OUR DELL COMPUTER NETWORK
Steve’s Main Computer -
Dell Dimension XPS Generation 4 - $4,734 (-34% ordered through the Dell Small Business side on March 22, 2005).
Processor: 3.73 GHz Extreme Edition Intel Pentium 4 Processor w/Hyper-Threading Technology - 1066 MHz Front Side Bus - 2 MB L2 Cash - Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology code name "Prescott 2M" 90 nanometer core with Intel 925XE Express chipset (very rare extremely high-performance processor - I challenge you to find one anywhere - Intel discontinued because they could not supply them for less than $1,000.00/each).
Memory: 4 GB Dual Channel DDR2 unbuffered non-ECC SDRAM (PC2-5300) at 667 MHz (originally ordered with 2x 1 GB 128x64 PC2-4200 / 533 MHz which at the time cost $539.98 – not the standard 4x 512 MB – to leave two open slots to expand to 4 GB memory which I did in 2008)
Monitor: 24-inch Widescreen Digital Flat Panel LCD Dell 2405FPW UltraSharp
Internal Hard Drives – 2,224 GB (2.2 Terabytes) in main PC (all high-end SATA Enterprise versions with 5-year warranties - rated 1.2 million hours MTBF):
Primary Drive (Boot): Ultra Fast (4.5 ms seek time) 74 GB Western Digital Raptor Enterprise Serial ATA II (SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 150 MB/s data transfer rate) 10,000 RPM Hard Disk Drive (first ATA hard drive with 10k rpm speed - outperforms SCSI 15K rpm), 8 MB cache buffer, model # WD740GD
2nd Drive (Data): Ultra Fast (4.6 ms seek time) 150 GB Western Digital Raptor Enterprise Serial ATA II (SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 150 MB/s data transfer rate) 10,000 RPM Hard Disk Drive (first ATA hard drive with 10k rpm speed - outperforms SCSI 15K rpm), 16 MB cache buffer, model # WD1500ADFD
3nd Drive (Music): Super Fast (8.2 ms seek time) 1,000 GB Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000 (Enterprise version of the IBM Deskstar) Serial ATA II (SATA 3 Gb/s - 300 MB/s data transfer rate) 7200 rpm Hard Disk Drive with 32 MB cache buffer, model # HUA721010KLA330 p/n 0A35772
4th Drive (Multimedia): Super Fast (8.2 ms seek time) 1,000 GB Hitachi Ultrastar (Enterprise version of the IBM Deskstar) Serial ATA II (SATA 3 Gb/s - 300 MB/s data transfer rate) 7200 rpm Hard Disk Drive with 32 MB cache buffer, model # 7L300S0
5th and 6th Drives (Backup): Two Very Fast (9.3 ms seek time) 300 GB Maxtor MaxLine III Serial ATA II (SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 150 MB/s data transfer rate) 7200 rpm Hard Disk Drives with 16 MB Cache Buffer model # 7L300S0
7th, 8th, and 9th Drives (Storage): Three Very Fast (9.3 ms seek time) 250 GB Maxtor MaxLine III Serial ATA II (SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 150 MB/s data transfer rate) 7200 rpm Hard Disk Drives with 16 MB Cache Buffer model # 7L300S0
Other Hard Drives on Network: Total of more than 4,650 GB (4.65 Terabytes) Hard Drive Storage including a third WD Raptor
CD Drive: 48x CD-RW Drive (CD burner)
DVD Drive: 16x DVD+/-RW w/ double layer write capable (DVD Burner)
Video Card: 256 MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) nVidia GeForce 6800
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS (D) Card w/THX cinematic quality Dolby Digital 5.1 surround with internal DVD player, IEEE 1394 capability - THX certified with 24-bit audio quality and 106dB SNR (clarity comparable to high-end stereo receivers) Capable of 2-Channel Stereo to 7.1 Surround.
Sound System: 115 dB – 500-Watt Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 Speaker System - all channels driven: Satellites: (5) FTC each rated @ 60 w/channel @ ≤ 1% THD, 100Hz - 1KHz, Subwoofer: FTC Rated 170 watts (Maximum Burst Power*: 500 w) @ ≤ 3% THD, 40 - 100Hz - 470 watts total RMS 52.5 lbs. Amplifier Headroom 500 watts total < 0.5% THD+N Typical
DC Power Supply Wattage: 460 W (main PC Power supply)
TV Tuner Card: STB Systems TV PCI with Intercast
Microphone: Andrea DA-400 Desktop Array Microphone (Extremely high-end microphone for use with IBM Via Voice Pro v10.0) (March of 2000 - Direct from Andrea - $149.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Keyboard: Dell Quietkey Keyboard
Mouse: Dell Optical USB Mouse
Pre-Installed Productivity Software: Microsoft Works Suite 2005 - Includes: Word 2002, Streets & Trips 2005
Other Productivity Software: Microsoft Office XP 2003 Professional Suite - Includes: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, FrontPage, Office Server Extensions, Publisher, Small Business Tools, and Shared Clip Art.
