It is with profound personal sadness that I must announce the passing away of Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394, aged just 3 years old. Below is a picture of GA-7VT600 in happier days:
It started a couple of weeks ago when my home PC began to randomly reboot. Then came the slight burning smell. Then, on Monday evening, GA-7VT600 quietly slipped away to join that great PC junkyard in the sky.
I’ve yet to bring myself to carry out an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but there appears to be a noticeable amount of meltage near the vicinity of the ATX power connection 😦
I know people always say that when a pet dies, that they’ll never get another one. Not me though — no sooner had the monitor gone black, I’d grabbed my laptop & credit card and was busy shopping for new kit at Big Pockets and MicroDirect.
Apart from my very first PC (back in 1996), I’ve always preferred to build my own from scratch.
After much pondering, I decided to go for an Asus Vintage-AH1 barebones system, with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ and 1GB of Geil PC3200 Dual Channel memory. I was tempted to go for a sexier Shuttle barebones system but I’ve got at least 3 hard drives and 2 DVD writers to cram into the new PC.