I've bought a largish box for this, a Thermaltake Bach case, mainly because it genuinely looks like a component of a hi-fi rather than a beige/black box.
Anyway, put all the bits in, turned power on, nothing happened. Turns out connecting the USB to the front panel VFD display the wrong way round makes it unhappy.
Basic spec is AMD 3000+ and 1GB of RAM, plus 320GB hard drive, on the premise that these bits will migrate into another machine when I buy some Bigger Better Faster More bits for the main pc.
So on to installing Windows XP Media Edition and all the drivers. With all the online upgrades and patches I've had to install, it seems to have taken all weekend, allowing for breaks to take Ms MiniMouse to drama school.
Due to the fact that after my house flooded, I haven't got ADSL back online, I'm leaching off someone elses wireless internet connection, but for some reason the PC locks up frequently online. The jury is still out as to whether this is some sort of problem with the PC (dodgy memory), or whether it is simply down to the shitty wireless connection.
Tried to find a free codec for DVD playback that works with Media Player, but no luck there. Might have to pay for the real NVIDIA one...
I've left 25GB spare, and created a separate partition for the media, so that if I decide Windows sucks for this I can go and be true to my dirty Linux hippy roots and make myself a MythTV box. But then I won't be able to play games on it... :-(
|< They're Boo-atchoo-tiful | BBC White season: 'Rivers of Blood' >|