Saturday, October 3, 2009

Betty's Quad

These pics was taken during the assembly of Betty's Budget Rig.... (We call Oliver with a girl's name "Betty").

I have chosen this 45nm. processor, for I know Betty is a multitasker... On his gaming side, Betty is quick and versatile, ( I was pawned in almost all games) very unpredictable and cunning, this Quad Core running on 2.66Ghz., 4M Cache, 1333 MHz FSB is perfect match for his skills...

Core 2 Quad Q8400


Since we are in tight budget (and we are running late), I convinced Betty to try the Biostar G31-M7 TE. It's cheap, very affordable, and very compatible with our Quad Core Processor.

The packaging is an attractive box.


CPU Support:

  • Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor
  • Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor
  • Intel® Pentium® D Processor
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor
  • Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core Processor
  • Intel® Celeron® D Processor
  • Intel® Celeron® Processor 400 Sequence
  • Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt

  • FSB:

  • Support FSB 533/800/1066/1333/1600(OC)MHz

  • Memory:

  • Support Dual Channel DDR2 533/667/800 MHz
  • 2 x DDR2 DIMM Memory Slot
  • Max. Supports up to 4GB Memory
  • ※Support DDR2 533MHz While Using FSB 533/1066 CPU

  • Expansion Slots:

  • 2 x PCI Slots
  • 1 x PCI-E x16 Slot

  • Storage:

  • 4 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
  • 1 x IDE Connector

  • USB:

  • 4 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header

  • LAN:

  • Realtek RTL8102EL - 10/100 Controller


  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 On Board Graphic Max. Share Memory 256MB
  • CODEC:

  • Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio

  • REAR I/O:
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 4 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 x VGA Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 3 x Audio Connector


  • 1 x Printer Header
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 4 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
  • 1 x IDE Connector
  • 1 x Floppy Connector
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x CPU FAN Header
  • 1 x System FAN Header
  • 1 x Serial Header


  • Micro ATX Form Factor Dimension: 23.5 cm X 17.9 cm ( W x L )


  • Support Windows 2000 / XP / XP 64 / Vista / Vista 64


  • 1 x IDE Cable
  • 1 x SATA Cable
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x CD Driver
  • 1 x Quick Guide

  • The SATA cable is missing... luckily we have extras.

    "I love the smell of new hardware."

    There are few solid capacitors...

    Hard Drive:

    Western Digital Digital Caviar Blue

    Western Digital underwent a major makeover of sorts a couple of years ago, transforming its HDD lines from one of the noisiest in the industry to one of the quietest. Wholesale adoption of Fluid Dynamic Bearings marked the beginning of this change. Most WD products offered in the last couple of years have been very quiet, competing closely with the other low-noise HDD leader, Samsung. Their traditional emphasis on high performance has not been ignored, as they continue producing the 10,000 RPM Raptor drives. The Green Power line introduced last year broke convention with its 5400 RPM spindle speed, which exacts a price in performance, ameliorated by high areal density. It also set new records for acoustics; the GP drives are simply the quietest 3.5" drives available today.

    Top performance for Windows Vista - WD Caviar SE16 SATA and EIDE drives are certified for Windows Vista and are top performers on the Windows Vista Experience Index.

    16 MB Cache - Bigger cache means faster performance.

    Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) - The latest generation of WD Caviar SE16 drives employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density.

    IntelliSeek- Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration

    SecurePark- Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear, and improved non- operational shock tolerance.

    3 years End-user Limited Warranty

    Hynix 1GB DDR2 667 RAM.
    Since its the only RAM left in the inventory of the shop, we have to take it. Its going to replaced by a Dual Channel Kit Corsair or Transcend.

    Case and PSU:

    Betty: "I wonder what "evil" stuff I can do with this?"

    Power Logic 500 Watts PSU is included in the case.

    The Assemble:

    Release the locking mechanism.

    Open the CPU cover.

    Identify the CPU orientation.

    Place the processor in a right orientation.

    Insert the processor.

    Close the CPU cover and fasten the locking mechanism.

    Install the heat sink/fan

    Other tools you need:
    An assistant- must be dedicated, hardworking, versatile and competent.
    must posses the ff:

    Mascular body. Can carry heavy loads.

    No beer belly... but drinks lots of it.

    "Look at mah mahseel!." Strenght is needed.

    Stoned... so that he can't feel pain.

    The assistant needs this traits so that he can help you with this:

    "See! Very demanding job for an assistant!"

    "Whew! what will I do if I have no assistant?"

    Install the memory.

    Remove the cheap ass back plate.

    Betty: "Stuborn f@*#ing back plate! Hey Assistant, help!"

    He never able to remove the back plate, luckily he had an assistant.

    Install the back plate of the motherboard.

    Make sure that it fits, to avoid damage on the I/O ports of the board.

    Adjust all screw studs to the specification of the motherboard, also remove all studs that are unused.

    Gently place the motherboard on the case.

    Make sure that the studs are in place where the screw holes are.

    To avoid short circuit, only the screw holes and the studs must make contact with the case.

    Screw the board to the case.

    Never overtighten the screws.

    Be careful on manipulating your metal tools on the board, it may damage the components.

    Make sure you have adequate light and space on the assemby area.

    Next, put all power cords to the power sockets of the board.

    Install the hard drive to the hard drive bay of the case.

    Install the SATA cable and all the front headers.

    Connect the SATA power cord to the hard drive.

    Do the same to your DVD ROM. Install the DVD ROM.

    Since we have an "old school" DVD ROM. An IDE cable was installed to the board.

    Connect the Molex power cable as well.

    Hmmm, only one part missing...

    It's ready for formatting.

    It's still lacking a good Video Card so I lent my GeForce 8600GT during the OS installation.

    Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64-bit

    Not bad for a budget rig... just upgrade it when the time comes...

    Betty is planning for an HD4870X2 in the near future...

    "Hmm hmm, Bitch!"