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Eve

July 29th 2002, I began to gather parts to build a new computer for my gal pal MsDivine. The first thing I needed to know was what the primary use for the computer would be. In MsD's case, it would be primarily internet access, basic website design and maybe a game of solitaire. Knowing this, I knew she didn't need a killer Pentium 4 2.1 gig processor with 80 GB hard drive. I decided to trim down and get something nice and accommodating.

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Here is a list of everything I got along with prices and where I got them from:

The first thing I picked up was a mid tower case. It came along with a 400 watt power supply and all the screws I needed.
Purchased From: Ebay Auction www.ebay.com
Total Price: $40

MsDcomputer.jpg (7949 bytes)          Case01.jpg (26051 bytes)           Case02.jpg (37572 bytes)


The next purchase I made was for the cdrom drive. This is a typical cdrom drive that can play music and read cd programs. MsD was not interested in a DVD player. Its a 56X cdrom drive.
Purchased From: www.googlegear.com
Total Price:
$23

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Next we have the memory chip set. I bought one stick of 512mb memory which is more than enough. I wanted to get more, but with a 1 gig celeron, it was enough.
Purchased From: www.buyaib.com
Total Price:
$46

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I purchased the hard drive off an ebay auction. I originally got two 20gig Western Digital hard drives. One was a Protégé and the other was a Caviar. I used the Protégé for Eve. Protégé Specifications

Purchased From: Ebay Auction www.ebay.com
Total Price:
$46

    HD01.jpg (15933 bytes)                HD02.jpg (27437 bytes)
(L)Caviar (R) Protégé             Protégé


The biggest purchase was the brain of Eve. I purchased a Motherboard and CPU combo.

M756LR Motherboard Specifications

CPU: Intel Celeron-1GHz CPU w/128K cache & CPU Cooler

Modem: AMR 56K modem

Purchased From: www.sybercom.com
Total Price:
$120

motherboard.jpg (29930 bytes)                   CPU.jpg (21398 bytes)                        modem.jpg (21488 bytes)
  Motherboard            Intel Celeron and cooling fan               AMR 56K modem


Towards the end we have the all important floppy disc drive.
Purchased From: www.bzboyz.com
Total cost:
$11

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Finally, the cooling fans. You'll find these to be very important and sometimes overseen. I for one did not put enough cooling fans into The Beast. But I added on of everything I put into Eve. For her, I put in a Hard Drive cooling fan and a System Exhaust Blower.
Purchased From: www.coolerstar.com
Total cost:
$15 (HD Cooler: $9) (System Exhaust Blower: $6)

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Total Price: $301

Special note: All websites other than Ebay were researched through www.pricewatch.com

Constructing Eve