Saturday: 22.October.2005

Designing New Black Beast - 2006 version

Readers have long been requesting an updated version of the Black Beast. It's the site's #1 request. And I've been meaning to do that for some time, bit I kept getting distracted.

After much research (my eyes are burning), I have a new system pretty-much spec'ed out. Just need to do the dirty work of creating a new page where I can link to all the beautiful new components. Coming soon.

The 2006 version of "the Beast" will be based around the Intel 945P chipset, found on the Asus P5LD2 motherboard, with a dual-core Pentium D.

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Always fun to design a new system. Generates lots of creative juices. But inputing the data is tedious. So this tends to be one of my most and least favorite things to do.

System stability is always a primary concern. Future-proofing comes in a close second .. to protect our precious investment. And, of course, is must *look* cool (aesthetics).

While researching the new BTX form factor, I read it could take some 7 years or so to reach a majority of PC users. So ATX is still the way to go .. for many years. Nobody wants to buy something today that will be obsolete tomorrow.

Regarding longevity, the last Beast (circa 2003) did quite well. If you look around the 'Net, you'll find many who are still using a similar system (based on the 865/875 chipset).

The end.





Posted by Rad at October 22, 2005 02:10 PM

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