Front view of the original Fozzie.
Front view of the original Fozzie, with the drive cover open. This exposes both the Lite-On DVD drive which was the result of an upgrade in February, and the Yamaha 44x CD burner which was the result of an upgrade in the fall of 2002. The floppy drive is the original.
This is the new case, right after being taken out of its box. There is a "fun" story with this case. All of the new computer parts came on Wednesday, with the exception of this case, which was to arrive on Thursday. On Thursday, the case comes, but upon opening the box I realize that I have been shipped the wrong case! Luckily, Newegg.com is a wonderful company, and as soon as I called about the error, they rush-shipped me the correct case, which arrived the very next day. This case was the first component of the renovation which was picked out -- I settled on this case back in May of 2003!
This is a view inside the new case. Here you can see the 350W power supply, the numerous drive bays, and the leads for the front USB connections and the front panel.
This is the new CPU, the best-performing CPU currently on the market (not counting PowerPCs). This is an Athlon64 -- AMD's new 64-bit desktop line of processors. The best thing about AMD's Athlon64 is that it runs 32-bit software at full speed. Most software is currently 32-bit, but the industry is currently moving towards 64-bit software (just like we were moving from 16-bit to 32-bit around the time of Windows 95). Intel's current 64-bit processor can run 32-bit software, but with a significant speed hit. This Athlon64 3000+ runs with just a 2.0GHz clockspeed, but easily outperforms even a 3GHz Pentium 4 when running 32-bit software due to the design of its architecture. This chip was the center piece of the renovation.
This is the new motherboard. It is an Asus K8V. Asus is known for making the fastest, most stable system boards, and so one of the first decisions I made in designing this system was to go with an Asus board. Things of note in this picture are the 3 slots for memory, which can hold up to 3GB of PC3200 (DDR400) RAM, the fastest RAM currently available. Also, it has the traditional 2 IDE channels, allowing for up to 4 drives, but it also has Serial ATA connectors. Serial ATA is the replacement for IDE, and will allow me to use my existing IDE drives now while also being able to upgrade them with brand-new SATA drives in the future. The board also features on-board RAID (for data protection), gigabit LAN, an AGP 8X slot (for high-end video cards), and on-board sound system (which I did not plan on using).
This is the motherboard with the CPU in place. Putting the CPU in place is a delicate operation -- there are lots of pins on the bottom which can get bent!
This is the motherboard after the heatsink has been put in place. This is also an involved operation. The heatsink fits over the CPU and is designed to keep the CPU cool (modern CPUs run very hot). The bottom layer of the heatsink, touching the CPU, is a layer of thermal compound which increases the amount of heat pulled into the heatsink. On top of that is the heatsink itself, a mechanical contraption designed to pull as much heat as possible away from the CPU. And then comes the heatsink fan, which blows that hot air away. Coincidentally, the case is designed such that directly across from the heatsink is a case fan, which then blows that hot air outside of the case.
This is the motherboard in place in the case. There are a lot of screws and spacers involved in this process to hold the board in place.
This is the computer when it was first put together enough to be able to boot. Beyond the last picture, the computer now has a video card, memory, monitor, and keyboard connected. Since there is no hard drive installed (notice it laying on the table), there is no operating system to boot into, but we can get into BIOS, just to verify things are working so far.
One last look inside the original Fozzie. The only component missing in this setup is the primary hard drive which was laying on the table in the previous picture.
This is the computer at the end of the first day of work. In this picture, Fedora Core 1 (Linux) is being installed. When the computer was initally booted up with the primary hard drive (using existing installs of Linux and Windows), both operating systems booted, but due to the massive amount of hardware that had disppeared, and large amount of hardware that had newly appeared, neither was very usable. Both optical drives, and both hard drives, have been installed and the case is closed up. There is still work to be done. Namely, there is no active sound system, no modem, front USB ports have not been connected, and lots of software is going to need to be reloaded.
Inside the old case at the end of the first day of work. This still contains the old motherboard (an FIC board), the original processor (a 700MHz AMD Athlon, slot-style, rather than socket), a video card (TNT2 Ultra, not compatible with the new board due to voltages), sound card (Sound Blaster Live), network card, and modem.
For the first night, old Fozzie and new Fozzie had to sleep next to each other. The original plan was to take the original floppy drive and use it in the new case, but upon taking out the drive I discovered that the faceplate of the drive is actually part of the old Compaq case, and so the drive front has exposed metal and circuitry, which is unacceptable in the new case. You can see the floppy drive sitting on top of old Fozzie, and the drive faceplate still a part of the case.
The final setup inside the new case. This now contains both the sound card and modem of the old setup. I decided not to use the old network card, in favor of the integrated LAN on the new motherboard. Front USB ports and the system speaker have been connected as well.
A final look at the inside of the old, gutted, Fozzie.
Me with the new Fozzie. :)
|Component||Original Fozzie (Dec 1999)||Old Fozzie (May 2004)||New Fozzie|
|CPU||AMD Athlon 700MHz||AMD Athlon 700MHz||AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0GHz|
|Motherboard||FIC SD11 (USB, Firewire, IDE, max 384MB PC133 RAM)||FIC SD11 (USB, Firewire, IDE, max 384MB PC133 RAM)||Asus K8V (USB, IDE, SATA, RAID, Gb LAN, sound, max 3GB PC3200 RAM|
|Case||Compaq 5900Z Mid-tower||Compaq 5900Z Mid-tower||Maxtop Super 2000 8870KL|
|Operating system||Windows 98SE||Fedora Core 1 / Windows XP Pro||Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official / Windows XP Pro|
|Memory||128MB PC133||384MB PC133 Kingston||512MB PC3200 Crucial|
|Video card||Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra 32MB RAM||Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra 32MB RAM||PNY Verto GeForceFX 5200 128MB RAM|
|Sound card||Sound Blaster Live Value||Sound Blaster Live Value||Sound Blaster Live Value|
|Network card||SMC EZ Card||SMC EZ Card||None, on-board Marvell gigabit LAN on K8V|
|Modem||Conexant HFC WinModem||Conexant HFC WinModem||Conexant HFC WinModem|
|Primary hard drive||Seagate Barracuda 20GB||Seagate Barracuda 20GB||Seagate Barracuda 20GB|
|Secondary hard drive||None||Maxtor DiamondMax 80 GB||Maxtor DiamondMax 80 GB|
|DVD-ROM||Pioneer DVD-114 10x/40x||Lite-On XJ-HD166S/165H 16x/48x||Lite-On XJ-HD166S/165H 16x/48x|
|CD-RW||Philips CD-RW 4x/4x/24x||Yamaha CRW-F1E 44x/24x/44x||Yamaha CRW-F1E 44x/24x/44x|
|Keyboard||Compaq Internet Keyboard||Logitech Cordless Access Keyboard||Logitech Cordless Access Keyboard|
|Mouse||Compaq Scroll Mouse||Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse Blue||Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse Blue|
|Monitor||Compaq 17' CRT||Samsung 15' LCD||Samsung 15' LCD|
|Printer||None||HP DeskJet 932C||HP DeskJet 932C|
|Scanner||None||Epson Perfection 640U||Epson Perfection 640U|
|Speakers||Klipsch Promedia 4.1 400W THX-Certified Audio System||Klipsch Promedia 4.1 400W THX-Certified Audio System||Klipsch Promedia 4.1 400W THX-Certified Audio System|
|UPS Power supply||None||Cyber Power 425SL||Cyber Power 425SL|