Orgasmatron - An Xtreme PC modification by A.O.D (QW97)
Posted by: A.O.D (QW97) on: 30.12.2005 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
It was back in October 2004 that I realised it was time to upgrade. Not only that but to try to make something special, something totally unique. I had this clear midi case from C3 that my current system was housed in and I started looking at it form another angle, several angles in fact, I needed a fast machine for gaming as that's where a lot of my misspent time goes, I wanted to go water cooled this time around and also create a radical look. I'd built several machines before, you know beige box, fan controller and a couple of cathodes, throw in a window and that's it. I was prepared to spend the time and a bit of cash on this one, but it had to be right.
It would be true to say that I drew some inspirations from things I had seen before but I also had one or two things I wanted to incorporate that I felt sure no one had seen before. I was thinking pink, shocking pink, chrome and many lights, I just couldn't shake the colour scheme from my mind, it seemed so sick it had to be the way to go! I also needed incorporate some items that you don't see inside a computer everyday, a couple of microphone stands, a bathroom pull switch cap, a car speaker grille and a belt buckle! Huh? I spent a few days with the sketchbook roughing out the designs and I thought 'this project needs a name' with a name I could shape the overall mood of the project.
Several things sprang to mind and I turned to my musical interests for inspiration. Something punchy, maybe with a logo or an icon of some sort that I could incorporate. It was actually my other half June who nailed it, "You’re a Motorhead fan" she said, call it Orgasmatron, after the song. The concept was born....
With the general look and feel of the project weighed up in my mind it was time to select some hardware components, something a little special that would be relatively future proof, well a couple of months anyway. The backbone of any good system is its motherboard, it's so vitally important and often overlooked.
Abit had just launched the P4 'Fatality' board with some impressive spec's not to mention a bunch of red LED's all over it and whilst the idea of a pro gamer endorsing a piece of hardware was getting mixed reviews I decided that this was the board for me.
A 3.4Ghz EMT64 processor was a good trade off between performance and price, 1 Gb of Corsair DDRII XMS PC5400 Pro RAM and an ASUS AX850XT PE 256Mb graphics card was my combination of choice for some jaw dropping speed. Whilst an OCZ Modstream 520w PSU was the PSU of Choice
Two Western Digital 74Gb SATA Raptors, a Seagate Barracuda 200Gb storage volume and two Plextor PX712-SA SATA DVD/RW drives made up the running gear. Water cooling was added in the form of separates from Danger Den with a 4 inch Criticool reservoir and I'd gathered together enough various lights and tubes to make sure I could turn it all into a small disco, nice.
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