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Michael's Security Powerhouse

Built on 07/05/07


Full Specs

Supermicro X7DAL-E
Intel Xeon (Core 2 Quadro) 5355 2.66GHz 1333 FSB 8M
Swiftech MCX-VPro Xeon Heatsink
Kingston DDR2-667 1024MB FB-DIMM
Antec P180 Mid Tower Case (black)
Seasonic 700W Modular Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATAII
PNY Quadro FX5500 1GB
Creative X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
Plextor PX-800A 18x DVD+/-RW
ATech 28-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal/External Card Reader (black)
Arctic Silver Ceramique
Windows XP Pro OEM SP2
CDBurnerXP Pro CD/DVD Burning Software [NO SUPPORT]
Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business Edition
AVG Antivirus Installation [NO SUPPORT]
Microsoft Multimedia Optical Value Combo (Black)
Warranty: Lifetime Labor, 3 Year Parts

Case Mods
Smart Drive 2002C Enclosure

Additional Notes

Michael needed a top-of-the-line system for programming a testing multithreaded security software for his company. In addition, he wanted to do video editing as effortlessly as possible.

We ended up deciding to go with two Intel Xeon 5335 (Core 2 Quadro) CPUs for a total of eight cores of processing power. Because we were concerned with noise and good cooling, we had to do a few case mods on this system. Matthew ended up making a custom mount for the two Smart Drive Enclosures which were housing 150GB Raptors. He also built a custom heatsink fan mount so that we could use one larger 120mm fan to cool both CPUs instead of two smaller, noisier, 80mm fans.

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