- Speed and features At the time it was fast and extremely expandable. I also put a TV tuner in it for extra media capabilities.
- Design and form factor I didn't really like any of the cases I saw at the time and the one I got was just okay. It wasn't huge, just a mid-tower.
- Expandability I had extra graphics card slots, pc card slots, and hard drive slots galore. That's one of the best reasons to have a custom PC.
- Noise The fans in mine definitely could get up to a nice dull roar. I just bought the cheapest 120mm fan I could find though, so it was expected.
- Size and weight At the time I wasn't going for tiny, and it didn't weigh all that much because the case was aluminum.
- Power consumption The thing definitely used up a lot of power. Luckily I had it in college in the dorms and didn't have to pay for the power most of the time.
As far as hardware I was running a 64-bit dual core AMD processor at around 3 GHz and a 512MB NVIDIA graphics card. I also had a TV tuner, standard DVD-RW drive, and just 4GB of RAM. Surprisingly the thing coasted through just about anything I threw at it. I'm not a heavy gamer so it was never a problem.
Overall, the process of building the machine and playing with dual-boot Linux/Windows configuration was much more satisfying than buying something from a store and letting it sit under a desk all the time. I tinkered with it a lot and always ran the latest distro of Ubuntu alongside the latest version of Windows.
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