Original Server Hardware (from Jan. 1998)

Prices I paid in Jan. 1998
Asus P2L97-Dual Scsi 2x333 oc ==> 750 MHz 450 + (530 for 266) + (300  for 2x333 - 3/99)
128 Mb pc100 SDRAM + 128 Mb pc133 (225 for 64Mb) + (160 for 128Mb - 3/99)
3Dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV 244  - 8/99
Viewsonic P815 21" monitor 1525
4.5 Gb Seagate Cheetah UW SCSI 630
4.3 Gb IBM Deskstar EIDE 220
9.1 Gb Quantum Atlas IV U/160M SCSI 368  - 7/99
Creative Labs AWE64 Gold 12 Mb 72 + 69
Bay Networks cable modem (1 Mbps - yes!) 400 (ok - just renting...)
56K USR Sportster Data/Voice/Fax Modem 115
2 x D-LINK DFE-500TX 100 Mb ethernet 30 + 30
16x SCSI2 CDROM 80
16/10/40x SCSI3 Yamaha CDRW 125
Syquest Syjet SCSI2 1.5 Gb removable drive 300
Epson Stylus Color Pro 800 400  -  4/97
Umax Astra 1220S SCSI Scanner 105  -  10/98
Wacom ArtZ II Digital Pad 280
Korg N5 midi synthesizer 700  - 2/99
Logitech MarbleMan 50
Spacetec SpaceOrb 35
H3D Glasses 115
Blackout Buster UPS 50
Cyberman2 6D controller 20
Linksys  Etherfast Autosensing 5 port hub 85 
Software RAID5 Cabinet - 6 scsi2-wide drives 244
Fujitsu U/160 10K 20GB scsi drive 180 - 12/02
Total: $6750 (serious techno-addiction!)

Yes, all these have been carefully chosen to be linux-compatible and over-clockable.
(Except the H3D glasses - have to reboot for that!)
The sound card connects to my hi-end stereo system.

(Geek-Count:  26 cables connect to the back + 12 scsi devices!)

CURRENT GAMING SYSTEM($1300 on Jan'01)


Athlon t-bird 1.0 -> 1.2 GHz
Abit KT7-RAID mb
512 Mb pc133 cas2 SDRAM
Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 Pro DDR-SDRAM
SB Live! Platinum
IBM 75GXP 45 Gb 7200 RPM drives
Pioneer 105s 16x EIDE DVD-ROM
Sigma Designs Netstream 2000 mpeg2 card
3COM 509TX Ethernet
USR 33.6 modem

NEXT GENERATION SERVER ($4000 Jan'03)


Dual Athlon MP 2400+ (Thoroughbred core) $480
Tyan Thunder K7X-Pro (S2469UNG) 768MPX SCSI DDR-SDRAM $470
Lian-Li PC71 black aluminum case + 460W PS $300
1GB PC2100 Corsair Reg. ECC DDR-SDRAM $435
dual 36 Gb Seagate Cheetah 18XL U/160m SCSI (RAID-0 speed) $500
Western Digital 120 GB 1200JB SE 8MBcache $189
Gainward GeForce4 Ti 4200 DVI/TV video card $150
SCSI TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1401 10/40 $108
SCSI Yamaha CRW2100S 16/10/40 CDRW $125
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Platinum $190
Dell UltraSharp 2000FP 20" 1600x1200 DVI LCD Monitor $900
wireless black keyboard, mouse, game controllers $150
RedHat 8.0 - free!

Upgrades since then:

Numerous cooling/quieting mod's
Belkin F6C800-UNV UPS $50
PNY GeForce 6800 GT Pro $300
Addonics Multi-Card Reader $25
200GB Seagate U6 $45
SIIG JU-2NE012 USB2.0/FIREWIRE+10/100 $25
OrangeMicro iBot firewire cam $70
Adaptec 2940 UltraSCSI adapter (for external scsi) $0

State of the Art

SystemLinux Kernel + Modules Compilehdparm cache/diskBonnie I/O@CPU%
dual p2-37518'30"97/1310.8/10.4@21%
1.1 GHz Athlon11'30"115/36  
dual 2400+ Athlon3'30"260/6469.4/66.8@26%