Hello again boys and girls! Back with the next build that I promised you all back in November. This one was more of a challenge that I was expecting with it going through 3-4 iterations before finally settling on what lies ahead. But we'll start off with the all important parts list: CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4800+ RAM: 1GB (2x512MB) GEIL Ultra-X 550Mhz Motherboard: DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR GPU: ATi Radeon X1950 XTX Cooling: Thermalright XP-120 Storage 1: 160GB WD Velociraptor 10000rpm SATA HDD Storage 2: 160GB Seagate 7200rpm PATA HDD PSU: Antec Neo HE550 Case: Cooler Master Wave Master Extras: 16x DVD-RW, 3.5" Floppy Drive This was pretty close to my dream build at the time so it's one I've really been looking forward to And without further ado, let's begin! First up is the Motherboard, I actually gathered 3 quite different Socket 939 boards for this build but one was faulty, another couldn't be fixed in time so I ended up going with the SLI-DR, complete in its original box with all accessories I don't think I need to tell most of you about the Lanparty series do I?......Nah This beast at the heart of the system, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+, a Dual Core CPU running at 2.4Ghz built on the 90nm process node, a Monster CPU at the time and one of the first Dual Cores around. 1GB of 550Mhz DDR memory, with Athlon 64 being the first to integrate the memory controller it enabled faster memory to run and In case anyone is wondering these are Samsung TCCD ICs I absolutely love the heat spreaders on these (even if they are a pain to keep clean) The ATi Radeon X1950 XTX, the first Graphics Card to use GDDR4 (512MB of it in this case) and built on the 80nm process, this particular card came from another OCAU member so hopefully they get to see it alive and kicking! For the CPU cooler I went with the Thermalright XP-120, 5 heatpipes, good amount of finned area and extra airflow over the memory is a bonus. while I couldn't track down a period appropriate fan (I apoligise for that) I feel the EK Vardar works in pretty well. In my last build log there was some discussion over which OS to use here so in the words of the great Tulio and Miguel: "Both, Both is good" A 160GB Seagate PATA drive for Windows XP and a glorious 160GB WD Velociraptor SATA drive for Windows 7 Now you can't use a Lanparty board without adding a couple of cold cathodes, it's almost an unwritten rule Which finally brings us to the case This beauty was in surprisingly good condition, just needed a good clean and dust out. Original owner had made a couple of small modifications namely the side panel and swapping out the original I/O cover to an 80mm exhaust in the top. It didn't look even this clean when I first got it, one thing I do really like about this case is.... Slide out tray! The downside is very little room for cable management. CPU, Motherboard and I/O shield installed and and looking good Added in the CPU Cooler, Memory and Graphics Card, also at this point I sleeved the rear 80mm fan cable. Moving back over to the main part of the case next was the PSU and various drives. And of course I'm using the round PATA cables (so many 4 pin connectors for fans though) Next came sliding the tray back in and connecting it all up, also added in the first connectors for the cold cathode lights. One of my favourite shots It was also at this point I discovered that one of the cold cathode tubes (that I checked prior to this build) had ceased functioning so the final effects aren't as good as I originally hoped. Nevertheless, shot with the side panel on And finally a shot with the side panel off I really hope you all enjoyed this build, as before it won't be the last from me, this one really did take a bit longer than I expected but I am very happy with how it turned out, let me know what you think!