Voice Recognition Software: ViaVoice Pro Millennium Edition Upgrade mfg part# 41L3610 (March of 2000 buy.com 59.95) – upgraded to IBM ViaVoice 10
Security Software: Norton SystemWorks Premier 2007 (full security and utility suit) and 18 other AntiVirus, Spyware, and Adware type security programs.
Other Software: over 200 other software programs installed (mostly Internet and system tools and utilities - no games yet).
Floppy Drive: 3.5 in Floppy Drive
Cable Modem: RCA DCM425 Digital Broadband Cable Modem
Dialup Modem: US Robotics 3Com Voice Faxmodem Professional Model # 005685-00 (Internet, Data, Fax, Answer Machine, Caller I.D., Voice Mail, & Voice/Speaker Phone) – This is an External controller-based hardware modem (not a controller-less WinModem or a software modem)
Broadband Router: NETGEAR RP614 10/100 Mbps Cable/DSL Web Safe Router 1 x 10 Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100 Mbps LAN Ports (Super Fast ARM9 processor at 166 MHz)
Internet Service Provider: Mediacom Broadband Cable Modem Service 8 MB download speed (7,651 kbps actual tested) - 512 kbps upload speed (493 kbps actual tested) through router with all other Internet programs running.
Monticello Online 56K Dialup – backup ISP subscription (for stock trading)
PDNT 56K Dialup - 2nd backup ISP subscription (for stock trading)
Cingular Wireless Internet via Motorola L7 SLVR cell phone 3nd backup ISP (for stock trading)
Un-Interruptible Power Supplies: American Power Conversion Back-UPS Pro 1400VA Part Number BP1400 and APC Smart-UPS 1400 Part Number SU1400NET along with an APC Back-UPS Office 400 mfg part# BF400C (total of 13 APC UPS units used in network to keep the system and Home Theater up and running for 2+ hours during a total power outage)
Printer: Konica Minolta Magicolor 2400W COLOR laser printer
Scanner: Epson Perfection 2480, Photo Flatbed Scanner (with 35mm negative film feeder)
Digital Cameras: 10.0 mega pixel Canon SD900 (credit card size) with three 4 GB 133x and four 2 GB 133x - 20 GB total of SanDisk Extreme III Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) speed class 6 rated Flash Memory Cards which are the worlds fastest and highest performing flash memory cards (4 GB because it is faster than the 8 GB).
2nd Camera: Canon SD550 7.1 mega pixel Digital Camera (same size as the SD900)
3rd and 4th Cameras: Kodak DC290 Digital Cameras (two) (March of 2000 thebigstore.com $669.95 each)
Webcam: Intel Create & Share Professional Pack Video PC Camera mfg part# ICP3PRO (1998 buy.com 96.95)
Joy Stick - Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro – Paid $139 in 1998 – still new in the box – waiting for time to use it
Steering Wheel - Thrust Master NASCAR Pro Racing Wheel W/Pedals $79.00
Gaming Chair - Intensor LX 350 with optional Subwoofer
USB Hub: Asante Friendlynet USB Hub-4 4 Port W-External Power Supply Mfg Part# 99-00568-01 (1998 Buy.com 31.70)
The other 5 Dell Computers on our Network:
Like our current main PC, while each were the fastest, most powerful high-end full-featured Dell Dimension XPS (Xtreme Performance System) computers in existence on the day I ordered them (3 of which were actually ordered on the release date for their technology – one of which was the first “Special Edition” that Dell ever sold to the public – I happened to be on the phone with Dell when it was released), having been retired to secondary positions, the other 5 Dell Computers on our Home Network, have been upgraded to windows XP Professional and other up-to-date software, larger/faster hard drives, video cards, & etc. and are still more than sufficient to serve as back-up to my main PC as part of my redundant stock trading turret and for the wife and kids to use for homework, email, and web surfing.
And yes, of course I still have my three 1981 Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (3.3 MHz) computers that started it all ($525.00 each plus all of the available peripherals and modules including the in-line speech synthesizer module, the 32KB memory expansion card, and a dozen application software), along with our 1988 Tandy 1000 TX (TX was Tandy's top of the line, fully IBM compatible - DOS 3.2, Intel 286, 8 MHz, 640k ram, and "huge" 20 MB hard drive that I paid $400.00 extra for in 1988 dollars, as well as opting for the awesome CM-11 13" color monitor - $2,100 total plus software), and three other Dell Pentium computers (75 MHz, 133 MHz, and 333 MHz), all of which are in perfect working order, but I have decommissioned over the years and have no idea what to do with, but considering what they cost me when they were the newest state of the art machines, I'd rather keep them in my little museum. It is amazing what you can accumulate after 25 years of owning Personal Computers.
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