. Building the PC turned out to be a good family "project", and a couple of days later our computer was running much better (and amazingly, it actually ran at all!)

The new case means that the computer now runs 5 or 6 degrees cooler, and actually still runs without crashing at slightly higher temperatures. I can play my games, and so far it has only crashed once (when I was really working it, on a 30+ degree day).

The case is a big black Thermaltake Soprano Midi Tower and is very, very quiet. It comes with a 400W power supply and it will also accomodate different motherboards and processor chips so we have the ability to upgrade.

Our current computer specs are, for those interested:
 AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (runs at about 1.8Ghz)
 Gigabyte GA-7VT600 motherboard (onboard sound, RAID, LAN)
 512MB Kingmax DDR400 RAM
 80GB Western Digital Hard Drive (PATA)
 Gigabyte Radeon 9200 graphics card (fairly basic)
 Sony 8x DVD burner (single layer)
 Logitech "Freedom Pro" Wireless Mouse & Keyboard
 Vantech PCI fan card (to cool the graphics card)
From our old PC:
 Canon LBP-660 Laser Printer
 Average-quality speakers with sub-woofer
 No-name 17" monitor

This makes for a decent quality computer that can handle the occasional game or development work and frequent web browse, and to date we've spent just over $1000 on it, to replace our previous 5-year-old Pentium II that saw me through Uni.

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