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Hardware News   Hardware News : AmigaOne review
   posted by reflect on 6-Aug-2003 17:10:06 (4972 reads)
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Re: AmigaOne review
Posted on 6-Aug-2003 19:26:53
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And at last, the final product. Here's hoping Erchin likes it!


If she don't like it, can I have it?

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Very nice


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Re: AmigaOne review
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Too much thermal compound maybe?

 
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Neat case

Anyone know the name of it or ,where to buy it ?


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Very pretty Amiga, that. Why is it that I always end up skimping and getting a shoddy case? I really should make more of an effort!


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Very nice. I don't supposed you'd like to add a list of what parts you used (manufacturer and item) and where you got them?

I was going to assemble my AmigaOne on the cheap, but looking at that system you built.... hmmmmm.


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Is it possible to build an Amiga system on the cheap?


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Very nice. I don't supposed you'd like to add a list of what parts you used (manufacturer and item) and where you got them?

I was going to assemble my AmigaOne on the cheap, but looking at that system you built.... hmmmmm.


I think most people are going to the extra trouble to make their AmigaOnes look really nice. It is the first new Amiga system in 10 years, so many are putting that extra effort to show it off.

Doing a little research I've found a couple of the products used.

The fan controller at the top is a 4 channel Vantec:

http://www.xpcgear.com/vannexnxfans.html

The removable drive bay is also a Vantec with some nice extra features:

http://www.xpcgear.com/mrk102fdit.html

The floppy is a standard 1.44MB black floppy. And the same can be said for the DVD Rom drive, as well as the CD-RW drive.

Lighted case fans add alot of interest to the design, as do the colored cathode light kit and additional fan grills, etc.

Now the case is a whole different ball game! I have no idea who makes that but you will find a whole lot of nice looking windowed cases here.

Hope this helps for anyone wanting to do something similiar!

EDIT: Oh Yeah, if you are going to use a clear side case, please spend a few extra bucks and buy the round IDE and Floppy cables. It will make your system much neater. And don't forget to do some cable management with cable "Zip Ties"

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To herewegoagain:

Pretty good on all accounts. Those are the pieces of hardware except that the DVD and CDRW are LiteOn brand.

You should have noticed as well that the tower is full of the round cabling. There are 2 IDE and 2 floppy cables in there. The brand of them is "Coolmax scorpio" They are Ultra ATA-133 capable, and do not have a keyed pin - meaning they will work on AmigaOne systems that have all 40 pins on the IDE connectors.

... and nah, I'd keep it for the hell of it. Regardless, she said that she likes it, so that's a good thing :)

To mountainmyst: The thickness of the compound was about that of a sheet of paper. Still might be too much though, but the HSF gets nice and hot now vs the slight warmth it had before.

To drafter: The case (at least here it is) sold as "NGEAR TK6500TMB 18 inch - Temp sensors/front USB/Firewire"

Thanks for all the nice comments, and feel free to ask anymore questions. I'll try my best to answer them.


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Pretty good on all accounts. Those are the pieces of hardware except that the DVD and CDRW are LiteOn brand.


Right, and I wasn't sure which brand you used, but LiteOn is not too bad for a cost efficient brand. We use them in some of our system builds at work, and they are usually very reliable. Of course, I prefer the
LG brand for most of my CD/DVD stuff, but that will add a bit more to the cost.

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You should have noticed as well that the tower is full of the round cabling. There are 2 IDE and 2 floppy cables in there. The brand of them is "Coolmax scorpio" They are Ultra ATA-133 capable, and do not have a keyed pin - meaning they will work on AmigaOne systems that have all 40 pins on the IDE connectors.


Nice! And here is a place where you can purchase them. BTW, I did notice that you used these rounded cables, just wanted to point that out to others..

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The case (at least here it is) sold as "NGEAR TK6500TMB 18 inch - Temp sensors/front USB/Firewire"


Cool... and not a bad price either!
You can order one here.

Hope that helps guys!

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Although I generally find a lot of case mods rather ugly,
the one in the gallery looks very slick .

Well done!

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Yes, I agree with my brother regarding PeeCee mods, however, this one is particularly nice. Seems like those living in the US and Europe are able to obtain nice and elegant PC towers, paricularly befitting an A1.


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Lots of nice cases on this UK website
http://www.xcase.co.uk/acatalog/Computer_Cases.html
Also check out this site for case mods and cables

http://www.fleetwoodcomputers.co.uk


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http://www.kalan.com/English/Scripts/Album/DispKayit.asp?id=2773


That´s it! I am moving to Europe!

I am not sure, but my brother may have told you all that I want an A1400 mock-up computer, ie. an Amiga FOrmat mock-up of an AAA computer comp. Looked superb, I think in issue 49.


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I am not sure, but my brother may have told you all that I want an A1400 mock-up computer


Yes you have.

/another slap for brother Bodie_CI5

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Oh but I want an A1400


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Did you get the "Icy docks" caddies with the case?
I also have two in my case for my A1

Nice review and nice case

Andy


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@ ajs, nice stuff there, all you need is a cigarette mod like this:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/pcmods/cables/61fd/


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Very pretty Amiga, that. Why is it that I always end up skimping and getting a shoddy case? I really should make more of an effort!


Yes me too!!!


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