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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 11:57
Subject: Invisibling
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About a month ago, I decided that my home PC could probably do with a little more RAM. It was previously running a 32-bit variety of Windows, which meant that any more than its installed 3GB of RAM would have been pointless, but I had upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7.

So I decided that I'd up the amount to 8GB, which would be 4 sticks of 2GB each. I then went off to look for suitable memory, and settled on a pair of Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB kits (matched pairs of 2GB sticks, DDR2 800MHz). Why that particular memory? Well, a good brand, 4-4-4-12 timing rather than 5-5-5-15, and heat spreaders to help keep it a bit cooler.

Note to mention the price: £50 + VAT per kit from Novatech. (No, don't look, it's now £75 + VAT per kit). They didn't have it in stock, but never mind, I wasn't in a hurry, this was a luxury upgrade, not a required one.

It finally arrived yesterday, and I installed it. It's nice RAM, if a little underutilised, but it was going to be future proofing. There's just one feature ...

That 'Tracer' in the title?

It means that there are LEDs on the RAM packages. There are blue LEDs along the pin edges, nicely lighting up the circuit board, and red/green LEDs along the opposite edge, merrily chasing themselves in random patterns.

It's a shame my case cover is opaque and that whole effect is totally wasted.
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User: pir
Date: 2009-12-02 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Three internal 3.5" and four external 5.25" (with an adaptor for a floppy drive).

How many disks do you have? My games box has a sum total of... one (though two for mirroring would be nice). Fewer larger and newer disks pay for themselves in power costs, IMO.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 16:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, I have 5 x 3.5", 2 x 5.25", and a floppy. 4 of those 3.5s are a RAID 0+1 array, with the fifth being the boot. The 5.25" ones are twin DVD drives (one a DVD writer), which means I can really churn through CD ripping.

(And that reminds me, I have about 100 Mozart discs to do still.)

Yes, I agree, I could optimise the drive count, but I'm actually fine with what I've got right now.
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User: pir
Date: 2009-12-02 16:51 (UTC)
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I have a DVD reader and a separate DVD writer in my games box... 5x 3.5" does seem rather excessive.
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