Fluteboy

Cool runnings

2:23 am : Wednesday, 31 May 2017  |  , ,


I built my first desktop PC in 2003. It was based on an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor and was housed in a ghastly beige tower. I would then replace the beige case with a grey one that rattled, but at least it looked acceptable. 2008 saw me upgrade the graphics card (view post), while in 2009 it was time to swap a defunct motherboard for a newer AMD Athlon 64 3200 board (view post). That clearly was not enough for me, for in 2010 I then went onto building a slimline PC based on an AMD Phenom X4 9600 chip. All would be fine until 2014 when that motherboard would play up and need replacing (view post).

Last Friday saw the power supply give up. It was time to face the fact that this seven year old slimline PC - handbuilt by yours truly - was in need of replacement. After all I had done for it! In all honesty it just ran too hot.

So now there is an ex-business Dell Optiplex 755 on my desk, running an Intel (bing-bong-bing-bong!) Core2 Duo. It certainly runs a lot quieter. Let us hope it can stand being worked by this Ug!

All of the PC's I have owned have had names attached to them.
  • My first PC in 2002, a Compaq Deskpro 2000 with 266MHz Pentium II processor was simply named Puter.
  • The beige case with the Athlon 1700+ chip was called Athlon, funnily enough. Even changing the case didn't change the name.
  • The Athlon 64 board was named Maplin, after the store I bought it from!
  • The slimline PC with the Phenom X4 board was called Yoyotech, again, after the store I bought it from.
  • When I had to replace the motherboard of that slimline PC, I just renamed it Phenom.
  • As my current PC is a Dell, I have chosen to name it.... Adele. I am sure Ms Adkins would approve!