Bringing myself almost up to date

After a day or so spent messing about with an old PC trying to get a servicable NAS box running, I’ve finally caved in and ordered a new PC. It’s a Dell machine from the factory outlet, sporting a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB RAM, 250GB SATA HD, DVD RW, and a 256MB Nvidia graphics card. I’ll add the 320GB SATA drive from the current PC, and probably buy another 2GB RAM to beef it up a bit.

Once that’s up and running I’ll use my current PC to replace my FreeBSD server, then use the FreeBSD server as the NAS box.

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16 Responses to Bringing myself almost up to date

  1. Alex says:

    Were my cast-offs not good enough for you????

  2. rich says:

    Not really. It doesn’t like the HDs that are in it, consequently it’s slower than a really really slow thing.

  3. Father says:

    That’s slow!

  4. Simon says:

    I wish I had 3GB of ram in this laptop. Think it only takes 2GB max though.

  5. rich says:

    I might get another 1GB for the laptop when I get around to ordering.

  6. Simon says:

    Blimey, when did laptop memory prices halve? Last time I looked it would have cost me about £160 for 2GB, just checked and I can now get it for £70.49!

  7. rich says:

    £56.34 if you know Alex’s Crucial account details :)

  8. Simon says:


    I’m due a £55 council tax rebate :)

  9. Alex says:

    I’m sure something can be arranged :)

  10. rich says:

    Bizarrely it’s 6p cheaper if you buy two separate 1GB modules instead of a pack of two.

  11. Simon says:

    Maybe you get a matched pair if you buy them in a pack of two? (unlikely)

    I will wait until my council tax cheque arrives and then contact you or Richie :)
    It seems crazy wanting 2GB of ram but firefox and photoshop seem to use loads of memory. I think the first pc I built back in 1997 had 16mb!

  12. MikeD says:

    Luxury. Mine had 640K and no hard disc ;-)

  13. rich says:

    The first one I bought had 4MB RAM and a 120MB HD I think.

  14. Simon says:

    I was late to the world of pcs. My first HD was 3.2GB and cost about £200. I still have it somewhere. The processor was 133MHz, can’t remember the make (don’t think it was amd, there was another company around that time making pc processors).

  15. Simon says:

    Yup, think that’s the fella.